Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 27, 2012 - Business & Economics - 464 pages
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"All you need to know about the industry at a time of momentous change."
-Drake McFeely, chairman and president, W.W. Norton & Company


For nearly five centuries, the world of book publishing remained largely static. But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the industry faces a combination of economic pressures and technological change that is forcing publishers to alter their practices and think hard about the future of the book.

John Thompson's riveting account dissects the roles of publishers, agents, and booksellers in the United States and Britain, charting their transformation since the 1960s. Offering an in-depth analysis of how the digital revolution is changing the game today, Merchants of Culture is the one book that anyone with a stake in the industry needs to read.


  

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Review: Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

I had to read this book for a class called, "Context of Writing." The class discussed the different elements of the publishing chain: author, agent, publisher, retailer. This book, written in 2010 and ... Read full review

Review: Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Boostamonte Lestabornaise - Goodreads

Very informative, but leads to me to think that it is possible I'd have to re-read the new addition every year to keep up with the changes that are happening. Something I don't really want to do. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
TheEmergence
The Polarization of the Field
Big Books
Extreme Publishing
Shrinking Windows Revolution
Trouble in the Trade
Appendix 1Selected Imprintsofthe
Note on Research Methods
Bibliography
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About the author (2012)

John B. Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

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