I'm entirely sympathetic with the desire on the part of journalists and their editors to print honest and natural speech. But it seems to me that very few consumers of media realize that print interviews present unique opportunities for distortion.
In the end, the act of writing a book will not change. Yet as the publishing world changes, as do the ways in which readers digest books, many of the most meaningful moments in an author's career will be lost or different in a way to make them unrecognizable.
Perhaps there is a way to account for the massive discrepancy between what Mortenson claims he is making, and what the facts show he is 'actually' making, but again, like the 60 Minutes piece, there are reasons to doubt him.
When authors publish their books electronically, most price their titles between $2.99 and $9.99. However, a growing number of authors are pricing their online offerings for as little as 99 cents. Why is this?