Education

How Ebook Subscriptions Evolved in 2015
January 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Although 2015 was a big year for ebook subscription, with more publishers participating in subscription services like Oyster, Scribd, and Entitle than ever before, the year also marked a significant stumbling block for this market. Both Oyster and Entitle shuttered their doors in 2015, leaving Scribd and Kindle Unlimited as the leading ebook and audiobook…

Bloomsbury to Purchase LexisNexis
December 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

Bloomsbury Publishing is set to acquire LexisNexis and Jordan family law publishing assets from RELX, subject to approval, for £1.4m. The deal is part of a strategy to increase the proportion of non-consumer revenues to 50% and on completion of the deal Bloomsbury will own the rights to six family law titles, including Duckworth's Matrimonial…

Education Publisher Ditches Amazon, Sales Soar
December 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

For the six-month period ended Aug. 31, 2015, revenue at Educational Development Corp., which sells children’s books under the Kane Miller and Usborne imprints, jumped to $22.2 million, up 59% compared to the same period in 2014, and net income soared by over 300%, to $969,000. Sparked by those figures, EDC’s stock price rose from…

Pearson Woes Deepen Over UK Ebook Price Row
December 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

The beleaguered education giant Pearson faces a crisis in its British universities business after it imposed steep price rises on academic libraries. A string of leading universities have stopped buying the FTSE 100 company’s teaching materials in a row over charges for ebooks, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Some top institutions, including Imperial College London,…

Press Release: Gale and State of Florida Announce Partnership to Give Residents Access to Accredited Private High School Diplomas
December 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—December 7, 2015—A pilot program to offer accredited private high school diplomas and career certificates is now available online at 11 public library systems across Florida. The Career Online High School project is brought to residents in selected communities by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons…

5 Trends Affecting Children's Literature
December 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Last Thursday, Book Business hosted the webinar, “Top Trends in Children’s Literature: Personalized and Interactive Books for the Holidays,” which highlighted how interactivity and personalization are reshaping the children’s book segment. Kristen McLean, director of new business development at Nielsen Book; Maia Haag, president of I See Me!; and Barb Pellow, group director at InfoTrends…

The Non-Linear Reading Revolution Is Now. Here's How Publishers Are Handling It
December 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

Going mobile is more than just big pages fitting on tiny screens. Mobile requires content to be organized so that it can be quickly served up in bite-sized chunks into any of the myriad forms that users might want, because today’s consumers want their content their way, on their devices, and in their timeframes. Publishers…

MOOCs Rise from the Ashes
November 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

One could be forgiven for believing that MOOCs had simply faded away. When they first came on the scene, MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — were widely and wildly predicted to be about to change the world, and they would do this in three to four weeks. The high cost of higher education would…

Carmen Sandiego Returns: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Character's First-Ever IOS App
November 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

NEW YORK—November 19, 2015—Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the return of the iconic Carmen Sandiego brand, with the first-ever app for iPad and iPhone. The launch of Carmen Sandiego Returns also marks the 30th anniversary of the mysterious character, adored by millions of children and nostalgic adults alike. Featuring a glamorous…

Facing Risks on All Fronts, Pearson Boss Battles to Raise Grades
November 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Pearson boss John Fallon faces a daunting task to arrest the decline of the world's biggest education publisher as it battles growing political and economic strife. Fallon has endured a rough ride since he took over in 2013, with a string of profit warnings marking his tenure, in an abrupt end to the steady growth…