- Copyright Page
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- List of Contributors
- Publishing History
- Copyright and Publishing: Symbiosis in the Digital Environment
- Publishing and Society
- Publishing and Culture: The Alchemy of Ideas
- Publishing and Information
- Networks: From Text to Hypertext, from Publishing to Sharing, from Single Author to Collaborative Production
- Publishing and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Economics of Publishing
- The Strategy of Publishing
- Globalization and Publishing
- Curation in Publishing: Curatorial Paradigms, Filtering, and the Structure of Editorial Choice
- Trade Publishing
- Academic Publishing
- Educational Publishing: How It Works: Primary and Secondary Education Publishing
- Organizational Structures in Publishing
- Book Design
- Publishing and Technology
- Marketing for Publishing
- The Future of Publishing: Eight Thought Experiments
Abstract and Keywords
The culturally esteemed concept of the ‘Author’ is the product of the Anglophone world and emerged simultaneously with copyright and Romanticism from the early eighteenth century. Digital technologies present fundamental challenges to traditional conceptions and practices of authorship: digital texts are typically open to ‘readerly’ manipulation, and digital publishing has allowed more democratic forms of authorship such as self-publishing and crowd-funded publishing. Paradoxically, the digital domain has triggered a further elevation of the celebrity author figure, with author-maintained social media accounts providing readers with daily, or even real-time, communion with favourite authors. Authorship thus stands at a fascinating point: at once sacralized more than ever and yet, in theory at least, never more accessible to a mass public.
Simone Murray is Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Monash University, Melbourne where her research centres upon sociologies of literature. Her book Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics (Pluto Press UK, 2004) was awarded the 2005 SHARP DeLong Book Prize. Her second monograph, The Adaptation Industry: The Cultural Economy of Contemporary Literary Adaptation (Routledge, 2012) has been widely reviewed in English-, French-, German-, and Swedish-language publications. Her latest monograph, The Digital Literary Sphere: Reading, Writing, and Selling Books in the Internet Era, examines how the Internet is transforming literary culture (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018).
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