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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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17 – Thanks, Bill

There were three principal players in the frame to become Dorling Kindersley’s next partner – Larousse, Mondadori and Bonnier. All three were viable candidates in that they were long-established customers of our books and each could have brought substantial benefits to our business. Ebbe Carlson at Bonnier was probably the most determined – he was certainly the most persistent. While Peter was mulling over the options, a curious sequence of events intervened.

Microsoft in 1990 was scouring the world in its search for intellectual properties to acquire – galleries, photo archives, publishing assets. One day, one of Bill Gates’s missionaries, Ed Kelly, came by the office to enquire about the digital rights to The Way Things ...

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