Books in the Digital Age
The Transformation of Academic and Higher Education Publishing in Britain and the United States
By (author) John B. Thompson
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Books in the Digital Age by John B. Thompson
Book DescriptionThe book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This is the first major study of the book publishing industry in Britain and the United States for more than two decades. Thompson focuses on academic and higher education publishing and analyses the evolution of these sectors from 1980 to the present. He shows that each sector is characterized by its own distinctive 'logic' or dynamic of change, and that by reconstructing this logic we can understand the problems, challenges and opportunities faced by publishing firms today.He also shows that the digital revolution has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on the book publishing business, although the real impact of this revolution has little to do with the ebook scenarios imagined by many commentators. "Books in the Digital Age" will become a standard work on the publishing industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students taking courses in the sociology of culture, media and cultural studies, and publishing. It will also be of great value to professionals in the publishing industry, educators and policy makers, and to anyone interested in books and their future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745634784
(244mm x 170mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John B. Thompson
Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences, Hardback (August 2016)
John B. Thompson's collection of translated essays forms an illuminating introduction to Paul Ricoeur's prolific contributions to sociological theory.
Merchants of Culture, Hardback (December 2013)
These are turbulent times in the world of book publishing. For nearly five centuries the methods and practices of book publishing remained largely unchanged, but at the dawn of the twenty-first century the industry finds itself faced with perhaps the greatest challenges since Gutenberg.
From Text to Action, Paperback (November 2008)
Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and the University of Paris X, Nanterre, and a leading figure in twentieth-century French philosophy. This book offers a companion to Ricoeur's classic text, "The Conflict of Interpretations".
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The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution.
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Author Biography - John B. Thompson
John Thompson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.
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