Pat Albanese’s extensive career has been one of exploring the intersection of information and technology. Currently Pat holds the position of Gannet Distinguished Professor in the School of Print Media, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously Pat served as the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Library and Information Technology Services for Mount Holyoke College. In her position, Pat oversaw all library and computing services and provided leadership and strategic direction for the College’s information technology programs. Among her accomplishments at Mount Holyoke College were the introduction of campus-wide wireless services, a content management system, a web site redesign, the introduction of an open source academic technology platform which includes student e-portfolio, institutional repository and digital course management... Read More.
Travis is the co-founder of BookGlutton.com. Her day-to-day role has been Chief Creative Officer, creating the look and feel for the website and the Unbound Reader, and managing marketing and communications. Prior to founding BookGlutton.com Travis was a creative director at JLOOP.com. She has eleven years of on-line experience, and has worked in web design, advertising, online training and education. Her client history includes: Cisco, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, Midway Games and Dodge. In addition, Travis has won a number of awards for her interactive art, and has been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Flash Forward Film Festival, and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.
Joseph Bachana is President of DPCI, a 2008 INC5000 company that was founded by Mr. Bachana in 1999.
DPCI is an interactive technology agency that delivers integrated content management solutions for organizations that need to publish content to Web, print, mobile and e-reader devices. DPCI helps customers design and implement Web Content Management Systems, Digital Asset Management, Online Collaboration Software, Multi-Channel Systems, Workflow Management solutions, and increasingly, Semantic technologies. DPCI serves customers throughout the United States, including Comcast, ESPN, Mitre, New York University, McGraw-Hill Education, Simon & Schuster, and Thomson-Reuters.
Mr. Balis oversees the North American online sales department which manages Amazon.com and other key retailers. He is also responsible for North American eBook sales and marketing across all channels. Prior to joining John Wiley, he worked for IDG books in their National Accounts division, which was acquired by John Wiley and Sons in 2001.
A resident of Oakland, California, Chris has been heading up NaNoWriMo since founding the escapade in 1999. With his startlingly mediocre prose style and complete inability to write credible dialogue, Chris has set a reassuringly low bar for budding novelists everywhere. Chris is an anthropologist by training and a freelance writer by trade; his work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Believer, and Lonely Planet guidebooks. When not bossing strangers around, Chris spends debilitating amounts of time in coffee shops. His mercilessly pants-kicking book, “No Plot? No Problem!,” is available at your favorite bookstore.
Gavin designs web applications and social software for the Nature Publishing Group. Large scale web applications covering identity, on-demand media and social software have been the main focus of his work. Since the early 90s he has worked in academia, advertising, publishing and developed multimedia software. He is writing a forthcoming book on social web applications for O’Reilly Media Inc. He lives in London with his wife and two sons. He keeps track of the world on take one onion and you can keep track of him on gavinbell.com were he generally avoids the third person.
Daren Benzi serves as Vice President of Business Development for Plastic Logic. He is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and alliances with industry-leading media, telecom and publishing companies for Plastic Logic’s innovative e-reader product.
Daren previously served as Vice President of Sales Development and Strategy for DIRECTV, Inc., where he developed strategic sales partnerships with major broadband providers and other entities. Daren also led several of the company’s joint venture initiatives targeting unique forms of distribution and special markets.
Prior to joining DIRECTV, Daren held a number of sales, operational and business development roles at News Corporation and The Walt Disney Corporation. As Senior Vice President of News Digital Ventures, his main focus was to identify new market and investment opportunities in the... Read More.
Scott Berkun is the best selling author of Making Things Happen (Formerly titled ‘the art of project management’, (O’Reilly, 2005) and The Myths of Innovation (O’Reilly, 2007). He worked as a manager at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, including working on the first five versions of Internet Explorer. Since 2003 he has been on his own as independent writer and public speaker. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine, and on National Public Radio. He taught a course in creative thinking at the University of Washington, teaches seminars on innovation to the Fortune 500, and is currently a regular contributor to Harvard Business Digital. He has appeared frequently as a management and creative thinking expert on MSNBC... Read More.
Matthew Bernius’ research focuses on studying how new media tools alter the way groups communicate, and, in turn, how those changes affect the evolution of said tools. In addition to his role as a co-director and researcher at the Open Publishing Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Matthew is pursuing a dual PhD at Cornell University in anthropology and information systems. Prior starting his PhD, Matthew was a visiting professor at RIT’s School of Print Media. He completed a Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Before that, Matthew spent eight years in a variety of internet production, community management, and content strategy roles at Eastman Kodak’s kodak.com, during which time he earned one patent.
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Kirk is a seasoned digital media professional specializing in web publishing systems, SEO, and user experience. As principal of Oxford Media Works Kirk consults with clients on a range of issues related to web publishing and digital media strategies. Kirk shares his knowledge of web content management systems at WP Apprentice, an online training portal designed to help publishers use WordPress as a CMS.
Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.
Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Lead Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader, Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and context aware sensors. Nick is... Read More.
Andrew Bolwell is a Director for HP’s Corporate Venturing unit, with the charter to proactively identify and pursue new market opportunities that have the potential to be significant, game changing, and disruptive new businesses for HP. In this role, Andrew has been instrumental in helping incubate new businesses for HP across a diverse range of markets and industries including mobility, telecom, media and entertainment, publishing and Web2.0.
Maria Bonn is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan University Library, where she is responsible for developing and coordinating the publishing program and services of the University Library, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office.
Lisa is CTO for RSuite CMS, a native XML content management system for publishers. She is a recognized industry professional and an expert in the design and engineering of XML-based content management systems. For many years, she managed Really Strategies’ consulting practice, providing guidance to publishers on technology choices, workflow engineering, and content design. Her projects include
Designing and leading a staff of engineers in the development of RSuite CMS.
Providing strategic and business analysis for various publishing technologies.
Analyzing publishing workflows and recommending efficiencies to both tools and people processes.
Leading content architecture design and requirements development.
*Implementing XML-based content management systems and integrating with popular publishing tools to provide complete end-to-end publishing solutions.
Lisa is a frequent... Read More.
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.
Chris Brogan is a ten year veteran of using social media and technology to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at chrisbrogan.com a blog in the top 20 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati.
Chris is also the cofounder of the PodCamp new media conference series, exploring the use of new media community tools to extend and build value. He recently became president of New Marketing Labs, a social media agency.
Mr. Brooks is senior vice president, global production and manufacturing services at Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Learning) where his responsibilities include the development, production, and manufacturing of textbooks and reference content in print and digital formats across the Academic and Professional Group, Gale, and International divisions of Cengage Learning. Prior to his position at Cengage Learning, Ken was president and founder of Publishing Dimensions, a digital content services company focused in the eBook and digital strategy space. Over the course of his career, Ken has founded a Philippines-based text conversion company; a public domain publishing imprint; and a distribution-center based print-on-demand operation and has worked in trade, professional, higher education and K-12 publishing sectors. He has held several senior management positions in publishing, including vice... Read More.
