Read: A thriller in ten chapters
The Observer’s literary editor Robert McCrum stood down this month after more than 10 years in the job. And what a tumultuous 10 years. When he started it was a world of ‘cigarettes, coffee and strong drink’. But that has all changed - new writers, big money, the internet, lucrative prizes and literary festivals have all helped revolutionise the books world. Here he charts the changes in 10 short chapters - and wonders if an ‘iPod moment’ is imminent.
Published online on Sunday, May 25 at the Guardian Unlimited. The ten short chapters are:
- Chapter 1: New Blood: Zadie Smith
- Chapter 2: Amazon
- Chapter 3: JK Rowling
- Chapter 4: The Corrections
- Chapter 5: Festivals
- Chapter 6: Prizes
- Chapter 7: Ian Mcewan
- Chapter 8 Blogs Vs Reviewing
- Chapter 9: Eats, Shoots & Leaves
- Chapter 10: The Kindle
You may also want also spend some time exploring the Guardian’s companion piece: A decade of books.