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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.
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... Read More.
Mark Bide is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains which also provides a management service to the International ISBN Agency. EDItEUR is the maintenance agency for the ONIX metadata standards which are used all over the world. He is also the Project Director for the ACAP Project, and a Director of Rightscom, the specialist media consultancy based in London. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, and has a long-established interest and expertise in identifiers and metadata. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of the... Read More.
George Kerscher Ph.D. – “In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.”
George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed information systems can make all information accessible to all people and is working to push evolving technologies in this direction.
As Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in... Read More.
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.
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.
As the Manager of Digital Content for the Internet & Digital Team at Harlequin Enterprises, Jenny brings new digital initiatives to fruition while maintaining production workflows for the current digital businesses.
Dave Gunn is an accessible information expert from RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK), leading work to influence the development of standards and guidelines to improve access to electronic publications. Dave is on the IDPF EPUB 3.0 working group, and is Chair of the UK Association for Accessible Formats Electronic Documents Subject Area.
RNIB is the UK’s leading blindness charity which works for the benefit of blind, partially sighted and print impaired people in the UK and for worldwide benefit. As a founding member of the DAISY Consortium, the Global Right to Read Alliance, and an active member of the World Blind Union, RNIB’s work benefits people who are print impaired worldwide.
Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. She never shuts up about identifiers, metadata, and book discovery.
Currently Steve Kotrch is Director of Publishing Technology for Simon & Schuster. He is responsible for creating and supporting all systems having to do with design and editorial, and the company’s digital asset management system. He recently designed a system that takes data from S&S’s product database, uses XML to create book cover layouts in InDesign, and re-ingests certain text with any changes on those layouts back into the database for distribution over the internet.
Steve has been involved for over 20 years in various kinds of publishing: of not only consumer books, but reference and elementary and high-school texts; in publishing financial newsletters, magazines and major retail catalogs. He has been involved with the publishing of ebooks since 1994.
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.
Dan Wallek is the Director of Electronic Content at Lerner Publishing Group where he is responsible for developing and executing a digital content product strategy which leverages Lerner’s content assets from printed children’s books to create new revenue opportunities for the education/library markets.
He has worked in the education, training and technology industries for more than 15 years in various management positions. He has experience in strategic planning, product management, and market management. He has a B.A. in Marketing from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from Drake University.
Dan serves as the Board Chair for San Miguel Middle School of Minneapolis and serves as Board President for the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable.
Dan lives in White Bear Lake with his wife, Kathy... Read More.
Dianne Kennedy is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies Development and Training for IDEAlliance. Ms. Kennedy oversees and guides the development of emerging technology specifications and best practices to support platform agnostic, cross media publishing. Her responsibilities include nextPub, PRISM, DISC, XMPInterop and other IDEAlliance eMedia technical initiatives. Ms Kennedy is the Director for the IDEAlliance eMedia Professional Certification Program and develops other emerging technology training programs. She participates in the Ghent Work Group and the International Digital Publishing Forum.
Peter Meirs is the Vice President of Production Technologies for Time Inc. and an affiliate of the MIT Media Lab.
Peter’s role is to oversee technologies and information systems that support the production and distribution of Time Inc. magazines. These groups include the Time Inc. digital archive group (E-MaG), the Digital Development Group, the OMS Print group (magazine planning), Time Inc. paper and production information systems (TimeXchange) and production systems development. Peter is also a founding member of the PRISM XML standard working group and he co-leads efforts on the emerging nextPub XML specification. Since joining Time Inc. in 1992, Peter has overseen its digital advertising and transmission systems, directed TIME Magazine Editorial Operations and managed Time Inc.’s conversion... Read More.
Penny Sullivan is VP of Editorial Operations and Technology for Meredith Corporation, a leading media and marketing company serving American women with brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, Fitness and More. She is responsible for editorial and publishing technology strategy and operations, including process design and technology which enable effective cross platform workflows. Penny is active in the industry and has been a member of the IDEAlliance eMedia 21 committee, whose mission is to build convergence between the print and digital sides of the magazine publishing process, and establish best practices for optimizing the creation, sharing and reuse of digital content. In addition, she was on the planning committee for the 2010 XML Conference, Co-Chaired the 2010... Read More.
Matilde Sanz is Digital Director for Grupo Santillana in the trade segment. She has research the digital market for books in the Education and trade segment for years and worked for publishing houses such as Oxford University Press.
