Today, Mick's Independent Publishing Magazine
targets the ignorant, stupid, short-sighted, out-of-date, self-defeating and inconsistently enforced policy of the organizers of "The People's Book Prize" to exclude SOME self-published authors. (The intention is exclude all.)
Mick says: "The irony is that if you self-publish a book with an author service, and you are not the registered publisher of origin, then you can qualify for entry if your publishing service provider enters the book, but you're barred if you are both author and publisher and own the isbn as part of your imprint.
An author could in theory write the best book ever, contract the best editors and designers, but would not be eligible for The People's Book Prize.
Despite Farhad's departure from Slate,
his earlier columns are still online. Today Slate featured what Farhad offered on 1/12/11, complaining about the strangely surviving system of installing two spaces after a period. I've bitched about this prehistoric practice, too.