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The Rise of the Digital Book

Posted in Books, Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Publishing

Trey Radcliff has an excellent piece over at GigaOm discussing why e-books will be bigger than expected. I agree with his analysis. I also agree with the statistics outlined in this article, Apple to Give Lesson on Textbooks: By 2020 digital textbooks and learning content will represent more than 50% of the overall textbook market….


The Future of Publishing & The Endless Book of Unlearning

Posted in Business Models, Change, Education, Genomics, Publishing, Science

“Students don’t buy a copy of the book—they buy lifetime access. The plan is for the textbook to serve not only as a reference for the class but as a pointer to further knowledge. Instead of publishing revised editions, Savkar’s team will keep the book up to date.” — A New Chapter for E-Books Imagine never…


The Endless Book and the Future of Publishing

Posted in Books, Change, Education, Publishing

“Students don’t buy a copy of the book—they buy lifetime access. The plan is for the textbook to serve not only as a reference for the class but as a pointer to further knowledge. Instead of publishing revised editions, Savkar’s team will keep the book up to date.” — A New Chapter for E-Books Imagine…


Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Change is the Only Constant

Posted in Business, Change, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Publishing

“There is nothing permanent except change.” –Hereclitus The pace of change is only accelerating yet, surprisingly, we don’t often see it–even when it is staring us in the face. To wit, yesterday, WellPoint announced it was going to “hire” Watson (IBM’s supercomputer) to help its doctors make better and faster medical diagnosis. One page later…


Don’t Close Your Mind: Always Question Your Assumptions

Posted in Assumptions, Behavior, Business, Business Models, Publishing

“We’re going to have to make a lot of different assumptions,” says the head of one large publishing house in this article discussing the imminent demise of Border’s — one of the world’s large bookstores. The individual is, of course, correct but the real question is why he (or she) didn’t begin questioning his assumptions…


Don't Close Your Mind: Alway Question Your Assumptions

Posted in Books, Business, Change, Publishing, Unlearning

“We’re going to have to make a lot of different assumptions,” says the head of one large publishing in this article discussing the imminent demise of Border’s — one of the world’s large bookstores. The individual is, of course, correct but the real question is why he (or she) didn’t begin questioning his assumptions years…


Listen and Unlearn

Posted in Business, Culture, Education, Future, Humor, Legal, Listen, Newspaper, Publishing, TED

Recently, I was on a flight and as we were descending the pilot's voice came over the intercom and, tongue-in-cheek, he asked everyone to "turn off their books." It was a funny comment but it does hint at a broader sea change — more and more people are reading books on their Kindles and iPad's….


Does Your Business Need to Unlearn?

Posted in Business, Consulting, Creativity, Culture, Innovation, Manufacturing, Marketing, Politics, Publishing, Unlearn Strategy, Unlearning Curve, Unlearning Network

As a leader you must nurture an organization that can rapidly adapt. Unlearning can help. Unlearning can also help you innovate. In fact, unlearning can even assure you and your organization survive. After years of work, I am pleased to report that I have now developed both a half and a full-day seminar designed to help organizations…


Public Libraries: Centers for Unlearning?

Posted in Anti-Library, Creativity, Culture, Education, General, Library, Non-profit, Publishing

Seth Godin has an interesting post on the future of libraries in which he suggests that libraries' survival depends on training people to take intellectual initiative.   It's an interesting idea and I encourage librarians to consider instructing people in the art of unlearning as one way to do this. For example, librarians could introduce…


Unlearning Pricing

Posted in Publishing, Unlearn Strategy

There is much the newspaper and publishing industry needs to unlearn — as I have explained before (here and here). Now, fellow author and change agent, Seth Godin, has published a piece entitled The Magic of Dynamic Pricing in which he criticizes the publishing industry for attempts to delay the release of new book titles…


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