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Re: Readin', wRitin', and Radio (yak)
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Readin', wRitin', and Radio (yak)
- From: Derek Lyons <elde@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 10:36:58 -0400
- In-reply-to: <199705201730.KAA15690@wind.hurricane.net>
- Message-id: <199705211437.HAA17303@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
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At 01:49 PM 5/20/97 -0400, you wrote:
> Absorbtion into huge financial conglomerates has drastically changed the
>nature of publishing now, and only material that can be fiscally justified
>seems to dominate this field right at the moment.
With this statement I must disagree. Fiscal constraints have *always*
guided the publishing industry, from the smallest cottage press or
individual to the largest international conglomerate.
Either the book must pay for itself, or the publisher must have a source of
other income to offset the (ongoing?) loss.
It's the loss of the independent *bookstore* and the shrinkage of the
reading publis that is the real loss. B&N etc will not carry a book that
is not of reasonably wide interest. Our local indies carry all manner of