The Amazon Effect… (link)

Longread in The Nation by Steve Wasserman with an overview of the seismic shift in book publishing, with a particular Amazon focus. Good piece – for example:

The inexorable shift in the United States from physical to digital books poses a palpable threat to the ways publishers have gone about their business. Jason Epstein got it right two years ago when he wrote, “The resistance today by publishers to the onrushing digital future does not arise from fear of disruptive literacy, but from the understandable fear of their own obsolescence and the complexity of the digital transformation that awaits them, one in which much of their traditional infrastructure and perhaps they too will be redundant.”

 

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