My first experience with programming computers was in a 1969 National Science Foundation program. Since then, I’ve held various computer-related management positions in the headquarters of a U.S. Army Reserve division, worked in internal audit departments as a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and was the Campus Y2K Coordinator at U.C. Berkeley. I’m a Certified Management Accountant, and have a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University; an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University; an M.S. in Education from the University of Southern California; and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Tobias Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling Caribbean-born science fiction author of several novels and fifty short stories. He also consults and designs eBooks for Subterranean Press.
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.
Otis is the founder and CEO of Goodreads.com – a social network for book lovers. Launched in late 2006, the site has since grown to over 1.6 million members, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised an angel round in 2007, and is otherwise privately owned.
Along with a passion for building websites, Otis is also a voracious reader. He started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books, and watch less TV, and has found a large core group of people that love reading, and have helped drive the direction of Goodreads. He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to customers in order to make the best product possible.
Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a... Read More.
Neelan Choksi is the CEO of Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza. With over 2.0 million users in over 60 countries and over 12 million eBooks downloaded, Stanza is the most popular eBook reader for the iPhone and IPod Touch.
Lexcycle was acquired by Amazon in April. Prior to joining Lexcycle, Neelan was the COO at SpringSource (recently acquired by VMWare), the company behind the popular open source Spring Framework. Neelan served as the co-founder and President at SolarMetric, a leading object relational mapping provider, which was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005. Neelan also worked for TechTrader, Andersen Consulting Strategic Services and Exxon Research and Engineering. He currently serves on the board of Tasktop Technologies. Neelan is a graduate of MIT... Read More.
Nathan was appointed Senior Director of Partnerships for TripAdvisor in February 2007. Since then, he has been working on how best to allow online bookers to benefit from TripAdvisor’s wealth of information anywhere they choose to book. Thousands of travel businesses from bed and breakfasts to major online travel agents and media companies have all taken advantage of this and added TripAdvisor Traveler Reviews and Ratings to their websites.
Prior to working for TripAdvisor, Nathan was Commercial Director for Lonely Planet heading up their European Licensing businesses. In this role, he initiated Lonely Planet’s publishing in German and their first mobile travel guides with Nokia and Sony PSP. Prior to Lonely Planet, Nathan worked for the BBC and the Guardian in a variety... Read More.
Cynthia Cleto is the Global Manager for eBooks at Springer Science+Business Media. She is responsible for market penetration, product development, and other commercial aspects of the Springer eBook Collection. Prior to Springer, Cynthia worked to help launch a number of innovative products in the electronic space – these consist of A&I and Chemistry Databases for Elsevier as well as Thieme Medical Publishers. Before entering the STM Publishing field, Cynthia trained and worked as a supervisor and graduate student in Genomics laboratories at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Peter Clifton President & CEO of FiledBy, Inc. is a veteran of more than 25 years in the publishing, media, and technology industries. Most recently, Peter was President & CEO of several Ingram Book Group divisions including: Ingram International, Ingram Library Services, Ingram Periodicals, and Tennessee Book Company. Prior to Ingram, he was the founding CEO of PubEasy.com the book industry customer service and transaction portal. Peter was Director of Publicity and Director of New Media Development for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. as well as Vice President of New Media at HarperCollins Publishers, and the Vice President of Business Development at SEGASoft in Redwood City, CA., a SEGA of America subsidiary.
Mark Coker is founder and CEO of Smashwords, a Silicon Valley digital publishing startup that aims to change the way books are published, sampled, marketed and sold. Smashwords launched January 2008 at Tools of Change in New York, where Coker unveiled the company in a Lightning Round Presentation.
Coker’s previous startup, BestCalls.com, was acquired and is now owned and operated by the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. His work with BestCalls, as a champion for fair disclosure, was a catalyst for the SEC’s ground breaking Regulation FD. See this link to Wikipedia for more info on BestCalls.
Coker is also co-author, with his wife, of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of daytime television soap operas. It... Read More.
Tiffany Coker is Director of Product Management for a division of Thomson Reuters. She has been working with scholarly publishers, researchers, and the peer review community for 8 years.
Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of International Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s largest provider of copyright licensing solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC’s international activities—specifically, providing publishers around the world with new content licensing solutions and revenue-generating initiatives based on CCC’s products and services. Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s digital rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry.
An industry veteran, Ed serves on several committees of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFFRO) and and currently serves on American Business Media’s policy and digital media councils. Ed was also a two-term member of the board of the Software and... Read More.
Garth Conboy is a founding member of the IDPF, and currently serves as the Chairman of the IDPF Board of Directors. He has chaired or vice-chaired the numerous technical working groups that have developed and evolved the EPUB standard since its inception.
Garth is co-founder and President of eBook Technologies, Incorporated (ETI). The ETI team played significant roles in pioneering the eBook market, releasing the first commercial eBooks in 1998 and they continue to drive innovation in electronic book systems. ETI provides and licenses a leading end-to-end electronic book platform offering a full range of eBook products and services. The company possesses deep industry knowledge and the end-to-end technology components to support both enterprise and consumer eBook publishing: content acquisition,... Read More.
Angela D’Agostino is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Bowker. She joined Bowker in 1990 and has been instrumental in transforming the company from a traditional print reference publisher (Books In Print was selling 25,000 units back then) to a provider of essential data and services for publishers, book retailers, corporations and libraries throughout the world. Her responsibilities range across all markets Bowker serves and are aimed at developing the company’s long-term strategy. Angela initiated the expansion of Bowker’s product and service offerings into the sales data and business intelligence space, now collectively known as PubTrack, through in-house development and strategic acquisitions. Angela also led the development of strategic relationships with emerging players in the book world such as Google and Sony. Most... Read More.
Liza Daly is the Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in digital publishing. In 2012 her companies Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader were acquired by Safari. Liza is a strong advocate for experimentation, agile development, and innovation in publishing.
Frank Daniels III is Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Digital, a digital content services company, and President and CEO of Vital Source Inc., a member of Ingram Digital, which provides software and service solutions to the education market.
Mr. Daniels has primary management responsibility over all Ingram Digital operations in North America, in addition to coordinating operational activities for the company on a global basis.
In 2001, he joined Vital Source as President and CEO and directed the company, as it emerged as the leader in educational content delivery in such sectors as dental, nursing and law. Ingram Digital then acquired Vital Source in 2006.
He has an extensive background as a new media entrepreneur. Nationally recognized as an Internet visionary, Daniels... Read More.
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.
Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. She never shuts up about identifiers, metadata, and book discovery.
Marisa DeMeglio has 8 years of experience writing computer software related to accessibility and multimedia. She is the project lead and developer for the AMIS Project, a DAISY talking book player for print-disabled users. She has also traveled throughout Europe and Asia giving workshops and presentations on the DAISY For All Project. She has participated in the W3C SMIL working group and the DAISY/NISO advisory committee. Marisa has her B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University.
D.C. Denison is an editor at The Boston Globe who works at the intersection of the newspaper and its website, boston.com. He is the author of “As Seen on TV” (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Senior Lecturer; in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and... Read More.
Ensley Eikenburg is a travel publishing professional with 18 years of experience. She is currently the associate publisher for Frommer’s Travel Guides. Previously she worked at Fodor’s Travel Guides and at St. Martin’s Press, where she managed the Let’s Go Guides.
