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October 2021, Season 1, Episode 11

Episode 11: Business Transformation and Technology Improvement – podcast with Michael Cairns

Michael Cairns is the CEO and founder of Information Media Partners, a business strategy consulting firm. With a wide career span in publishing and information products, services, and B2B categories, Michael has held executive roles at several publishing companies including Macmillan, Berlitz, and R.R. Bowker. He has also held board positions with the Association of American Publishers, the Book Industry Study Group, and the International ISBN Agency where he served as Chairman.

In this episode, Michael shares his experience as a consultant helping content-centric business owners to transform their businesses and improve their technology. He talks about his passion for figuring out problems and setting out a roadmap to solve them. Michael also gives his thoughts on how publishing models and media businesses are transforming and evolving during the pandemic and post-pandemic era.

Besides that, you will also hear Michael talk about

  •  How can content-centric firms better assess their business needs for being fit for digital change?

  • How could companies evaluate their current technology to better understand where they compete?

  • What organizations can do to achieve a smooth digital transformation.

  • The release news of the annual publishing technology market survey, published by Information Media Partners, Publishing Technology Market Report – 2021.

  • Himself, a book lover, and a marathon runner, and why he would like to have dinner with Muhammad Ali and have a coffee with Barack Obama..We hope you’ll enjoy listening to this episode and share it with others you think may be interested.

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September 2021

We hope to see you at Frankfurt Book Fair & 'User Group Germany'

As you probably know, Frankfurt Book Fair 2021 has been scheduled as an event to (also) meet in person. We very much look forward to seeing you there; we are currently working on creating a stand that will follow all security measures and provide excellent protection against infection.

This year you will find us in hall 3.0, stand G65.

Some topics, presentations and discussions to look forward to include:

  • New STREAM apps, most prominently in the areas of TEP & CRR

  • Safe & reliable: why Klopotek software is secure

  • End-to-end: software as a guide for all processes from first idea to distribution & fulfillment

  • Flexibility: available on premise, as a hosted solution, in the private & public cloud

We’d like to invite all employees of our valued customers (who have a good knowledge of German) to join our digital “User Group Germany”: Monday 18 October, 10am-2pm; location: in front of your computer/device

September 2021, Season 1, Episode 10

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Episode 10: Publishing with Her and Literacy for All – with Bodour Al Qasimi

In the 10th episode of Klopotek Publishing Radio, Bodour Al Qasimi comes to the show to promote the importance of diversity and inclusion in publishing, and, in particular, the advancement of women publishing and children literacy publishing. She is the CEO and founder of Kalimat Publishing Group. As an avid advocate of the role of books and literacy to enlighten children, Bodour has led, through her own Kalimat Foundation, several campaigns to provide thousands of books for refugees and children affected by conflicts and hardship worldwide. 

In this episode, you will hear Bodour talk about

  • Kalimat Group and how this initiative stemmed from a conversation with her daughter;

  • Her passion for reading and her publishing journey 'from Middle East to globe';

  • Her fondness for mountain climbing – “you don’t climb the mountains to be seen, you climb the mountains to see the world”;

  • The most common Arabic greeting and a South African word which she believes hides the secret of happiness.

November 2021, Season 1, Episode 12

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Episode 12: For a Sustainable Future: How Can Publishers and Individuals Contribute to Achieving the SDGs? A podcast with Sherri Aldis

This month, Sherri Aldis comes to Klopotek Publishing Radio and shares with us her insights about Sustainability, and how publishers and individuals can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sherri starts the conversation by sharing her international life journey and publishing experience, then reflects on the contributions that the entire publishing industry has made in achieving the SDGs. She also explains fundamental concepts, opportunities, and specific actions that publishers and individuals should know and follow to ensure a more sustainable future for all....

Sherri Aldis is the Chief of United Nations Publications in the Department of Global Communications. She has been in charge of publishing activities and policies at the United Nations since 2015, supporting communication priorities and campaigns such as SDGs.  She is a publishing professional with over 25 years’ experience in the industry at companies such as Hachette Livre in Paris and Abrams where she served as VP of International and Subsidiary Rights.

