Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing

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Polity Press
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6.4 X 9.1 X 2.0 inches | 2.03 pounds

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About the Author

John B. Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His previous books include Merchants of Culture.


"Book Wars is as comprehensive, wide-ranging and deeply considered an appraisal of the book publishing world as one can imagine - and a sober consideration of what the digital age has meant to a print-centred business. This masterful work should be the foundation for all future thinking about book publishing, and much future thinking about how new technologies change - and don't change - societies."
Michael Schudson, Columbia University

"Thompson weaves together a remarkable account of how and why one of the oldest forms of media has persisted through the challenges posed by digital disruption. Extraordinary in its breadth and depth, Book Wars unpacks the complex implications of digital production and distribution and draws crucial lessons that are relevant well beyond the world of books, providing a valuable lens for examining the profound changes that internet communication has brought to nearly every sector of the economy, and especially media industries."
Amanda Lotz, Queensland University of Technology

"John Thompson was there when the digital-driven changes were in full swing, and he uses his bird's-eye view and thoroughly researched analysis to give the reader the story behind the stories. And it's a great read too."
John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers USA

"An astute deep dive into the current publishing predicament ─ how we got here and what lies ahead. For anyone who wants to understand the key challenges facing our industry today, this book is highly instructive."
Jonathan Galassi, President, Farrar Straus & Giroux

"Thrilling reports from the trade-publishing front lines by a leading (as it were) war correspondent....I once (rather pompously) wrote that we need a 'contemporary history of the book'. Well, now we have it, for trade presses at least. I just didn't expect it to be so interesting."
Times Higher Education

"insightful and intelligent"
Publisher's Weekly

"excellent... Every skirmish, every battle, every standoff is covered objectively with supporting data and entertainingly with the case studies I would have chosen."
Richard Charkin, Publishing Perspectives