Kate Eltham is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Writers Centre and founder of if:book Australia, a think-and-do tank exploring book futures. In 2009 she was named by The Australian newspaper as one of 10 Emerging Leaders of Culture.
Mr. Epstein’s 50 year distinguished career in publishing, which includes among other accomplishments, serving as Editorial Director of Random House, co-founder of the New York Review of Books, creator of Anchor Books, which launched the paperback revolution, founder of the Library of America and of the Readers Catalog, the precursor to online bookselling. Mr. Epstein has received many honors. He was the first recipient of the National Book Award for distinguished contribution to American Letters, and also received the Curtis Benjamin Award of the American Association of Publishers for inventing new kinds of publishing. In 2001, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Books Critics Circle for creative publishing.
Keith Fahlgren is the Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online. Previously, he worked at Threepress Consulting, O’Reilly Media, and was the co-developer of Ibis Reader.
Rob Flynn is VP & Global Travel Publisher for Frommer’s, a Wiley imprint. He is responsible for all Wiley’s travel print and digital publishing programs – including the best-selling travel brand in the U.S., Frommer’s.
During his 15-year career at the crossroads of travel publishing and new media, Rob has led many successful initiatives from Web site development to development of mobile products and content services.
From 2002-2008, Rob was CEO of Whatsonwhen, a market-leading business-to-business travel content and services provider based in London and acquired by Wiley in 2006.
Prior to joining Whatsonwhen, Rob was the director of new media at Lonely Planet Publications. He was the architect of the Lonely Planet Web site and launcehd the successful Thorn Tree travelers’ forum, a... Read More.
Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. 37signals’ products do less than the competition – intentionally. Jason believes there’s real value and beauty in the basics. Elegance, respect for people’s desire to simply get stuff done, and honest ease of use are the hallmarks of 37signals products. 37signals products, used by over 2,000,000 world wide, include Basecamp, Backpack, Highrise, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. Their latest book, Getting Real, has been called the Bible of Web 2.0. Ruby on Rails, another 37signals creation, is the underlying technology driving thousands web apps.
Hadrien is a software engineer and co-founder at Feedbooks.com. Feedbooks was the first company to distribute e-books in the industry standard EPUB format & is actively involved in designing OPDS, a standard for e-book distribution.
John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and is founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert on the physics of defects in materials. He has won a number of scientific awards including the Humboldt Prize awarded by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and awards for his accessibility contributions including the Distinguished Service Award bestowed by Oregon State University for Exceptional Contributions to Society, and the Oregon Governor’s Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in improving access to education and employment through technology. His physics research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense, NASA, and several private corporations... Read More.
Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. The project aims to help students appreciate the startup culture of risk-taking, and to foster new media products and services.
Dan is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of ASI and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O’Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters.
From 1994 until early... Read More.
Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, search, and digital photography throughout the course of her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Ms. Gittins is now pioneering democratizing and reinventing publishing for the rest of us with her new company, Blurb.
Ms. Gittins has served as CEO of several pre-IPO venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley, including Personify—an ecommerce data mining and analytics company, and Verb – a context-based search engine company. Personify and Verb were acquired by Accrue and Attenza respectively. At Qbiquity, a viral marketing platform company, Ms. Gittins served as Board Chairman and interim CEO; Ms. Gittins was instrumental in negotiating the merger... Read More.
Bob Goldstein, CEO of Apeer Inc., has guided hundreds of businesses through the transition from traditional to digital imaging. He was founder and president of ZZYZX Visual Systems in Los Angeles, California, where he developed businesses in high volume image scanning, digital retouching, QTVR services, stock photo databases and digital distribution networks, fine art digital printing, interactive media projects, web site design, and digital photo studios. He then became president of the Altamira Group, which produced the Genuine Fractals line of digital imaging software. He is a senior analyst with the Future Image Report and has consulted with such companies as Eastman Kodak, Apple Computer and HP.
Bob discovered many of Apeer’s core principles while researching his book, Going Visual: Using Images... Read More.
Ashley Gordon, publisher at independent press Mockingbird Publishing, is a fifteen-year veteran of digital printing. She was most recently Vice President of Business Development at SharedBook, a leading provider of personalized and custom publishing services. She came to print-on-demand as Director of Publisher Services for Sprout, an early in-store POD company, followed by several years at Lightning Source as a Senior Account Manager and Director of Channel Development. Other positions in and around the industry include literary press editor, contributing writer to various publications, professor of English and composition, and executive board member of the Alabama Center for the Book. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Auburn University Montgomery.
Brice Gosnell has been in publishing for more than 16 years, with most of those years in travel guide publishing. He was an assoc. publisher at Frommer’s in NY and is currently the VP of Publishing for the Americas at Lonely Planet Publications, responsible for the publishing strategy and operations of Lonely Planet’s Americas office (which is based in the SF Bay Area).
Francois Gossieaux is a co-founder and partner at Beeline Labs, a marketing Innovation firm and President of Corante, a social media publishing company. Prior to Beeline Labs and Corante he was consulting on marketing and social media, involved with BlogBridge, and the founder of Synopia, Inc., a product innovation focused software startup. Before that he spent 5 years leading marketing, product management and strategy at eRoom Technology, a collaboration software company which was sold to Documentum in 2002. Francois has a long history with online and marketing – having implemented an Intranet for a large multinational in the early 90’s; and being the organizer of the first large scale virtual event – InterAct’96 – with Time Magazine and Infoworld. He has used blogs for grassroots... Read More.
Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and the public. He is also a founding member of VizThink, an international community of Visual Thinkers.
Clint started Greenleaf Book Group after writing and publishing two books, selling foreign publication rights, and securing a multibook contract with Adams Media. Since then, he has built the company into one of the industry’s leading book distributors. Greenleaf Book Group has represented more than five hundred titles and is one of the fastest-growing companies in America. Clint speaks at conferences and seminars across the country and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, and Entrepreneur, has been on MSNBC and he is a contributor to Inc.com and the Fox Business Channel.
Noora Guldemond is the Business Development Manager of metaio, Inc. She has been working with worldwide renowned publishing companies since the product launch of the Interactive 3D Books.
April L. Hamilton is an author, blogger and leading advocate for the “indie” author movement. In her popular self-published reference book, The Indie Author Guide (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434857689 or serialized on her blog at http://aprillhamilton.blogspot.com/), she offers aspiring self-published authors a roadmap to publishing success. She is also the author of several novels available in both ebook and POD form. As a former engineer and software designer of 15 years, April enjoys immersing herself in ebook, Print on Demand and other emerging publishing technologies for self-published authors.
Evangeline Haughney is a Sr. User Researcher at Adobe Systems with a Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. For the past several years at Adobe, she has worked on the experience design of various products and services including Acrobat and the Creative Suite. In her previous career as a technical writer, she was a Documentation Manager for Kaiser Permanente, where she led the development efforts for an online knowledge base to support the use of Kaiser’s electronic medical record systems.
Michael Healy is the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a non-profit membership body established in New York more than thirty years ago to improve the efficiency of the book industry through standards, research and information.
