1st Edition

The Economics of the Publishing and Information Industries
The Search for Yield in a Disintermediated World

ISBN 9781138824799
Published December 12, 2014 by Routledge
328 Pages

USD $69.95

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Book Description

Books, scholarly journals, business information, and professional information play a pivotal role in the political, social, economic, scientific, and intellectual life of nations. While publications abound on Wall Street and financial service companies, the relationship between Wall Street’s financial service companies and the publishing and information industries has not been explored until now. The Economics of the Publishing and Information Industries utilizes substantive historical, business, consumer, economic, sociological, technological, and quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand the people, trends, strengths, opportunities, and threats the publishing industry and the financial service sector have faced in recent years. Various developments, both economic and demographic, contributed to the circumstances influencing the financial service sector’s investment in the publishing and information industries. This volume identifies and analyzes those developments, clearly laying out the forces that drove the marriage between the spheres of publishing and finance.

This book offers insight and analysis that will appeal to those across a wide variety of fields and occupations, including those in financial service firms, instructors and students in business, communications, finance, or economics programs, business and financial reporters, regulators, private investors, and academic and major public research libraries.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Legal and Economic Foundation of Intellectual Property and Copyrights

Chapter 2: Money Never Sleeps: The Search for Yield in a Disintermediated World

Chapter 3: Major Marketing and Economic Theories and Issues Impacting the Newspaper, Magazine, and Book Publishing Industries

Chapter 4: The Economics of the Newspaper Industry

Chapter 5: The Economics of the Magazine Industry

Chapter 6: The Economics of the Book Publishing Industry

Chapter 7: The Information Industries

Chapter 8: Disruption in the Book and Information Industries: the Impact of the Kirtsaeng Decision on Trade, Educational, Scholarly, and Information Industry Publishers



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Albert N. Greco is a Professor of Marketing at Fordham University. He has published a variety of books in the publishing field such as The State of Scholarly Publishing and The Book Publishing Industry. His research interests are in the book publishing industry, the scholarly journal industry, marketing and consumer behavior and market demand analysis.


As Greco (marketing, Fordham Univ.) explains in his account of his book's purpose, this is not a traditional history, economics, or mass communications book... Replete with statistical tables, extensive footnotes, and appendixes, Greco's study makes one think. The book is filled with fascinating information that makes readers aware that the publishing and information industry is exceedingly profitable.

W. Baker, emeritus, Northern Illinois University, USA, in CHOICE