Publishing 2012
World Bank/George Washington University,
Mexico City, Feb 2007
Preparing for the Future:
Digital Strategies for Publishers

Day 3

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SWOT: Threats


Near-future Threats
  • Easier than ever for self-publishing (see Lulu.com)
  • Print-on-demand options, monster aggregators
  • Low-cost book scanners scan 250 pages in an hour into searchable PDF
  • Low capital outlay for e-publications
  • New abilities for people to "volunteer" their time, to make up for amateur expertise
  • User resistance to Digital Rights Management
  • Challenges of "free content" and shared content



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