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Publisher Comments:

These are turbulent times in the world of book publishing. For nearly five centuries the methods and practices of book publishing remained largely unchanged, but at the dawn of the twenty-first century the industry finds itself faced with perhaps the greatest challenges since Gutenberg. A combination of economic pressures and technological change is forcing publishers to alter their practices and think hard about the future of the books in the digital age.

In this book - the first major study of trade publishing for more than 30 years - Thompson situates the current challenges facing the industry in an historical context, analysing the transformation of trade publishing in the United States and Britain since the 1960s. He gives a detailed account of how the world of trade publishing really works, dissecting the roles of publishers, agents and booksellers and showing how their practices are shaped by a field that has a distinctive structure and dynamic.

This new paperback edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of the most recent developments, including the dramatic increase in ebook sales and its implications for the publishing industry and its future.

Synopsis:

The world of book publishing is going through turbulent times. For nearly five centuries the methods and practices of book publishing remained largely unchanged, but at the dawn of the 21st century the industry finds itself faced with perhaps the greatest challenges since Gutenberg. A combination of economic pressures and technological change is forcing publishers to alter their practices and think hard about the future of the book in the digital age.

In this book – the first major study of trade publishing for more than 30 years – Thompson situates the current challenges facing the industry in an historical context, analyzing the transformation of trade publishing in the United States and Britain since the 1960s. He gives a detailed account of how the world of trade publishing really works, dissecting the roles of publishers, agents and booksellers and showing how their practices are shaped by a field that has a distinctive structure and dynamic. Against this backdrop Thompson analyzes the impact of the digital revolution on book publishing and examines the pressures that are reshaping the field of trade publishing today.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1 The Growth of the Retail Chains.

2 The Rise of Literary Agents.

3 The Emergence of Publishing Corporations.

4 The Polarization of the Field.

5 Big Books.

6 Extreme Publishing.

7 Shrinking Windows.

8 The Wild West.

9 The Digital Revolution.

10 Trouble in the Trade.

Conclusion: Facing an Uncertain Future.

Appendix 1 Selected imprints of the main publishing corporations.

Appendix 2 Note on research methods.

Bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745647869
Publisher:
Polity
Subject:
Media Studies
Author:
Thompson, John B.
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Subject:
REFERENCE / Publishing
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101026
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
236.2 x 160 x 36.5 mm 29 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The world of book publishing is going through turbulent times. For nearly five centuries the methods and practices of book publishing remained largely unchanged, but at the dawn of the 21st century the industry finds itself faced with perhaps the greatest challenges since Gutenberg. A combination of economic pressures and technological change is forcing publishers to alter their practices and think hard about the future of the book in the digital age.

In this book – the first major study of trade publishing for more than 30 years – Thompson situates the current challenges facing the industry in an historical context, analyzing the transformation of trade publishing in the United States and Britain since the 1960s. He gives a detailed account of how the world of trade publishing really works, dissecting the roles of publishers, agents and booksellers and showing how their practices are shaped by a field that has a distinctive structure and dynamic. Against this backdrop Thompson analyzes the impact of the digital revolution on book publishing and examines the pressures that are reshaping the field of trade publishing today.

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