Co-founded Jackson Fish Market in 2006 after almost 10 years at Microsoft where I headed the windows UX team. Jackson Fish Market launched A Story Before Bed in late 2009 as the first (and still only) service that lets parents and grandparents record video of themselves reading children’s books, and have the kids play them back synchronized with the pages of the book on screen.
In addition to her responsibilities as School and Library Sales Manager, Megan Quinn handles Subrights at Charlesbridge Publishing, an independently owned and operated trade publisher of quality titles for children and adults. Meg is a founding member of Charlesbridge’s Digital Task Force, a committee created to guide and develop Charlesbridge’s strategy for e-content and aggressively develop and pursue Charlesbridge’s digital presence across all markets.
Before joining the Charlesbridge staff in 2007, Meg helped propel marketing and publicity efforts for the publications department of the Society for Organizational Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to the benefits and applications of collaborative communities and the idea that learning is an inherently social process.
Sara Berliner is VP Content for ScrollMotion, a media and technology company that develops digital platforms for the world’s leading text book, children’s book, and magazine publishers. Since 2008 she has built ScrollMotion’s children’s division into a leading provider of premium family content to Apple’s App Store and other digital marketplaces. Prior to joining ScrollMotion, Sara co-founded kids media company Star Farm, where she created entertainment properties including Edgar & Ellen.
Lyle Underkoffler was named vice president, Digital Media in 2010. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and management of the digital strategy, positioning DPW as the leading resource for high-quality virtual content for children.
Previously, Mr. Underkoffler has served as the director, Strategy for Disney Publishing Worldwide. He was responsible for the annual Strategic Plan process and partnering across DPW business areas to analyze and help drive global growth initiatives. Mr. Underkoffler was also director of Strategy and Business Development at Zagat Survey, where he established a roadmap for growth through acquisitions, partnerships, and new ventures. In this role, he developed and executed a 3-year strategy across interactive products, both online and mobile.
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.
Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant for Fortune 500 corporations and other large organizations, and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user experience books. He has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields. Lou is co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly; 3rd edition 2006) and the forthcoming Search Analytics for your Site, co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, and a former columnist for Internet World, CIO, and Web Review. He blogs regularly and tweets (@louisrosenfeld) even more so.
John Oakes is the co-founder of OR Books, an alternative publishing company that embraces e-books and other new technologies. Oakes started in publishing with Barney Rosset’s legendary Grove Press. In 1987 he co-founded Four Walls Eight Windows, which he first ran as co-publisher for seven years, and then directed for another ten years before selling it to the Avalon Publishing Group. Among the authors he has published are Louis Begley, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, Abbie Hoffman, Ross King, Gordon Lish, Harvey Pekar, Rudy Rucker, John Waters and Edmund White. Oakes is a member of P.E.N. America’s board of trustees and is on the U.S. board of Alfanar, an Arab-run foundation promoting democratic values in the Mideast. He has... Read More.
Kassia Krozser, publisher of Booksquare.com, covers the intersection of technology and publishing. She serves on advisory boards for several publishing start-ups, presents at conferences such as Tools of Change for Publishing, Digital Book World, and South by Southwest, has appeared on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and contributes to various industry publications.
Lori James is a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of All Romance eBooks (ARe). The company owns AllRomance.com, which specializes in the sale of romance eBooks, OmniLit.com, which sells both fiction and non-fiction eBooks, and AReCafe.com, a rich community-based social networking platform for passionate bibliophiles.
Jenn Northington lives in Brooklyn, NY. By day (and sometimes at night), she can be found at WORD, where she is the events manager. By night (and also sometimes during the day), she masquerades as a freelance writer. In between, she reads (a lot of) books, watches (kind of a lot of) movies and tv on disc, and occasionally interacts with people (online and in person).
Called “A publishing visionary” by The Huffington Post and Mashable, Kevin Smokler is the author of forthcoming essay collection “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons the Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School” (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) and the editor of “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times,” A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Paid Content, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and National Public Radio.
Kevin Smokler sits on the advisory boards of SXSW Interactive, Salon97 and Symbolia Magazine and speaks on the future of media and culture at companies (AOL), conferences (SXSW, The Idea Festival) and universities (M.I.T, Stanford, University of Michigan) throughout North America.
Jessica Stockton Bagnulo is the co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which opened in October 2009. She has worked in the book industry for over 10 years, and serves on the board of the New Atlantic Booksellers Association and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. She writes occasionally for the industry newsletter Shelf Awareness and blogs about books at The Written Nerd.
