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This morning the Independent UK has a piece entitled, Do we still have a thirst for coffee table books? written by Tim Walker. The piece looks at the continued success of the Quarto publishing group, famous for its large-format, illustrated titles and coffee table books. Walker’s piece even goes as far as to suggest that such books could be ‘physical publishing’s last, best hope.’ which could, in fact, be physical publishing’s last, best hope. Laurence Orbach is founder and CEO of Quarto and he recently told The Bookseller that "the book- publishing ecosystem has been sundered" by the digital revolution.
"Illustrated books and art books have withstood the digital decline that the rest of the industry is facing. The ‘beautiful’ books are the print books that will survive in the digital age. The latest figures figures suggest, for example, that sales of individual monograph art books were up 70 per cent last year."