Is the Man Booker Prize now trying too hard, reducing the impact of the best-novel announcement with all the "extra" prizes they keep adding?
Or is it a good thing they keep using their strength to improve the reputations of writers and encourage people to go beyond the publisher-pushed best-seller lists?
Last week, the Man Booker announced a special prize for Beryl Bainbridge, who was shortlisted five times for what was then the Booker Prize, but never won.
The Man Booker Best of Beryl was another on-line voting prize, with readers asked to choose which of the five shortlisted novels was Bainbridge's best.
Master George eventually won, "a few votes" ahead of Every Man for Himself, but exactly how many votes were counted isn't revealed.
Bainbridge, an idiosyncratic and prolific writer, died last year. Master George, an economical account of the terrible Crimean War, was shortlisted in the year Ian McEwan's Amsterdam won the Booker.
There's a posthumous Bainbridge novel due to be published in June, to be called The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress.