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May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM By Jason Epstein

Unlimited Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future - by Jason Epstein - Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future, Book Business Publishing Past Present and Future Jason Epstein has led arguably the most creative career in book publishing during the past half century He founded Anchor Books and launched the quality paperback revolution cofounded the New York Re
  • Title: Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future
  • Author: Jason Epstein
  • ISBN: 9780393103779
  • Page: 124
  • Format: ebook


Paul May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
A visionary outlook on the publishing industry as it enters the digital age, sprinkled with anecdotes highlighting a long and influential career The personal insights gave the book a unque flavour, elevating it above a simple non fiction account of the publishing industry, past and semi present Epstein does not lack for confidence and openly shares his strong opinions the passage of time proves him to be quite prescient, though the instances where he may have been mistaken add contrast and legit [...]
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Tosh May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Jason Epstein is a great man Not only because he was at Random House for a zillion years and started or invented the quality paperback or as the founder editor of the New York Review of Books the journal not the press Epstein is great because he acknowledges the love of being a publisher or working in the book business He sees it down side, but he also sees it as a revolutionary business He even looks forward to the Internet But the great thing is he sees publishing as an ongoing adventure and a [...]
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Christopher Herz May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Really interesting book on the history of publishing and the business behind it I learned a bunch about market trends, why people buy what books, and how the shift in publishing happened.The book was written in the late 90s, so he made some interesting predictions Some were dead on and some not so dead on, but provided tons of insight.If you like reading about how publishing houses treat their writers, how deals are made, and why the present state of publishing is like it is, I recommend this bo [...]
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Robin May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
This book enthralled me at its start, with an optimistic vision of the book s future Epstein transformed my dislike and wariness of book digitalization into a still slightly hesitant excitement for what it might herald While there are many problems with digitalization that Epstein doesn t discuss, my worries are partially assuaged But the best parts of this book for me at least were those ideas introduced early on What followed had some moments of interest, but also sections of information so sp [...]
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Benjamin Hare May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
A trip down memory lane by someone who has seen, and driven, some of the publishing innovations of our time Epstein is passionate about books, seems to have a wonderful memory for details, and is a fine writer The book is only seven chapters long, and the lovely prose make for pleasant reading Because this book was published in 2001, prior to the ebook revolution, it s fun to look back at his speculations and judge their veracity In 2001 the ebook was very ephemeral, but the Internet was raising [...]
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Jillian May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Epstein, Jason Book Business Publishing Past, Present and Future New York W W Norton Company, Inc 2001 Jason Epstein s r sum reads like a Who s Who of the publishing world over fifty years in the publishing business including the position of editorial director at Random House creator of Anchor Books and the paperback revolution, as well as the Library of America and The Reader s Catalog cofounder of The New York Review of Books winner of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to Ameri [...]
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Andy May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Book publishing is a business I m idealistic about I m fortunate to work for a publisher right now So when I had the opportunity to grab a free, hand me down copy of this book from a co worker I jumped at it.Book Business is a memoir by Jason Epstein of his years in the New York publishing scene He was an editor at Doubleday, Random House, and is responsible for a number of other successful publishing related ventures During his career he worked in literary fiction think Faulkner and the like , [...]
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Dan Kugler May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
A very good book about what it was like to be one of the most innovate editors publishers from the 1950s onward paperback revolution, new york review of books, library of amercia meditations on the book industry past and present fascinating, and a nice, sharp quick read my thoughts if you are going to read books, why not learn how they are made also it has things like this I did not find Lolita repulsive, nor did I find it the work of genius that it has since been called I admired Nabokov s earl [...]
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Lobstergirl May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Epstein has a surprisingly ponderous writing style for a person who edited Mailer, Nabokov, Roth, and Vidal Then again, the book is surprisingly slight 175 pages of a large, twee font to be addressing a major, 50 year career in publishing I wanted to read it because Epstein founded one of my favorite imprints in 1952, Anchor Books, at Doubleday He has some interesting anecdotes of those days before publishing became focused on profits, conglomerates, and synergies Like how Random House in 1958 s [...]
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Zöe Yu May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
This is a book I will highly recommend to those who are eager to learn both how the publishing industry functions and its behind the scene stories Looking dull, however, the memoir like award winning book tells the history of book publishing industry in the United States since 19th century It is striking how a person who devoted half a century of his life time to a career path that involved shaping and change a society s intellectual and knowledge landscape This includes when Theodore Dreiser th [...]
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Peter Tillman May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Just a quick note recommending this short book Epstein, who spent most of his career at Random House, remarks on how publishing has changed over the years, with plenty of juicy anecdotes Forex, the Dickens As you may know, the US was a book pirate haven in the 19th century, and Harper Bros grew to be the nation s largest publisher by pirating Dickens, Thackeray, the Brontes, Macauley really, the entire roster of bestselling British authors Macauley s pirated History of England sold a remarkable [...]
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Trish May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Epstein, former Random House editorial director among other things in his long and illustrious career, treats us to reminiscences about the past and ruminations about the present and future of book publishing Especially delicious are recollections of Doubleday s suppression of Drieser s novel Sister Carrie, the first appearance of Nabokov s Lolita, and the genesis of The New York Review of Books.For me though, Epstein s long experience in book publishing is most interesting when applied to how t [...]
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Jeremy Mccool May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I enjoyed the tutelage of such an experienced publisher and editor as Mr Eptsein It s a smooth read that covers the basics and history of book publishing, trends and changes throughout history, what makes it profitable, the author s own autobiographic contributions to the field including LOTS of namedropping , what makes literature literature, and finally he utters prophecies of the future of book publishing and how it will become a cottage organization once again with the advent of the internet [...]
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Susan May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
It s a pleasant read Since the author makes predictions from the view point of 2002 about the effect of the digital revolution on book publishing incorrect predictions in the case of e readers , it was fun to read on my Kindle The author was the founder of Anchor Books and the New York Review of Books, so there s a small amount of material about the storied old publishing world insider and a predictable paean to various individuals No special insight One interesting thing is his thoughts about t [...]
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Jessica Colund May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I met Jason Epstein in person when the Espresso Book Machine was unveiled at Harvard Book Store this fall He first introduced his idea to create such a print on demand kiosk in this book Despite being filled with name dropping on every other page he hung out with people like Nabakov and Updike and he worked at Random House back when it was still a few small offices in the building that is now the Palace Hotel , this book is a great road map of where publishing has been and it s at least an insig [...]
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Hanje Richards May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I think Jason Epstein has some interesting ideas, but I wish he had developed them fully I found the bits of publishing history fascinating, and I really hungered for Here was someone who knew all these incredible people authors, editors, book industry heavy hitters, and I felt like he was holding so much back He was in high places in the book business for 50 years I was in relatively low places in the book business for nearly 25 years, and I really wanted him to tell me things I was also intr [...]
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Gayle Francis Moffet May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I read Book Business for a publishing class and found it insightful, well organized, and very entertaining It s half anecdote half history of the publishing world since 1950, originally presented as a series of lectures by Jason Epstein Epstein writes with a light touch, able to tell deeply involving stories about his time in publishing and use those experiences to make a good guess at what s to come He s almost entirely correct in his guesses with a major miss regarding electronic books and the [...]
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Evan May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I read this earlier in the summer when I was trying to think seriously about opening an independent bookstore Epstein gives good news insofar as he assures us that the paperless revolution is not about to actually happen, and even that big chain bookstores are going to find themselves losing out to smaller, leaner operations as buyers get niche oriented, retail rental prices stay prohibitive and we move sooner or later into the age of print on demand I wouldn t go so far as to say Epstein makes [...]
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Amit May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Though I picked up this book to learn about the publishing business and I did learn, just a little , I really enjoyed it as a story of how passion, perspective, perseverance, and being in the right place are important for entreprenuership This book, written in autobiographical style, starts off with how the author, based on his university experience, has the insight that 1950s era America was ready for quality paperbacks, an insight people even who went to university before the war would have mi [...]
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Allison May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
A really fun read, valuable for the behind the scenes nostalgia of the past and the thoughtful contemplation of the present state of the publishing world The future part, on the other hand, is pretty comical to read thirteen years after it was written to wit, a significant market for books read on screens has not yet emerged, and in my opinion this may never become the major mode of distribution for books online The likely prospect, I believe, is that most digital files will be printed and bou [...]
