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