Making Books

Making Books

THE BUSINESS OF BOOKS: How INTERNATIONAL CONGLOMERATES TOOK OVER PUBLISHING AND
CHANGED THE WAY WE READ, by Andre Schiffrin Verso Books, 2000 181 pp $23

BOOK BUSINESS: PUBLISHING PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE by Jason Epstein Norton, 2001 188 pp $21.95

THE BOOK business has never occupied the American imagination the way the more glamorous entertainment industries have. But thanks in part to the publication of two memoirs by leading editor-publishers, publishing is getting another shot at describing that particular breach between the ideal and the possible in which all those who profit off ideas must operate.

Andre Schiffrin, former managing director of Pantheon Books and now publisher of the

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