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It’s no secret that technology has impacted a number of industries – the publishing industry being one of them. However, the scale and scope of the changes, as well as the responses by various stakeholders, has not been well documented—until now.
The Australian Book Industry: Authors, publishers and readers in a time of change is a three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University. It is divided into three components and explores important questions such as:
Started in February 2014 and ending in early 2017, the first component, which investigates the changing profession of book authorship, is complete and results are available here.
The second phase of the project uncovered the strategies being used by Australian publishers by analysing findings from interviews with 25 senior Australian publishers of various sizes, across trade, education, scholarly and literary sectors.
Jacaranda’s own Chris Gray, General Manager – Education Australia was privileged to be included as one of the interviewees representing the education publishing sector. The discussion focused primarily on two areas—the sources of disruption in the sector and how Jacaranda (Wiley) is responding.
When asked about disruption, Chris explained that unlike trade publishing, education publishers are dealing with two distinct sources:
Chris explained that the company’s response to these disruptions has been twofold:
To read the full report, click here. The profile on Jacaranda starts on page 264.
What are your thoughts? How have the changes in publishing affected your classroom? Let us know in the comments below.