Michael has 25 years experience in the book industry, and before joining BISG in 2006 he spent seven years as Editorial Director of Nielsen Book Services, a leading supplier of information, transaction and market measurement services to the international book industry.
For much his career Michael has been involved in the development and management of standards for the book industry and its supply chain, with particular focus on standards for product identification, metadata and electronic commerce. He has been Chairman of the International ISBN... Read More.
Rainer Heckmann is responsible for product marketing of Quark´s enterprise products. With 16 years of experience in the publishing industry, he is a recognized expert in the industry.
Prior to joining Quark Heckmann was CEO of PublishersMarket AG, a Bertelsmann funded company that ran AdSpectra, an ad delivery service that optimized print advertising processes. Earlier in his career he successfully sold the Quark Publishing System to leading German publishers. Heckmann earned his bachelor’s of commerce in marketing and business from the Munich Business Academy.
Tona Henderson is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is interested in all aspects of information architecture and XML and is still, in her heart, a librarian.
Vincent Henderson was elected a Vice President for Innodata Isogen’s Publishing Practice in late 2006. Mr. Henderson will lead the company’s efforts in Europe to align company capabilities to meet customer requirements and drive the company’s growth by leveraging its expertise in foreign language capabilities, business consulting and knowledge process outsourcing.
Prior to joining Innodata Isogen, Mr. Henderson was Director of Consumer Products, Worldwide, for Bowne Global Solutions, now Lionbridge, where he owned production and most sales on his segments, with revenue and EBITDA accountability and strategic autonomy. Prior to that, Mr. Henderson gained deep experience in the language services industry, delivering services and content to global corporations for nearly 15 years.
Ted Hill is President of THA Consulting which provides strategic marketing and business development services for publishers and the information industries. With more than 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, Ted has launched dozens of new businesses and business initiatives within a broad spectrum of companies ranging from major trade houses, to leading internet companies, to raw start-ups. Always at the intersection of content and technology, Ted currently serves on the board of directors of the Book Industry Study Group and often speaks at industry conferences and events.
Ron Hogan created Beatrice.com in 1995, making it one of the oldest continuously running literary websites on the Internet. He also writes about the publishing industry at GalleyCat.com and speaks frequently at industry conferences and book festivals, including Tools of Change and BookExpo America.
Leslie Hulse is the Vice President, Digital Business Development at HarperCollins Publishers. In this role, Leslie focuses on crafting partnerships with retailers, search engines and others to distribute digital content widely for marketing and commerce, including the launch of Browse Inside on Booksense.com, BN.com, and the HarperCollins sites. In addition, she works closely with the HarperMedia staff and other publishers to drive our ebook, digital audio, and other digital revenues. Leslie also oversees HC’s online consumer membership programs AuthorTracker, First Look, newsletters, and others in development.
Leslie is actively involved in a number of industry groups including the AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group and the Online Piracy Working Group and the BISG Digital Standards Committee.
Leslie has worked at HarperCollins for eleven years... Read More.
Michael Hyatt is the President and CEO of Thomas Nelson, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. The company is privately held.
Hyatt began his publishing career at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University. He worked at Word for six years. In addition to serving as Vice President of Marketing at Thomas Nelson in the mid-80s, Hyatt started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with partner Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. Word acquired Wolgemuth & Hyatt in 1992.
A successful literary agent from 1992 until early 1998, Hyatt has written four books, one of which landed on the New York Times bestseller list where it stayed for seven months.
Hyatt... Read More.
Adam is an independent consultant, specialising in modern knowledge production methods, and Book Sprint facilitator. Adam is the founder and architect of Booktype the open source book production and publishing platform. He is also the founder of FLOSS Manuals and the Book Sprint methodology.
Matt leads the conception, filtering and execution of Connotate’s services efforts for all clients and prospects.
With over twenty years of high tech industry experience, and executive roles in two, Fast 500 companies, Matt has a wealth of knowledge regarding the technology and business life cycles. His experience includes leading software product businesses, consulting businesses, R&D organizations, customer support and instituting project management best practices. Prior to starting his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Matt received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honors from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.
As CTO of Impelsys, Nizar Jamal ensures that the strategy of the products developed by the company meet the requirements of the publishing industry. Impelsys’ products are used by large publishers such as McGrawHill, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, BBC, TSO and many smaller publishers.
Mr. Jamal has over 15 years of experience in building and managing software products and services in the US and 5 years in enabling publishers to deliver their content electronically.
As a Director of Engineering at Respond Networks, Mr. Jamal designed a scalable, consumer directed web service that was later branded by Verizon, Qwest and Martindale-Hubble. Mr. Jamal has also maintained senior-level positions at Hitachi Software, Agilent Technologies and Unify Corporation. More recently, Mr. Jamal served as a consultant to... Read More.
Executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-only press, and veteran of the digital publishing industry, Angela James is a well-known advocate for digital publishing. James has enjoyed a long and varied publishing career that has included ownership of an independent editorial services business, work as a copy editor for electronic book and small press publisher, Ellora’s Cave, and executive editor for Samhain Publishing. James frequently travels to regional, national and international writing conferences to meet with authors and readers, and present workshops on digital publishing for both authors and readers of all genres of fiction.
JEFF JARVIS is the author of What Would Google Do? (Collins, January). He blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com and as a columnist for the Guardian. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
Steve believes in the people, the process, and the tools of publishing. He has seen technology leverage the skills of capable people with speed and quality as never before in the history of the written word. Steve believes that we can use these tools to manage our work, clarify our communications, and produce great books with less heartache and stress. Steve’s been working in the publishing industry since the cutting edge of technology meant improving the rubylith and the red tape.
Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of consulting, data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He currently serves on the IDPF Working Group updating the EPUB standard (and is coordinator of its Metadata Subgroup); the IDEAlliance working group developing the nextPub source format for magazines and other design- and feature-rich publications (chairing its nextPub-to-EPUB Mapping Committee);... Read More.
From 1938 to 1993 I was part of the team that developed and brought the IBM product BookManager to the market. BookManagerbuilt an e-book using the GML usd to create IBM manuals and, using the GML tagging, created a navigable and searchable e-book.
From 1993 to now I am part of the team at the American Physical Society responsible for the strategy and technology to deliver, online, the journals of the American Physical Society, back to 1893.
Our challenge is to move this corpus of content from a print metaphor into an architecture and infrastructure made capable by the web
At Copyright Clearance Center, Christopher Kenneally is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of authors and publishers of all backgrounds and sizes.
Among other activities, he is host and moderator for an ongoing series of writing conferences called, Beyond the Book. The programs are frequently broadcast nationally on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in Canada on BookTelevision; the series is also now a podcast, available from iTunes.com.
In addition, Kenneally’s articles on such topics as blogging, search engines, and the impact of technology on writers have appeared in the Boston Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and BookTech Magazine, among other publications.
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an applied thinktank for the digital humanities. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, and a Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008. Kirschenbaum speaks and writes often on topics in the digital humanities and new media; for more information about current projects and activities, see his blog.
