Value-added processes in publishing and the impact of ICTs, the democratization of publishing and globalization

Stuart Ferguson

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    Abstract

    The spread of information and communication technologies into publishing is generally seen as a boon - to authors, readers and a number of intermediaries such as libraries. Like many of the technologies associated with the "Knowledge society", publishing techologies are often interpreted as part of a welcome process of democratization, allowing individual authors and organizations to publish reasonably high quality books of their own creation. This paper examines the value-added processes of publishing from the perspective of the Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University - a small, niche librarianship publisher in Australia, with a strong record of book publishing and the beginnings of a presence in e-publishing. Based on the Centre's experience, the paper suggests that the costs of publishing in a growing, competitive and global market make it increasingly difficult for publishers to continue adding value in what many have come to call a knowledge society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-40
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of the Book
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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