New technology means that anyone can now publish an autobiography.
A recent item of American publishing news should prompt a surge of excitement among frustrated scribblers. Amazon has purchased BookSurge, a business specialising in "on-demand printing". Sounds arcane? Consider the significance.
For years, authors unable to find a commercial outlet have been obliged to pay specialist firms for the privilege of "vanity publication". Yet new technology makes it possible to print very short runs of books - even single copies - and to price these comparably with mass-produced commercial titles. Equally important, online traders can tap niche markets inaccessible to on-street booksellers - hence Amazon's takeover ... Guardian Unlimited