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  • mowine mowine Mar 15, 2000 8:06 AM Flag

    chandlers and times mirror

    It is no secret that other companies have
    approached JW over the last few years. Most pubs are
    interested in the higher ed group.
    If any of you read the
    Tribune/Times Mirror story, you know that this merger is
    happening because Tribune finally got smart enough to
    bypass Mark Willes, who was adamant about not selling
    the company, and went straight to the family.
    I
    think the issue for Wiley is whether it can afford to
    pay for an internet strategy.
    I disagree with
    those of you who say a "conservative" approach is what
    is needed thse days. A one year delay in
    implementation can mean a two generation lag in terms of the
    technology.
    Someone recently (Pix) touted an Eric Swanson as the new
    sort of tech guru at Wiley. I believe that Mr Swanson
    is a very traditional publishing type that came to
    Wiley with an aquisition.
    I, for one, am hoping for
    a sale of the company. This is what happened at
    West, Commerce Clearing House and I believe a few
    others that were "tightly held."

 
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