Publishing Books at Internet Speed

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As more news stories get reported and updated multiple times a day online, they've made once-daily newspaper deadlines seem quaint. Book publishing, however, is still back in the Dark Ages when it comes to turning around publications quickly. Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and current editor of The Daily Beast, wants to change that by publishing books in electronic and print form in a fraction of the current time it currently takes. We speak to New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who wrote about this in today's New York Times: "Daily Beast Seeks to Publish Faster."


Motoko Rich


Jim Colgan

Comments [1]

Ken Sobel

John said the 1st "instant books" he recalls came out "within a few months" of the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). Your guest thought the new instant books would be turned out in "a few weeks".

I own a Pocket Book, Inc. paperback titled "FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, A MEMORIAL". It was published on April 18, 1945, just six days after the death of FDR. The introduction quotes Winston Churchill's eulogy of April 17, 1945, the day before the book's publication.

John says the "takeaway" from this story is that "The 20,000 word New Yorker story on bats will live in the form of these new instant books." Well, as subscriber to The New Yorker, Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and Harpers, I know we are fortunate to still have extended length stories in these magazines. And, in fact, I read a long New Yorker article on bats (and frogs) earlier this year, in the spring.

Ken Sobel
Wilton CT

Oct. 04 2009 08:35 PM

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