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The Crazy Economics of Book Publishing

Season 1, Ep. 47

For the news data point this week Cameron and Adam look at the proposed merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster as well as the tragic attack on acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie. The two then discuss the overall state of the publishing industry and how digitization has impacted the business model for major publishing houses as well as their relationship with libraries.


In the second segment the two discuss the astronomical inflation currently underway in Argentina. Adam gives a historical look back at the Argentine economy and details the decline that has lasted for nearly a century. The two also talk about how uncertainty in the price of food has had a negative impact not only on GDP but mental health as well.