2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Self-Publishing and E-Books in the Book Industry

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jessica Gunderson, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between rising trends of self-publishing authorship and e-book readership. Findings are based on qualitative research, including interviews with eleven self-published authors, two academic research librarians, and analyses of online discussion forums on the subjects of self-publishing and e-books. This research reveals that online self-publishing platforms such as Lulu and Amazon’s Kindle Direct have become an additional publishing outlet that allow authors to overcome barriers to entry, achieve creative expression, and directly connect with readers. And yet, self-published authors continue to struggle for legitimacy against institutionalized systems of gatekeeping and authority in the traditional publishing industry.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

4-7-2015 11:45 AM

Panel

The Shifting Cultures of Media Industries

Panel Moderator

Camille Johnson-Yale

Field of Study for Presentation

Communication

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Apr 7th, 10:30 AM Apr 7th, 11:45 AM

Self-Publishing and E-Books in the Book Industry

Library 1st floor

This study examines the relationship between rising trends of self-publishing authorship and e-book readership. Findings are based on qualitative research, including interviews with eleven self-published authors, two academic research librarians, and analyses of online discussion forums on the subjects of self-publishing and e-books. This research reveals that online self-publishing platforms such as Lulu and Amazon’s Kindle Direct have become an additional publishing outlet that allow authors to overcome barriers to entry, achieve creative expression, and directly connect with readers. And yet, self-published authors continue to struggle for legitimacy against institutionalized systems of gatekeeping and authority in the traditional publishing industry.