Mr. Kreisa has been working in high tech for over 17 years and is now leading product marketing at Mark Logic. He is responsible for all aspects of product marketing for MarkLogic Server. Prior to Mark Logic he spent more than 6 years with Business Objects. There he led the corporate demo team and had product marketing responsibilities for several products including Web Intelligence, and the performance management products. Mr. Kreisa holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas.
Kassia Krozser is the founder and primary voice for Booksquare.com, a website focused on dissecting the publishing industry with love and skepticism. She is also a founding partner at Medialoper.com—same love and skepticism applied to all entertainment media. Her work on both sites frequently focuses on how new technology impacts traditional media. She is a reviewer for PaperbackReader.net and a regular contributor to other publications.
Brent is VP, Digital & Internet for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., a leading publisher of women’s fiction and the world’s largest publisher of series romance. Brent leads the strategic development and operational execution of Harlequin’s digital publishing and marketing programs. This includes Harlequin’s own site featuring a robust community of readers, a leading and widely recognized ebook program, digital audio, mobile distribution, digital only content and leveraging Harlequin’s famous brand in the web 2.0 world.
Brent has over 16 years marketing experience within publishing covering trade, educational and children’s products. Brent has developed internet marketing and commerce solutions for over ten years including Harlequin’s ebook strategy and site development. He has worked in the U.S., Canadian and UK publishing markets.
Sara Lloyd is Digital Director for the UK trade publishing house, Pan Macmillan. She is responsible for developing the company’s digital strategy and publishing programme, management of Pan’s Web platform, applications and tools and leading the organisational, cultural and operational change to enable Pan Macmillan to position itself for an increasingly digital future. Sara’s career over the last 15 years has spanned newspaper, academic, reference, STM and trade publishing and she has played a key role in transforming many publishing businesses from print to digital. She is a regular presenter and writer on all matters digital, and recently made waves in the global publishing scene with her article ‘A Book Publisher’s Manifesto for the Twenty First Century’, originally written for the US journal, Library... Read More.
Andrew Malkin is a Senior Associate at Overbrook Consulting Group, a management consultancy primarily focused on Media & Entertainment. Over the past twenty years, he has held a variety of marketing & sales functions from public relations at HarperCollins and field sales at Random House to category management at eBay. In 1999, he temporarily left publishing to obtain his MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern then returned in a newly created integrated marketing position at Time Warner Book Group as Brand Manager, Franchise Authors working on James Patterson and Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Following that, he went on to head up international sales at Ingram and oversee all trade book sales for Rodale.
Bill McCoy is General Manager, Digital Publishing Business at Adobe Systems Incorporated, responsible for Adobe’s solutions for digital distribution and protection of commercially published works. Bill has been involved in the development of publishing and content delivery solutions for 20 years, including key roles in the development of Adobe’s PostScript and PDF technologies. Bill was founder and CEO of PictureIQ Corporation which created innovative solutions for digital imaging and dynamic content delivery, and began his career at Xerox Corporation.
Jesse is the author of eight books about internet, business, and community-building strategies. His latest is #tweetsmart: 25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community and Content Marketing—both from O’Reilly Media.
When he’s not writing, Jesse is a web developer, digital strategy consultant, and aspiring farmer.
Most recently, Jesse was the Director of Development & Marketing (and co-owner) at Catalyst Webworks. He and his wife sold the business in 2012.
Currently, Jesse is working as a consultant to the book publishing and content industries. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Book Business Magazine, and GOOD. He and his wife live in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Mike oversees business development at Scribd, the largest social publishing site on the web, where more than 50 million people each month come to discover and share original writings and documents. He works closely with content partners, including major publishing companies, research firms and corporations that use Scribd as a new platform to promote and distribute their materials to a potential new audience of millions.
Prior to joining Scribd, Mike held management positions at Hewlett-Packard and several Silicon Valley start-ups, including one he started that enabled payments for online purchases. He has an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jack McKeown is a thiry-year publishing veteran. He currently is co-owner and President of Books & Books Westhampton Beach, a retail bookstore located on the South Fork of Long Island, N.Y. He also serves as Director of Business Development for Verso Digital, and as President of Conemarra Partners, a media consultancy. He co-founded the Perseus Books Group and served as its first President and CEO. Prior to Perseus, he served as President and Publisher of the Adult Trade Group of HarperCollins and Publisher of the Adult Trade Division of Simon & Schuster. He is a graduate of the Univesity of Chicago, and holds an MBA and MS from Columbia University.
As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.
Previously, he was Associate Vice President, Product Design at Factiva and was responsible for user experience design for all products and services of Factiva. This included working strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet... Read More.
Susan Mernit is co-founder of People’s Software Company, a TechStars 2008 incubator company, and the Program Evangelist/Consultant for the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding $5MM to support innovative local projects that expand online news and community discourse. Passionate about women’s issues and women entrepreneurs, she recently led a guerilla action to mentor women applying to ycombinator, an early stage tech incubator.
She is a BlogHer contributing editor on Sex & Relationships, a former exec at Yahoo, AOL, Netscape and Advance Internet, and a dedicated blogger and long time media/social media consultant.
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working at a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group.
Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!
A technical book author since 1991, Scott Meyers has written or co-written nearly a dozen titles in print, PDF, and HTML on CD formats. For most books, he prepared camera-ready print copy, and he also acted as primary designer for their electronic versions. He’s currently working on a new book designed from the outset to be consumed in print, electronic, and audible forms.
Aaron Miller is the co-founder of BookGlutton.com. His role is Chief Technical Officer, where he manages the architecture and development of the Unbound Reader, Catalog, website, and all widgets and APIs. He has eleven years experience working on-line; professionally he’s worked on both the creative and technical sides of projects—working at times as a writer and designer and at others a developer in San Francisco and LA. His clients include Wells Fargo, Organic, and Driving Media. Aaron has a Master’s Degree in Interactive Multimedia and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine.
Ed is a Global Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) subject matter specialist for Technology, and he advises TMT companies in the areas of strategic planning, product innovation, competitive positioning, and digital Convergence.
Ed architects Deloitte’s” State of the Media Democracy Survey, which provides current data on different generations’ adoption of, and receptivity to, new technology platforms, media distribution methods, and advertising models. He also co-founded and manages Deloitte’s Tribalization of Business Study with Beeline Labs and the Society for New Communications Research. The Tribalization of Business Study provides data and analysis on successful enterprise use of online communities and social networks.
Krishna Motukuri is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Lulu.com, the premier global marketplace for new digital content on the Internet. Motukuri is focusing on the growth of weRead’s business relationships with publishers and building new relationships with strategic partners.
Prior to Lulu, Motukuri was the CEO and Co-Founder of Ugenie, the company behind weRead. Motukuri was responsible for setting the overall direction and business strategy for the company.
Before Ugenie, Motukuri was Associate Director at Amazon, where he led teams in a variety of divisions, including search, co-op marketing, global expansion and supply chain. Motukuri has a Masters degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Motukuri enjoys the outdoors. He actively hikes, runs,... Read More.
