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  • ubscene ubscene Sep 26, 2001 10:14 PM Flag

    JK will be missed.

    What a mistake. IDGB may have had problems, but most of it was Pat's fault. (For example, where are my remaining subscription copies of the Industry Standard???)

    Why did the management at Wiley get rid of Kilcullen? Wiley took 200 years to do the same trade book revenue as IDGB did in 10.

    Good luck to those who are keeping the faith.

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    • It certainly is a valid question about why Kilcullen was not kept on. But your comparison between IDG's growth since 1991 and Wiley's since 1807 is misleading. Wiley only began publishing Trade in 1985, and the revenue from that product line is in line with what IDG was doing prior to being acquired by HM. IDG has/had a goldmine with the Dummies Guides, indeed, they accounted for over 60% of the companies revenues in 1999 when the company went public. And to suggest that IDG grew without acquisition of other companies (i.e. Cliff Notes) is to demonstrate a poor grasp of history. IDG/HM had a great run, and I expect they will continue to grow with Wiley.

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