Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times

December 22, 2012

I feel like I’m coming in from the Web wilderness as I start viewing John Branch’s, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek on the New York Times site. Snow blows across a mountain peak as the saga of an deadly avalanche begins to spill down the page: “Avalanche! Elyse!” 650 words later and the reader has an option to see a 45-second clip with Elyse Saugstad, “a professional skier,” a survivor. (more…)

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Higher Education and Educational Publishing in 2012

December 13, 2012

I’m participating in a live chat on The Guardian tomorrow, Universities in 2012. As The Guardian phrases it, the past 12 months have indeed been heady. For me it’s the most important year in higher education since I began following the “industry” two decades ago. I think the developments we’ve followed this year — MOOCs, enhanced digital textbooks, mobile devices in the classroom, and much more — are truly taking root and will continue their explosive growth next year. I expect that 2012 will come to be designated as the year that education “tipped”. Not only higher education — because of the deserved popularity of tablets as teaching tools, K-12 as well. (more…)

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McGraw-Hill Sold for a Fraction of Cengage Learning

November 30, 2012

Let’s keep it simple in this posting.

On May 11, 2007 The Thomson Corporation announced that it had sold its Thomson Learning division to two private equity groups. The company was soon renamed Cengage Learning.

The last year that Thomson reported sales for Thomson Learning was fiscal year 2005.

Here’s the report: (more…)

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Has XML Failed Publishing?

October 28, 2012

XML will be celebrating its official 15th anniversary on February 10, 2013.

By many measures it has been a huge success. There are thousands of XML dialects used across a vast swath of the sciences, in business and in ecommerce.

By the measure of the book publishing community it’s been less than a huge success. (more…)

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Are Amazon Publishing Authors Cursed?

October 18, 2012

The big book publishing news this week is that Barnes & Noble’s boycott of Amazon publishing titles is proving effective and hitting authors and publishers where it hurts the most: hardcover sales of big new titles. (more…)

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