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The Paper Revolutionaries

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Along with the gradual disintegration of the dominant position of the centrally controlled publishers in the market, a boom in private, independent publishing was reported in most countries in the region, and Czech publishers were no exception to this trend. One of the very few local empirical projects that aimed at monitoring the social background of the immediate 'post-revolutionary' book scene was the study by Jan Halada titled Publishers from the Sociological Perspective, which was carried out in the early 1990s. The introduction of new technology and the accumulation of several professional roles in the hands of one subject were accompanied by, and to a certain extent even supportive of, specific patterns of behaviour in the business. A book, and its price, became the crossroads where a variety of cultural traditions and psychologically grounded stereotypes and expectations clashed with the economic, political and social currents of the 'post-revolutionary' period.

Keywords: book market; Czech publishers; post-revolutionary period

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