Posted on April 18, 2011 by David Patton — 4 Comments
Did you know that for a professor to get credit for being “published,” an actual copy of a book — as in ink squirted on dead trees and bound up — often has to be printed? This seems absurd, especially because the cost of printing a book is so high. Many academic works are printed in tiny batches and end up costing hundreds of dollars a book.
In a world that is quickly going digital — more ebooks were sold in February than paperbacks — worrying about print seems increasingly antiquated.
That’s why it is encouraging to see that a 2011 Pulitzer was awarded to a group of stories that were never published in print.
Additionally, ProPublica, a nonprofit that isn’t creating content to sell ads and doesn’t have its own media outlet, won that award for reporting on how some Wall Street bankers, seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients and sometimes even their own firms, at first delayed but then worsened the financial crisis.
Do you care about the printed word?
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