Policy, Technology, and the Creative Economy of Book Publishing in CanadaBook - 2012
As director of the Master of Publishing Program and the Canadian Center for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, author Lorimer is well-situated to write this comprehensive history and analysis of the Canadian book publishing industry from the 1970s to 2010. Lorimer opens the book with a discussion of the cultural nature of book publishing and a consideration of the social environment necessary for a national book publishing industry to thrive, then charts 40 years of Canadian publishing efforts, emphasizing the government's role in creating book publishing policy. Today's global marketplace is also examined. In the book's concluding chapters, the author predicts how book publishing will be shaped by communication technologies and argues for new models to restructure the micro-economics of book publishing. Distribution is by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reflecting cultural, political, and technological changes, this detailed exploration of Canadian book publishing displays trends of the industry from the last 50 years. Against the backdrop of historical highlights, the book dives into modern events in book publishing, focusing on the explosion of national book publishing in the 1970s and detailing the sparring match between the industry and government during the 1970s through the 1990s. While industry and government policy both aimed at national survival in the face of globalization, the book documents how, beginning in the mid-1990s, Ontario established an emphasis on financial stability for the cultural sector accompanied by stimulants to encourage participation in domestic and international markets. This new vision laid the foundation for and anticipated the growing recognition of the creative economy worldwide. Coinciding with that recognition came an embrace of technology not just as a business catalyst, but also as a transformative medium for expression with the potential to change the nature of both book publishing and human understanding. Finally, the text concludes with a discourse on the future of books and book publishing, not only in Canada but in the world as a whole.