Preface to the Second Edition vi
Preface to the First Edition viii
1 The Growth of the Retail Chains 26
2 The Rise of Literary Agents 59
3 The Emergence of Publishing Corporations 101
4 The Polarization of the Field 147
5 Big Books 188
6 Extreme Publishing 223
7 Shrinking Windows 238
8 The Wild West 292
9 The Digital Revolution 313
10 Trouble in the Trade 377
Conclusion: Facing an Uncertain Future 403
Appendix 1 Selected Imprints of the Main Publishing Corporations 410
Appendix 2 Note on Research Methods 415
The Kelvingrove Review
- This is the first major study of the book publishing industry in over 30 years.
- It provides a thorough, in-depth analysis of what’s happening in the world of trade publishing today, at a time of enormous change and uncertainty.
- It is written in a very clear and engaging way and will appeal to anyone interested in books and their future, from general readers and authors to those who work in the publishing industry.
- The author has established a reputation as a leading authority on the publishing industry and his previous book, Books in the Digital Age, has become a standard work on academic publishing.