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Setting aside the ethical issues of crowd sourcing, as Ken Dunn clearly has, I don't believe that this is a sustainable model for publishing. Firstly: Cover designs will be chosen by an author's preference, without the perspective and market insight a good editor and book marketing team can provide. Their experience with the publishing marketplace is invaluable. Secondly: As cover design becomes harshly Darwinian, the initial winners will be those who are willing use other people's efforts for their own gain. Eventually, artists won't be able to continue working for little or nothing and will move on to other jobs. Leaving fewer cover designers, who could drive up the price of cover design. Thirdly: we should not set aside the ethical issues of crowd sourcing. Creators should be paid for their work, designers as well as authors.
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Dec 31, 2013