This key book examines the role of the printed book in contemporary societies, its demographics and its relation to the other media. It analyzes the differences among various national book industries throughout Europe and the USA, and the reasons and impact of the differences. Both the effect of digital techlogies and the reasons why e-books did t substitute the printed book, as predicted in mid-nineties, are explored. * A comprehensive overview of the diversities and similarities that exist among various national book industries and among various publishing fields throughout the developed world* Analyses the development of all book professions (librarians + booksellers + publishers)* Builds a link between research methodologies used in book history and on contemporary publishing research
Before joining academia, Dr Miha Kovac was editorial director of Mladinska knjiga, the biggest publishing house in South-East Europe. Dr Kovac lectures at the Department for Library and Information Science and Book Studies, School of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford Brookes Centre for Publishing Studies and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Soros Foundation in various East-European countries. In 2005, he also became editor in chief of the Slovene edition of National Geographic Magazine.