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trav May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I can t tell you how much I enjoy reading informed and coherent opinions Too many times people think volume and emotion automatically validate points and give arguments merit Well Epstein needs neither volume or ranting emotions He is well informed and gets you to think about publishing in new ways This is one of those books you ll enjoy simply because it allows you to have a conversation that you may not have otherwise had And it s all about books and publishing This is one for people who like [...]
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Adam Ross May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I was expecting this book to be about book business in the abstract, but it turns out it was of a memoir sort of thing This didn t make it bad, per se, and was an interesting window into publishing in the 20s and 50s Epstein was the inventor of the trade paperback book the hardcover sized soft cover book and founded the New York Review of Books He also had some good things to say about the current chaos in the publishing industry, and the effect the e book revolution will have on fiction he ar [...]
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Courtney May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Expanded from a series of lecture at the NYPL, Epstein s book is a personal memoir of his publishing career Thanks to his influential role at Doubleday, Random House, Knopf, and other houses of the American publishing industry, his personal history reads as an insightful overview of modern publishing history In addition to descriptions of how the publishing industry functions and how publishing has changed from the 1950s to the turn of the last century, Epstein provides his own projections, circ [...]
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Wilburn Newcomb May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
An excellent book by an experienced editor and former director of Random House I have only read the 2001 edition with its 188 pages, but a second edition is available with an added chapter, bringing it up to date 2011 One wouldn t think a business book would be easy to read, but this one decidedly is It is a joy to read I finished it in two days a record for me, who is a slow reader The book is also beautifully designed in Mrs Eaves Roman, a widely spaced and squat font that is eminently easy to [...]
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Anne Callahan May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Founder of the New York Review of Books and longtime editor at Random House Jason Epstein s memoir of his life as a publisher Epstein waxes nostalgic for the days of publishing houses as gentleman s clubs Epstein catalogs his successes Epstein pats his friends on the back Etc Which include, besides the founding of the venerable New York Review of Books, both Anchor Books some of the first high quality trade paperbacks in the U.S and the Library of America, for which we should certainly applaud h [...]
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kaitlyn May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
It took a lot of willpower to finish this book More than anything else, this book provided me with a lot of authors and publications that I need to learn about I think the problem was that his account of the book business was personal than I was looking for, though his personal account is undeniably interesting He worked for Random House for a gazillion years, pretty much invented the quality paperback, and started the New York Review And his idea of book ATMs makes me a little sad.
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Katie May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
I enjoyed Epstein s book both for his excellent history of the publishing industry and for his fairly optimistic take on the future of publishing While some are decrying the death of the book and the industry, Epstein does not see the business as a dying one Rather, he recognizes that today s publishes need to understand the importance of today s changing technologies and find ways to implement, rather than resist, them I m not sure if his book ATM idea will ever exist, but it is certainly an in [...]
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Holly May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Really enjoyed the anecdotes about Epstein s career and the authors publishers he has met, and he has a very positive outlook on digitization which isn t always the case That said his views on how it will occur are a little bit hilarious 14 years after it was written especially his dismissal of hand held electronic reading devices in the favour of print on demand kiosks It does get slightly repetitive in that some of the ideas are repeated in both the new preface and the afterword, as well as in [...]
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Lauren Albert May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
Is this book dated Certainly Since it was published in 2001 and so much has changed in the industry since then, it would have been amazing if it wasn t dated But it is not as dated as I would have expected For instance, he seems certain that digital books would become common and explains how suited to digitization are reference books and other changeable but expensive to reprint works I enjoyed his portrayal of his years in publishing back when the bottom line in publishing usually didn t refere [...]
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Karen May 16, 2022 - 04:33 AM
After reading Andre Schiffrin s book, I felt disappointed with this one It lacks the depth and density of Schiffrin s examination, and methinks Mr Epstein sounds a bit self inflated at times I am happy for him, but I don t need to know about the nifty apartment he found in New York That said, he does make good points about the future of publishing and brings to light how outmoded the present system can be I just found a lot substance in Schiffrin.
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