Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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"An irresistible book about Grub Street, authorship and the literary marketplace."--Washington Post Book World "Congenial, erudite, electrifying, this book is a must read for anyone who cares about books and their business."--Publishers Weekly starred review  "Epstein is not only thoughtful and experienced, but also a hell of a good writer."--Boston Sunday Globe, Peter Davison "Humane, razor sharp, and charmingly told."--Kirkus Reviews starred review "Reading [Epstein's] book is like enjoying a great jazz impresario: there's a wonderful riff coming at any moment."--New York Times Book Review, Laurence J. Kirshbaum "It is possible, even likely, that no one knows more about the publishing industry than Jason Epstein."--Norman Mailer  "A brilliant, moving and profoundly insightful rendering of the history, status and future of American publishing."--Toni Morrison "History, memoir, and prophecy ... [by a] man who has been at the creative heart of American publishing for fifty years."--E.L. Doctorow "A must read for all who love books and publishing and for all who wonder whether either will survive."--Howard Gardner "A wise and insightful book on the present state and the future of book publishing."--Michael Korda

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Drawing on his W.W. Norton Lectures at the New York Public Library in October 1999, publishing giant Epstein considers what's wrong with the industry today. Read full review

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Jason Epstein, former editorial director of Random House, was the first recipient of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters.

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