If people stop reading books, maybe New York Times staffers could get back to work

The New York Times
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller describes his staffers' unending desire to write books. Noting the decline in print publishing, he writes, "Sure, I would miss books — and so, by the way, would my children — but at least the death of books would put an end to the annoying fact that everyone who works for me is either writing one or wants to. I would get my staff back!" Keller, by the way, has signed two book contracts, didn't follow through on either, and is repaying an advance. He has a stack of his staffers' books that he means to read someday.

Earlier: Brian Stelter on writing a book: ‘I suspect it will be excruciatingly hard’

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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