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International Publishers Association Releases 2014 Global Publishing Statistics & Annual Report

International Publishers Association Releases 2014 Global Publishing Statistics & Annual Report

The report provides statistics for 42 countries and includes:

  • Domestic market value
  • Publishers’ net revenues
  • Number of titles being produced
  • Strength of exports

The report includes data on title production in 19 Latin American countries, illustrating how the ecosystems of domestic and imported book production are developing.

Direct to Full Text Report (36 pages; PDF)
Statistics can be found on pages 13-20.”


Posted on: October 27, 2014, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

White Paper From Kobo: “Publishing in the Era of Big Data”

New White Paper From Kobo: “Publishing in the Era of Big Data”

“Here’s a new white paper recently released by Kobo titled, Publishing in the Era of Big Data.

Although this report targets the publishing community many of the ideas discussed in it should be of interest to librarians.

From the Paper:

In the past, before digital reading, publishers had at hand the blunt instrument of units sold and could draw inferences by analyzing sales by region and broad demographics, and then anecdotally what people, or reviewers anyway, thought of the content.

With the onset of digital reading, though, it is now possible to know how a customer engages with the book itself – what books were left unopened, which were read to the very last word and how quickly.

An argument could be made that once a book is sold, who cares what readers thought of it? Cash in hand is worth a lot of speculation in the abstract.

But knowing what readers find engaging, and what they do not, can actually help publishers unlock previously hidden equity within their publishing lists and inform decisions on which authors and franchises to invest in, which ones are running out of steam, and where trouble may lie within any individual book, thus offering the opportunity to make a new edition a materially improved one.

We now have the opportunity to act on engagement, not just sales, which over time should lead to a stronger, more viable list overall.

Direct to Full Text White Paper (12 pages; PDF)


Posted on: October 27, 2014, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

Can libraries sit at the top of the pyramid: fulfillment, creativity, self-actualization?

There is a library strategy message in here too:

Quote: “Something strange is happening to companies. More and more, their business is being conducted in non-physical markets. Businesses used to produce stuff. Now, they produce ideas.

A recent op-ed piece from Wharton speculated that companies are working their way up Maslow’s Hierarchy. The traditional business produced things that met the needs of the lowest levels of the pyramid: shelter, food, warmth, security. As consumerism spread, companies worked their way up to next levels: entertainment, attainment and enjoyment.  Now, the things that companies sell sit at the top of the pyramid: fulfillment, creativity, self-actualization.”


The Metaphysical Corporation = The Death of Capitalism?


Hmmm, libraries a ‘fulfillment centres…


Posted on: October 26, 2014, 7:15 am Category: Uncategorized

The ‘Internet of Things’ Will Be The World’s Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

The ‘Internet of Things’ Will Be The World’s Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

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IoT devices by Sector

“Here are a few of the key findings from the BI Intelligence report:

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Here Are The Four Key Elements That Will Make The ‘Internet Of Things’ An Absolutely Massive Market

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IoT  Sensors Forecast

“Here are the four important factors propelling the IoT forward:

  • The cost of internet-connected sensors is coming down: Many IoT devices rely on multiple sensors to monitor the environment around them. The cost of these sensors declined 50% in the past decade, according to Goldman Sachs. We expect prices to continue dropping at a steady rate, leading to an even more cost-effective sensor.
  • A lot more money is being poured into the IoT: Large companies like Dell have begun to aggressively open IoT divisions and innovation labs. There have also been a range of IoT acquisitions including Google acquiring Nest and Intel acquiring Basis. In addition, innovative IoT startups, such as IoT cloud-platform provider Electric Imp and smart plug maker Zuli, have received a combined $70 million in funding just this summer.
  • Expanded internet connectivity: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that currently 40% of the global population is connected to the internet and by 2019, roughly 57% will be connected. This increase in connectivity will lead to a larger base of individuals interested in purchasing IoT devices.
  • High adoption of “remotes,” especially smartphones, phablets and tablets: The IoT is heavily reliant on “remotes,” primarily smartphones and tablets that can manage the IoT. Today, smartphones account for 69% of mobile phones sold globally, and their share is still rising as developing nations introduce better wireless infrastructure. “

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Posted on: October 26, 2014, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

Social Media Engagement: The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks

Social Media Engagement: The Surprising Facts About How Much Time People Spend On The Major Social Networks

Social Engagement Index Desktop Smartphone
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In a recent report, BI Intelligence calculates an Engagement Index for top major social networks and compares their performance in terms of time-spend terms per-user, on desktop and mobile. We also look at how the different top activities on social media — photo-sharing, status updates, etc. — are indexing in terms of activity, and which sites drive the highest volume in each category. This report complements our popular reports on social media demographics and global audience sizes.

