One thing that I thought it was important to add: the BlazeVOX controversy really doesn’t affect how I feel about the work that they publish, and I don’t really give a damn if the authors helped to subsidize their books, as far as the work is concerned. As has been said elsewhere, BlazeVOX is not a “vanity press,” and the stigma that usually comes along with work put out by such presses does not apply here. The work being published is good. I don’t see any reason to doubt that.
In the midst of all these opinions about the “author donation” practice is a struggle for/questioning of legitimacy in the small press world.