VERY GOOD outline of publishing history and state of play today! - Since the invention of the printing press, the book publishing industry has more or less continued in the same vein for about 500 years. Yet Cambridge professor of sociology John B Thompson says we know very little about how the industry is organised today, and exactly how it is changing.
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Call SXSW 2009’s infamous “New Think for Old Publishers” (aka “Geeks School New York”) a missed opportunity. How did book publishing become the last media industry to embrace digital and how will this change? New publishing models, strategy and a brave future for books and we who love them.
http://www.writerscast.com/publishing-talks-david-wilk-interviews-tim-oreilly/ In this series of interviews, called Publishing Talks, I am talking to book industry professionals who have varying perspectives and thoughts about the future of publishing, books, and culture. This is a period of disruption and change for all media businesses. Publishing has been a crucial part of human culture for as long as people have been writing and reading. How will publishing evolve as our culture is affected by technology, climate change, population density, and the ebb and flow of civilization and its economics? Publishing Talks interviews help us understand the outlines of what is happening, and how we might ourselves interact with and influence the future of publishing as it unfolds. Publishing Talks interviews give people in the book business a chance to talk about ideas and concerns in a public forum that are often only talked about “around the water cooler,” at industry conventions and events, and in emails between friends. I hope that Publishing Talks interviews will give people inside and outside the book industry a chance to hear about some of the thoughts, ideas and concepts that are currently being discussed by engaged individuals within the industry. It was very exciting for me to have a chance to interview Tim O’Reilly, widely considered to be one of the smartest and most innovative publishers around.
In Peru, book piracy is bigger than the legitimate publishing industry.
When Paulo Cueolo’s bestselling, spiritually minded book The Winner Stands Alone was pirated there was a crackdown on the industry. But as Daniel Alarcon discovered, the pirated books were on the street the next day.
Daniel Alarcon was born in Peru but raised in the US. He still has connections there and visits regularly. In Granta’s issue on the theme of work, Daniel Alarcon writes about the contradictions of the book piracy industry in Peru.