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March 5, 2009

News & Opinion: Portfolio's Year in Review

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Picture%202.pngPortfolio publisher Adrian Zackheim posted a year in review from that house's perspective on Monday that stands out as a beacon of hope amidst all the publishing gloom of late. (As you all probably know, Portfolio is the publisher of The 100 Best.) Adrian sums up 2008 as follows:
Despite reduced store traffic through the year, Portfolio reported topline sales growth of 22% and gross margin growth of more than 50%. Nearly half of our new titles achieved margin target in the year of publication. We placed two books on the printed New York Times bestseller list, and several more on the extended Times list, the Wall Street Journal list, the BusinessWeek list, and other bestseller compilations.
I'm going to simply list the books Mr. Zackheim referenced among the highlights of last year, just to give you a sampling of Portfolio's outstanding 2008 catalog.
  • Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill) by David Cay Johnston
  • The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  • The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam
  • The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald Keough
  • The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy by David M. Smick
  • It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks by Howard Behar with Janet Goldstein
  • Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  • Inside Steve's Brain by Leander Kahney
  • Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin,
  • Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years by Paul B. Carroll and Chunka Mui
  • If you'd like to know more about Portfolio's 2008 and what makes these titles such highlights, head on over to Adrian Zackheim's original post. We can only hope that The 100 Best helps make 2009 a repeat performance.

    About Dylan Schleicher


    Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.