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The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates

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

ISBN : 1859847633
Author : Andre Schiffrin
Publisher : Verso Books
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX31-U31-X5-VSO-42466

 

 
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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;The descendant of a distinguished publishing family, Schiffrin has been the gadfly of American publishing ever since he quit his post as head of Random House's Pantheon imprint in a blaze of publicity 10 years ago, complaining that the publisher's new management wanted to trim his list severely, removing from it many of the socially conscious titles he was proud to publish. He went on to found and run the New Press, which, with strong foundation support, has continued to do many of the kinds of books that Schiffrin insists should be published, but which he claims have increasingly been abandoned by big commercial houses. In this brief but pithy treatise, some of which has already appeared in Europe, Schiffrin forcefully argues that publishing only for immediate commercial return is not only economically shortsighted but culturally disastrous. Without being unduly nostalgic for the &doublequote;good old days,&doublequote; he insists that big American publishers used to offer lists that were much better balanced between popular entertainment and necessary social and political commentary than they are today. He further argues that the attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator of taste, which has, he says, led network television and movies in such depressing directions, has dumbed down publishing to an alarming degree, robbing it of much of its standing as a vehicle for the expression of significant ideas and outlooks that may not have instant appeal. Whether the increasing use of the Internet for publishing will prove to expand this more enlightened mission remains to be seen, but based on past experience with the urgencies of the profit motive, Schiffrin is not optimistic. His book is a salutary and sensibly written reminder of the ideals that drew so many into publishing, and that, if he is right, are so seldom reflected in it today. (Oct.) &newline;Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;Village Voice, 19 September 2000&newline;&newline;[A] riveting chronicle of the rise and fall of the American reader.

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