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For Labor Day, an appreciation of unheralded literary labor
For Labor Day, an appreciation of unheralded literary labor

The other day, I exchanged emails with a self-published writer. Discussing Amazon’s dispute with Hachette, he argued that books are overpriced and what traditional publishers have to offer isn’t worth the high price they charge for books. What about the cost of editors? I asked. Proofreaders? Book designers? All overrated, he said. “For better or worse, in the online era editing in general and proofreading in particular are becoming less and less important,” he wrote. Readers just don’t care anymore about typos, he said. Well, I beg to differ. Writers may be inveterate loners, but what great author has ever brought a work into the...

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