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Glenn Reynolds


July 11, 2011 - 7:29 pm

One of the big phenomena in culture today is the end of gatekeeper power. And one place where it’s happening especially fast is in publishing. Thanks to the Kindle in particular, authors are able to bypass publishers and — sometimes — come out ahead. Blogger Ric Locke, for example, has published Temporary Duty on Kindle, and it’s spent weeks in Amazon’s Top Ten list for science fiction overall, meaning that it’s beating out major publisher releases on Kindle and in hardcover. That’s just the beginning, I expect.

Will the growth of independent media weaken the power of old-guard tastemakers? I think so. What do you think?

WHO IS GLENN REYNOLDS? I’m a law professor at the University of Tennessee. I write various law review articles, opeds, and other stuff. I’m a Contributing Editor at Popular Mechanics. I’m a columnist at The Washington Examiner. My most recent book is An Army of Davids : How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths. My next most recent book is The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business and Society, (The Free Press, 1997) coauthored with Peter W. Morgan. For something completely different, see Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology: Some Preliminary Observations, from the April, 2001 Environmental Law Reporter. Some of my other law review writings can be found in PDF form here. I’ve also written for The Atlantic Monthly, URB, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. I’m interested in everything, but my chief interest is in the intersection between advanced technologies and individual liberty. The vast majority of my writing touches on this in one way or another.
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