Sunday, August 02, 2009

Houghton Mifflin Axes 65 More

There was an epic round of layoffs in the far-flung Houghton Mifflin Harcourt empire last year, but that wasn't apparently enough to get the company down far enough. So The Boston Globe reported this week that they were partnering with an outsourcing firm to get rid of jobs in their Boston and Orlando offices.

These are all IT jobs, apparently, which means they're not "core publishing" positions...except that publishing is ever more systems-dependent, particularly the kind of textbook publishing that is HMH's bread and butter. It's certainly not good news, but we all have to hope that there's someone at HMH with a plan to get them into shape to deal with their massive debt service.

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