Merchants of Culture
The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 464 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 27 March 2012|
The world of book publishing is going through turbulent times. Thompson's riveting account dissects the roles of publishers, agents, and booksellers in the United States and Britain, charting their transformation since the 1960s.
About the Author
John B. Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.
"A fine-grained snapshot... of the terminal struggle of traditional publishers. [Thompson's] mordant picture of an industry in crisis gives publishers, writers and readers much to think about."Jason Epstein, "The New York Review of Books"
"[Thompson] draws on valuable interviews and the mass of statistics that the field itself devours in search of success. He offers a calm, relatively sanguine account of contemporary publishing, a world dominated by the $6 million advance, the blockbuster and the buzz."Times Literary Supplement
"Thompson bring forensic keeneness, acuity, breadth, depth and wit to this page-turning study of the book trade, its denizens, demons and deities. [Merchants of Culture] ought to be prescribed reading for publishers, booksellers, writers, authors, reporters, reviewers and critics.""Mail & Guardian," South Africa
"John B. Thompson's research has produced an excellent history and analysis; it's a wonderful book, highly recommended.""Australian Book Review"
|Publisher: ||Plume Books|
|Dimensions: ||20.07 x 13.21 x 2.79 centimeters (0.34 kg)|