Thursday, November 2, 2017

Setting Standards For Reading, Writing, Publishing, Selling and Reviewing Books

Reading, writing, publishing, selling, and reviewing books sounds like a simple process, but each has many issues surrounding it – legally, ethically, financially, and culturally.  How do we encourage and teach others to use, produce, shape or discuss books responsibly, fairly, and accurately?  What standards need to be implemented to insure that all things relating to books is done properly?

Let’s examine what needs to be done or taken into consideration when one experiences books:

1.      Reading Books

Legally – Are you reading books that aren’t pirated or created as a result of breaking the law?

Ethically – Are you reading content that is ethically sound?

Financially – Are you compensating the creators of the book that you read?

Culturally – Will reading this book support the culture you hope to exist in?

2.      Writing Books

Legally – Are you observing the laws that involve copyright, libel, and defamation?

Ethically – Are you using powerful tools of communication for good?

Financially – Are you able to make a living from your craft?

Culturally – Do your writings contribute to the society you want to live in?

3.      Publishing Books

Legally – Make sure you publish factual information and observe laws of piracy, copyright, libel, slander, etc.

Ethically – Publish books with integrity and pride – and do so in a way that’s fair to all voices.

Financially – Pursue profits for your books – enough to sustain and grow your company, but don’t be greedy!

Culturally – Publish books that make the world a better, more informed, more loving place – but have fun and meet the needs of a diverse community.

4.      Selling books

Legally – Don’t sell stolen or fraudulent books.

Ethically – Support the First Amendment and sell all books.

Financially – Make money whole reinvesting in the publishing industry.

Culturally – Sell books that meet the needs and desires of a diverse public.

5.      Reviewing Books

Legally – Follow the laws governing the media when issuing a review.

Ethically – Be fair to writers, informative to the public.  Choose books to review based on a book’s merits, not its status.

Financially – Review self-published and traditionally published books – don’t just serve the elite houses.

Culturally – Take into account a diverse readership when crafting your review or determining which book to review.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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