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031404 Andre Schiffrin - The Business of Books

Many bemoan the quality of much of the offerings of TV, print and radio. Well then, pick up a book and be freed from the tyranny of the homogenised mass media. Hold on, not so fast. We may still assume that books are the stronghold of intellectual and political independence, but the same pressures are guiding publishing as other media. Many publishing houses are owned by the corporate giants that bring us reality TV, soundbite news and lowest common denominator entertainment. Is money the only driving force in the US today?

Andre Schiffrin has been in the publishing business for nearly 50 years, serving as managing director at Pantheon for 30. He's now director of The New Press, a independent publishing firm dedicated to the historical tenets of publishing. His books include The Business of Books.


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