Publishing Industry


The Man Who Made Books Portable

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new exhibit celebrates Aldus Manutius, a Venetian printer who died 500 years ago and was the first to print classics in thin volumes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Amazon-Hachette Fight Matters and What It Means for Publishing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vanity Fair contributor Keith Gessen explains why more than money is at stake in the publishing industry’s battle against Amazon’s e-book pricing.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, June 06, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

John Waters (First) | Hachette vs. Amazon (Starts at 20:00) | Vets on VA Hospitals and Bergdahl (Starts at 38:50)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Amazon's Publishing Feuds Mean for You

Monday, June 02, 2014

Joe Nocera of the New York Times explains what the online retailer's control over the book market means for the future of books and ideas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Andre Schiffrin

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Andre Schiffrin was a force of nature in the publishing world for 50 years.  He championed the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Gunter Grass, Simone de Beauvoir, and Julio Cortazar, among many others, first at Pantheon, before founding the independent New Press.  He died in Paris at the age of 78.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from September 2000, when he discussed his polemical memoir, The Business of Books.

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Common Core Standards Shake Up Publishing Biz

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Small start-ups and non-profits have elbowed their way into creating curricula and materials for New York City schools, dramatically changing the business of education, a field long dominated by a few publishing giants.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Zimmerman Verdict; History of Spam; Five Pillars of Islam

Monday, July 15, 2013

The George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict continues to reverberate, from the court in Sanford, FL to the streets of NYC. We discuss the decision and what comes next. Bob Cusack of The Hill and Patricia Williams of The Nation help guide the conversation. And, Five Pillars of Islam week on the show; the future of publishing and e-books; and the history of Internet spam.

On The Media

Life After Publishers

Friday, November 23, 2012

As a newly minted editorial assistant at Norton, writer Tom Bissell was able to resuscitate an out-of-print novel called Desperate Characters by Paula Fox. In Bissell's new book, Magic Hours, he wrote about how, paradoxically, that experience shook his faith in publishing. Brooke talks Bissell about whether we as readers will miss the publishing industry, imperfect as it is, if it disappears.

Julian Smith - I'm Reading A Book

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On The Media

Publishing: Adapt or Die

Friday, November 23, 2012

An update of On the Media's annual look at the publishing industry that originally aired in April, including fears of Amazon becoming a monopoly and the little publishing house standing up to it, a Pulitzer snub for fiction, and the problem of knock-off books.

The Takeaway

Library Access to E-books Worries Publishers

Monday, February 20, 2012

While e-books are extremely convenient for readers, their proliferation is causing more financial problems for the already beleaguered publishing industry. A growing number of people with e-readers want to borrow e-books from their local libraries. But publishers, selling the electronic manuscripts at record highs, are wary of letting libraries loan them out. 

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Studio 360

Does Anyone Edit Books Anymore?

Saturday, April 20, 2002

These days the talk around publishing is about how few books have good editors. Sara Nelson, the books editor of Glamour magazine, gives her own observation of this predicament in the publishing world.