The Future of the Publishing Business

Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher, Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing, who talks about the future of the publishing business and working with notable authors such as President Trump and Howard Stern. 3/9/2020 #2279






"This is one on one. one on one is pleased to welcome Jonathan Karp president and publisher Simon & Schuster Adult publishing good to see you. good to see you. let's disclose some things. okay. we got history. yes, we do. we go back a couple years. a couple of decades I think yeah your dad-- Donald M Karp. Don Karp believed in what we were doing in public broadcasting before we even got to public broadcasting we had an idea long story short to disclose his bank he was a President of a major bank on jersey side and he decided to underwrite what we were doing and that's how I got to know you he was the chairman and the CEO of broad national bank and the best father any son could ever have. Yeah. and you know so funny because I’ve worked with so many authors through the years politicians businessmen artists and my dad has the best judgment of any of them he was someone a lot of us sought for advice and by the way could you put up that picture again of Jonathan no they got it. Okay. that was us back in the day before you were the (laughter) Jonathan Karp at Simon & Schuster your love of books started when and because of what? well probably started with them I mean my parents my mom Marjorie Karp is was a teacher for 25 years and there were always books in the house and we were always talking about them I remember I think probably some of my first memories are of my dad watching the Watergate hearings. mm... when I was about eight years old and we still have all Those books by john dean and HR Haldeman and-- that's right. and so I was always interested in in nonfiction and politics, I think I got my first job because my mom had given me a book called loose Change by Sarah Davidson and it was a book about sort of coming of age in the 1960s and when I went in for my job interview at random house I saw that book on the shelf of my boss Kate medina and because I’d read that book she hired me so I probably owe it all to my mom and actually to this day if my mom loves a Simon & Schuster book it's usually a hit. she's got a real-- she has a good eye. so you just triggered something in this incredibly digital world the revolution has taken or whatever some people believe that either books are dead or they're Dying or meh what's the audience you believe the opposite. I do I think that certainly It's a more crowded media environment than ever before whether it's..."