Though ebook consumption and self-publishing have eaten into traditional book sales, publishers still rely heavily on profits from printed volumes. And new technology is enabling publishers to bring these books to market more efficiently and more profitably. In fact, the publishing industry's sustainability just might hinge on such nimble approaches to business...
New York City
Visit the Central branch of New York City's Queens Library at 12:55 p.m. on a Tuesday, and you'll see about 100 people outside, waiting for the doors to open. At 1 p.m. they file in: Some settle in the comfy saucer chairs, while others rest in armchairs facing four TVs and open a newspaper. Splashes of blue and green interrupt white walls, and computer areas are separated by category: job information, adult learning center, and "young adult learning."
But the reach of the Queens Library extends beyond the walls of its 65 physical branches.
The art of book manufacturing is alive and well, but it’s worth acknowledging that there is room for improvement in terms of cost reductions. Short runs are more frequent and economies of scale are shrinking, making it increasingly difficult to reduce cost using existing infrastructure and equipment. This webinar will explore the highlights of these trends.
Sumbit your choices for the Industry Innovation and Industry Champion awards. Why nominate candidates for BISG's annual industry awards?
Bill Kasdorf, recipient of the 2014 Industry Champion Award, Chair of BISG's Content Structure Committee, an active member of other industry groups, and Vice President and Principal Consultant at Apex Content Solutions, recently told us why they are important:
New York City - Pronoun, the digital book publishing platform for authors, announced today a $3.5 million investment from Avalon Ventures. This venture capital financing closely follows the announcement of Pronoun's new book publishing platform, which uses technology and data to empower authors to create, distribute, and market their books while controlling all intellectual property rights and keeping 100 percent of earnings.
McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, appointed Sally Shankland as president of its Higher Education group. Shankland most recently served as chief executive officer of UBM Americas, a division of UBM plc, where she led the company's transition from print-based publishing to a digital marketing services business. In her new role, Shankland will report to Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education's group president of U.S. education. She starts her new position on June 29 and will be based at McGraw-Hill Education's New York City headquarters.