In the news: Publishing

There’s been a lot of news in the publishing industry lately, not all of it good (but not all of it bad, either). The following articles have caught my attention in the past month or two.

From the Wired Campus blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education

It’s fair to say that most of us in the library and/or publishing worlds (especially those of us who straddle both) have heard about the recent boycott of Elsevier. The Wired Campus blog takes a brief look on why the movement gathered steam.

From The Guardian

What, exactly, is the “self-publishing bubble”? Ewan Morrison reports on the “euphoria of the digital age” and speculates as to whether all of the hype is sustainable or realistic and what this could mean for the future of publishing. (In August, Morrison wrote “Are books dead, and can authors survive?“, which is also worth a gander.)

From The Wall Street Journal (AP)

Those of us in the library world will surely have heard about Random House’s recent e-book pricing move, but this brief Associated Press article covers the basics. Go to Hellman also has an interesting take on the situation: Random House’s eBook Price Hikes are GOOD for Libraries. IF….

From Wired

I saved this one for last, because I have some serious nostalgia for the now-discontinued print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, one edition of which we had in my home when I was growing up. Tim Carmody muses about what caused the death of Britannica. Hint: it wasn’t Wikipedia.

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