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Overview

Warnings of the death of the book and the degradation of literature have been prevalent for decades, yet books survive and book publishing remains a viable and important force with the media mix. At times, it is hard to distinguish book publishing from the rest of the media enterprise, since publishing houses are both independent entities and also part of newspaper, magazine, and electronic media empires. The oldest of the mass media, books were also the first to achieve a global presence, crossing easily over national and political boundaries from earliest times and serving as a venue for debate and development of thought. As testimony to their continued viability, publishing houses have been briskly bought up in the international marketplace by global media conglomerates.

Publishing Books explores the current health and future prospects of books and the book publishing industry in the United States. It contains perspectives ranging from an insider view of publishing executives to those of agents, authors, booksellers, and readers. Dan Lacy provides an overview of the structure and economic history of book publishing. Jeremiah Kaplan predicts that books as we know them will disappear in the next century, although writers and readers will not. Gene D. Lanier contends that one worsening threat to books and publishing is the incidence of censorship.

Other topics covered in Publishing Books include the importance of book reviews, the histories of New York's greatest bookstores, why there are so few book lovers among journalists, and the decline in quality of the writings of U.S. presidents. This volume also includes a section by Beth Luey reviewing six books on publishing. Publishing Books is a pioneering study of the history, current status, and future of books and their impact. It will be vital for publishers, editors, and librarians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009054
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Everette E. Dennis is Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, where he serves as chair of the Communication and Media Management Department and as director of the Center for Communications. Some of his books include Beyond the Cold War, Justice Black and the First Amendment, and Radio—The Forgotten Medium. Edward C. Pease is professor and head of the Department of Communication at Utah State University. A former newspaper journalist, he was associate director for publications and editor of the Media Studies Journal at The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center.

Craig L. LaMay is director of media research at the Urban Institute, Northwestern University. Before that, he served as editor of Media Studies Journal. He is co-editor, with Everette E. Dennis, of America’s Schools and the Mass Media and Higher Education in the Information Age.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 From Family Enterprise to Global Conglomerate 3
2 For Books, Another Brave New World 13
3 Symposium: Twelve Visions 19
4 Decline? What Decline? 33
5 A Voice from the Heartland - Alive and Well, Thank You 41
6 Literary Power Brokers Come of Age 49
7 Traveling the Rocky Road to Readers 59
8 Censorship - The Enemy Is Us 67
9 The Cultural Ecology of Book Reviewing 75
10 A Walking Tour of Manhattan's Independent Bookstores 93
11 Extra! Extra! The Sad Story of Books as News 105
12 Accountability When Books Make News 113
13 Why Can't Mr. President Write? 119
14 Books Make the Difference 129
15 The "Book" on Books - Mammon and the Muses 141
16 Books by the Number 151
For Further Reading 159
Index 163
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