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Letters to the Editor - June 1980

June 1980, no. 21

Letters to the Editor - June 1980

June 1980, no. 21

Dear Mr McLaren

Thank you for your letter. We shall certainly reciprocate in the matter of complimentary copies and we’re also interested in exchange advertising. I look forward to seeing your next issue and would appreciate receiving a copy by air mail if your circulation mechanism is as slow as ours tends to be.

I notice that you are an official publication of the National Book Council. I’m not quite sure whether that council is an industry body or a government one. In either case, however, I feel this is one area where we differ. When we founded ourselves nine years ago, we decided it was crucial to remain completely independent – free to develop our own editorial policy and take as tough a critical stance as we thought necessary. While government granting agencies provide about one third of our operating funds – $75,000 of $210,000 – that money is in no way conditional and we like to think that in a pinch we would be able to survive (just) without it. Even that arm’s-length connection with government has caused us some embarrassment, since outraged authors frequently choose to see us as a semi-official publication.

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