IPA Congress probes future role of publishers

IPA Congress probes future role of publishers

Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton has compared the state of publishing to the bus teetering half-way off a cliff edge at the end of the film "The Italian Job", on the opening day of the 30th International Publishers Congress in Bangkok (today, 24th March).

But HarperCollins c.e.o. Brian Murray demurred, saying a better comparison was to a Formula One racing car, since the industry was entering a new "golden age".

Newton's provocative comparison came in a panel session on The Future Role of Publishers, in which he declared the industry was "poised on a precipice" depending on how far...

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