Greco et al: The Book Publishing Industry

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A comprehensive overview of the publishing industry packed with useful data. Takes a strong US bent. From the book: “There is stark uncertainty in the book business. Every book is in a tournament fighting for sales and attention against every other new and backlist book. So book publishing is geared to adapt, and adapt rather […]

Stone: The Everything Store

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The inside story of Amazon and the man behind it’s birth, Jeff Bezos. Winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2013. From the book: “Bezos concluded that a true everything store would be impractical – at least at the beginning. He made a list of twenty possible product categories, including computer […]

Bhaskar: The Content Machine

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The Content Machine is a concise study of the past and present of publishing that outlines a theory of publishing based on content, market making and making public. From the book: “Disintermediation and copyright are hardly the only issues on a publisher’s agendas. For the most part they aren’t even near the top. The following […]

Hall: The Business of Digital Publishing

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An introduction to the development of digital products in the book and journal industries, exploring challenges and new business models across different sectors of the industry. From the book: “Publishers have developed expertise in content; finding it, nurturing it, developing it and producing it. Publishers see this as one of the important aspects of their […]

Morris et al: The Handbook of Journal Publishing

Cover of Morris et al, The Handbook of Journal Publishing

A practical guide to the process of publishing journals. From the book: “We should not forget that changes in printing technology made a huge difference to scholarly communication long before the advent of computers, let alone the Internet. Indeed, the first published journals were themselves the successors of correspondence between scientists on the one hand, […]

Hand & Middleditch: Design for Media

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A practical guide to print and online design and layout. From the book: “Although the creative process can appear to be artistic rather than businesslike, to ensure that you achieve the correct result within the schedule, it needs to be carefully managed. The development of a media product design follows a number of stages…” Design […]

Thompson: Merchants of Culture

A frank, insightful and accessible in-depth investigation into the realities of how publishers work and why the industry operates as it does. From the book: “The staff of every publishing house are constantly looking over their shoulders to see what their competitors are doing. The constantly scrutinize the bestseller lists and study their competitors’ more successful books to see […]

Campbell: Academic and Professional Publishing

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A contributed volume that reviews changes in academic and professional publishing and the approaches publishers are using to adapt to new challenges. Has an emphasis on journal publishing. From the book: “As in any business, it is critical to understand the needs of stakeholders and dynamics of the market, and this is no different for […]

Bullock: Book Production

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An introduction to the management of book production, covering project management, project planning and the processes required to produce a finished book. Written from the perspective of a publisher (who needs to manage processes) rather than a typesetter or printer (who needs to execute them). From the book: “Schedules, whether draft or working, are a […]

Athill: Stet

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A memoir of a literary editor’s career and her work with authors such as V. S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys. “A publishing firm is a complicated business which has to buy, sell and manufacture or cause to be manufactured. What it buys and sells is products of people’s imaginations, the materials for making books, and a variety of […]