This key book examines the role of the printed book in contemporary
societies, its demographics and its relation to the other media. It
analyzes the differences among various national book industries
throughout Europe and the USA, and the reasons and impact of the
differences. Both the effect of digital technologies and the
reasons why e-books did not substitute the printed book, as
predicted in mid-nineties, are explored.
A comprehensive overview of the diversities and similarities that
exist among various national book industries and among various
publishing fields throughout the developed worldAnalyses the
development of all book professions (librarians + booksellers +
publishers)Builds a link between research methodologies used in
book history and on contemporary publishing research
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