August 2021

Episode 9: 'Audio obsession' in Sweden – a discussion with Carlo Carrenho

Carlo is a publishing consultant based in Sweden. He is the Head of International Business Development at StreetLib, founder of the book trade information service PublishNews in Brazil and Spain, co-founder of Pop Stories – an audiobook company based in Brazil – and a co-organizer of Reboot Books.


In this episode, Carlo discusses audiobook markets and subscription models in Sweden and other Nordic countries. As the sales of audiobooks have surpassed print books sales in the Swedish market for the first time, he explains the factors contributing to the popularity of audiobooks, as well as how customers in Sweden have been embracing the subscription model.


And there's more worth-of-a-listen content:

  • Scandinavians are very creative in exploring the subscription model – from audiobooks, car-washing to even 'subscribing to coffee';

  • One of the reasons for people to choose audiobooks is: seeking companionship and reducing loneliness;

  • There is a small word containing great Nordic wisdom – LAGOM;

  • Carlo loves debating and considers it very important to be open for different voices and ideas.

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July 2021

We hope to see you at Frankfurt Book Fair

As you probably know, Frankfurt Book Fair 2021 has been scheduled as an event to (also) meet in person. We very much look forward to seeing you there; we are currently working on creating a stand that will follow all security measures and provide excellent protection against infection.

This year you will find us in hall 3.0, stand G65.

Some topics, presentations and discussions to look forward to include:

  • New STREAM apps, most prominently in the areas of TEP & CRR

  • Safe & reliable: why Klopotek software is secure

  • End-to-end: software as a guide for all processes from first idea to distribution & fulfillment

  • Flexibility: available on premise, as a hosted solution, in the private & public cloud

July 2021

Beltz upgraded to V 11 of the Klopotek solution

We're happy to be able to confirm that Verlagsgruppe Beltz have successfully upgraded to version 11.0 of our Classic Line solution, making them ready – from a technological perspective – for switching to the cloud-based STREAM platform. 

The go-live was completed by a team of Beltz, the service provider hgv, and Klopotek following an intense test phase carried out by Beltz and hgv and supported by Klopotek. 

This project presented several challenges, such as implementing the new tax configuration and synchronizing the stocks of the Beltz system and the hgv service center.

Invoices have already been created successfully using the new version. As a result of this upgrade of Beltz, there are now nearly 80% of our installations at customers on the most recent version 11.0.

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July 2021

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Episode 8: Change and Innovation in the Book Industry from a Global Perspective – with Ruediger Wischenbart

We are pleased to have Ruediger Wischenbart of Content & Consulting join us to talk about change and innovation in the global book industry.

With years of experience in researching the global publishing industry, Ruediger in this episode shares his insights and interesting accounts of how the publishing landscape has evolved and where he sees it heading in the future.  He is also a key player in the Reboot Books initiative.

In this episode, Rüdiger talks about change and innovation in the global book industry: he shares insights into how the publishing landscape has been evolving and where he sees it heading in the future.  

You could also learn in this episode:

  • Rüdiger is not only an excellent observer of global publishing but also an advanced Taiji practitioner;

  • Which two guests who both have totally different experiences (and talents) of telling good stories he would love to invite for dinner;
     Why the phrase “The world is big and colorful” holds a special meaning to him.

 

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June 2021

Klopotek Publishing Radio: Women's Entrepreneurship in Publishing and Beyond – A Conversation with Susanne Althoff

Susanne is an experienced journalist and an assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston, where she teaches publishing entrepreneurship and women’s media. She has also served as an advisor to women-led start-ups. Before joining Emerson in 2015, Susanne worked for 22 years as a magazine editor, including six years as editor-in-chief of the Boston Globe Magazine. Her writing has appeared in WIRED, Fortune, and other publications.

 

Listen to Susanne share findings from her extensive research on the challenges women and non binary entrepreneurs face, especially those of color. Susanne also lays out practical ways to achieve a more inclusive, equitable, and successful entrepreneurial landscape.

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