Asked to name her book of the year by the Globe, authoress Claire Berlinski chooses to demolish not only the sanctimony of the entire exercise but the undead premise of the entire publishing industry.

Books in print form are antiques. No one wants to buy them anymore; they cost too much; the way they are marketed and distributed is insanity. The traditional book publishing industry is dead. It is not coming back. I’d be surprised if any of the other books on this list have sold more than a few thousand copies, however terrific they are….

Everyone in the traditional publishing industry has lost his/her job or will lose it soon, and they deserve to; they have failed entirely to adapt to a technological revolution as significant as the invention of the printing press.

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