January 8, 2010

News & Opinion: The Evolving Book

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Adrian Zackheim, publisher at Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin, posted an interesting piece today in response to another post by NY Times writer Jonathan Galassi about eBooks' role within publishing.

Galassi sets up the idea, and Zackheim focuses on an interesting perspective - the role of publisher as a filter, a curator, and a packager of ideas; ideas which then get distributed to a large amount of eyes and minds. eBooks are a piece within that process, just as paperbacks, online essays, videos, etc. The book, ideally, is the core work, the piece that contains content crafted, edited, and proofread by professionals. Many other formats, including eBooks, don't receive such treatment, or at least not the caliber that major publishers put into their hardcover releases. The Galassi piece expounds on that.

Of course, at 8cr, we're pretty big supporters of the book in it's ability to broadly present, discuss, and create an understanding around an idea, and the two posts above shed some interesting light on the issue from a variety of perspectives.

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.