Andrew is co-founder and CEO of iFOCOS and a partner of The We Media Group, a business foresight, design and consulting firm. Andrew is an internationally recognized expert on communications, technology and cultural trends and a leading advocate for applying media tools and techniques to make the world a better place for everyone. He is a writer and online publishing veteran who learned from remarkable teachers: the art of fiction from novelist Frank McCourt, computer programming from BASIC creator John Kemeney, and social activism from Pacific island nuclear testing witness and author David Bradley.
He has reported and edited for The Associated Press; written for The New York Times, Infoworld, Audubon and other magazines; managed one of the world’s most ambitious small-market newspaper... Read More.
From Wikipedia: Patrick James Nielsen Hayden (born January 2, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan), often abbreviated as PNH, is an American science fiction editor, fan, fanzine publisher, essayist, reviewer, anthologist, teacher and blogger. He is a World Fantasy Award and Hugo Award winner (with nine nominations for the latter award), and is a Senior Editor and the Manager of Science Fiction at Tor Books.
Anusha has led Plastic Logic’s market research and user studies, exploring the reading behaviour and needs of customers that have informed the design and development of Plastic Logic’s first eReader device, winner of the DEMOfall ‘08 “People’s Choice Award”.
Prior to joining Plastic Logic, Anusha was at Microsoft and other niche software firms. She holds a BA (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK and a CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.
Allen Noren is VP Online at O’Reilly Media. He’s been with the company since 1992 when one of his first jobs was to maintain the O’Reilly Gopher site. He was a founding member of the GNN team that built one of the first commercial web portals, and was part of the group that created Safari Books Online, the O’Reilly ebook program, and online events. Allen is in charge of oreilly.com, the company’s ecommerce, news, and marketing portal.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Jon is an Engineering Manager at Google, where he leads the Boston Book Search team in their attempt to make the world’s books searchable and discoverable. He is a co-author of several programming books, including the best-seller Programming Perl (the “Camel book”). He received his PhD from MIT in 1999. Previously, he was Director of Research at France Telecom and CTO of O’Reilly.
Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a management consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content operations, benchmarking and financial analysis.
O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he is editing “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that is being published in three parts by O’Reilly Media.
O’Leary is also the author of a research report on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales, as well as the editor and primary contributor for a study of the use of XML in book publishing. Both reports were published by O’Reilly Media in 2009.
Before becoming a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher... Read More.
Nina Paley is the director of the acclaimed animated feature film “Sita Sings the Blues,” which is about to release under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. “Sita” has screened internationally at almost 100 film festivals and won awards including Best Feature at Annecy and Avignon, Best Script at Athens, Greece, and an IFP Gotham Award. Wired called her a “One-Woman Pixar” and Roger Ebert said of her film: “I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original.” Nina is also a longtime veteran of syndicated comic strips, creating Fluff (Universal Press Syndicate), The Hots (King Features), and her own alternative weekly Nina’s Adventures. Nina teaches at Parsons School of Design... Read More.
Chandi Perera joined Typefi in November 2005 as the Senior Vice President for Professional Services. Mr. Perera has over 15 years of publishing and media technology experience and has been instrumental in bringing new publishing technologies to a range of customers around the world. Most recently Mr. Perera was the principal of Perera Consulting Group and prior to that finished a five year role as the CIO for Lonely Planet Publications..
Tom Perrin is President and Founder of CyProof LLC, a leading developer of innovative proofreading software. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the Oregon Graduate Institute. As a scientist, Perrin published several papers, and through writing and publishing, identified major deficiencies of available proofreading software. This was his inspiration to develop more sophisticated and comprehensive software to improve copyediting efficiency for authors, editors and publishers.
Marc Prud’hommeaux is the founder and principal developer at Lexcycle, the creators of the popular Stanza electronic book reader for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices. He has over ten years experience in the software industry and has spoken at a variety of software conferences and user groups.
CJ was recently named SVP of Product Management and Technology for Safari Books Online (a joint venture between O’Reilly Media and Pearson Publishing). Previous to this recent move, CJ spent seven years as CIO of O’Reilly Media. CJ spent the majority of her career doing software development and technology management in the financial services and healthcare industries prior to joining O’Reilly in 2000. She has worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Citibank, Travelers Insurance Company, Zenith Insurance and U.S. Healthworks. She is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, having attended Annapolis with the first-ever class of women in 1980 and served as a geophysics officer in the Navy. She also holds an MBA degree from the University of South Florida.... Read More.
Russell P. Reeder is President and COO of (mt) Media Temple, Inc., a top provider of web hosting and cloud services that powers 1.5 million websites for 125,000 customers in 100 countries worldwide. He’s responsible for the (mt) brand’s overall vision and strategy, and for driving scalable growth for the recently acquired Virb.com.
A 18-year veteran of the IT field, Reeder has led numerous cutting edge companies, from entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 500 powerhouses like Oracle and Mobil Oil. He’s steered organizations out of financial distress, led multiple turnarounds, and managed high-growth businesses that have sold for more than $1.2 billion.
His most recent success story is LibreDigital, a company whose digital publishing platform helps people find and read their favorite books, magazines,... Read More.
Michael Riordan is an Assistant Professor at RIT’s School of Print Media where he teaches coursework relating to the reproduction of content and accurate color between print and publishing production systems. He works closely with publishers, print service providers and creative agencies to help improve all aspects of production workflows and has worked with CGATS and others to create quality assurance mechanisms to support the same. In addition to actively providing training and consulting on related topics and being a regular presenter at industry events such as GraphExpo, Michael has written several papers on related topics and served as co-editor for the Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Production Handbook.
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.... Read More.
Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies (www.giantstepsmts.com), a consulting firm whose clients include content providers and digital media technology companies. Bill bridges the gaps between business and technology in the digital media world. He brings content providers expertise in areas such as digital rights management, content management and distribution, cross-media strategy, and digital product strategy, and he provides technology vendors with market strategy, business development, and product management services. His publishing clients have included McGraw-Hill, Readers Digest, Pearson, Associated Press, Wolters Kluwer, Rodale, Houghton Mifflin, and Taylor & Francis.
Bill edits the blog Copyright and Technology and is program chair of the Copyright and Technology conferences in New York and London. He is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business... Read More.
Tricia joined RHYW in January of 2008 as Director of Global Sales and Marketing and was promoted to her current position in December of 2008. Prior to joining ReadHowYouWant, Tricia was an independent consultant, advising clients in the education and entertainment industries on marketing and operational solutions. For 10 years she was President and COO of Direct Language Communications (DLC), a pioneer in the multilingual communications field. She led the company through 10 years of rapid growth, global expansion and acquisition. The business serviced Fortune 500 companies including United Airlines, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard. Prior to DLC, she was the Associate Publisher of City Sports Magazine, where she expanded the company’s footprint in California to New York and Boston. Tricia’s career... Read More.
