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The Sunday Read: ‘Inside the Push to Diversify the Book Business’

For generations, America’s main publishers centered virtually solely on white readers. Now a brand new cadre of executives is making an attempt to open up the business.

The journalist Marcela Valdes spent a yr reporting on what she described as “the problematic historical past of range in ebook publishing and the methods it has affected editors, authors and what you see (or don’t see) in bookstores.”

Interviewing greater than 50 present and former ebook professionals, in addition to authors, Ms. Valdes discovered concerning the earlier unsuccessful makes an attempt to domesticate Black audiences, and regarded the intricacies of an business tradition that also struggles to “overcome the clubby, white elitism it was born in.”

As one publishing govt places it, the way forward for ebook publishing will likely be decided not solely by its latest hires but additionally by the way it solutions this query: As a substitute of preventing over slices of a shrinking pie, can publishers work to make the readership greater for everybody?

Further manufacturing for The Sunday Learn was contributed by Emma Kehlbeck, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Elena Hecht, Desiree Ibekwe, Tanya Pérez, Marion Lozano, Saskia Solomon, Naomi Noury, Krish Seenivasan, Corey Schreppel, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and Tiana Younger. Particular because of Mike Benoist, Sam Dolnick, Laura Kim, Julia Simon, Lisa Tobin, Blake Wilson and Ryan Wegner.

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