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In this part-memoir, part-homily on the changing state of publishing, Epstein recounts his career with Doubleday and Random House, describes the terrible decline of publishers and bookstores in the 1970s and 1980s, and offers words of hope concerning new technologies, such as print-on-demand and the World Wide Web. He believes that such technologies will eliminate the need for retailers and other middle-men and will allow publishing companies to become smaller.

Epstein lovingly evokes a past era of smaller presses as he tells the tale of his career as editor at two major publishing companies, and also recounts his central role in starting the paperback revolution in the United States, and in helping to found the New York Review of Books and the Library of America.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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