I founded TeleRead.org – devoted to e-books, digital libraries and related topics. We’re an influence in our little niche. TeleRead advocated OpenReader, which in turn helped spur the IDPF to release the ePub standard. I’m also author of The Silicon Jungle (Ballantine), The Complete Laptop Computer Guide (St. Martin’s), and four other nonfiction books. In December 2008, Twilight Times Books will publish electronic and paper editions of The Solomon Scandals, my Washington newspaper novel—a mix of suspense and satire on D.C.’s oft-bizarre ways. Among the formats? ePub. My interests include e-book devices and related hardware such as OLPC’s sharp-screened XO-1, e-libraries, copyright, business models for E, digital divide issues, the DRM debate, and, of course, format standards. I consider both traditional... Read More.
from Wikipedia: John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an author and online writer, best known for his Hugo Award-nominated science fiction novel Old Man’s War, released by Tor Books in January 2005, and for his blog Whatever, at which he has written daily on a number of topics since 1998. He has also written a number of non-fiction books.
A recognized XML pioneer and content management industry expert, Mr. Severson has over twenty years experience in high technology, ranging from hands-on product development and consulting to senior management roles in engineering and marketing.
Mr. Severson is currently Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Flatirons Solutions Corporation, where he leads a consulting and systems integration practice specializing in content management, rich media and XML-based publishing. Prior to Flatirons, Mr. Severson was Chief Technology Officer for eConvergent, an Executive Consultant for IBM Global Services, Vice President and Chief Strategist for Interleaf, Inc., and a co-founder and CTO of Avalanche (a pioneer SGML/XML software company).
Mr. Severson is a past President of OASIS, and currently on the board of IDEAlliance.... Read More.
Sameer Shariff is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for turning ideas into real businesses.
As the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc., Sameer drives Impelsys’ business vision, strategy, value and growth. Impelsys is his second start up and he has grown the company into a leader in online content delivery for the global publishing market. Impelsys’ products and services help over 300 publishers with their online content delivery strategy. Customers include major publishers Reed Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Springer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to smaller publishers Marshall Cavendish, Benchmark Education and Prufrock Press.
Sameer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. He has served as a... Read More.
Mike Shatzkin is Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company. During more than 40 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookstore clerk, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His client list has included most of the major publishers in the United States and many outside the US, as well as a variety of up- and downstream trading partners, many somehow involved with new technology area.
Since co-organizing the first “Electronic Publishing and Rights” Conference sponsored by PW in the early 1990s, Mike has been speaking and writing and fostering discussion about digital change. He is the Conference Chair for Digital Book World, which held its debut conference in January 2010.... Read More.
Greg Shepherd, the Senior Manager of Content Architecture and Tools with the Strategic Content Initiatives group at Cengage Learning in Belmont, California, is currently involved in transforming Cengage Learning’s traditional print publishing business into a multi-channel, XML-based publishing business. He is also the program manager of an enterprise-wide effort to relaunch Cengage Learning’s XML strategy. Prior to joining Cengage Learning, Greg was an analyst with LexisNexis where he supported the transition from an SGML to XML workflow. Greg holds a BA from the University of King’s College and a master’s degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Mac Slocum is the Online Managing Editor for O’Reilly. He frequently writes about the intersection of publishing, technology and the digital transition. He’s worked as an online editor/producer/writer at a variety of outlets and he’s taught Web journalism and technology courses at Emerson College in Boston. His fascination with publishing and technology started in college when he put the student newspaper online (fortunately, that early effort has been expunged from the Internet record). Mac holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Richmond and a master’s in journalism from Emerson.
Stephen Smith is Director of Information Services for Crossway Books, a not-for-profit publisher of religious books and the ESV Bible.
Michael Smith is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Michael aims to help advance the interests of publishers, technologists, and readers by evangelizing the adoption of IDPF standards for electronic reading applications and products. Michael has over 22 years of book publishing and print production expertise. Prior to joining the IDPF, Michael was employed by Toronto based romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. where he managed eBook and book production servicing North America, UK and Australian markets.
Chief Evangelist, Booktour.com (Moderator)
Founder of LibraryThing (LibraryThing.com), a social network for book lovers.
Kevin Spall is President and CEO of Thomson Shore, a short-run book printer of case and soft bound books for various markets. Kevin has held various operational, sales, and management roles over the years always focused on the manufacturing and distribution side of book publishing and commercial printing. Thomson Shore is an employee owned company with a wide range of customers from very small to very large
Aaron Stanton is the founder and CEO of Novel Projects, a technology company that focuses on data mining to change how readers find books, writers write books, and publishers publish books.
Robert Stein was the founder of The Voyager Company. For 13 years he led the development of over 300 titles in The Criterion Collection, a series of definitive films on videodisc, and more than 75 CD ROM titles including the CD Companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Who Built America, and the Voyager edition of Macbeth. Previous to Voyager, Stein worked with Alan Kay in the Research Group at Atari on a variety of electronic publishing projects. Seven years ago, Stein started Night Kitchen to develop authoring tools for the next generation of electronic publishing. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and the Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, a think & do tank based... Read More.
Rolfe Swinton is the co-founder of Apollo Mobile.
Rolfe has been a long-standing entrepreneur who has founded a number of venture-capital backed media and software companies including an early player in on-line film delivery, digital asset management, and video medical publishing. Until recently, Rolfe Swinton was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of CPI’s Digital Services division. CPI is Europe’s leading book manufacturer and provider of digital publishing services including its flagship product, BookBank.com. Rolfe is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school.
Rolfe has a BA from Yale University, an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002. He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and his book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most thorough explanation of the Kindle format available. Joshua founded eBook Architects, his eBook design and consulting business, in 2008, providing services to both publishers and authors, with a focus on complex projects and enhanced eBooks. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for beautiful, functional, accessible eBooks. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He can be found online at www.ebookarchitects.com and @jtallent or @ebookarchitects.
David Taylor was named President of Lightning Source Inc. in June 2008.
Mr. Taylor joined Lightning Source U.K. in June 2003 as Business Development Director and was named Managing Director in December 2003. In June 2006 he took on the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Lightning Source Inc.
Mr. Taylor has 24 years of experience in the U.K. and international book trades in a wide range of senior management positions including on line bookselling, retail bookselling and library supply. He is a former Director of Blackwell’s international library supply business. He served on the Booksellers’ Association of the UK and Ireland’s Council for several years and is a former Chairman of the College and University Bookseller’s Group and the Internet Bookseller’s... Read More.
Matt Thompson is a 2008-09 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, working on a prototype of a news website inspired by Wikipedia and blogging about his research at Newsless.org. He is currently on sabbatical from his position as deputy Web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he led the creation of the Edgie-award-winning, socially networked arts-and-entertainment website vita.mn. While managing the development, community and production of vita.mn, he also managed technology and interactivity-related projects for StarTribune.com, from creating an internal taxonomy to transforming the online opinion section into a blog. Before the Star Tribune, Matt was an online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee, winning first- and third-place Best of the West awards in 2004 for his multimedia projects. At the... Read More.
Group Director of the #1 book advertising agency in the U.S. Co-instigator and developer of Verso Reader Channels (targeted online ad network for book publishers). Experience as creative director, marketing strategist, account supervisor. Published author, father, poetry advocate.
Laurel Touby started her career at Young & Rubicam, in the Media Planning department, back when there was one! After three years trying to break into the Creative Department at Y&R, she busted out of the Ad Agency business for good. After a long “stint” as a journalist (working for everyone from Working Woman Magazine to Business Week to New York Magazine), she launched her business, mediabistro.com.
