June 18th, 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…
May 27th, 2015
The book publishing industry adheres to more than a dozen standards. Among them are:
March 15th, 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)
March 4th, 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.
February 27th, 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.