Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9780712349574 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780712350914 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only

The British Book Trade

An Oral History

Edited by Sue Bradley

Edited by Sue Bradley

Distributed for British Library

304 pages | 7 x 9
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9780712349574 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780712350914 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
The book trade underwent a radical change at the end of the twentieth century that mirrored our cultural fascinations with electronic media and consumer culture, as old family firms were replaced by corporations, the ending of the Net Book Agreement gave shops a new freedom to compete by cutting their prices, and booksellers saw patrons increasingly influenced by the rise of the Internet. The British Book Trade is more than a book about books that considers the influence of these events and others– it also describes the heyday of book publishing and how that world has changed. This volume provides access to a culture often perceived as glamorous, incestuous, and hard to enter, through the words of insiders across the board—from sales representatives and shop assistants to secretaries, editors, and executives. Their experiences range from the 1920s to the present and include recollections of the British trade at home and overseas as far as Australia, South East Asia, and India. The British Book Trade draws on accounts from the Book Trade Lives collection of in-depth oral history interviews recorded by the National Life Stories and accessible through the British Library Sound Archive—which presents a wealth of seldom-heard materials on book and publishing culture.
 
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Contents

Note to readers

Foreword by Penelope Lively

Introduction

Acknowledgements

 

1. The Alphabet

 

2. Getting fixed up

 

3. Throughout the British Empire and elsewhere

 

4. My son wants to be a bookseller

 

5. Friends for life

 

6. Has anyone mentioned Elizabeth Weiler?

 

7. Bring back the orders, Harry

 

8. Below the salt

 

9. Lunch

 

10. Elements of truth: Net Book Agreement 1962

 

11. The opening of the sluice

 

12. Readers and writers

 

13. Blocked zlotys

 

14. A question of timing: Net Book Agreement 1995

 

15. A certain cachet

 

16. The marked page

 

17. The circles make themselves

 

18. Changing hands

 

19. Are you working or are you just chatting?

 

Biographical notes

Suggestions for further reading

Index

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