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July 16, 2007

News & Opinion: Could Carnegie do it today?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:25 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

Back around the early 1900s, Andrew Carnegie set out to build libraries -- 2509 libraries, in fact. 1689 of which were built in the United States.
The folks over at Freakonomics point out that publishing was a completely different animal then than it is now. They ask, if Carnegie hadn't built libraries, could Bill Gates do it today? Or would book publishers fight back?

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.