Malle Vallik is the Director of Digital Content & Social Media for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Her current focus is on establishing Harlequin as a leader in digital publishing for women. Her responsibilities include ebooks and downloadable audio. Harlequin leads the publishing industry by publishing its entire frontlist as ebooks as well as offering original editorial in programs like Spice Briefs, Silhouette Nocture Bites and Harlequin Historical Undone, enriched editions and prequels to many NYT bestsellers. Malle also concentrates on building Harlequin’s strong relationship with its consumer via social media like Myspace, Twitter, videos, podcasts, blogs and eHarlequin.com’s flourishing community.
Previous positions include editorial, sales and public relations. Malle is also the author of seven romance novels published under the pseudonym Molly Liholm. She... Read More.
Founder and Managing Director (Strategy / Finance) of PaperC. He studies “Technology Management” (M.A.) at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland and he has a master’s degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Founder and Managing Director of PaperC, responsible for Marketing & Cooperations. He has a master’s degree in Business (Marketing / Int. Management) from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Reid Sherline is Vice President of Publishing for Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional and Education. His publishing career also includes various roles at Macmillan Higher Education, concluding with Senior Vice President of Digital Media.
Scott Grillo is Vice President and Group Publisher for McGraw-Hill Medical, a division of McGraw-Hill’s Higher Education, Professional, and International segment. In this role he is responsible for all print and digital medical publishing initiatives. His group publishes approximately 125 titles each year in clinical medicine and has developed a suite of online subscription services including several highly specialized, media-rich services for students and clinicians in key medical specialties such as AccessMedicine.com, AccessSurgery.com, AccessEmergencyMedicine.com, AccessPharmacy.com, AccessAnesthesiology.com, and JAMAevidence.com. Scott also leads the editorial team responsible for the 20-volume McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and its online counterpart, AccessScience.
Scott began his publishing career with Prentice Hall and has held a variety of positions in marketing, editorial, and product development in his 15-year career.
As co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Silverchair, Thane Kerner has since 1993 led the organization’s strategic development of platforms and professional services that focus on the intersection of technology with health care knowledge. Medical informatics, the semantic web, clinical information processes, and web-based learning are the foundations for a broad variety of Silverchair-created health reference products delivered via networked digital media. Thane has served on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers, as Co-Chairman of the American Medical Publishers Committee (AMPC), and on the National Library of Medicine’s Publishers Advisory Panel.
He is an advocate for issues of concern to the health information industry, and a frequent speaker and moderator... Read More.
Jennifer Brook is an interaction designer based in New York City, where she currently crafts web, mobile, and tablet applications for The New York Times. Recent projects include The Opinion Pages, NYTimes Real Estate iPhone app, and NYTimes for iPad and iPhone.
Jennifer began designing for interaction through prototyping, printing, and binding limited-edition artist books. Her work has been acquired by public and private collections including rare book libraries at Duke University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, and most recently, George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida.
William Couch is a designer, developer, and photographer, based in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He currently builds interactive web applications and collaborates on user interface and user experience design for emerging portable platforms including iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Hugh is the founder of PressBooks, an open source book publishing platform built on WordPress; founder of LibriVox.org, a publisher of free volunteer-read public domain audiobooks; and the co-editor with Brian O’Leary of “Book: A Futurist Manifesto.”
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.
John is the digital tech prof in the Master of Publishing program at SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. John has been researching and working in digital publishing, educational technology, and the Internet for nearly 20 years. He is currently researching/developing web-first XML editorial and production tools for small book and periodical publishers.
Jade joined Barnes & Noble College Booksellers in 1980 and is responsible for all aspects of textbook management, digital strategy, trade book buying, author promotions and government affairs. Jade’s collegiate retailing experience includes management positions in three college stores as well as multiple home office positions. Jade is an active member of the National Association of College Stores Board of Trustees and has served on the Penn State World Campus Advisory Board. She has spoken at numerous conferences, both regionally and nationally. In her current role, Jade works closely with her colleagues at Barnes & Noble.com to develop new digital and online solutions expressly designed for Higher Education. Jade has a B.A. from Bennington College.
Curtiss Barnes is Vice President of Corporate Development at Cengage Learning. He oversees Cengage Learning’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, business development and partner alliances. Mr. Barnes is focused on identifying ways to accelerate growth and leverage digital media and technology to develop the next generation of learning and research solutions for Cengage Learning and its customers. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the education industry’s leading technology interoperability standards organization.
