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Keeping Innovation Coming

Keeping Innovation Coming
  • On August 25, 2014

It’s by now axiomatic among publishers that innovating continuously is key to succeeding in the digital arena.

The e-reading landscape shifts so swiftly and in such diverse ways at once that the process of adapting is never done. Even for publishers with no shortage of new ideas, launching experimental ventures and bringing new ventures to market can be a challenge.

As a result, evolving organizationally is a key prerequisite to evolving strategically. More.

Related: Explore the Latest in Digital Publishing at Digital Book World 2015

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