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Why Self-Publishing Needs to Be Taken Seriously

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This paper argues that a research interest in self-publishing is justified. It begins by tracing the origins of the author’s interest in self-publishing, and highlights an ongoing unwillingness, particularly within academia, to acknowledge the significance of developments in this field. The paper then examines the relevance of the self-publishing process, and the learning experience of participants, to three specific areas: the economic and cultural significance of both process and output; the overlap in systems and mentality between academic and selfpublishing authors; and finally the likely impact of self-publishing on the traditional publishing industry. It ends with a conclusion that self-publishing, rather than being considered a separate and undesirable entity, should henceforth be considered part of publishing.


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