Monday, April 14, 2008

How would you like to read this "author"?

"Philip Parker says he has computers do the substantial amount of repetitive work that is required in the writing of so many books."

This is from today's New York Times: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)

Do you consider this man an author? Would the word "compiler" satisfy you? Maybe we need to back up and ask ourselves: What constitutes a book?


Wendy said...

No, I don't consider him an author - I consider him a businessman who has figured out a way to produce a lot of information cheaply and then sell it under the guise of a book.

A "real" author uses creativity, good writing, and is invested in their work. This guy probably couldn't write a decent sentence if his life depended on it.

And no, I wouldn't buy his "work" me it is cheating (and looks like at least one Amazon customer also thought the writing was terrible too).

Chrisbookarama said... lol. I agree it seems like cheating.