Mr. Barnes has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry and expertise in a broad range of enterprise systems that support the core missions of education. Prior to joining Cengage Learning, he served as Vice President of Industry Product Strategy for Education... Read More.
Nick is the Manager of Technical Services for the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before that, he was the technical manager or technical support for a major bank, a technical training company, and a video training company.
Since 1989, he has been the host of a computer talk show on radio called Sound Bytes. He also hosts a computer Q&A show for Time Warner Cable and a computer Q&A column for Gannett’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. He has spoken at many national, regional, and local events, and continues to run Ask Nick!, where members get advice, answers, and humor in approximately equal doses.
David McCarthy is the director of product management for digital education at Barnes & Noble. He joined Barnes & Noble in 1999 and is responsible for defining Barnes & Noble’s digital products for higher education. Specifically, he currently oversees the product and technical development of NOOKstudy, a digital reading solution focused on the needs of college students. The NOOKstudy platform is currently in use by students on over 630 campuses served by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers as well as students in over 3,000 other schools. McCarthy was also involved with the development and launch of Barnes & Noble digital platform in July 2009. Prior to his digital education role, he was responsible for managing the project portfolio for BN.com as the director of project... Read More.
Jacob Robinson is a senior Leadership Studies major from Waco, Texas and a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2011. Jacob’s diverse involvement in university activities and service in leadership roles has prepared him for his position as Student Body President. He is a member of The Aggie Men’s Club, Maroon Coats and serves on many university committees. Jacob has been involved in many leadership and service organizations throughout his college career. Upon graduation in December 2011, Jacob plans to go into the field of public service or public relations.
As Student Body President, Jacob’s goal is to elevate the Aggie Experience, and the preservation of the distinct traditions that defines what it means to be an Aggie.
Susan Stites-Doe has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from The University at Buffalo. She has published numerous journal articles and other professional pieces related to her specialty area of Organizational Behavior. After earning tenure and promotion at The College at Brockport she served as the Dean of Graduate Studies, and earned the rank of Professor in the Department of Business Administration and Economics, where she is now teaching on the Business Administration faculty.
Dr. Stites-Doe currently teaches management classes to undergraduates at The College at Brockport. Her current research interests include electronic textbooks and student satisfaction, and the “flip side” of leadership: Followership.
Dr. Stites-Doe currently serves on two international boards of directors: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board, and the TOEFL (Test... Read More.
A technology entrepreneur, Jim Fruchterman is a former rocket scientist who has founded two of the foremost optical character recognition companies and developed successful social enterprises. Jim co-founded Calera Recognition Systems in 1982. Calera developed character recognition that allowed computers to read virtually all printed text.
In 1989, Jim founded Arkenstone, a nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for the disabled community based on the Calera technology. Following the sale of the Arkenstone product line in 2000, Jim used all the resulting capital to fund Benetech, with an explicit goal of using the power of technology to serve humanity.
Jim has also been active in public service, with two stints on U.S. federal advisory committees. In 2006, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. Jim was... Read More.
Paul Mikos is executive editor for digital publishing at B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Mikos has been in book publishing for more than fifteen years working in product development and marketing with B&H, Sourcebooks, Thomas Nelson, and BookPage. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Nashville, TN.
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... Read More.
Skott Klebe has worked in copyright and licensing technology for more than fifteen years. He was the architect of RightsLink, Copyright Clearance Center’s point-of-content licensing system, and is the inventor on several patents in the fields content and licensing.
Aaron Miller is a writer and entrepreneur with twelve years of experience working with the Web as a publishing medium. He has been writer, designer, developer and publisher at various stages of his career, and has spent the last four years deeply involved in developing new reading technology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Interactive Multimedia and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC-Irvine.
Travis is a consultant, startup owner and product manager interested in projects that combine technology and publishing, her focus is on reading systems, social features and user experience. She is the co-founder of two NYC startups: ReadSocial, which allows publishers to embed reading groups inside books, crossing content silos between different formats and systems (more at http://www.ReadSocial.net); and BookGlutton, an early web-based reader and catalog with in-book chat and shared notes. She led the work to reinvent NetGalley’s product in 2012, and has worked with Audible, Electric Literature, Flat World Knowledge, Fortnight Journal and Bibliocommons. Prior to founding BookGlutton, Travis was a creative director at JLOOP and an art production manager at Cisco Systems. She has over 10 years experience, and has worked... Read More.
