Much of the change we are living through in publishing is plain as day to see. The shift from print to digital, like the shift from stores to online purchasing, is evident to all of us, inside the industry and out. But there’s another aspect of the change that is not nearly as visible and […]
Ever heard of Tata Consulting? Well, I hadn’t either…
The publishing industry faces some mammoth challenges that it will be very hard for any one publisher, even the biggest, to address. Costs have to be cut dramatically over the next few years. New technology is going to enable upstarts to compete in the marketplace with far less overhead and infrastructure than legacy publishers have […]
BEA will be a shame to lose, but can it be saved?
Dinner Saturday night. 12 of us. Three spouses who had no particular interest in the BEA. Eight of us with one interest or another in the book business, but no possibility of personally being an exhibitor. And one publishing company CEO with a stand. Of course, I got my money’s worth. I got in free as […]
A serious issue for big publishers
The Google settlement brings into bold relief what has been a quiet issue for book publishers, particularly the biggest ones. They are largely in the dark about what rights they own. It is not really hard to understand why they’re in this position and it isn’t really anybody’s “fault”, but it sure is a mess. […]
A New Project: “StartwithXML, Why and How”
We have turned our attention to a problem we believe will occupy just about all publishers in the years to come, the opportunities and challenges presented by an XML workflow that starts with the author, or even before there is an author.
Why should you care? Because the world we live in is changing, and XML is the key to mastering the change