Advertisement

Cultural economics, books and reading

  • Samuel CameronEmail author
Original Article
  • 26 Downloads

Abstract

The field of cultural economics is surprisingly short on research on the book market and on the activity of reading compared with other more recently invented media such as films and musical recordings. There are a number of traditional economic propositions relevant to books and reading which could be further researched. In addition, books and reading are strongly impacted by the disruptive innovations of digital technology and the use of online distribution platforms that fuel much of the research on the more recently invented cultural media. This paper gives an overview of some key new papers collected in this special issue and identifies additional lacunae in this general field of research.

Keywords

Reading Books Economics of literature Libraries Comic books 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

I declare that there are no conflicts of interest involved in this paper.

References

  1. Aguado, L. F., Lazzaro, E., Palma Martos, L. A., & Osorio Mejia, A. M. (2018). Newspaper reading as a form of cultural participation: The case of Colombia. Review of Economics and Finance, 11(1), 40–54.Google Scholar
  2. Asai, S. (2016). Determinants of demand and price for best-selling novels in paperback in Japan. Journal of Cultural Economics, 40(4), 375–392.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Bittlingmayer, G. (1992). The elasticity of demand for books, resale price maintenance and the Lerner index. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 148(4), 588–606.Google Scholar
  4. Boetke, P. (2005). Teaching economics through Ayn rand: How the economy is like a novel and how the novel can teach us about economics. Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, 6(2), 445–465.Google Scholar
  5. Bohannon, C. E., & Lee, D. (2019). Economics and novels: Good, evil and becoming better people. Journal of Cultural Economics.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-019-09362-3.
  6. Borowiecki, K. J., & Navarrete, T. (2018). Fiscal and economic aspects of book consumption in the European Union. Journal of Cultural Economics, 42(2), 309–339.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Cameron, S. (2002). The economics of sin: Rational choice or no choice at all?. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Cameron, S. (2015). Music in the marketplace: A social economics approach. Abingdon: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Cameron, S., & Collins, A. (2000). Playing the love market: Dating, romance and the real world. London: Free Association Books.Google Scholar
  10. Canoy, M., van Ours, J. C., & van der Ploeg, F. (2006). The economics of books. In V. Ginsburgh & C. D. Throsby (Eds.), Handbook of the economics of art and culture (1st ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier.Google Scholar
  11. Crosby, P. (2019). Don't judge a book by its cover: Examining digital disruption in the book industry using a stated-preference approach. Journal of Cultural Economics.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-019-09363-2.
  12. Examined Existence. (No date). Which country reads the most? (by Tri). At: https://examinedexistence.com/which-country-reads-the-most . Accessed July 24, 2019
  13. Fernandez, S. S., & Garcia, D. B. (2019). Unravelling the effect of extrinsic reading on reading with intrinsic motivation. Journal of Cultural Economics.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-019-09361-4.
  14. Fujiwara, D., Lawton, R.N., Moura, S. (2019). More than a good book: Contingent valuation 0f public library services in England. Journal of Cultural Economics Google Scholar
  15. Hionis, P., & Yong Ha, K. (2019). The economic structure of the modern American comic book market. Journal of Cultural Economics.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-018-9333-5.
  16. Kochkina, N., & Popova, E. (2017). Are books luxury goods in Russia or not? National Research University Higher School of Economics Perm. Russian Federation: Perm territory.Google Scholar
  17. Ringstad, V., & Loyland, K. (2006). The demand for books estimated by means of consumer survey data. Journal of Cultural Economics, 30(2), 141–155.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Watts, M., & Smith, R. F. (1989). Economics in literature and drama. Journal of Economic Education, 20(3), 291–307.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Wyburn, J., & Roach, P. (2012). An hedonic analysis of American collectable comic book prices. Journal of Cultural Economics, 36(4), 309–326.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BradfordUK

Personalised recommendations