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The most interesting trends in publishing

2 January 2023

'Marrying the Victorian tradition of serialisation with the best of modern interactive technology has been one. In terms of the actual content of the books that are being published, it is keeping some sort of equilibrium between the virtues of free speech and protecting sensitivities. The descendants of those who inscribed words in forest clearings or the catacombs in Rome, or wrote clandestinely in Siberian gulags, now have an unprecedented scope for freedom of expression, a limitless potential audience. Yet most of us would accept that the global village green is not a vision of paradise but more of a Tower of Babel - undisciplined and polyglot. But because people's need to understand the world is undiminished, and so is their curiosity about entering a new world, created or re-created by both fiction and non-fiction, there remains no greater medium than books to explain it.'

Alan Samson, Non-fiction Publisher at Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House UKPenguin Random House have more than 50 creative and autonomous imprints, publishing the very best books for all audiences, covering fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, autobiographies and much more. Click for Random House UK Publishers References listing, in Bookbrunch