I’ve inveighed before about the mania people have for expecting us all to innovate all the time. If you’re not innovating they suggest, you’re probably dead. I cannot agree: if we’re not innovating, I’d suggest, we’re probably getting on with our main job — publishing books.

My response tends to be to dismiss the criticism. Kathy Sandler, a much more analytical person than me, has responded with some solid research documenting enough innovation in publishing to satisfy even the skeptics. Her paper, to be published in Publishing Research Quarterly in September 2017 can be found here. Her own blog, here.

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