Progressive Geographies

Graham Harman has some good thoughts on book publishing here – sparked by someone uploading his book Tool Being.

I agree with Graham on this, although I don’t have his experience of publishing a book in simultaneous print and free pdf format. Recently someone uploaded my Understanding Henri Lefebvreand I’ve seen various other books online at different times – they don’t always stay around for long. My objection comes when the books are made available online very soon after publication, when it might damage the sales that the publishers need to make to recoup their costs. Making books is expensive – while authors get very little by way of royalties, editors, copy-editors, designers, printers, etc. all cost money. If the book is translated the publisher will have paid rights and a translator. If these are uploaded quickly then it threatens future translations. Book publishers, unlike journals, usually pay their…

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