Hank Shares John Locke on the Book Business

The following is a guest post from President and Publisher Hank Kennedy—another drop of wisdom he likes to share with staff on occasion.

Books seem to be pestilent things, and
infect all that trade in them—with
something very perverse and brutal. Printers,
binders, sellers, and others that make a
trade and gain out of them have universally
so odd a turn and corruption of mind
that they have a way of dealing peculiar
to themselves, and not conform to the good
of society and that general fairness
which cements mankind.

John Locke, WORKS
(London, 1801), x, 291.
From a letter to
Anthony Collins.

Hank Kennedy is the President and Publisher of AMACOM Books. He has over 40 years of experience in the book publishing industry, as editor, sales rep, Vice President at Prentice Hall, and finally our boss here.


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