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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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20 – Showing What Others Only Tell

The all-singing, all-dancing appeal of the embryo CD-ROMs may have been the jewel that dazzled the institutional investors at the flotation but we had another gem in the locker on the books side that we weren’t quite ready to unveil.

A couple of years earlier, before the management moved into the grander premises next door at 7–8 Henrietta Street, we had met with Pierre Marchand of Gallimard in the windowless bunker of No 9. The Eyewitness children’s series was well and truly launched around the world and now on a steady production line of eight titles a year. The purpose of the meeting was to plot the next revolution, to find the new over-arching concept that would foment astonishment among our peers and ...

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