“Edge’s book is timely, particularly for those whose understanding of the digital threat remains stuck in the 2000s. He demonstrates ample awareness and critique of the dangers to good journalism of excessive profit orientation from both before and
after the 2000s’ recession.” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Read review

“Marc Edge presents a compelling argument for why we need to relax and accept that newspapers are resilient and they’re here to stay . . . Edge presents a meticulously researched account of the economic history of the newspaper, with a particular focus on the period surrounding the 2008 recession. He debunks the popular myth that newspapers are no longer profitable.” The Peak Read review

“Soundly researched. . . . Edge’s no-holds-barred book names names of the naysayers and doomsday mongers. . . . His argument here delivers the analytics lacking in many reports about the 'death' of printed news. . . . Edge unabashedly advocates for printed newspapers; unfortunately, he’s one of the few left to do this. . . . Edge’s book delivers a dose of tonic for those who lived through the Great Recession in a newsroom, waiting to see if the next -30- was the bell tolling for them. He systematically shows what went wrong in an age where it seemed every action was a rearrangement of the Titanic’s deck chairs.” Newspaper Research Journal Read review

“Greatly Exaggerated is a well-researched and well-explained story of how the newspaper business changed in the second half of the 20th and into the 21st century. . . . Edge is correct that newspapers have survived and, despite the predictions of their imminent demise, have made a profit on their operations. So runs the story up to this point, although that hardly guarantees them a long future. Complacently extending Edge’s story into the near future is a recipe for disillusionment. In fact, what is greatly exaggerated is just the short time frame for the death of newspapers, not the end result.”
Literary Review of Canada Read review

“A wonder to come across . . . Rather than dinosaurs unable to adjust to a changing news climate, Edge says, newspapers have shown remarkable resilience by cutting costs, refocusing coverage, adapting to digital platforms and turning to readers for more revenue. While a sharp decline in newspaper profits forced a number of companies into bankruptcy, Edge says the financial troubles were caused more by the misadventures and misjudgments of owners and executives than by the weakening of the newspaper business model.”
Raleigh News & Observer Read review

“Thoroughly researched . . . challenges conventional wisdom that newspapers are doomed in an era of smartphones, tablets, Facebook, and Twitter. It's a provocative thesis that Edge backs up with reams of data from publicly traded newspaper companies. . . . And he accomplishes this with a breezy, readable style. . . . A persuasive argument that newspapers are here to stay, though they'll likely be smaller and less influential than they once used to be. . . . For anyone concerned about where this might lead, Greatly Exaggerated offers a useful road map.”
Georgia Straight Read review

“We’ve been led to believe that newspapers are dying, and that sooner rather than later, we won’t read newsprint any longer, that they’ll become obsolete. Granted that a lot of folks are reading their news off of screens and tablets, does that mean the newspaper takes on a new life in bandwidth on the internet? Marc Edge has written a new book: Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers. It’s a compelling case that he makes that newspapers are in fact adapting and thriving. He even suggests they’re not going anywhere. There’s a lot of insight and research in this book.” The Commentary.ca Read review


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