Quantity over quality?

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News Media Commentary
Title: Quantity over quality?
Commentator: Elizabeth Tai
Date(s): 01 April 2012
Venue: Thestar.com
Fandom: Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight
External Links: Quantity over quality? (now offline)
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Quantity over quality? is an article about Fifty Shades of Grey and the practice of removing fanfiction from online archives and republishing it in print as original fiction. The article's topic line says: "A first time novelist's work is stirring much passionate debate in the publishing world over its origins and the merits of going after numbers rather than good writing."

it used to be that publishers would not touch stories that have been published online, deeming them “used goods”. However, the rise of e-books has changed things; publishers now pursue successful self-published e-book authors, hungry for their fan base. [...] Fanfic? Thanks to its shaky legal status, it had long been understood that publishing them for profit would land the writer in court. Now, it would seem that this taboo may have been broken.