HILLEL ITALIEAP National Writer
New York (AP) — The publication of the book in 2020 was a story of how much the industry can change, how much it can change, or how much it wants to stay the same.
“Much of what happened this year-if it was a novel, I think it’s a little too much,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Carp.
Three stories ran through the world of books for most of the year. An industry that has been forced to admit that the status quo is unacceptable, an industry that provides comfort and enlightenment in times of trauma, and an industry that is more integrated than ever with the power of Penguin Random House and Amazon.
Because of its benefits and its disappointments, publishing was drawn into the events of the moment. The pandemic stopped, threatening to wipe out the decade-long growth of independent bookstores, forcing countless new releases to be postponed, and countless other bookstores forgotten. Book Expo, the annual national convention, has been canceled and may be permanently abolished after the show’s organizer, Reed Exhibitions Japan, has announced that it will “retire.”
The industry has long been regarded as a promoter of open expression and high ideals, but in 2020 there was a debate about diversity, and #MeToo highlighted racial and gender blindness and published poetry. From the company to Oprah Winfrey, from book critics to the late editor of Ernest Hemmingway. I helped the employees themselves take the initiative. After the publisher announced that they had obtained Woody Allen’s memoirs, they protested in support of Black Lives Matter and quit their job at the Hachette Book Group. (Skyhorse Publishing finally released it.)
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