Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Electric Book Works: Visualizing Digital Book Production

Interesting visualization of the 'new' digital book production process from Electric Book Works:

https://electricbookworks.github.io/modern-book-production/


Friday, June 12, 2020

Edcation News: Wiley Reports & Pearson shares jump 11% as activist Cevian discloses stake

Wiley reported 4Q and full year results:

FOURTH QUARTER 2020 SUMMARY
  • GAAP Results: Revenue of $475 million (-3%) and EPS of -$2.83, primarily due to impact of unusual items totalling -$3.49 per share, including non-cash goodwill and trade name impairments
  • Adjusted Results (at constant currency): Revenue -2%, EBITDA -23%, and EPS -44%, mainly reflecting the COVID-19 impact on print books, test prep, and corporate training
  • Strong momentum in Open Access research publishing and digital courseware
  • Addition of four new university partners in Education Services (Drake University, University of Iowa, Methodist University, and Point University)
FISCAL YEAR 2020 SUMMARY
  • GAAP results: Revenue of $1,831 million, and EPS of -$1.32 primarily due to fourth quarter non-cash goodwill and trade name impairments
  • Adjusted results (at constant currency): Revenue +3%, EBITDA -8%, and EPS -21%
  • Free Cash Flow of $173 million, up $24 million (+16%) from prior year
  • Digital products and tech-enabled services rose to nearly 80% of total revenue

Pearson Shares Jump on Cevian Investment:

From Reuters:
Shares in Pearson (PSON.L) jumped 11% on Friday after activist investor Cevian Capital disclosed a 5.4% stake in the British education publisher, lifting expectations for a performance boosting shake-up at the company. Cevian Capital, which holds large stakes in companies such as Ericsson (ERICb.ST), ABB (ABBN.S) and CRH (CRH.L), said it had been following Pearson closely for several years.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

A Selected List of My Popular Presentations

I have placed many of my public industry presentations and speeches on Slideshare but I thought I would link to some of the more popular posts.  Most of these are available for download but if you have a problem let me know.

https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/draft-framework-for-first-100days-planning

The First 100 Days: A template to build your action plan as boss. Views: 24,957 
Digital Transformation: A seminar session for management
Views:
23,049




https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/high-level-overview-of-the-publishing-industry-2017
Education Publishing: Market Overview (2017)
Views: 7,235
https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/frankfurt-bookfair-supply-chain-meeting-publishing-in-a-digital-age-presentation
Publishing Market Overview (2008)
Views: 4,461


https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/frankfurt-bookfair-supply-chain-meeting-publishing-in-a-digital-age-presentation
K-12 Education Market Survey (2018)
Views: 3,712
https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/publishers-forum-berlin-2017-edtech-market-overview
EdTech Market Overview (2017)
Views: 3,380
https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/rethinking-and-remixing-content-society-of-scholarly-publishers-panel-2013
SSP: Creating Reusable Content (2013)
Views: 3,347
https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/parallel-universe-will-libraries-and-publishers-learn-to-share
ALA: Parallel Universe:  Libraries and Publishers (2011)
Views: 3,162


https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/frankfurt-supply-chain
Frankfurt Bookfair: Intelligent Supply Chain (2002)
Views: 2,639
https://www.slideshare.net/mpcairns/blockchain-107113950
NFAIS: Blockchain Applications for Publishing (2019)
Views: 1,161


More at Slideshare with this link




Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Information Media Partners: Summer Newsletter 2020 - News Clips and More

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The Covid-19 virus and the resulting economic downturn places a strain on every facet of our lives. For some perspective on how decisive leadership can bring back stability and prosperity, I recommend Jean Edward Smith's biography of FDR which I've been reading over the past few weeks. At Information Media Partners we are helping clients with sales, revenue and cost containment strategies to mitigate the issues presented by the difficult economy.  We are always happy to take a call (908 938 4889) or email to discuss your particular challenge.

Check out the following business articles of interest:
Have you ever considered signing up with an 'expert network'?  Choose from my list of 40 companies.
It is his first year of law school and Danny Levin is disappointed. Suddenly class is only online.
COVID-19 will reshape higher education. Some schools will disappear but the student experience will be different.
No one buys mediocre theater and physical book retailing needs to change to engage customers.
Publishing & Industry News Clips
We are consulting in higher education at the moment, which accounts for many of these links...
Colleges are Deluding Themselves - The Atlantic

Will the Coronavirus Forever Alter the College Experience? - The NYT

A Revolution in Science Publishing, or Business as Usual? - Undark

Growth of the Cyborg University Will Dominate Higher Education - NY Mag

Can Computers Ever Replace the Classroom? - The Guardian

Being Fully "Open Access" is the Key to Success - What's New in Publishing

See more at Flipboard
Information Media Partners Consulting
Where we have been spending our consulting time recently.
  • A large association publisher asked us to help define and support their higher-ed sales strategy
  • A private equity firm requested subject matter expertise for a transaction in the library market
  • We conducted a back-office technology review and assessment to define a technical architecture and new suite of software applications
You can review more of our project citations by following this link

The coming year will be challenging and you will need help. Please get in touch to discuss a project and/or your long-term management needs.  (michael.cairns@infomediapartners.com)
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