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AI was the hot topic of the year

Across all the book fairs and conferences I’ve attended this year, there have been numerous talks and sessions on AI. It’s been encouraging to see academic publishing embrace the adoption of AI tools. They are especially useful in laborious tasks such as plagiarism and copyright checks. There are also tools around peer reviews and research for authors, the first of which I hope will see a broader range of authors published.

Automated workflows are a must

Automated workflows are a must for publishers, in my opinion. Being able to publish multiple formats from a well-structured single source of truth is a game-changer. We can get books to market faster, keep more work in-house, and experiment with different formats. I believe publishers who aren’t automating workflows will fall too far behind if they don’t implement them in the next few years.

2023 Predictions For Publishing

Enhancing workflows to add value

As the world gets more expensive and a recession looms, publishers must find innovative ways to provide value to their customers. Make workflows more efficient through continuous improvement, even when they are automated. This helps create cost savings while making it faster and cheaper for customers.

AI will write books

Maybe not an accurate prediction for 2023, but AI will play a more significant role in publishing as each year passes. We will increase our dependency on them to do manual tasks that are time-consuming and costly. Is AI at the point where it can write good books? No. But this will probably happen one day. For now, AI is a useful tool that enhances human ability and one I will watch with interest, especially around the data inputs that train AI. Ultimately, AI is only as good as the information fed into it, which is the area we should pay close attention to.

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