Nimble & Efficient: How LSC Communications Is Modernizing the Book Industry Supply Chain
August 9, 2017 at 8:34 am

To keep pace in an age of accelerated commerce, book publishers need to embrace new technology that can help them adopt a more efficient supply chain and make data-driven decisions about their business. To meet publishers' needs, LSC Communications, a global leader in print and digital media solutions, has transitioned from a manufacturer that prints and binds books to providing a number of publisher services.

Publishers & Printers Team Up to Streamline Digital Printing
November 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

As publishers increase their investment in digital printing, the need to more deeply collaborate with printing partners becomes imperative. Digital printing enables publishers to print shorter book runs and more accurately meet consumer demand. But that also means more frequent transactions with book manufacturers and a need for better order management. On top of that,…

How to Make Your Authors & Books Stand Out With ISNI
October 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

In 2004, I struck out on my own as a consultant. I set up a website and email account that used my name in both. I set up a Google News alert so that I would get notifications when my company was mentioned on the web. And I started getting mail -- email and physical…

Change Management Is Key to Digital Book Printing Success
October 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Change is a constant in the business world, yet many book publishing leaders fail to plan for it. Although change can come unexpectedly, in the form of new technology or nascent media formats, these disruptions can be managed, and often they hold new opportunities for book publishers. That is the case with the rise of…

How to Implement Innovation -- Whatever Your Company's Size
October 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

We’ve all heard about companies getting super excited about their sexy new innovation units only to shut them down a year later to focus on the ‘core’. I believe that the best way to grow a sustainable long-term business is to instill innovative ways of working and that this approach should be core. But are…

How Much Does Scholarly Publishing Cost?
September 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) has a very good issue out now on publishing economics, which I recommend to everyone. (The issue is labelled “Volume 19, No. 1: Economics of Publishing,” a useful atavism.) There are a number of good articles here, including the very well-written introduction by the editor, Maria Bonn.  I looked…

The Survey Says – Without XML You’re Leaving Money on the Table
May 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Informational Development (CIDM) asked publishers how they are developing and publishing their content in our 4th annual survey, “Following the Trends.” With close to 350 participants ranging from writers to content strategists, information architects, and publishers, the breadth of knowledge and insight was prodigious. Each year this…