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Hay Festival debate: Are we publishing too many books?

May 29th, 2015

Episode 919 of 1502 episodes

With the Hay Literary Festival in full swing, Front Row asks the question "Do we publish too many books?" In front of a live audience, Samira and the panel discuss some of the pressing issues that face the publsihing industry today: has the emergence of digital books diluted the quality and undermined the value of books? Is self publishing a route to new and exciting authors or a path to derivative mediocrity? With so many authors, is it possible to make a living as a writer and are the writers who do make it representative of the diversity of modern Britain? Taking part: Philip Jones editor of the trade journal The Bookseller, Crystal Mahey-Morgan Digital Sales and Marketing Director at Zed Books, Alexandra Pringle, the group editor in chief of Bloomsbury and Ali Sparks author of 41 books for children.

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