Publishing Technologies and Solutions

Press Release: RR Donnelley Awarded a Multi-Year Agreement to Provide Print, Fulfillment and Distribution Services to HarperCollins Publishers
June 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

CHICAGO — June 29, 2016 — R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announces a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews and expands the relationship with HarperCollins, a customer of the RR Donnelley company for decades. Under the terms of this new agreement, RR Donnelley will provide print, fulfillment and distribution services across…

Codex Hackathon, a Two-Day Marathon of Tech for Books
January 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Luke Van Seters and Vignesh Mohankumar were camped out on a pair of purple couches on the third floor of the MIT Media Lab, attempting to hack written language itself. The code that the two Northeastern students had cobbled together over the previous 48 hours analyzes an excerpt of text, then rewrites it slightly to…

Asking Why Trade Publishers Fail Is the Wrong Question
December 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Your average trade publisher is a laundry list of bad business characteristics: Consumer customers (the worst/least predictable kind of customer). Entertainment good (the worst/least predictable kind of product). A market that’s shifting increasingly to the blockbuster model (the worst/least predictable kind of market). Dominated by vendor duopolies (Amazon and B&N in the states, Amazon and…

myON Tackles K-12 Literacy Issues with Personalized Reading Platform
October 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

Despite advancements in technology and access to information, literacy remains a huge issue in K-12 schools throughout the world. “Reading achievement is persistently low,” says Todd Brekhus, president of myON™. “Only 35% of all fourth graders, 36% of eighth graders and, 38% of twelfth graders read proficiently.” To help students overcome these literacy challenges, myON,…

News Corp.'s Amplify Education Experiment: What Went Wrong?
August 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm

News Corp. is putting its Amplify electronic learning platform and curriculum up for sale because the new school year selling season flopped and the rush to digital tools never materialized. Was the demise due to educational institutions' reluctance to change or fatal flaws with Amplify? Amplify, a News Corp. business unit that aimed to reinvent…

ALA San Francisco in Review
July 7, 2015

To coincide with the conference, ALA released its own National Policy Agenda for Libraries, developed by an advisory committee of major library organizations. The two major thrusts of the document, which provides a framework for advocacy, are around capacity building and advancing the public interest. Under the rubric of the first come the core areas of library impact (and outcome measurement): education and learning, employment and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, government information services (which includes providing access to the social safety net), heritage and history.

What the Hell Happens at a Publishing Hackathon?
June 29, 2015

Last week I described a "hackathon" as the book world's equivalent of a sporting event...well, having attended the CODEX Hackathon organized by Plympton to coincide with the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco this past weekend - I can tell you that was far from the truth. For starters, it is very quiet. If I were to try and belabor the analogy, I would say that is is probably like the LeMans 24-hour road race, albeit without the roar of engines