‘Most Books Are Never Fact-Checked’


We are shocked! Shocked! That books aren’t fact-checked! Yes, I mean you, “Hollywood Babylon” and “Severed,” who live on the lowest rungs of the literary ladder. But that goes for you too, “The Fixers,” “Full Service” and “City of Nets.”

In the Atlantic, writer Kate Newman says: “Most books are never fact-checked.”

Scott Rosenberg of MediaBugs says: “I just think you’d have to rip up the publishing industry as it exists and start over if you really wanted publishers to fact-check books.”

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to ‘Most Books Are Never Fact-Checked’

  1. juliemerholz says:

    I think the Bible could use some fact checking.


  2. mandymarie20 says:

    I thought that was a part of the publishing process. It started out that way. I suppose publishers are so antsy to beat the Internet, that they will do anything to get books out quickly. So if facts aren’t important – what is? What is the incentive to purchase a book if facts are no longer important?


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