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Title: Current Trends In American Publishing
Author(s): Madison, Charles
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.
Issue Date: 1967
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
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1540
ISSN: 0536-4604
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
 

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