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The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the f The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This is the first major study of the book publishing industry in Britain and the United States for more than two decades. Thompson focuses on academic and higher education publishing and analyses the evolution of these sectors from 1980 to the present. He shows that each sector is characterized by its own distinctive 'logic' or dynamic of change, and that by reconstructing this logic we can understand the problems, challenges and opportunities faced by publishing firms today. He also shows that the digital revolution has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on the book publishing business, although the real impact of this revolution has little to do with the ebook scenarios imagined by many commentators. industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students taking courses in the sociology of culture, media and cultural studies, and publishing. It will also be of great value to professionals in the publishing industry, educators and policy makers, and to anyone interested in books and their future.


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The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the f The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This is the first major study of the book publishing industry in Britain and the United States for more than two decades. Thompson focuses on academic and higher education publishing and analyses the evolution of these sectors from 1980 to the present. He shows that each sector is characterized by its own distinctive 'logic' or dynamic of change, and that by reconstructing this logic we can understand the problems, challenges and opportunities faced by publishing firms today. He also shows that the digital revolution has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on the book publishing business, although the real impact of this revolution has little to do with the ebook scenarios imagined by many commentators. industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students taking courses in the sociology of culture, media and cultural studies, and publishing. It will also be of great value to professionals in the publishing industry, educators and policy makers, and to anyone interested in books and their future.

30 review for Books in the Digital Age: The Transformation of Academic and Higher Education Publishing in Britain and the United States

  1. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    It's a tome but have been selecting sections to read for my job at UT Press. Anyone in publishing should scan or pick some areas to read. It's a tome but have been selecting sections to read for my job at UT Press. Anyone in publishing should scan or pick some areas to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Williams

    This is a scholarly book primarily aimed at those with an interest in publishing. It focuses on academic publishing and the role of University Presses as well as the field of higher education publishing, ie textbooks. The book was published in 2006 but the period evaluate is from 1980 to 2004. It traces the consolidation of the publishing industry, the problems of University Presses and the influence of digital content on the way information in books is put together, published and sold. The bigg This is a scholarly book primarily aimed at those with an interest in publishing. It focuses on academic publishing and the role of University Presses as well as the field of higher education publishing, ie textbooks. The book was published in 2006 but the period evaluate is from 1980 to 2004. It traces the consolidation of the publishing industry, the problems of University Presses and the influence of digital content on the way information in books is put together, published and sold. The biggest problem with the book is the fast moving nature of the field. The demise of Borders and weakening of Barnes and Noble, the introduction of eReaders such as Kindle and iPad, and the dominance of Amazon will need to be documented and explored in a latter book. Even so, as an Editor and publisher of digital content I learned a lot about the evolution of publishing and particularly how digitalization and print on demand has changed the supply chain and the life history of books. This is the period of most rapid change since the invention of movable type and the printing press. This book took me a while to read, mostly during my lunch break but it was worth it for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    This writing is very dense, but the first few parts are a great source for background on the publishing field. The majority of the book focuses on the academic publishing field, specifically British publishing. A few things, though: this book was last reprinted in 2008 and so it really needs updated, and, ironically, this book doesn't have an ebook. This writing is very dense, but the first few parts are a great source for background on the publishing field. The majority of the book focuses on the academic publishing field, specifically British publishing. A few things, though: this book was last reprinted in 2008 and so it really needs updated, and, ironically, this book doesn't have an ebook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    March

    It's a very comprehensive, well argued, well substantiated account on the present and future of publishing. Anyone working in this field should have a copy. I am using it extensively for my research thesis on enhanced publications for the humanities. It's a very comprehensive, well argued, well substantiated account on the present and future of publishing. Anyone working in this field should have a copy. I am using it extensively for my research thesis on enhanced publications for the humanities.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin Gerhardstein

    This book is very dense, yet is very well written. If you want to know about the publishing industry and how it too is dominated by an oligopoly of TNC's, check this one out. I warn you though, you are reading a 450 page book about books...you need to be patient with this one. This book is very dense, yet is very well written. If you want to know about the publishing industry and how it too is dominated by an oligopoly of TNC's, check this one out. I warn you though, you are reading a 450 page book about books...you need to be patient with this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Isao Matsumoto

    great!

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