Book publishing, one of the oldest forms of mass media, continues to maintain its place within the international economy and within cultures around the world. The global book market’s annual sales are estimated to be around US$143 billion for both printed material and its digital equivalent. This includes books of fiction, textbooks, cookbooks, children’s picture books, and e-books for use on e-reading devices from Amazon, Apple, and Kobo. Since the 1980s, the global book publishing industry has been in a constant transition due to the economic influences of large media companies and technological change. The book industry has also had to contend with the rise of the amateur publisher, online distributors such as Amazon, a call for greater accessibility to content, and issues involving diversity ...

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