Yesterday's BISG Annual Meeting (#BISG11) was awesome! There was so much to learn and share, great data, and new systems and processes. Can't remember the last time I was so excited about metadata and rights management. We're making real progress in areas that will make a difference for the industry. Thanks to everyone who participated and shared!
A couple of people mentioned that in my Year in Review introduction, I'd said something that gave them goosebumps and asked me to put that in print. Not sure that you can replicate the experience but I can certainly tell you what I said. It's what I believe.
We are an industry in transformation. This is the most important thing that has happened in any of our professional careers. This is the transformation of the object and idea that we love and value, the book, with all the inherent risks and possibilities.
It's now. It's us. It's not going to be our kids or our grandchildren.
We're developing the systems, processes, models and relationships that will be the track of the future. And so the work we're doing today is the most important work any of us who love books have ever done. "It’s us” is all of us – every lover of literature, of the culture of books and authors and readers. Every parent, teacher, editor, publishing professional, agent, librarian, bookseller, reviewer, blogger, in short, everyone who cares about the future of books.
Sometimes in the day-to-day rush it helps to remember...
It's now and it's us.
Ten years ago Sourcebooks formed a partnership with Edward Fiske that would go on to create numerous top-selling books, including the bestselling college guide, the Fiske Guide to Colleges. With the addition of the #1 going to college book and New York Times bestseller The Naked Roommate, and a line of test-prep products with leading expert Dr. Gary Gruber, Sourcebooks has well-established itself as a leading trade college-bound book publisher.
For Sourcebooks, the mission has always been to help students find the right college, support the application and admissions process, including test prep, and successfully transition students into college.
Sourcebooks is taking that commitment a step further in creating an education division responsible for managing the company’s biggest existing initiatives, including the leading college-bound publishing program, a Naked Roommate first year experience program, and MyMaxScore.com, an online SAT/ACT test prep solution. Going forward, this group will serve as a platform to launch a host of new innovations that have been in development.
“What we’re looking to create together are revolutionary improvements that make a significant difference in the lives of our users: students, parents, and educators,” says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. “This involves the very best solutions-oriented content from the best experts, a strong emphasis on convenience and user-control, and increasing motivation and engagement.”
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