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Publishers are challenged by declining book markets, a changing readership drifting away from books, as much as new competition from other content and formats – AND by the messy data that are available to build a realistic assessment of what is going on in the first place. And yet, book statistics are seen as a fairly exotic topic.

In a brand new article in the journal Logos , together with three dear colleagues, Angus Philips of Oxford Brooks, Adriaan van der Weel of Leiden and Miha Kovac of Ljubljana University, we argue why those numbers on books are key to developing a road map for navigating the current transformation, and how better statistics for a broad set of stakeholders – including publishers, booksellers, librarians, policy makers, media and educators – can be generated.

Brill > Logos, vol. 28/4 – 

Direct link to purchase article at Brill Online shop.


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Why not a public parliamentary hearing on the new role of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google, as they have developed into today’s leading mass media? In the view of hate mails, fake accounts and bought campaigns, a new approach is necessary, by bringing the tech firms into a direct discussion with governments, about their political responsibility – instead of simply turning them into technical censors.

I wrote an essay with some practical suggestions, in German at Perlentaucher. You find a Google translation here.

You may also be interested in thoughts about regulating the tech ecosystems by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

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