As aventuras de um geek na indústria livreira, escrito numa altura (~1997) em que a internet ainda estava a começar a levantar voô, e ainda não tinhamos tantos foruns nem Google para responder às nossas perguntas.
"Given that books are typically sold to bookstores for about 50% of the cover price, 10% of net means the author gets only 5% of the cover price. The publishing industry soaks up 95% of the booty. How can that be fair?"
"The people who work in book publishing are well aware of this. That's why hardly anybody ever quits a job in book publishing to become an author. Consider the two situations. Author: sits alone at home editing manuscripts and praying that proposals will be accepted. Employee of large publisher: hangs out in comfortable office surrounded by fun people, makes twice the salary, assumes no risk (i.e., gets paid whether or not particular book proposals are accepted)."
"The most upsetting contract provision is indemnification. It is axiomatic that if you publish the truth about anything that matters, you will eventually get sued. [...] If the publisher gets sued because someone doesn't like what you wrote, you have to pay the publisher's legal bills and, if it comes to that, any legal judgment."
"First, since publishers don't pay real money for computer books, the only people who are attracted to work as authors are the clueless and unemployed. If I actually know something about Web publishing, why should I write a book instead of consulting for $1,000/day? But if I've never typed a line of SQL in my life, that makes me the perfect candidate to write a book about databases. Yes the publisher is only going to pay me $10,000 but it works out because I get an excuse to learn a bunch of new things. Maybe I can get a job as a junior database programmer when I'm done."
"Looking at the way my book was marketed made me realize that amazon.com is going to rule the world."
Mais de 10 anos depois, terá mudado alguma coisa?
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