The Rise and Not-Quite Fall of the American Book Wholesaler
This article uses historical and interview data to examine the transformation of the wholesale sector in the American book industry. In contrast to the dominant pattern in other consumer goods industries, book wholesalers went from being relatively marginal in much of the 19th and 20th centuries to being central to book distribution and marketing in the 1970s. The increased clout of the wholesale sector in those years paralleled the growth of small presses on the one hand, and giant bookstore chains on the other. Since the 1990s, there has been consolidation as a considerable number of distributors have gone out of business. This has implications for the diversity of books available in the retail book market. It has also encouraged wholesalers to take on more of the traditional functions of publishers and retailers.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Volume (Year): 16 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Web page: http://www.tandfonline.com/HMEC20|
|Order Information:||Web: http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/HMEC20|
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:16:y:2003:i:2:p:97-120. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Michael McNulty)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.