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Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 536–537 | Cite as

Simone Murray: The Digital Literary Sphere: Reading, Writing, and Selling Books in the Internet Era

Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 2018, 252 pp, Hardcover $39.95, Ebook $39.95, ISBN: 9781421426099
  • Rafael Chaiken
BOOK REVIEW

With the public emergence of the internet in the late 1980s and early 1990s, literary futurists predicted that fiction would shift to hypertext formats and the printed book would become archaic. As we now know, these predictions failed to materialize. Ebooks have plateaued at roughly twenty percent of book sales, with print remaining the dominant format.1 Instead, a new online infrastructure surrounding print books emerged. In The Digital Literary Sphere: Reading, Writing, and Selling Books in the Internet Era, Simone Murray provides a compelling introduction to this evolving domain. Covering authors’ websites, social media, online reviews and bookselling, self-publishing, video trailers, and reader communities, Murray offers a broad survey of this contemporary literary terrain.

Murray coins the term “digital literary sphere” to refer to the online “institutional apparatus governing the producing, disseminating, and consuming of literary culture” (2). Her chapters are organized...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Chaiken
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  1. 1.AlbanyUSA

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