With the ease of self-publishing (and I mean it’s physically easy to publish, not be successful at it), self-publishing companies have made it simple for authors to maintain complete control over their work–including making changes to it after publishing.
As far as I know–and please feel free to correct me–with traditional publishing, once a book is published, that’s it. There’s no going back and making changes or fixing something an editor may have missed. It’s out there for everyone until a new edition is printed. And even then that’s up to the publisher, not the author.
However, when it comes to self-publishing, the author can go back in and fix a typo or add a chapter or re-release a book with new or different content. Perhaps even a different ending, which is interesting. It’s a rather large change in the world of books, in that readers can read the same book but experience it differently. Perhaps you might give a book you didn’t like another chance because the ending is different, or they made significant changes to make it read faster, or they introduced a new character.
Personally, I think this is an interesting change to the book world. But, as someone who rarely ever reads a book twice, I don’t know if I’d go for reading something again if it had a different ending. I don’t think this happens all that often anyway. It will be interesting to see if things like this grow in the self-publishing world, and if traditional publishing will change up there tactics.
What do you think? Would you re-read a book if it had different content? Would you give a book you didn’t like another shot? Would you re-publish the same book with a different ending, or another significant change?