Articles about publishing, bookselling and reading

Here are selected articles about publishing and reading, which you can freely access online. At the end of each chapter of the book, there are suggestions for further reading including books and articles

Tahmima Anam, ‘Thank you Mum and Dad’, Guardian, 9 October 2008

A humorous take on the benefits of being an author

Chris Anderson, ‘The Long Tail’, Wired, 12.10, October 2004

The original article about the Long Tail

Ken Auletta, ‘Publish or Perish: Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?’, New Yorker, 26 April 2010

The battle to control the growing market for ebooks

Stephen Bayley, ‘Beautiful, perfect, supreme chunk of paper’, BBC, 17 September 2008

Article about the ebook v the printed book – with a video in which Peter Crawshaw tries out the Sony Reader

Nicholas Carr, ‘Is Google making us Stupid?’,  Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2008.

What the internet is doing to our brains

Alex Clark, ‘The Corrections’, Guardian 12 February 2011

The role of the editor in modern publishing

Caleb Crain, ‘Twilight of the Books’, New Yorker, 24 December 2007.

What will life be like if people stop reading?

Caron Dann, ‘Why is a bestseller worthless?’, Times Higher Education, 20 November 2008.

The differing value to academia of research monographs and more commercial books.

Robert Darnton, ‘Google and the Future of Books’, New York Review of Books, 12 February 2009

Is too much power being concentrated in the hands of one company, Google?

Jason Epstein, ‘Books @ Google’, New York Review of Books, 19 October 2006

About Google Book Search

Joseph J. Esposito, ‘The Wisdom of Oz: The role of the university press in scholarly communications’, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Winter 2007

How to strengthen the university press

Matthew Evans, ‘Guru-in-Chief’, Guardian, 6 June 2009

The former Faber Chairman writes about T. S. Eliot and the poet’s career at Faber

Stuart Jeffries, ‘How Waterstone’s killed bookselling’, Guardian, 10 November 2009

Has Waterstone’s killed bookselling?

John Lanchester, ‘Short Cuts’London Review of Books, 19 June 2008

The merits of hardback v paperback

Martin Majoor, ‘My Type Design Philosophy’, Typotheque

Majoor on type design. He designed Scala, the face used in Inside Book Publishing

Blake Morrison, ‘Black Day for the Blue Pencil’, Observer, 6 August 2005

Editors are now an endangered species

Tim O’Reilly, ‘What is Web 2.0’, 30 September 2005

An attempt to clarify just what is meant by Web 2.0

George Packer, New Yorker, 17 February 2014

Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

Colin Robinson, Diary in London Review of Books, 26 February 2009

Reflections on publishing both sides of the Atlantic

John Sutherland, ‘Brave New World’, Financial Times, 9 October 2004

Survey of the world of books

Peter Wilby, ‘Final Chapter for book reviews?’, Guardian, 15 December 2008

About the decline of the literary pages in newspapers

Carl Wilkinson, ‘The Economics of Book Festivals’, Financial Times, 30 May 2014


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