Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What If Everyone in the World Wrote a Book?

My twitter feed is filled all day every day with tweets from people who wrote self-published books wanting to sell them. I do that too.

It's fun to go to tweetdeck.twitter.com and watch all the tweets scroll by with hardly any slowdown. Some of these books must be good, I'm convinced. Many are likely not, just as many books published by traditional publishing houses are not very good either.

Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing has opened the floodgates and authors no longer need to rely on agents or publishers and can do the job themselves. It's as if everybody in the world has written a book and it is available in Amazon's kindle store. Think of all the book launch parties going on!

But the process of separating the wheat from the chaff hasn't been perfected yet, not even close. Suppose every person in the world wrote a book. 6 billion books and all of them on Amazon. Which are good and which are bad? How would you know? How would you find out? Who's going to read those books? Who is going to post an honest review of all the books on Amazon?

I'm not sure there is any answer to the question, other than each author himself going out and "proving" that he is a good writer. The dreaded "platform." Can you judge a writer's quality by his online author platform? His website, his social media, his author pages, his own reviews. Is the answer to judging books reviewing and judging authors first?

The Answer to All Questions Is Data Mining

2 possibilities:

  1. Data mining database of books
  2. Data mining database of authors

Can a database accurately "review" books? Can we put all books into a database and it would tell us which are the best and which are just average? How to make qualitative judgments? I find this less likely than a hypothetical author database.

Data mining of author info may allow us to create a giant database of authors, their online activities, and produce a "score" for each, based on what they've said, what sites they frequent, etc. Could such a hypothetical database accurately rate authors and their worth?

Maybe a small test could be performed on known high quality bestselling authors. Construct a database of their works, their online activities, and see how to make sure the top writers get top scores, and then add unknown writers. Which of the unknown also get top scores? Then look at their books. Are they really top shelf?

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