For those of you who missed it, yesterday we presented the 4th question from our WB x BPF debate series featuring Lay Flat creator and editor, Shane Lavalette who asked:
“Is the ease of publishing lowering the quality of published work? Is this even a concern?” – Shane Lavalette.
@blinkzine – “I agree, but not a concern because bad books will be lost and forgotten…”
@whiteheadollie – “A ‘book’ should be an artifact, and traditionally it had to be earned, now anybody can do it and this has lowered quality.”
@emiliatelese – “Quality can be plainly seen through looking at the context in which art is produced. No context = shallow art.”
@rzyrzy – “Quality work is still being produced, it just probably takes a lot more digging to find it now.”
@hello_marcbaker – “Yes. I think the lack of quality is born from the want to publish something quickly, but I don’t think it’s a concern.”
@caferoyalbooks – “Yes…and no. Everything is becoming easier and so more people are able to do more things. Publishing is one, taking photos is another. It doesn’t concern me. @hello_marcbaker I think speed can bring about lack or quality, however it is very possible to produce something high quality, fast. @whiteheadollie Gill, Gottlund, Fowler, ..all make amazing books. Amazing content and quality. That’s one way of working, I actually quite like disposable / ephemeral materials, especially when it’s made to the highest of standards – that’s why I do what I do. I don’t fetishise over litho printed hardbacks [not that theres anything wrong with that, it’s just one way of working, of many].”