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Intellectual writers don't like the light entertainment focus in book publishing

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Do people prefer to read books that ask them to think deeply and question everything? Or books that let readers trip the light fantastic or pleasure themselves through book after book of escape literature that easily can be turned into movies?

If it can't be adapted into a movie script and turned into fast-paced entertainment that keeps you on the edge of your seat or animation, or even a family-themed movie for TV holidays broadcast, chances are your book may not be published, at least so quickly unless you publish and promote it yourself. The reason is the book publishing industry has changed as did the news industry. Both are becoming more of a playground for entertainment, crime-busting, and intrigue. How many books published today, particularly memoirs and novels are focused on coaxing you to deep thinking? Few, because the emphasis is on giving you a road upon which you can escape from reality or plunge head first into it with real-life experience escape novels.

A few days ago, the book publisher who founded the New Press, André Schiffrin passed on, explains the December 2, 2013 obituary, "Andre Schiffrin dies at 78; book publisher founded New Press." The author of several books of his own, Mr. Schiffrin offered a gloomy assessment of publishing in his polemical memoir, “The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read” (2000), says the December 2, obituary by Los Angeles Times Book Critic, David L. Ulin.

The market has changed, Schiffrin wrote in his memoir. “Books today have become mere adjuncts to the world of mass media, offering light entertainment and reassurances that all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds,” Mr. Schiffrin penned. “The resulting control on the spread of ideas is stricter than anyone would have thought possible in a free society.”

The point here is that not only has journalism changed, but book publishing also has changed. In fact, the entire market for the written word has changed. You have journalists outsourced for a pittance working all over the world editing, typing, and re-writing information. The big question is in what direction is the writing occupation pointing? And how can writers find the clues to where it's going, has gone, and what's coming up in that's in demand? You may wish to check out books such as, Schiffrin's 2007 memoir “A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York,” or his book, “The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read."



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