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A Novel Providing Insight into the Publishing Scene,
This review is from: The Last Days of Publishing: A Novel (Paperback)
This book is a novel written at a time when the book publishing industry was in one of its continuing crisies. It is a novel where the message comes through the discussions and feelings of the anti-hero. His time, and his way of life are ending with the advance of technology and he hasn't/isn't/can't change with it. Everything that has happened in industry in general and publishing in particular has happened to this guy, corporate buyout, downsizing. I particularily like the point of his ex-wife becomming his boss -- that would be enough to drive anyone to severe depression.
With a long history in the publishing industry, Mr. Engelhardt knows the industry of which he writes. He has written a novel that explains better than a dry technical article possibly could about the characters that populate the New York publishing scene. I'd recommend it to anyone in the publishing industry, and to any prospective author that might get a better insight into the world he wants to submit his manuscript.
Of course, the industry has changed, but it hasn't ended. More new books were published last year than any year before. New technologies from print-on-demand to marketing through Amazon have come about and changed the industry.