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Andre Schiffrin,New York Publisher at The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011. In his landmark 2000 publication The Business of Books, the renowned New York publisher André Schiffrin described what he believed to be a crisis in Western publishing. The man who had helped bring the likes of Pasternak and Foucault to America no longer felt he could work in the commercial mainstream. Ten years later, Schiffrin has turned his attention to the wider crisis of the media that he says is contributing to the demise of serious journalism in newspapers. He compares the crisis in the US to the situation in Europe, and demonstrates how the American corporate model has extended its reach across the globe. Schiffrin considers a range of alternative policies that, if pursued, could safeguard the future of publishing, bookselling and the press. Credit Geraint Lewis
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