Monday, January 05, 2009

Mourning for Publishing?

As this is Survival of the Book, perhaps I shouldn't post an article that reads as a kind of elegy to publishing and books as we know them. But alas...

Andre Bernard, former publisher at Harcourt, wrote this article in the Washington Post late last month, using Robert Giroux's funeral as a jumping off point to discuss publishing's "Black Wednesday" and the larger state of books. (Thanks to BookNinja for the link, as well as another link to an article on Giroux and publishing.) It's a dreary article by Bernard, admittedly, with an argument I don't entirely buy, but it's a nice summation of what's happened recently and a worthy addition to the endless discussion on where to go from here.

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