Book Publishing May Actually Save Itself
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The book publishing industry just finished its annual convention, called BEA (BookExpo America.) For three days in New York City, publishers exhibited their new and forthcoming titles, and occasionally took orders from the dramatically dwindling ranks of independent bookstore buyers. Yet there was a feeling of optimism in the hall. The question was: why?
"Print is like Yiddish; it has been on its deathbed for 400 years," said Harold Clarke, the President and Publisher of Reader's Digest Trade Publishing. Clarke, one of the more thoughtful and certainly the funniest man in publishing