Category Publishing

UC Davis’s Plan to Disrupt Textbook Publishing

We are entering a period of real disruption in the textbook publishing industry, as the major textbook publishers are finding out that their strategy of continuously raising prices isn’t working anymore. As we saw a couple of weeks ago, Pearson’s new strategy includes taking over relationships with professors and students instead of ceding them to […]

Pearson Launches Digital-First Textbook Strategy

Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, announced on Tuesday that it is transitioning to a digital-first model for textbook publishing, moving away from the print-edition-based model that has been the foundation of higher education publishing for centuries. In its press release, the company announced that it will move almost all of its 1500 U.S. textbook […]

Cengage Learning Brings Subscriptions to Higher Ed Publishing

Cengage Learning, one of the major textbook publishers, announced last month that it has accumulated a million subscribers to the subscription college text content service, Cengage Unlimited, that it launched for the Fall 2018 semester. Students can subscribe for $120 per semester or $180 per year, with print textbook rentals available for a flat $7.99 […]

Blockchain Comes to E-Books, DRM Included

Blockchain technology has reached e-books. The CEOs of two startups with e-book distribution platforms based on blockchains, Scenarex and Publica, are going to appear with me on a panel at the Digital Book World conference in Nashville in early October. The similarities of their technologies indicate a direction for blockchains in the e-book world. The […]

New White Paper on E-book Watermarking

There’s been lots and lots of talk about DRM for e-books over the years. Lots of controversy, debates, diatribes, conference panels, etc. Watermarking? Not so much. That’s despite the fact that e-book watermarking has been in use for much longer than most people realize, and that it has recently become very popular in certain geographies, […]

Announcing Publishing Technology Partners

I’m thrilled to announce the formation of Publishing Technology Partners, a new partnership related to my consulting activities in book publishing. We’re launching today at the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting in NYC, though we have already gotten press coverage. Publishing Technology Partners consists of myself and four guys whom I have known for […]

The Search for Leverage Against Sci-Hub (Updated)

I’m finally getting around to writing about Sci-Hub, the enormous and still-growing repository of scientific journal articles and academic papers that is often called “The Pirate Bay of Science.” The latest development in one of the lawsuits brought against the site in the United States finally brings a measure of technological interest to the legal […]