The Business of Books

The Business of Books : How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read

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Gone is the plethora of small but prestigious houses that often put ideas before profit in their publishing decisions. Now 6 behemoths share 80% of the market and margin is all. Part-memoir, part-history, here is an account of the collapsing standards of contemporary publishing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Verso Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 185984362X
  • 9781859843628
  • 551,424

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Andre Schiffrin is an old-fashioned New York publisher, the sort that loves and believes in books. Not just best-sellers, but little books with big ideas. Andre Schiffrin presents a somber portrait of American publishing where the pursuit of profit has strangled all creativity. Newsworthy and important, eloquent, smart, thoughtful, and well-presented. An absorbing account of the revolution in publishing during the last decade. Forceful evidence that corporate insistence on higher profits has been cultural and business folly. "Andre Schiffrin is an old-fashioned New York publisher, the sort that loves and believes in books. Not just best-sellers, but little books with big ideas."--"The Times" [London]"Andre Schiffrin presents a somber portrait of American publishing where the pursuit of profit has strangled all creativity."--"Nouvel Observateur""Newsworthy and important, eloquent, smart, thoughtful, and well-presented."--"The Nation""An absorbing account of the revolution in publishing during the last decade."--"Financial Times""Forceful evidence that corporate insistence on higher profits has been cultural and business folly."--"Business Week"show more

About Andre Schiffrin

Andre Schiffrin was, for thirty years, the publisher of Pantheon Books. In 1990 Schiffrin left Pantheon to found The New Press. He is the author of "The Business of Books, Words and Money, A Political Education," and "Dr. Seuss & Co. Go to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of America's Leading Comic Artists." He divides his time between Paris and New York.show more

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