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indie vs mainstream: the Brave New World of publishing

For a while the idea of self/Indie-publishing in my mind was merged with that of samizdat, and honestly, growing up in 80s/90s Russia I used to think why else would someone consider an ‘underground’ publishing as an option if not to circumvent a regime’s censorship? Back then, my impulse response to ‘self-pub’ in the association game would be Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Now it is Amanda Hocking...
The world has changed a lot since I was twelve. Or maybe it is I who has changed.

If you’ve ever been to a bookshop in Australia, it is a known fact that books in Australia are expensive. Also, property in Australia is expensive. And because of these two reasons, I’ve been trying to avoid buying paper books (sometimes I slip...). I have no space for books (our bookshelves are overflowing as it is) and one of my new year 'themes' (note: not resolutions as those are useless) was to be more frugal. So, to keep true to my ‘theme’ I invested into an ereader about a year ago. As it turns out, t…

My 2012 Reading Highlights)

In 2012 by my estimation I’ve read just over 60 books.
I used to read a lot, but was on sort of a 'book-fast' during my first years in Australia. That could have had something to do with me working several casual jobs totaling over 50 hours a week and most weekends going to Sydney for sightseeing. Though in my defense, I still managed to read Da Vinci Code sometime during the 2006-2008 period. Yeah, I’m been worse than Rose Hathaway in that regard.
I’m not proud of that dreadful statistic, so I’ve been redeeming myself slowly in the past few years.
2011 in particular was a watershed year for me for several reasons: 
- I got enrolled in a full-time PhD (something I’ve been waiting to do since 2005); - By a serendipitous chance I went to a Richelle Mead book signing in Melbourne Dymocks (and it changed my lyfe:); - I got an ereader; and - I started writing YA. 
2011 was a big year for me in terms of private epiphanies, I guess.
Now, two years later, my reading patterns have at last …