Someone needs to let our authors and potential authors know what is going on at Pearson. So sad to see all of our authors being let down in so many ways. This company is going down fast and it isn’t just because of market conditions. What a disaster! So Sad!
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I wish management understood how ridiculous. IA is In my territory we took our best Math Adoptions which students were already required to purchase and moved them to IA. This meant we discounted access and gave the bookstore a cut. Now it takes multiple people to get it setup every semester and is a hassle for everyone involved. Makes no sense to me but the company thins it is the solution. Here is a novel idea. Make better products that are easy to access, use and learn from. Haven’t seen any new product development since I’ve been at Pearson and the products were old 7 years ago.
A lot of them are hopping mad. They want their rights back, and it’s unclear whether Pearson is going to be accommodating that. I’m sure that with big franchises, they are going to go to the mat not to do so. PC has been the one dealing with these authors, and I can guarantee his life is hell these days. He made his choice, of course- have to wonder if he is regretting it at this point
What's worse is that these authors know they are getting poor service and treatment continue to be loyal to Pearson and be "cheerleaders". They just need to GTFO somehow and take their work to another content focused company.
I think smart authors who are paying attention understand that things are heading in a poor direction, and are unlikely to turn around anytime soon. ex- Pearson EIC here, and I regularly get emails from former authors complaining about how they are being treated, and generally about the chaos in editorial, production, and marketing. It's a shame.
I completely agree. Our fearless leaders indicated a huge scale-back on new editions/publications. I wonder if the authors know about the last ditch efforts to sell VitalSource versions in IA for pennies.