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Suicide in American Trade Publishing

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  1. For an authoritative treatment of contemporary Anglo-American trade publishing — one in agreement with the above in some respects and at variance with it others — I recommend John Thompson’s Merchants of Culture.

  2. Joe Hodnicki says:

    So the general trade industry is suicidal. What about the commercial legal publishing industry? Three major publisher have almost 95% of the US market. Two general publishers, West and Lexis have 70% or more since the consolidation that was executed in the 1990s.. At the state level, they demonstrate monopolistic tendencies. Editorial quality has been replaced with content commodization. Law librarians have know this for years but it appeared in the sunlight of a not atypical practice by way of a law suit in 2010. For details, see http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2012/11/another-possible-merger-in-the-general-trade-publishing-industry.html