New site dedicated to Publishing History is here! There is in fact a fascinating back-story behind the books and many companies, interesting characters and old practices. When I ran Jobs in Books- The Bookseller Magazine’s careers service, the questions I got asked were around what publishing actually consisted of as a career. Not much is really known about it.
Most people know their favourite authors and bookshops even, but publishers? Apart from Penguin? My aim is to shed some light on the cultural and social history of this hidden industry, and make it accessible for those that are interested. I don’t believe the past impacts the present. However, I think that there is a story to be told that explains the present.
I am a PhD student at UCL and publishing history is my discipline. When I am doing my academic research I will be on the look-out for interesting things to Blog, post and Tweet about!