Education

How Data Changed Publishing in 2015
January 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Data enables book publishers to connect with their readers in deeper and more meaningful ways — and sometimes, interact for the very first time. As digital exchanges between publishers and readers increase, data insights culled from those interactions continue to emerge and make a significant impact on how book publishers operate. Publishers are using data…

Pearson Aims to Become ‘The World’s Learning Company’ with Rebrand
January 7, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Educational publisher Pearson has rebranded as it looks to grow its business to become the ‘world’s learning company’. The ambition behind the new brand is to unify Pearson’s portfolio of products and services under one master brand, distinguish Pearson from its competition and to drive global awareness. It builds on Pearson’s heritage but has a…

Microsoft’s View of the Future of EdTech
January 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

David Langridge is Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Senior Partner Development Director, Worldwide Microsoft Education Industry Group. Publishing Perspectives caught up with him to hear his thoughts on the future of edtech. One of the big issues in edtech is the continued popularity of printed textbooks. Why do you think this is the case? They are popular…

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…