New Reading Habits, New Distribution Models

Peter Brantley (BookServer Project), Susan Danziger (DailyLit), Sol Rosenberg (Value Chain International, Ltd.), David Wilk (Booktrix), Caroline Vanderlip (SharedBook Inc.), Jamie Carter (Publisher Alley)
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We are in a transitional period: basic reading and distribution patterns are carrying over from traditional models, but these methods are also being shaped by new habits and systems that are only beginning to emerge. This panel will discuss the implications of this reading/distribution transition, the new economics at play, and the impact technology will have on future reading.

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Peter Brantley

BookServer Project

Peter Brantley is the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not for profit library. He contributes regularly to several blogs on libraries and publishing, discussing transformations in media and information access. He serves on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards setting body for digital books. Peter has significant experience with academic research libraries and digital library development programs, and was previously the Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation, a not for profit membership organization of research and national libraries.

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Susan Danziger

DailyLit

Susan Danziger is the CEO of DailyLit, which is the leading publisher of serialized books in digital form. DailyLit currently features over 1000 classic and contemporary books available for free or for a small fee.

Danziger brings over 15 years of publishing and licensing experience to DailyLit. She was the head of Business Affairs for one of the divisions at Random House and also joined a team to spearhead Random House’s digital book program.

Danziger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University where she studied Comparative Literature and Art History. She also received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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Sol Rosenberg

Value Chain International, Ltd.

At the forefront of “publishing technology” for over a decade, Sol Rosenberg is the leading expert at digital publishing & marketing strategies for global publishers.

Mr. Rosenberg leads the USA Publishing Solutions group for Value Chain International, Ltd. a global provider of Digital Publishing Solutions. He has worked to streamline operations and provide XML / electronic publishing solutions at major publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Thomson, Taylor & Francis, Pearson, Random House, John Wiley, Simon & Schuster, World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica and many others.

This blending of communications and high-technology goes back to 1985, when Mr. Rosenberg began the first nationally syndicated radio show focusing on computers. He started Futurevision Multimedia, a software publishing Company, which was later acquired by The Learning Company. Mr. Rosenberg also served in executive management roles with The Learning Company, developing high-profile electronic reference properties with major publishers worldwide.

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David Wilk

Booktrix

David Wilk is a publishing veteran with broad experience in book publishing, sales, distribution and marketing. He has been active in alternative and independent publishing, helped to create social initiatives and new businesses, and is active in social and political change movements. His Creative Management Partners projects include booktrix.com (book marketing and consulting), livewriters.com (video sharing and podcasting for authors and books), and rvive.com (digitally republishing lost American classics); he is a partner in ES + P, (custom editorial services and publishing) and the Director of Marketing for Good Business International (good-b.com). Recent clients include SharedBook.com, The Story Plant, Vidlit, Waterside Productions and Pragmatic Marketing. Working with writers and publishers to help them connect with readers is his primary work. Writing and editing words in any media remains his primary passion.

Caroline Vanderlip

SharedBook Inc.

Caroline Vanderlip joined SharedBook Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer in March 2004. She is responsible for both the operational and strategic direction of this annotation and custom publishing SaaS platform.

Prior to SharedBook, Ms. Vanderlip served as Executive Vice President of ACE INA, an insurance holding company, where she also was President of a subsidiary technology venture specializing in online employee benefits, YouDecide Inc. She served as President of AT&T’s Personal Online Services from 1995 to 1997.

From 1988 to 1995 Ms. Vanderlip was employed in various senior executive roles at NBC, the last being Senior Vice President, NBC Cable & Business Development, where she helped launch NBC SuperChannel throughout Europe. At CNBC, she helped construct the original business plan and became one of its first employees, responsible for all affiliate sales and marketing activity of the now multi-billion dollar company. Ms. Vanderlip holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from Vassar College.

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Jamie Carter

Publisher Alley

Jamie Carter began her career in acquisitions at Arcadia Publishing, where she helped to grow the company’s list from a handful of titles to several hundred over three years. Beginning in 1999, she worked as an analyst for a commercial web design company, documenting website needs and information flow. For 6+ years before joining Baker & Taylor (B&T), Jamie served as manufacturing buyer at Heinemann, now a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt company.

Today, Jamie is operations manager for Publisher Alley, an online tool for analysis of book sales through B&T.

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