Kyusik is the CEO and co-founder of Discovereads.com. Discovereads is a book social network that learns your personal tastes and provides you with the best book recommendations on the web. We’re passionate about connecting readers with books and authors that match their diverse tastes.
Prior to founding Discovereads, Kyusik was one of the first employees at Zillow.com, where he initiated work on the Zestimate (home valuation system) and managed advertising products. Prior to that, he worked at Expedia.com. Kyusik has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from NYU and a BS in Math and Computer Science from Yale.
Jürgen Fauth is a writer, film critic, and the founder of Fictionaut, an innovative literary community that is quickly becoming a hub for online fiction and has already attracted some of the Internet’s most talented writers. Jürgen received a doctorate from the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Frederick Barthelme and Mary Robison. His short stories have been published in a number of journals including Chiron Review, La Petite Zine, and Berkeley Review, and he was a longtime associate editor for fiction at Mississippi Review. A native of Wiesbaden, Germany, he now lives in Astoria, New York, with his wife, the writer Marcy Dermansky (Bad Marie) and their daughter Nina.
Scott Lindenbaum is the Co-Founder and Editor of Electric Literature, a new publisher dedicated to using electronic media and innovative distribution to keep literature a vital part of popular culture. For almost ten years Scott was a half-pipe snowboard competitor who rode for Burton Snowboards. It was only after a near-fatal collision with a birch tree in 2001 that reading, writing, and editing became central in his life.
Electric Literature’s self-titled short story anthology has published new fiction by Pulitzer Prizewinner Michael Cunningham, MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners Colson Whitehead and Lydia Davis, and literary heavyweights Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, and Aimee Bender, Joy Williams, and Javier Marias among others. Electric Literature was the first short story magazine to publish to the iPhone and the iPad,... Read More.
Philippe Le Hegaret heads the W3C Interaction Domain which produces
frontend Web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, or Web APIs.
He is currently a participant in the Web Performance Working Group and
organized the W3C workshop on Video on the Web in 2007. Until July 2008,
Philippe lead the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced the W3C Core
technologies in the area of XML, Web Services, and Internationalization.
He is a former Chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group
and co-edited some of the DOM specifications.
Cheryl oversees global marketing and communications efforts, including analyst and media relations across international markets, is the division’s liaison with the publishing industry and provides strategic input into market research and product development strategies.
Prior to joining QMT, she managed Qualcomm’s industry analyst relations program and public relations efforts for Qualcomm’s FLO TV and FLO Technologies divisions. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Cheryl served as the director of public relations and marketing for start-up Lindows.com, creator of a Linux-based operating system, and also led public relations efforts at MP3.com. She has extensive experience in broadcast journalism, having served as the technology Web reporter for ABC affiliate KGTV and Web reporter for CBS affiliate KFMB.
Goodman is a frequent spokesperson... Read More.
Michael Tamblyn is Executive Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising at Kobo, Inc. He is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobo’s web and mobile services. He co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, which was purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he served as vice president of online operations. Most recently, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada. He also works as an adjunct professor in publishing, sat as a board member of the Book Industry Study Group and currently sits on the board of directors of House of Anansi Press, Canada’s most prestigious literary publisher.
Andrew Malkin is Director, Business Development at Innodata with a focus on large trade houses domestically and abroad. He also plays a role at thought leadership when it comes to speaking or presenting on topics at panels/conference. Prior to joining Innodata, he was Vice President, Book Content, responsible for overseeing business development and digital strategy for Zinio’s book-publisher content initiatives. This role included identifying and collaborating with specialty and general trade and professional publishers globally on the aggregation, distribution and marketing of their traditional, illustrated and enhanced content. Partner publishers and aggregators included Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Perseus/Constellation, Chronicle Books, Sourcebooks, F+W Media, Sterling, Random House, among others. Over the past twenty years, he has held a range of senior marketing and sales functions for market... Read More.
David Laidler is a business innovator, manager and leader in the photographic industry with postings both in USA and Europe spanning a 20 year plus career. He is currently in start up phase of a new company he is launching. Works Artists will be focusing on building the careers of a group of photographers and other visual artists interested in diversifying their photographic skills into video and other new media opportunities both for editorial and commercial applications. Most recently he launched and ran Select, the NYC based photographer representation agency affiliated with Aurora Photos for over three years. Driving commercial and publishing opportunities for a boutique roster of commercial and editorial photographers, in advertising, magazine, gallery, book publishing, fine art... Read More.
