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No Dummies Here: Wiley Posts Modest Growth

John Wiley and Sons posted a growth in revenue of 1 percent and a nice 22 percent boost in profit for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, the company reported today.

Wiley publishes a number of scientific and technical textbooks and journals but is perhaps best known in the lay world as publisher behind the “For Dummies” series.

Textbooks and scientific/technical journals offset a poor quarter for the company’s professional/trade division.

President/CEO William J. Pesce added that e-book sales for the past six months in the professional division more than doubled, bringing in $10 million.

While sales of consumer books were flat or down, Wiley released an “enhanced” e-book in the iTunes store in October. A photography book that also contains videos and interactive features, “Lights, Camera, Capture” went on to become the top-grossing app in photography and the 29th-top app overall.

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