A good piece in Virginia Quarterly Review by Richard Nash. It is the lead article in their Spring 2013 issue which focusses on the business of literature. Maybe I should revive my subscribe to The VQR, though discouragingly their website tells us this issue is sold out. Here’s a link to their subscription page (the link also appears at the end of the article).

The article delivers better news for freelance copyeditors than for much of the staff in book publishing companies, many of whom are busy trying to operate Shirky’s principle: “Institutions will try to preserve the problems to which they are a solution.”

Here’s a link to the You Tube video of the interview between Tim O’Reilly and Charlie Rose referenced in the article — not that it has anything directly to do with book publishing or the business of literature.