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Never Mind the Web
Here Comes the Book
1st Edition - September 30, 2008
Author: Miha Kovac
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This key book examines the role of the printed book in contemporary societies, its demographics and its relation to the other media. It analyzes the differences among various… Read more
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This key book examines the role of the printed book in contemporary societies, its demographics and its relation to the other media. It analyzes the differences among various national book industries throughout Europe and the USA, and the reasons and impact of the differences. Both the effect of digital technologies and the reasons why e-books did not substitute the printed book, as predicted in mid-nineties, are explored.
A comprehensive overview of the diversities and similarities that exist among various national book industries and among various publishing fields throughout the developed world
Analyses the development of all book professions (librarians + booksellers + publishers)
Builds a link between research methodologies used in book history and on contemporary publishing research
Publishing professionals, at all managerial and supervisory levels, and students of LIS, publishing studies and media studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level
Introduction; The book: this charming old lady; Printing and the birth of modernity; The European and American book markets; Social context of the book; An anorexic dachshund with a long tail; The e-book is a paper tiger.
No. of pages: 204
Published: September 30, 2008
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Hardback ISBN: 9781843344063
eBook ISBN: 9781780632162
Before joining academia, Dr Miha Kovac was editorial director of Mladinska knjiga, the biggest publishing house in South-East Europe. Dr Kovac lectures at the Department for Library and Information Science and Book Studies, School of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford Brookes Centre for Publishing Studies and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Soros Foundation in various East-European countries. In 2005, he also became editor in chief of the Slovene edition of National Geographic Magazine.