The original idea for mediabistro.com was cooked up in 1994, when Touby— who was still contributing to Glamour magazine at the time—and a friend decided to host a mixer for media people. About 10 editors, writers, and other content creators came to that original cocktail party at Jules Bistro in the East Village. Attendees bought their own drinks... Read More.
Andrew Van Der Laan is a Director at Random House, where he leads sustainability efforts as the Deputy Chairman of RH US’s employee Green Committee and project manager for the Environmental Paper Initiative. He is also RH US’s representative for the EPA Climate Leaders program, as well as the Bertelsmann BeGreen team, the group tasked by the Bertelsmann Executive Board with developing a corporate climate change strategy. Andrew participates in several industry and trade association working groups, most notably as the chairman of the Book Industry Environmental Council. He is on the Board of Directors of GreenMap.org.
15 years in professional publishing: CEO of Springer France and Spain, then CEO of Reed Elsevier Italy. Currently in charge at group level of digital developments at Hachette Book Group (Number 2 trade publisher world wide). Doctor thesis in philisophy, MBA, Oxford master in e-publishing
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... Read More.
Chelsea Vaughn is director of business development for the Random House direct-to-consumer online marketing and sales group. She’s been at Random House since 2001; prior to her current role, she was director of corporate development and director of business operations for the Crown Publishing Group. Before business school, she worked in editorial roles at W. W. Norton & Company and Ten Speed Press. At Ten Speed, she edited two James Beard-award winning cookbooks. Chelsea earned an MBA in media marketing and finance from Wharton, and a BA in English from Yale.
Ben Vershbow works on digital publications and online reading interfaces at the New York Public Library. Before coming to NYPL, Ben spent over three years at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small Brooklyn-based think tank dedicated to exploring the future of reading, writing and publishing in the digital age. At the Institute, Ben collaborated with authors on a series of “networked book” experiments investigating new methods for writing and building community around web-based texts.
Colette Vogele practices intellectual property law specializing in technology and new media. She heads Vogele & Associates where she represents bloggers, podcasters, and web 2.0 interactive companies addressing contract and licensing issues, copyright, fair use, privacy, reputation and security, trademark and brand management, litigation, and government regulations.
Vogele speaks and writes regularly on issues related to intellectual property and the Internet. She holds a non-residential fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Internet & Society (cyberlaw.stanford.edu) and has been featured on numerous on-line programs including the New York Times Tech Talk, CNET Real Deal, CNET Live, and This Week In Law. Her published works include the Podcasting Legal Guide (2006) (with Creative Commons and Harvard’s Berkman Center), an audio podcast Rules for the Revolution;... Read More.
Walter heads up codeMantra’s Publishing Services Division. He has more than 18 years of commercial publishing experience, having held VP Sales & Marketing positions at Simon & Schuster, Inc. and marketing and public relations positions with Bantam Doubleday Dell and McClelland & Stewart (both now part of Random House). Walter started his career in digital publishing in 2000, with a progressive and optimistic start-up offering Digital Rights Management solutions. He then ventured into industrial publishing, where he marketed and sold high-end dynamic enterprise publishing (DEP) solutions for Advent 3B2, Arbortext and PTC Inc. Walter’s extensive understanding of publishing processes and the expanding market for digital content supports a practical assessment of where, and how, XML technologies can best be applied.
Norman Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he works with the Application Services team. Norm is also an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he is chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the DocBook Technical Committee.
With more than a decade of industry experience, Norm is well known for his work on DocBook and a wide range of open source projects. He is the author of DocBook: The Definitive Guide.
Sarah Wendell is co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books.com, one of the most popular blogs examining romance fiction. The site specializes in reviewing romance novels, pondering the history and future of the genre in digital form and in print, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models. In fall 2011, Sarah’s next book, Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels, will be published by Sourcebooks.
A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, Sarah will be the keynote speaker at PubCamp, part of the 2011 SXSW interactive, and at the 2011 Book Bloggers Convention, held prior to Book Expo America. Sarah has... Read More.
Early in his teenage years, Bill built a text-to-speech device to help a stroke victim regain the ability to communicate with family and friends. From that moment forward, he has nurtured a particular interest in how people interact with digital things, and how technology can improve everyday life.
As co-founder at Create with Context, Bill is helping invent the next generation of strategic design firms, creating a unique blend of primary research, idea generation, concept development, and early-stage design that draws a clear line from customer needs through to digital product design. His recent clients include Accenture, Adobe, Panasonic, and Yahoo, as well as a variety of early-stage startups.
Previously, Bill served as a Director of Strategy at eBay, helping chart a course for eBay... Read More.
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is currently General Manager of the OTX division, which publishes the storied “animal books,” at O’Reilly Media, Inc. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Since graduating from Purdue University with a degree in management and computer science, Joe has held a variety of sales and editorial positions in the publishing industry. He is also the author of seven books on programming languages and computer applications.
Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on his Publishing 2020 blog which can be found at... Read More.
One of the co-founders of E Ink, Russ Wilcox leads the Company as President & CEO. Previously he played senior leadership roles in the company’s sales and marketing, intellectual property, strategic alliance, finance and R&D functions. Wilcox was also active in corporate development efforts that raised financing for E Ink and secured world-class partnerships. In previous positions Wilcox launched new products related to speech recognition and Internet commerce for Boston-based technology companies. While at Corporate Decisions, Inc., Wilcox advised technology companies in the U.S. and Europe on business strategy, product marketing, consumer loyalty and financial valuation. Wilcox earned an honors degree in Applied Mathmematics at Harvard University and received an MBA with highest honors from Harvard Business School.
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... Read More.
Bob Young is the founder and CEO of Lulu.com, a premiere international marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than 660,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators from 80 different countries joining each week. Founded in 2002, Lulu.com is Young’s most recent endeavour. The success of this company has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006” and was ranked as the fourth “Top Entrepreneur for 2006,” both by Silicon.com.
Nancy Ziser is the Director of Digital Rights for John Wiley & Sons. She oversees electronic content licensing initiatives across all channels including websites and mobile platforms. Ziser has over 15 years of experience in the publishing and licensing industries, which include positions at Bertelsmann and McGraw-Hill.
Phil is the founder and president of Applewood Books, publishers of America’s living past. Since its founding, the company has published over 3,000 books and sold over 20 million copies of works of interest to a broad range of people. Since 2005, Applewood has been distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. The company recently launched Foodsville.com, an innovative historic cookbook social networking site integrating digital and print-to-order distribution in a long-tail and traditional publishing/bookselling mashup.
Dru Zuretti has been with Copyright Clearance Center since December of 1997, and has served in a variety of customer facing roles, including management of the Customer Relations Group. In her current position, Dru travels extensively throughout the United States, and visits many college and university campuses, businesses, consortia and corporations, at their request. She also has been a presenter on copyright issues for a variety of national conferences including the National Association of College Stores (NACS) at ConTEXT and CAMEX, the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference, the Special Library Association (SLA) Annual Conference, Big Ten Printing and Copyright Conference, Print Image International, the Association of College and University Printers, Society of Technical Communication (STC), and Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Dru... Read More.
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