Beyond publishing: what does a publisher know? what can a publisher do?

When people ask me what my specialism is, I say publishing. I work as a publisher in two ways:

  1. our company, Frontinus Ltd, publishes books, under two imprints;
  2. I work as consulting editor for Oxford University Press.

But these days the bulk of my work lies in other fields — recruitment a bit, but principally engineering.

Yet in a great deal of my work beyond publishing, I find myself thinking as a publisher — drawing on the skills and dispositions that I learnt as a publisher.

This, then, is an introduction to a mini-series of mini-posts on how a publishing intelligence can add value beyond publishing.

I will call the series ‘The servitisation of publishing intelligence’, by which I refer to way in which can potentially generate income from doing something other than selling tangible products.


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