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Abstract and Keywords
Editorial departments are critical components of a publishing house. Their core function is curation of the lists: that is commissioning and choosing which books (or content) are to be published by a given publisher. The idea of the curatorial paradigm is introduced to explain this concept. The curatorial paradigm is the set of explicit and implicit guidelines and philosophies by which a publisher selects works. It is both produced by the editors themselves and is also felt as pressure by those editors; it is circumscribed at its widest extent by the permissible set of curatorial paradigms within a society. One of the key factors about such paradigms are their frequently contradictory nature: publishers can, from the outside, have highly divergent lists and yet this will be supported internally by a clear curatorial paradigm. To understand what publishers do, then, we must understand how such paradigms operate.
Michael Bhaskar is a writer, digital publisher, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder of Canelo, a new kind of publishing company based in London, and Writer in Residence at DeepMind, the world's leading AI research lab. He has written and talked extensively about publishing, the future of media, the creative industries, and the economics of technology around the world. He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, The FT, and Wired and on BBC 2, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, and NPR amongst others. Michael has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. He has written a prizewinning monograph, The Content Machine (2013), and Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess (2016). He is also the lead author of the Literature in the 21st Century report (2017) and can be found on Twitter as @michaelbhaskar.
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