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Book Business

Publishing Past, Present, and Future

Jason Epstein (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

"An irresistible book about Grub Street, authorship and the literary marketplace."—Washington Post Book World 

Jason Epstein has led arguably the most creative career in book publishing during the past half-century. He founded Anchor Books and launched the quality paperback revolution, cofounded the New York Review of Books, and created of the Library of America, the prestigious publisher of American classics, and The Reader's Catalog, the precursor of online bookselling. In this short book he discusses the severe crisis facing the book business today—a crisis that affects writers and readers as well as publishers—and looks ahead to the radically transformed industry that will revolutionize the idea of the book as profoundly as the introduction of movable type did five centuries ago.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2002
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32234-7
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Congenial, erudite, electrifying, this book is a must read for anyone who cares about books and their business.—Publishers Weekly starred review

Epstein is not only thoughtful and experienced, but also a hell of a good writer.—Boston Sunday Globe, Peter Davison

Humane, razor sharp, and charmingly told.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Reading [Epstein's] book is like enjoying a great jazz impresario: there's a wonderful riff coming at any moment.—New York Times Book Review, Laurence J. Kirshbaum

It is possible, even likely, that no one knows more about the publishing industry than Jason Epstein.—Norman Mailer

A brilliant, moving and profoundly insightful rendering of the history, status and future of American publishing.—Toni Morrison

History, memoir, and prophecy ... [by a] man who has been at the creative heart of American publishing for fifty years.—E.L. Doctorow

A must read for all who love books and publishing and for all who wonder whether either will survive.—Howard Gardner

A wise and insightful book on the present state and the future of book publishing.—Michael Korda”

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