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Here are our findings:

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Posted on: October 26, 2014, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized

American Airlines and Discrimination

So, people are telling me that this is a first world problem and I don’t think so.

On my flight through L.A. today from Toronto, I upgraded to business class since the upgrade was the same price as my overweight luggage!  I’d at least get the wider seat and access to the lounge on the 4 hour layover.

So I arrived in L.A. and took the bus to gates 44A to L in an execrable terminal with vending machines and one small food vendor.  Anyway, I thought I’d have a better seat in the lounge and free coffee but NO.

Despite my business class ticket I don’t qualify for lounge access.  Why? Here’s the quote:

“We don’t let any Canadians or Mexicans in the lounge.  That’s our policy.”

I told them that was an amazingly discriminatory policy and left.

I steamed outside and went back and asked what class of ticket did allow Canadians or Mexicans in their lounge. They said ‘None”.  I suppose basing it on national origin helps guard them against charges of racism, etc.

So there it is.  Systemic discrimination and appalling customer service.

I find it more interesting that several people responded to my tweet that:

1. I was being elitist.  My response is that asking to receive what I had paid for is not elitist just sane.

2. This is a first world problem.  Amazing! It was probably tongue in cheek. I am privileged to live in the so-called first world. That doesn’t exempt first world businesses from laws against discriminating against people based on their national origin.

3. I should just suck it up and that the issue of discrimination based on national origin, race, language, creed, gender, orientation isn’t my issue.  Really? Really! An appalling point of view that possibly thinks that only those minorities or others directly affected by discrimination can comment or work to correct the inequity.

I disagree as respectfully as I can to these points of view.

It is everyone’s responsibility to call out discrimination.  And to write a letter. And to sue when necessary.  Rolling over and playing dead because that’s the way things are and you’re privileged so you should ignore it is not what I believe.

American Airlines will get a letter.  It’s unlawful and unconstitutional to discriminate on the basis of national origin (and race, language, creed, gender, orientation) in Canada.  They sold me a ticket in Canada and should try to obey the law.  I shouldn’t have to listen to AA employees halfway through my trip on their airline tell me in public that they do not admit Canadians or Mexicans (although they’ll sell them the ticket without all the privileges they give to tickets from the U.S.

However since letters are slow and poorly responded to in my experience I am posting this to my blog, tweeting it, and adding it to my Facebook, etc.  Some airlines monitor this social media stuff and respond quickly.  We’ll see.

On the optimistic side, I am always looking for cautionary stories about customer service and policies for my speeches, workshops and keynotes.  I got a new one!


Posted on: October 25, 2014, 5:36 pm Category: Uncategorized

New Report Shares Global Practices for Competency-Based Ed

New Report Shares Global Practices for Competency-Based Ed

“Finland chooses its teachers from the top 10 percent of high school graduates and requires them to attain a research-based master’s degree at state expense.

Swedish students learn according to clearly articulated national standards, and can break down and express the standards for each week, such as, “During this week my goal will be to understand and be able to…” Assessments are structured as presentations.

Teachers in New Zealand, who have a great deal of autonomy, participate in curriculum co-development, establishing student assessment methods and ensuring fairness in grading.

Those are a few of the international aspects of delivering competency-based education around the world as outlined in a new report published byCompetencyWorks. CompetencyWorks is a collaborative project that pulls together multiple organizations, including the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to advance competency education as a replacement for “seat-time” schooling. A competency education is personalized, can take place anytime and anywhere and gives students ownership over their learning.

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad” offers “snapshot” summaries of competency education as it’s practiced in Finland, British Columbia, New Zealand and Scotland, with references to activities in other countries as well.

Authors Sara Frank Bristow, founder of Salient Research, and Susan Patrick, president and CEO of iNACOL, identified six characteristics of competency-based education that tend to surface among all practitioners around the world:

  • A transition towards learner-centered, personalized learning pathways;
  • A shift towards national core curricula with clearly identified learning standards;
  • The use of teacher-led, classroom-based assessment; (a particular favorite is the internationally benchmarked Cambridge Assessment, offered by a not-for-profit organization);
  • A concern for student well-being, both physical and emotional;
  • Redesigned learning spaces that place students face to face; and
  • A global outlook to identify pockets of innovation.

“Almost without exception, education leaders across major world economies share the same goals: to improve student performance and increase equitable outcomes,” said Patrick. “As the economy becomes increasingly globalized, nations are increasingly interconnected. Other countries are studying our innovations. We must also study theirs to ensure we aim to provide a world-class education for each and every student.”

The free 36-page report in PDF form is available for download from the CompetencyWorks site.”


Posted on: October 25, 2014, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized