AnPlease Log In to view this link! is "the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist," while aPlease Log In to view this link! is "... an author " I suppose that what makes one different from the other is that the author has beenPlease Log In to view this link! (and I don't think 'paid-per-post to a website' normally counts, as that sort of publisher doesn't usually read your writing before paying you). And that answers my main question (at least for new publications): whose writing costs more to 'the end-consumer' (that's us)? Because 'buying a new book,' you're paying the retailer who paid the publisher who paid the author-&/or-writer(s); second-hand/used books, it really depends on 'what you want the book for.' A reasonable assessment?