Publishing is Not a Complex Industry

March 15, 2015

OK. Think of…

  • Aerospace (aircraft)
  • Pharmaceuticals (new drugs navigated through the approval and adoption process)
  • Military (all facets)
  • Telecommunications (“wiring” the next generation Internet network to provide 10 times throughput)
  • Design of high-tech products (think Apple Watch)
  • Launching a new car company (think Tesla)

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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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My New York Digital Book World Presentation

January 13, 2015

Here’s an abridged version of my presentation at Digital Book World, New York, 2015. (Download the slide deck on SlideShare to see the notes in the PowerPoint file).