The Books Issue
The rancid smell of 21st century literary success
The publishing industry has bounced back. Take in the rancid smell of 21st century literary success.
1. The crash is over—just like everywhere else.“The change was probably the same as what affected the rest of the economy,” says a publishing-house exec. “The acquisitions market now feels healthy.”
How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries
You hardly have to wait in line at Barnes & Noble anymore. The cashiers stare into the middle distance, while on the sales floor, space for books steadily erodes. Instead: toys, magnifying glasses, doodads for the desk. Also: Nook devices, which are supposed to represent the future. Except the Nook division is actually doing worse than the stores themselves.