May 3, 2002
E-Publish or Perish
What do good publishers do? They produce quality books in a timely fashion at reasonable prices and distribute them widely. Until recently, academic publishers were good publishers. Now, many are not. Increasingly, they will publish only books that have the prospect of being profitable; their publishing process is glacial; they often charge large sums for small books; and their mode of distribution is, in the age of the Internet, primitive.
Instead of good publishers, they have become