Our Final Comment on the Press

September 2nd, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

For those who can’t get enough, the new Edward Wyatt article is in the New York Times. Wyatt, whose work we’ve discussed in grand detail, offers up another thrilling look at the publishing industry. Please take a moment to read along with us.

Hmm, on first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much to work with. He takes the “why” of conservative authors’ complaints and debunks it with numbers (yes, Virginia, all that matters is whether or not the publisher can make money). That’s no fun. Okay, maybe we’d like to see him challenge the complaints with the facts and get a reaction. Probably that would be more interesting that a short history lesson on publishing Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. And maybe we would have liked to see some analysis on liberal works being published by smaller presses. Sort of a comparison/contrast thing. We like those. Yet there’s something about the story we can’t quite put our finger on.

Well, clearly this is another Al Capone’s vault. We’re sorry.

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