Barnes & Noble’s Declining Book Sales

June 29, 2015

Barnes & Noble released its fiscal year 2015 earnings report last Thursday. (more…)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude at the Bogota Book Fair

June 18, 2015

Imagine being a English-language book publisher in a country with a population of 50 million, surrounded by 25 other English-language countries with a total population of over 400 million. On top of that your publishing industry lives in the shadow of an older European nation where your language originated and which remains the dominant player in English-language publishing. (more…)

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Why is Ebook Formatting Still a Disaster?

May 27, 2015

The book publishing industry adheres to more than a dozen standards. Among them are: (more…)

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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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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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