Brian O'Leary

Publishing consultant

South Orange, New Jersey

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Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content workflows, benchmarking and financial analysis. Brian writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he has edited "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto", a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that is being published in three parts by O'Reilly Media.

He is also the author of research reports on: the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain, territorial rights in the digital age and best practices in digital exports. Brian has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing, two reports published by O’Reilly Media in 2009.

Before founding Magellan Media, Brian served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., where he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm’s prior technology investments. Brian came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.’s weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. Brian joined Time Inc. after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.



Webcast: Making the Case for Print on Demand December 03, 2008 Publishers who dismiss the use of print-on-demand technologies as too expensive may be missing an opportunity to better manage their inventory, total costs and the unit costs of books sold. This webcast will provide an economic rationale for more extensive...


“If you’re producing e-books, or thinking about it, get Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto.”
— Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly, Issue #237 October 2012