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â–œFree at last?â– An allegedly dispensable publisher sees the Internet as a blessing

â–œFree at last?â– An allegedly dispensable publisher sees the Internet as a blessing 86 “Free at last?” An allegedly dispensable publisher sees the Internet as a blessing Francis Bennett In a publishing career of over thirty years, Francis Bennett has published hardbacks with Collins and Hutchinson, paperbacks with Arrow and Sphere and he has run W H Allen and Sphere and the publishing group Thomson Books. He went electronic in 1987 when he co-founded Book Data with the aim of creating a new kind of information service for the industry. He has published two novels, is completing a third and would never think of working anywhere except in the book trade. “Now we have the Internet, we authors don’t need you publishers. We are free at last!” The speaker was a senior academic, an old friend, greeting me after a convivial dinner at a Cambridge college. I responded that if all that publishing means is to “make available”, the Internet can do it. It is an extraordinary delivery mechanism and open to any kind of content. It has global reach and is democratic. It is for everyone everywhere. Following this challenge, I spent many hours browsing the Internet with a view to testing my professor’s statement. Nothing that I read changed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos Brill

â–œFree at last?â– An allegedly dispensable publisher sees the Internet as a blessing

Logos , Volume 11 (2): 86 – Jan 1, 2000

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Brill
Copyright
© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0957-9656
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1878-4712
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10.2959/logo.2000.11.2.86
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86 “Free at last?” An allegedly dispensable publisher sees the Internet as a blessing Francis Bennett In a publishing career of over thirty years, Francis Bennett has published hardbacks with Collins and Hutchinson, paperbacks with Arrow and Sphere and he has run W H Allen and Sphere and the publishing group Thomson Books. He went electronic in 1987 when he co-founded Book Data with the aim of creating a new kind of information service for the industry. He has published two novels, is completing a third and would never think of working anywhere except in the book trade. “Now we have the Internet, we authors don’t need you publishers. We are free at last!” The speaker was a senior academic, an old friend, greeting me after a convivial dinner at a Cambridge college. I responded that if all that publishing means is to “make available”, the Internet can do it. It is an extraordinary delivery mechanism and open to any kind of content. It has global reach and is democratic. It is for everyone everywhere. Following this challenge, I spent many hours browsing the Internet with a view to testing my professor’s statement. Nothing that I read changed

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Published: Jan 1, 2000

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