How Book Publishing Has Changed Since 1984

04/13/2011 11:28 am ET | Updated Jun 13, 2011
  • The Atlantic

In April 1984, I arrived at Random House as a senior editor after nearly two decades at the Washington Post. Publishing is now undergoing the most significant transformation in the way books are distributed and read since development of high-speed printing presses and transcontinental rail and highway systems. Looking back at the industry in the 1980s may help to explain how much has changed and what has not.

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