- 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
How has book publishing shaped and reshaped the modern world? Since the advent of moveable type, books have moved into position as the signal element that defines culture. While this chapter places an emphasis on English-language publishing, it also draws on original discussions with international publishers and editors, providing a brief overview of the history of book publishing in a variety of countries. Starting with the Venetian printers, the chapter moves through the Inquisition to the pre-modern age, briefly discussing the consistent entanglement of book publishing and authority, which perceives books and their publishers as potentially devastating threats or powerful allies.
John Oakes is an editor and publisher. Oakes is the co-founder of OR Books. He is also publisher of The Evergreen Review, and founding director of the New School Publishing Institute. Oakes has written for a variety of publications, among them Publishers Weekly, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Associated Press, and The Journal of Electronic Publishing. Oakes was named a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres by the French government. He is the editor of In the Realms of the Unreal: Writings of the Insane.
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