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

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Verso, 2001 - 178 páginas
Post-war American publishing has been ruthlessly transformed since André Schiffrin joined its ranks in 1956. Gone is a plethora of small but prestigious houses that often put ideas before profit in their publishing decisions, sometimes even deliberately. Now six behemoths share 80% of the market and profit margin is all.

André Schiffrin can write about these changes with authority because he witnessed them from inside a conglomerate, as head of Pantheon, co-founded by his father, bought (and sold) by Random House. And he can write about them with candor because he is no longer on the inside, having quit corporate publishing in disgust to set up a flourishing independent house, The New Press. Schiffrin's evident affection for his authors sparkles throughout a story woven around publishing the work of those such as Studs Terkel, Noam Chomsky, Gunnar Myrdal, George Kennan, Juliet Mitchell, R. D. Laing, Eric Hobsbawm and E.P.Thompson.

Part-memoir, part-history, here is an account of the collapsing standards of contemporary publishing that is irascible, acute and passionate. An engaging counterpoint to recent, celebratory memoirs of the industry written by those with more stock options and fewer scruples than Schiffrin, The Business of Books warns of the danger to adventurous, intelligent publishing in the bullring of today's marketplace.
 

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This book isn't exactly brimming with piz-zazz. As utterly fascinating as the subjects are it reads like a scholarly journal for most of it. The best parts are where Schiffrin gives personal insights ... Leer reseña completa

THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS

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An unsentimental look at the corrupting influence of money on book publishing.For 30 years Schiffrin was the publisher of Pantheon, a press founded by his Russian émigré father in 1942 and sold to ... Leer reseña completa

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Good Reading for the Few and for the Millions
15
Pantheons Second Generation
33
Fixing the Bottom Line
73
Market Censorship
103
SelfCensorship and the Alternatives
129
The New Press
155
Notes
173
Index
175
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Sobre el autor (2001)

André 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.

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