In an industry where "survival of the fittest" has been a prevalent theme, celebrating a 100-year anniversary is no small occasion. Here, P.A. Hutchison President/CEO Chris Hutchison shares his insights into what strengths helped the company survive during challenging times, and why he hopes for more consolidation in the book manufacturing market.
Scholastic Inc. was recognized for its innovation in book publishing with a Publishing Innovator of the Year award at the recent Publishing Business Conference & Expo.
Digital publishing was, of course, top of mind for many of the attendees at last week's Publishing Business Conference & Expo, as the event kicked off with a panel of book industry leaders in print-digital integration. Moderated by THA Consulting President Ted Hill, the session, entitled "The Cross-Platform Book Publisher: Reinvent Your Company," featured panelists Timothy Griswold, vice president, sales, trade and special licensing, Springer; Adam Lerner, president/publisher, Lerner Publishing Group; Deborah Forte, president, Scholastic Media; and Mike Rosiak, lead content architect, Wolters Kluwer Health—all of whom shared their experiences and insights into successfully bringing products to market in multiple formats.
Inkling, a San Francisco-based company that publishes textbooks for multi-touch devices such as the iPad, has secured significant minority investments from McGraw-Hill and Pearson, the two largest educational content providers in the world. According to an Inkling press release, "The investment signals a major endorsement from the publishing industry for the Inkling platform as a leader in the rapid shift to digital textbooks."
A new report by the The Gilbane Group, and sponsored by Aptara, entitled "A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation: Seven Essential Processes to Re-Invent Publishing," explores the book publishing industry to reveal how leading publishers are modifying their business to adjust to the realities of today's digital and mobile-centric society.