Publishers Need to Question Everything

Publishers Need to Question EverythingI’ve given myself a few moments over the last month to look at some of the ventures I’ve been fortunate to be involved in, as well as the business plans that arrive in my email. In each case, I have instinctively tested them against basic business principles.

I’ve also been reviewing my publishing businesses and have begun the process of bringing their operations and strategies up to date, re-painting their future to use less business terminology. Simultaneously considering business principles and the publishing business is sometimes a challenging prospect, but it has brought one powerful point into focus.

Publishing has its own rules and lines of business, and they never change—or maybe once a century (Thank you, Allen Lane). Print books are published at the same price, in the same format and presented in the same way, right through to their blurbs. Digital books arrived, but there is a palpable sense of relief that their pricing and format is becoming more standardized.

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