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

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You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: 1 2 3 4 5. Preview this item Preview this item. Merchants of culture : the publishing business in the twenty-first century Author: John B Thompson Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 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.

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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 s. 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.

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But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the industry faces a Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century. These are turbulent times in the world of book publishing. For nearly five centuries the methods and practices of book publishing remained largely unchanged.

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. Read more Find a copy online Links to this item Inhaltsverzeichnis Inhaltsverzeichnis bvbr. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item 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. Reviews Editorial reviews. Publisher Synopsis "For some time to come, this is bound to be the definitive thing to read for anyone trying to understand the infrastructure of book culture - especially as it has taken shape over the past two or three decades.

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By Anna McKie. For nearly five centuries, the world of book publishing remained largely static. 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. He includes extensive interviews from employees from all areas of the field, giving the reader a sense that they have gained inside information that could not be found just anywhere. Foreign conglomerates such as Bertelsmann were willing and able to buy large publishing firms in the United States because 'they don't have to deal with the Wall Street quarterly mentality and they can afford to take a longer term strategic view'

Booksellers and bookselling -- Great Britain. View all subjects. John B. Thompson begins this book with a publishing anecdote that will be familiar even to those on the margins of the business: the story of how Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, gave a talk in as part of a series at the university with the title "The Last Lecture.

Merchants of culture : the publishing business in the twenty-first century

How could that possibly make sense? In chiseled pages, Thompson explains why such an offer came about, and why it made sense -- indeed, The Last Lecture proved to be a lucrative acquisition for Hyperion. He does so with the the methodological acumen of the sociologist he is at the University of Cambridge. Thompson conducted hundreds of interviews for Merchants of Culture , supplemented by new interviews with many of his sources for this newly released second edition of the book the first was published in Much of Thompson's analysis builds on that of his book Books in the Digital Age , which focused on scholarly publishing.

Here he focuses on trade publishing, the hyper-commercial industry focused in New York and London.

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It's in the nature of any project of this sort that it stands to date quickly. But Thompson has done a notably good job of keeping his findings timely -- the figures here run into mid, capturing the arrival of the e-book transformation of the industry at that moment it shifted from an abstract possibility to an increasingly evident reality.

In some sense, however, the book feels fresh and up-to-date because of an intuitive grasp of temporal proportion; his perspective dates back to the corporate consolidation of the publishing industry in the s, and he traces trends that in many cases have been decades in the making. The organizational strategy for Merchants of Culture consists of chapters focused on key constituencies in the industry: on on the rise and decline of retail chains; the growing power of literary agents; the consolidation of publishing houses; and so on.