Publishing technology start-ups, like much of the rest of the tech industry, is populated mostly by men – but dominated, as we asserted in a blog post in September? Perhaps not.
There are many dynamic and powerful women in publishing technology today and they spoke up about technology education for women, misconceptions about what women want out of a career and a “low-simmering sexism” in the digital publishing business.
To be sure, many of the most powerful people in publishing technology are women (the chief digital officers of HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to name just two), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no problems.
One thing is for certain: There’s no glass ceiling if you start at the top.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
New Blood at Nook (DBW)
Barnes & Noble’s Nook ebooks division has two new senior execs: Mahesh Veerina will become chief operating officer on October 7; and Doug Carlson will be executive vice president of digital content and marketing, effective immediately. This is likely a combination of trying to reinvigorate the brand with some new thinking from outsiders (both are coming most immediately from outside the book publishing industry, though Carlson was at Nook in 2009) and filling the power gap left by jettisoned CEO William Lynch.
Reinventing Wiley (Pub Perspectives)
Wiley is no longer a trade publisher and has converted its business to 50% digital revenue. How did the company perform this trick in just a few years? The company’s president Stephen M. Smith tells all in this interview.
PRH Integration Continues (DBW)
Penguin Random House now have one audio division.
Comparing Publishing Services (DBW)
Bloomsbury’s Writers & Artists has launched a new Web play that will help small publishers and self-publishing authors compare publishing services.
Ebook Department Store Upgrade (DBW)
Nu-book, a Canadian firm that provides publishers with department-store-like digital boutiques to sell their wares directly to readers, has upgraded its platform.
Book Tax Good for Ebooks in Africa? (AllAfrica)
A 16% value-added tax on books may help spur on the development of ebooks in Africa, especially for schools.
The Slow Road to EPUB3 Adoption (The Digital Reader)
It may be six months or more until we see the first ebook reading app to fully support EPUB3.
In Five Words: Why You Love Digital Books (DBW)
Ebooks: an excuse for over-buying. I go where readers are. What will they invent next? More.
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