Ellen Harvey

Ellen Harvey is a freelance writer and editor who covers the latest technologies and strategies reshaping the publishing landscape. She previously served as the Senior Editor at Publishing Executive and Book Business.

HarperCollins Publishers has undertaken a publishing automation program to accelerate book production over the past year. This program encompassed a change in their internal workflows and content transformations into ePubs. How did they do it and what were the lessons learned? Please join Leslie Padgett, Senior Director, Global Digital Operations at HarperCollins and Eliot Kimber, Senior Solutions Architect at RSI Content Solutions, as they give you the answer in this one hour webinar.

Last week Book Business's sister publication Printing Impressions launched its PI Xchange Live video series, featuring live interviews with top printing executives. The inaugural interviewee was RR Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III. Quinlan sat down with Printing Impressions editorial director Mark Michelson to discuss RRD's organic growth strategy, how to best integrate diverse corporate cultures following an acquisition, and his outlook regarding the future and evolution of the printing industry.

Today Macmillan becomes the third Big 5 publisher to make its works available on ebook subscriptions sites Oyster and Scribd, joining HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. The move to subscription comes as no surprise. In a year-end letter to staff Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote that, "We plan to try subscription with backlist books, and mostly with titles that are not well represented at bricks and mortar retail stores."

The book industry is rapidly changing, with new technologies regularly disrupting the market. In an attempt to keep our readers informed of the latest ideas and innovations pushing the industry forward, Book Business brings you The Futurists. This blog will showcase burgeoning companies that are shaking up book publishing, be they tech startups, innovative presses, or a mixture of the two.

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