This is not a publishing industry worth fighting for, not least because it isn’t the publishing industry as we have been taught to think of it—a high-minded cultural enterprise facilitating the flow of books from writers to readers—but because the woeful state of publishing today is the industry’s fault—and when I say “industry” I include, most especially, writers, because it is we who have allowed publishing companies and retailers to dictate the terms by which we turn our words into books and deliver our books to readers. And those terms, to put it as bluntly as possible, are fucked.
Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley investigates the flipback, a new print book format that combines the conveniences of e-readers (lightweight) and the pleasures of print books (feel of paper, smell).
Innovation or gimmick?
9 per cent of escorts surveyed by Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh work in publishing during the day. (Click on pic to enlarge)
Oh dear. Is it too late to be a dentist?