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Publishing Industry

Publishing Industry news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 22, 2009

    Adventures in Editing: Ted Solotaroff’s ‘Commentary’ Days

    An unfinished memoir by the late literary editor and critic. The first part of a two-part article.

    Ted Solotaroff

  • January 22, 2009

    Stimulating Reading

    The economy of reading is rapidly collapsing. If we can bail out banks, why not the book industry?

    Katha Pollitt

  • December 18, 2008

    Reading in an Age of Depression

    An editor ponders the publishing industry meltdown--and the precarious future of books.

    Tom Engelhardt

  • March 25, 2008

    Victim ‘Hood

    An account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists.

    Chris Lehmann

  • October 15, 2007

    Terry McMillan vs. Ghetto Lit

    Driven by a tabloid episode from her own marriage, the novelist joins the debate over the mass marketing of trashy books to young black readers.

    Amy Alexander


  • July 11, 2007

    Arthur: The Little Magazine That Could

    You thought Arthur was gone for good? The indie magazine beloved for its music coverage and antiwar politics will resume publishing this summer.

    Kevin McCarthy

  • March 6, 2007

    TNR’s New Owners

    No matter what you think of The New Republic's politics, the public sphere will suffer if the magazine becomes homogenized by its new corporate owner.

    Clint Hendler

  • May 4, 2006

    Sloppy Seconds

    The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial product to another.

    Stuart Klawans

  • January 26, 2006

    Truth, Fiction and Frey

    James Frey's faux memoir exposes corporate publishing as an industry so starved for bestsellers that it is unable to protect itself from fraud.

    Matthew Flamm

  • January 13, 2006

    The Cost of Integrity

    The recent controversy over false claims in James Frey's The recent controversy over false claims in James Frey's best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces" raises questions about the ethics of the author and of the publishing industry at large. This article opened a 1978 The Nation forum on "Truth in Publishing."

    Richard Kluger