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  - 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

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

User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

Both this book and Thompson's earlier Books in the Digital Age are well worth reading, if you are interested in understanding the profound changes convulsing the publishing industry. Thompson uses the ... Read full review

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FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
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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