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Feb 12, 2017

What's in this episode?

This week we have we’re in conversation with everyone from Pearson, The Bookseller, Edtech Exchange, Oxford University Press, Assembly, the Audio Book Publishers Association, Kortext, recorded at ‘Edtech for publishers’ at FutureBook '16, asking questions such as:

  1. What can edtech and publishers offer one another?

  2. Can two distinct business cultures meet in the middle or not?

  3. Is there a short term cost financially to publishers who are embracing edtech?

  4. Outside of content, what are the infrastructure considerations on edtech for publishers across data, and good connectivity

  5. What challenges do the financial squeezes in education and some difficult edtech business models present?


A big thank you to The Bookseller, Future Book and Edtech Exchange who worked on The Edtech for Publishers event together, and if you like this episode you might be tempted to also check out episode 37 on textbooks vs. technology. 

Sample Quotes 

1) Andrew Keen author
'Wake up and understand that finally, you can learn what your
consumer wants'
'Digital and Paper: You cannot do one without the other'
2) Philip Jones editor at the Bookseller
'Lots of startups coming in, lots of opportunities, lots of disturbance in the force. Education publishers are worried that there will be some change down the line that they don't see early enough.'
3) George Burgess, founder of Gojimo and the EdTech Exchange
'Big publishers seek in edtech innovation, outsourcing of
risks, and opportunity to learn from it'
4) Tom Hall. (Former) VP Tech and Digital at Pearson
'It's still a messy industry: pricing, market revenues and getting your content ready are the main issues'
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George Burgess, founder of Gojimo and the EdTech Exchange: ;


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Tom Hall. VP Technology and Digital at Pearson (no longer at Pearson):

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Imogen Poole. Area sales manager for Africa and the Caribbean Oxford University Press

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Kate Worlock, VP & Lead Analyst Outsell: ;

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Caroline Wright, Director General at the British Educational Suppliers Association: ;

Emma Barnes, CEO Bibliocloud & Snowbooks: ; ; ; ;


Joshua Perry Director at Assembly: ; ;

James Gray, CEO, Kortext: ;

Michelle Cobb, Executive Director of the US Audio Publishers Association: ; 

Ali Muirden, Creative content Ltd.: ;

Catherine Allen, Immersive Media specialist, Lyristic: ; ; 

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