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Eyewitness The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley: The Inside Story of a Publishing Phenomenon by Christopher Davis

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16 – Over and Out

America. Our new found land. The starting point for almost every global Dorling Kindersley book. Without the significant print run and the upfront commitment from a US publisher to a title it was usually impossible to make the numbers work. Thus New York was the first port of call with our portfolio of new ideas. Several times a year, laden like mules with our cargo of art bags, we tramped the steaming sidewalks and rode the elevators skywards to sweeten the imagination of this or that publisher with our catalogue of promises. Over the years we became familiars on their beat, and they in turn became our friends and advocates, and taught us much about their business.

By the summer of 1990, having bolstered our reputation in ...

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