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Jason Epstein and the future of publishing

One of the biggest highights of the Tools of Change conference in Frankfurt yesterday was hearing Jason Epstein’s thoughts on the future of the publishing industry.

Jason Epstein has had an incredible career in books – co-founder of the New York Review of Books, a long-standing and lauded editorial career working with literary stars such as Mailer, Nabakov and Roth, and a pioneer in the 1950s when he created a whole new category of book publishing – the Trade Paperback.

Most recently he has brought us the Espresso Book Machine – named by Time magazine as Invention of the Year in 2007 – which now gives retailers, libraries and other institutions the chance to offer readers a much wider choice of reading through a print on demand service.

Speaking to Epstein yesterday at the O’Reilly Tools of Change Frankfurt conference, I began by asking him whether there were any comparisons to be made between the responses to change during the 1950s, and the kind of change that we’re experiencing at the moment with the shift to digital. You can read the full article here in a piece for the Frankfurt Book Fair blog.

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