Does Alliant Press Suggest a Self-Published Future for University Presses?
October 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Last week, Alliant International University (AIU), a private US college announced an intriguing scholarly publishing partnership with Author Solutions, the self-publishing arm of Penguin Random House. Together the two organizations said they were creating Alliant Press, a university press that would be built using Author Solutions infrastructure and be dedicated to publishing “academic works of…

Press Release: Sheridan Expands its Print Management System to Accommodate Self‐Service POD Orders
September 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

HUNT VALLEY, Md.—September 28, 2015—Sheridan has expanded its automated print management system, Sheridan Select, to include a self‐service component granting publishers the ability to upload a book or journal title and place a print‐on‐demand (POD) order within a single transaction. Upon logging in to the Sheridan Select portal and initiating a POD order, publishers are…

Press Release: Marquis and SoBook Provide Ready Access to Books
September 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

MONTREAL—September 24, 2015—An exclusive agreement between Marquis and SoBook will create a veritable transatlantic technology bridge between Europe and North America this October and simplify publishers' work by delivering printed books in far shorter time. In fact, publishers will now have a tool that will enable them to increase the number of titles available in…

How Small University Presses Can Gain Scale Through Collaboration
September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Big ideas often come in small packages -- sometimes just the size of a book, or a regional university press, or in the space of a 75-minute brainstorming session with creative publishing professionals. For many university presses, finding ways to compensate for limited commercial scale is becoming mission-critical...

Raise the Bar On Your Responsiveness: Examine Your Workflow
June 19, 2015

Pressures on revenues and margins have made many publishers ask themselves if their content workflows can be fine-tuned to "do more with less".

Unfortunately, an early focus on headcount savings can undermine your chances of actually getting good things done. You can't improve workflows if the people you need to make them better are thinking that success means a trip to unemployment.

It's better to ask relevant operational questions, particularly ones like "Is my workflow getting in the way of my overall responsiveness?" Frequently, the answer to that question is a resounding "yes"

3 Ways To Plan An Effective Digital Workflow
May 8, 2015

The most reliable digital workflows are transparent: everyone who uses them to create content knows how and why things work the way they do. The most reliable digital workflows are also simple and predictable. Organizing a workflow to be transparent and simple starts with deliberate planning.

For a project that examined the value of XML workflows in publishing, Laura Dawson and I assembled a checklist for publishers looking to create a simple, effective digital workflow.

How HarperCollins Automated EPUB 3 Production with DITA4Publishers
April 16, 2015

I had the pleasure of hosting terrific webinar last week, featuring HarperCollins senior director of global digital operations Leslie Padgett and content solutions architect at RSI Content Solutions Eliot Kimber. They did a great job of articulating how HarperCollins has begun to transition from legacy print production to a system that is automated and truly multichannel.