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    Re: Literature in the Flanaess - Natural Histories (Score: 1)
    by GVDammerung on Sat, June 04, 2005
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    Hi Kirt,

    The publisher sees to the copying of work from the original.

    I do not use the dark ages model you suggest but imagine a printing press model without the printing press. Professional scribes copy works copiously at the behest of publishers who believe a work will sell if offered widely enough for sale to the public.

    This presupposes a large enough literate audience.

    Given the metagame dynamics, I imagine that literacy is far more common than in the actual Middle Ages. Still, the literate audience is not huge, books are very expensive, and most editions number a few hundred copies at the very most. Unauthorized or "chapbook" editions may then double this number. Select excerpted or digested reproductions then fill out the picture. All told, there may be 1,000 to 3,000 whole editions, partial editions and excerpted selections in circulation for each of the most popular editions. Many of these, however, will not survive the rigors of existing for any length of time in a world filled with hordes of one sort or another and so forth.

    At the end of the day, however "anachronistic," I like the publishing "anachronism." ;-)

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