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E-Book Review Volume 1

THE e-BOOK REVIEW
THE E-BOOK STORY
A LIGHT-HEARTED LOOK by Gurmeet Mattu
Once upon a time there was a writer. He was a good
writer and felt that people would like the things he
wrote. He'd written a book, using all his skills and
imagination, but he only had one copy and it was
soon tattered as all his friends wanted to borrow it to
read it. The writer knew that to let a lot of people
read it he would need to have it printed and pub-
lished, but the writer didn't have any money to print it
and publish it.
such a good idea that he took on other writers and
printed and published their books too. Most of them
sold well and he made so much money that he be-
came incredibly rich. So rich in fact that he had
chocolate profiteroles for breakfast!
One day a big company came to see the publisher
and said they would like to buy his publishing busi-
ness for millions of pounds. The publisher was quite
happy with this, as some of the books he published
didn't sell all that well and a few even lost money.
So, if he could take that level of risk out of his life
and still get a bucket-load of money, that would be
perfect.
One day a man came to see the writer. He was a
publisher and he said he would pay to have the writ-
er's book printed and published. The writer was de-
lighted but he knew there had to be a catch.
"Why are you doing this?" he asked the publisher.
The big company was run by accountants and they
didn't like risk at all. They weren't interested in books
being well written by talented authors, all they want-
ed to see was books making a profit. So they decid-
ed to only publish books by famous authors or
celebrity TV chefs and as these sold a lot and made
a lot of money, they were happy.
"Because I love the arts and I appreciate good writ-
ing," the publisher replied, "You are a very talented
writer and your book deserves to be read by a lot of
people."
"But you're taking an awful risk," the writer protest-
ed, "you'll be spending thousands of pounds to get
my book printed and published and if nobody buys it
you might lose all your money."
One day our writer wrote another very good book
and took it to the big company to see if they would
publish it.
"I'm willing to take that risk," the publisher answered,
"but because I'm the one taking the risk I think I de-
serve to be taking most of the profit. That's if there is
a profit, of course."
"But you're not a famous author or a celebrity TV
chef," the big company said.
"No, but I've written a very good book."
"What do you mean by 'most'?" the writer asked
warily.
"Ah," they replied, "but it doesn't fit our list and the
markets are depressed."
"I'll give you ten per cent of the cover price, a royal-
ty, and just to show that I believe in you, here's an
advance of a whole dollar."
The writer was saddened by this. "What can I do?"
he asked.
"Murdering somebody would be good," the big com-
pany said, "or marrying twelve women or joining the
Taliban."
The writer was delighted. His book would be getting
printed and published so lots of people could read it
and he had a whole dollar as well!
"But it's a really good book," the writer insisted.
The publisher was even more delighted, especially
as the book sold thousands and thousands of copies
and he made a lot of money. He saw that this was
"Can you guarantee sales?" they asked.
"No, of course not."
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