John Degen

What price do you put on culture?

That's the question Canadian writers and publishing professionals have been asking in the wake of comments by Brad Martin, the head of Penguin Random House Canada.

"I'm not interested in a book that is going to generate less than $100,000 in revenue unless the editor or publisher has a compelling vision for the book and/or the author," Martin told The Globe and Mail's Mark Medley in a recent column about the merger of Penguin and Random House - a seismic shift in the publishing landscape.

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