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With consolidation in the publishing industry, major publishing houses have become tougher to crack and self-publishing has become an increasingly popular alternative. The Miami Herald Says Technology has fueled the trend toward self-publishing. Not only has the Internet made it easier to market and distribute books but digital technology has also made printing cheaper and given authors more flexibility in the number of copies they want.
And that's encouraged a growing number of new authors to drop the idea of distributing manuscripts and take matters into their own hands.