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Cubicles emerging in unlikely world of publishing

With their profit margins being squeezed by Amazon and electronic books, publishers are facing a reality in which private offices may be a luxury not worth paying for

Mr Pietsch at Hachette's new offices in New York. Hachette is the first major American publishing house to abandon private offices in favour of open-plan cubicles.

New York

MICHAEL Pietsch was given his first private office when he became an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons 30 years ago. He got his first corner office when he was named publisher of Little, Brown and Co in 2001.

He moved into an even bigger corner office - with a large living...