Size doesn't set the standard

<p> So there's a loss of production quality when a small publisher becomes part of a conglomerate ("Adapting to acquisition", 8th August)? What complete balderdash. Small or large, the quality can vary--although it's pretty hard, with current technology, to produce a low-quality book. Badly designed, yes, poorly edited, undoubtedly--but a loss of production quality implies that the small independents aim for higher standards than the conglomerates.</p><p> That's news to me, and I have worked for both small and large. Of course, at least 50% of titles published each year would have been bett...

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