In this first micro-book in the series, Britanie Wilson and Jeremy Lucyk flesh out a comprehensive picture of the development of the book-publishing history in English, the world over. A super-compressed history of the industry, an introduction to the evolving book-consuming culture, and a tour of work in this ever-vibrant field, A Very Brief History equips students with a practical understanding of how book publishing has been and is being done.
Starting from the buying and publishing patterns since before World War II, the authors trace the development of corporate houses and multinationals, the birth of new formats, from paperbacks and trade paperbacks to ebooks, and the rebirth of indie publishing houses. In this treatment, the authors distill a tremendous amount of research and arrive at an exciting conclusion: that no single sector of publishing–corporate or independent, educational or trade–can prophesize much less decide the new forms that the book, the reading culture, and the industry will take.
This book, along with others in this series, is essential reading for anyone considering a career in the book-publishing industry. And it will upgrade the understanding of those currently working or training to work in the industry.