- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- 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
Publishing reflects society, but can also influence society, because textual products fit into the wider economic, political, and cultural context. Publishing also varies according to its particular social setting: it is affected by diversity and demographics. Debates around education, language and culture all overlap with publishing. The industry cannot be separated from issues of identity, because books reflect social values and perceptions, and are thus linked to issues of gender, class, race (among other categories), and national identity. Published products thus sometimes reflect inequalities and may be used to entrench the interests of powerful groups, including governments.
Elizabeth le Roux is an Associate Professor and the coordinator of Publishing Studies in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria. She is co-editor of the journal Book History, and her research focuses on the history of books and publishing in South Africa and in Africa more broadly. Her most recent publications include the books A Social History of the University Presses in Apartheid South Africa (Brill, 2016) and A Survey of South African Crime Fiction (with Sam Naidu, UKZN Press, 2017). Before becoming a full-time academic, she worked in the scholarly publishing industry in South Africa.
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