Thursday October 29, 2020

Story of paperback publishing may not have happy ending

17th December, 2014
Singer Van Morrison's calfskin-bound, limited-edition book of lyrics retailed at £500 sterling and is already sold out

Could the paperback novel be relegated to the scrapheap in the future?

With sales of printed books in sharp decline and the cheaper e-book gaining sway in the marketplace, the chief executive of major British publishing firm Faber & Faber, publishers of Seamus Heaney, John McGahern, Van Morrison and Samuel Beckett, has said paperback novels could, at least in certain genres, become a thing of the past.

“It could be that in 10 or 20...

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