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November 4, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Gilbane Group Report Reveals Publishers’ Digital Realities

A new report by the The Gilbane Group, and sponsored by Aptara, entitled “A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation: Seven Essential Processes to Re-Invent Publishing,” explores the book publishing industry to reveal how leading publishers are modifying their businesses to adjust to the realities of today’s digital and mobile-centric society.

The Gilbane Group’s latest research set-out to uncover the reality behind the theory that electronic, digital content offers publishers greater interoperability, improved efficiencies, expanded product lines and lower costs than print. Through interviewing and surveying executives from leading consumer, professional and education publishers, the report assesses to what extent a print-intensive industry has modified its operations to support a consumer-choice driven market heavily influenced by online and mobile content.

“Our Blueprint study is the first in-depth look into ebook-related issues from the publishers’ perspective,” says David R. Guenette, report lead for The Gilbane Group (a division of Outsell, Inc.). “Book publishers are embracing ebooks. But retrofitting decades old, and in some cases centuries old, print production processes for digital scalability requires wide-spread operational change, beyond merely technological. The goal of this report is to offer publishers guidance through input from their industry peers.”

From contracts, rights, royalties, production technologies and processes, distribution, channels, marketing, and vendor relationships, what is digital’s impact? The “Blueprint” study is a repository of the opportunities and challenges afforded by the digital revolution, with an inside look into book publishers’ practices and processes. Insights from Random House, McGraw-Hill, Hachette, Wiley, Wolters Kluwer, and Oxford University Press, detail how publishers are practically solving the same business problems and what innovations are adding significant value.

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Source: Aptara Corp.

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