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Merchants of Culture: he Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson

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February 2011, no. 328

Merchants of Culture: he Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson

Polity, $39.95 hb, 440 pp

Merchants of Culture: he Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson

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February 2011, no. 328

Since well before the global financial crash of 2008, there has been pessimism about the future of the book in an age of new paradigms: electronic transmission and gadgetry, all thus far untested, in a screen culture age. This uncertainty still hovers, like a pungent doom-cloud, despite the furious conversion of new and backlist files into multiple formats in publishing houses everywhere in readiness for the e-revolution. This is expensive and time-consuming work, done in good faith as an investment for the future. One by-product has been a chilling realisation that file archiving is poorly managed by many houses and that finding print-ready files of backlist books to convert to e-format isn’t as easy as was anticipated.

Terri-ann White reviews 'Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century' by John B. Thompson

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

by John B. Thompson

Polity, $39.95 hb, 440 pp

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