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Editorial Reviews


"A must-read for people who care about reading." --Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?
"I'd say the smart money is on Gomez being right that an ebook revolution is just around the corner." --The Independent
"This book is a wake-up call for anyone in the print media who has not yet grasped or embraced the realities of the digital world created by the Internet...He's done a good job.  Print is Dead is a succinct and useful field guide to digital media."  --Anthony Cheetham, Literary Review

About the Author

Jeff Gomez lectures on digital information trends at publishing industry events throughout America, and teaches at New York University. Jeff has written four novels, including Our Noise.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230527167
  • ASIN: B00ANYF3D2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,895,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on November 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Gomez uses a provocative title to tackle a current topic of discussion in the publishing world. He combines careful research with his own insights from working in traditional publishing to produce a thoughtful and well-written book.

I love the points he includes in some of the final pages of this book where he lists five reasons publishers will still exist in a digital age:
"#1. Find talent. With millions online, finding anything worth consuming is getting more difficult.
#2. Support talent. The Internet is great for making an initial splash, but not for turning that splash into a career.
#3. Edit talent. Even geniuses need editors. (Great point in my view. wtw)
#4. Expose and market talent. As more authors are discovered online, more authors are promoted online.
#5. Pay talent. The Internet creates communities, but it doesn't pay them."

As a reader who is intimately involved in traditional publishing as shown through my Book Proposals That Sell, I found Print Is Dead worth my limited reading time. I recommend it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Wikert on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Given Amazon's recent release of the Kindle ebook reader, the timing of Jeff Gomez's Print Is Dead couldn't be better. Regardless of your beliefs about print vs. e-content, you need to read this book, especially if you're in the publishing business. You might not agree with Jeff's opinions but I guarantee you he'll make you think about the industry in ways that you've never thought about it before. Even if you're just a fan of reading in general you owe it to yourself to read this excellent book.

The way I test the value of a book is by looking back and seeing how many times I've folded over a page or highlighted a passage that got my attention. My copy of Print Is Dead has so many folds and highlighter marks that it looks like it's been read by 10 different people. Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

** Many of those in publishing see themselves as guardians of a grand and noble tradition, so much so that they sometimes suffer delusions of grandeur.

** ...pretty much anyone under the age of thirty qualifies for being accustomed to a 'constant stream of digital stimulation.' And so to expect future generations to be satisfied with printed books is like expecting the Blackberry users of today to start communicating by writing letters, stuffing envelopes and licking stamps.

** Today's kids are not going to want to pick up a big book and spend hours in a corner silently, passively reading. Why in the world would they do that? It's not interactive. They can't share the experience with their friends. There's no way to change the book to suit their own tastes.

** The publishing industry needs to realize this, and it needs to also find a way to get to these kids by making content available in a way that will first reach them (i.e.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy Walter on March 23, 2010
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If you cut out the author's recurring mantra "it's not the physical book we value, it's the words" then this book would be a third as long. Take out the redundant arguments about why today's "generation upload" insists on always interacting with everything on multiple levels and is both incapable and thoroughly disinterested in doing anything like "just read", or just listen to "music" (or "just" anything) and you'll cut another third out. Aside from being long winded, it's just wrong. Kids know how to consume different media, and aren't limited to just mash-ups.

Anyway, what's left is an engaging discussion about the transformation of the book as an entity, the industry behind books, and the people that read them. However, this lesson would work just as well in a much shorter book.
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I just wanted a book about the Publishing Industry. Okay, what I really wanted was an eBook about the Publishing Industry, published in the five years. What I found was much, much, more.

The more you try to understand what's happening to the Publishing industry, the more you start thinking about what's already happened to the Music and Film industry. It's all part of the same story.

The Internet = Disintermediation. Taking out the middle man. Here we are, in 2011. Gone are Tower Records and Blockbuster Movie rentals. Many of their competitors have been sold off, and everything (legal and illegal) is going digital, and put up on the web, to be shot between our phones, tablets and connected TVs. This is the dream, right? But if it means Artists aren't making any money (so they quit making art, and become bankers) then what's it all for? We need to understand how creative professionals (no matter what form their creativity takes) are going to deal with the onslaught of the Internet.

In 1995 Bill Gates put out a memo to Microsoft Executive Staff, warning that if the company didn't brace itself for what he dubbed `The Internet Tidal Wave', most, if not all, of their core businesses would be threatened. Microsoft changed, and Artists need to change too. Napster may be long gone, but in its stead is the generation of kids that grew up and went to college with the notion that Media (all media, not just music) should be totally portable and dirt cheap (preferably free).

Not only are publishers being asked to totally change what they do but artists are too.
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