|Title:||Current Trends In American Publishing
|Subject(s):||Publishers and publishing --United States
|Abstract:||Not a few people, in and out of publishing, have recently come
to fear that book publishing has been turned into a crass business by
Wall Street manipulators and electronics corporations. To a certain
extent they are right, except that this business emphasis began a
long time ago.
Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century leading
publishers strove to give their activity the aura of professional prestige.
Faced with piratical competition in the 1870' s and 1880' s,
which made normal book publishing of uncopyrighted English importations
a ruinous venture, the regular publishers Harper, Appleton,
Putnam, Scribner, Lippincott, Holt, and Houghton persisted in maintaining
their high critical and ethical standards. As late as 1898, for
instance, Henry Holt wrote to Arthur Waugh, his English agent:
I don't think I've made you understand yet that I didn't publish
anything that I didn't think is good, no matter how well it is
expected to sell. My dear old friend George Bentley urged and
urged me to publish Marie Corelli, telling me that I would make
lots of money out of it. It was probable that I would, but I absolutely
and reiteratedly refused.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In K.L. Henderson (ed). 1967. Trends in American publishing; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 5-8, 1967. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 16-28.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (14th : 1967)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1967.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16