Organized by the iconoclastic technology publishing house O’Reilly Media, the annual “Tools of Change” conference has offered a staging for what PW’s Andrew Albanese calls, “a classic clash of traditional publishing institutions and new technology.” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, “There was a real sense that the publishing business is now a digital first game—even if the revenues and sales don’t reflect that for trade publishers, the investment and the plans for growth certainly do. On Wednesday, Ned May from Outsell pointed out that in ten years, we would be looking at a very, very different publishing industry—and that time frame was generous.”
For her weekly review of PW reviews, Rose Fox notes a star review for John Irving’s latest novel, In One Person, about a bisexual man coming of age in the uptight ‘50s. In non-fiction, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow is “an incisive look at the follies of militarism that nonetheless needs a deeper understanding of why America has so often embraced it,” according to the PW critic.
Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.