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…
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…
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…
This essay is part of the 2015 Big Ideas Issue. Find the complete list of Big Ideas essays here. 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…
There is a simpler approach that publishers can implement to improve their book marketing, and it costs next to nothing to execute.
Hear a brief overview of the digital book printing market in 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"
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.
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.
HarperCollins Publishers has undertaken a publishing automation program to accelerate book production. Come hear what they learned.