Publishing, bound by time and place, has internal and external points of congruence and communication. It pivots in a physically grounded social network, not one based on digital communication, webinars, suspect personal profiles and branded personalities.
There are many meeting points: book fairs, literary events, seminars, workshops. Publishing impels people to come together for negotiation, discussion, public reading, private browsing, display of publications and people. Cities are where they do it.
The digital has an idea of its own ethereality but it is non-metaphysical too: of its time, located, influencing and urging in one direction or another.