John B. Thompson is a renowned sociologist who has produced authoritative work on social theory, the media and publishing. Currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, in his early work he examined the philosophy of the social sciences through comparative studies of the writings of Ricoeur and Habermas. He subsequently developed a rich theoretical account of culture and ideology and of the nature of the media, which he elaborated in his seminal Polity works Ideology and Modern Culture and The Media and Modernity. In 2001 he won the prestigious European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences for his book Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age. His most recent writings, Books in the Digital Age and Merchants of Culture, have focused on the transformation of the publishing industry in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, providing a comprehensive account of the state of the industry and the future of the book in the digital age.