The History of Modern American Book Publishing—In Its Own Words

Jul 11, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Publishers Weekly (by Jim Milliot).

In 2019, Buz Teacher began researching for a book project he was planning for 2022, to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Running Press, the independent publisher he founded with his brother in 1972 (and sold to Perseus in 2002). As he began to contact colleagues in the indie press and bookselling world to contribute some comments about Running Press, Teacher found the volume of response from across the industry overwhelming.

As a result, Teacher began commissioning essays from people across all sectors of the book business that detailed what publishing in the latter part of the 20th century was like more broadly. The feedback on this new direction was so favorable that, after a time, Teacher abandoned the Running Press idea, fully committing himself to a volume on the broader business.

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