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Thursday, June 09, 2005

The iUniverse Dumpster

Susan Driscoll, CEO of iUniverse, has recently been promoting iUniverse by cavorting around on some of the litblogs, most recently by granting an interview with POD-DY MOUTH.

"Publishing, like many cultural institutions, is slow to change. I, on the other hand, am the kind of person who revels in change."

Yeah, right. Like when an embattled politican resigns to "spend more time with my family."

"So, throughout my publishing career I’ve always gravitated to the new and the different. In the early 90’s I was very involved with CD-ROM development. Later, I became involved with e-books."

Read any good books on CD-ROM or ebooks lately? Neither have I. POD is a clever technology that traditional publishers could, but don't use, to publish worthy books with limited but measurable markets. Instead, POD has become a dumpster for largely unpublishable writing.

First it was Driscoll's email to Lee Goldberg, now your interview (yeah, don't tell me, you invited her, but then she accepted the invitation).

Both are self-serving commercials. Business at iUniverse must be getting a little slack.


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