Is Publishing a Complex Industry?

March 15, 2015

I’m thinking about complex industries. I’m thinking of…

  • Pharmaceuticals (you might check out 23andMe, “a personalized DNA service”)
  • The design and launch of high-tech products (the intriguing Apple Watch)
  • Aerospace (think Airbus A350 XWB)
  • Launching a new car company (think Tesla)
  • Telecommunications (“rewiring” the Internet to reconfigure performance)

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The Smartphone is Ubiquitous, Addictive and Transformative

March 6, 2015

PlanetofthePhonesI didn’t write the headline for this entry. It’s in the February 28th edition of The Economist magazine. Smartphones are the cover story in the issue, headlined on the cover as “Planet of the Phones.” (more…)

Reengineering the Book Publishing Supply Chain

March 4, 2015

The subject of the book publishing supply chain has been with us since IT enabled the recording of supply chain metrics. This allowed managers to plan process improvements based on solid data, not just seat-of-the-pant suppositions. (more…)

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Barnes & Noble’s College Humor

February 27, 2015

There’s no question that Barnes & Noble is making the right move in splitting its placid college bookstore division from its tumultuously flailing NOOK division. The only question is why the heck they merged the two units in the first place. (more…)

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Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing

February 17, 2015

MobileCover-350x450My new report, Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing, is available now from all of the online ebookstores.

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