No, Christine - you are absolutely wrong. Thousands of books are published by big publishers out of the vanity of the author. Just think of all those self-serving celebrity biogs. Plenty of books are published by big publishers that are full of misinformation (I could name four off the top of my head), and others that are badly-researched and even full of typos. Again, I could point to examples.
Therefore, being published by a big publisher means nothing in terms of quality control. They only publish books they think will make money. If nonsense achieves this, they publish nonsense. There is no fact checking, for example.
What is more, many best-selling, popular and much-loved books have been self published before later being taken up by a major publisher.
As you have rudely ignored everything that I wrote in my previous posting about my own history book, I will engage with you no longer. I've made my point, and I shall leave it to others to take up the cudgels.
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