One thing I find wonderful about the internet self-publishing phenomenon is that while there has been an explosion in the amount of material published on sites such as Lulu and Smashwords, and with sites such as Goodreads providing more access to this material than ever before, this has led to definite advantages for both writers, and readers alike. For one, it has certainly freed up readers who do not have the time to visit bookshops to receive their reading fix in another manner. For writers, it has also freed them to be able to publish their works, and have their voices heard by the world, in a manner which is largely not possible through the traditional publishing industry. These self-publishing websites, such as those previously mentioned, feature so much creative, intuitive, and, to put it simply, great writing, that, in my opinion, it would be a loss to the world if the voices of the writers and authors concerned were never heard. I must admit it is a great pleasure of mine to read the stories which are published on sites such as the above, and take into account the differing viewpoints of the writers and authors. What is sometimes easy to forget, though, is how much thought, hours, and sweat and tears actually go into uploading that writing piece to the internet for the world to read, and appraise whichever way they see fit.