Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future

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W. W. Norton, Jan 17, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
"An irresistible book about Grub Street, authorship and the literary marketplace."--Washington Post Book World "Congenial, erudite, electrifying, this book is a must read for anyone who cares about books and their business."--Publishers Weekly starred review  "Epstein is not only thoughtful and experienced, but also a hell of a good writer."--Boston Sunday Globe, Peter Davison "Humane, razor sharp, and charmingly told."--Kirkus Reviews starred review "Reading [Epstein's] book is like enjoying a great jazz impresario: there's a wonderful riff coming at any moment."--New York Times Book Review, Laurence J. Kirshbaum "It is possible, even likely, that no one knows more about the publishing industry than Jason Epstein."--Norman Mailer  "A brilliant, moving and profoundly insightful rendering of the history, status and future of American publishing."--Toni Morrison "History, memoir, and prophecy ... [by a] man who has been at the creative heart of American publishing for fifty years."--E.L. Doctorow "A must read for all who love books and publishing and for all who wonder whether either will survive."--Howard Gardner "A wise and insightful book on the present state and the future of book publishing."--Michael Korda

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User Review  - NeitherNora - LibraryThing

This book, chronicling the work of a man who's been in the industry since the 1950s, is an interesting insight into the post-Golden-Age publishing business. The author's decade-old predictions of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - raschneid - LibraryThing

This was an enjoyable short memoir of the rise and fall of the modern U.S. publishing business, and provides fun anecdotes from the early days of publishing as well as Epstein's insights into new-to ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Jason Epstein, former editorial director of Random House, was the first recipient of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters.

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