Kirsty Melville is President and Publisher of the Book Division of Andrews McMeel Publishing, a company that has helped define American popular culture by giving voice to the storytellers of our age. Along with its sister divisions, Universal Uclick and AMUSE, this quiet Kansas City company has discovered, nurtured, and distributed some of the most noteworthy creative talents of our time through a variety of comic features, books, calendars, and gift items. Under Melville’s leadership, AMP has initiated a cookbook program that has met with great success and several humor titles have gone on to become New York Times bestsellers. Responsible for digital publishing initiatives, she has pursued a digital strategy that strives to find a meeting point between the... Read More.
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Sarah Williams, Executive Director, Business Development, has worked in many channels during her 13 years at Chronicle Books: Special Markets, Subsidiary Rights, International Sales, and most recently Business Development. In her current role, Sarah is responsible for Digital Distribution, Custom Publishing and Creative Services, Premium Sales, the Chronicle Books Web Site, Corporate/Consumer Events, Display Marketing, Licensing Rights, and all Retail operations. Prior to Chronicle Books, Sarah worked at Random House, Mary Anne Thompson Associates, Doubleday, and James & James (UK).
Rebecca Goldthwaite is the Vice President of Strategic Partner Management at Cengage Learning, where she is passionate about her partnerships. In addition to her work with strategic supply partners, Rebecca is also heavily involved in project and program management activities for Cengage, including managing a recent company-wide initiative that focused on improving capacity and removing barriers to the scalability of digital product development and production.
Jack Mitchell is the Senior Vice President for the Higher Education division of PreMediaGlobal. He is responsible for overall operations and division profitability, and is also heavily involved in key publisher partnerships. Jack comes from a corporate design and print production background. Over the last 20 years he has overseen all aspects of full-service development and production including operations, sales, and finance. He has played a key operational role in several mergers and acquisitions at PMG, and has also led the transition to a complete and successful full-service offshore model.
Abraham Murray is a product manager on Google’s Books team, working on multiple
Books products, including Google Editions and Metadata. Prior to Books he worked on
Google Maps where he launched the US Voter Info product to answer user questions
around [where do I vote] for the 2009 elections.
Prior to joining Google, Abraham was co-founder and CTO of Web 2.0 start-up
doodleboard inc., where he directed offshore development and worked on marketing,
sales, and fundraising. Earlier, he was a product manager at BAE Systems, where he
worked on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Department of Defense.
Abraham earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of
Rhode Island, where he graduated summa cum... Read More.
Appointed Chief Information Officer and Head of Global Electronic Product Development in February 2007, Bill is responsible for the e-product technology development and enabling enterprise systems support across Elsevier. In this position, he leads the technology division in building on-line technology solutions that help scientific, technology and medical professionals achieve better outcomes. From 1999 to 2007, Bill was Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dow Jones & Company. He was previously with Hartford Life as SVP of Information Technology and with Fleet Bank as SVP ofInformation Technology Services.
Rich Rothstein joined HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. in August of 2001, and brings more than twenty-five years of expertise in bringing together business, emerging technologies and entertainment. In his role as Vice President, Emerging Technology, Rich conceived, developed and implemented many new programs including enhanced eBook production, the development of a global digital warehouse of all of HarperCollins’ content and the Bookseller+ program which gave small independent booksellers the ability to provide free wi-fi internet access. These new initiatives enabled HarperCollins to participate in emerging business opportunities while maintaining control of its assets and reducing costs.
Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media, Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference, and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at safaribooksonline.com/blog and toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog and to “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of essays on the future of publishing, book.pressbooks.com. Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O’Reilly books. He sits on several boards, including the Book Industry Study Group and... Read More.
Sarah Weinman is the News Editor for Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch. Previously she was the publishing industry reporter for DailyFinance, and also writes a monthly crime fiction column for the Los Angeles Times and a monthly cultural Q&A for Currency, the American Express-owned personal finance site. She has contributed to many print and online publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Maclean’s, the Daily Beast, and the National Post, and she has appeared regularly on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” and Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midmorning.” She lives in New York.
Matthew Bernius’ research focuses on studying how different 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 (OPL) at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Matthew is pursuing an Anthropology PhD at Cornell University, where he is researching the transformation of text based journalism within the United States. Prior starting his PhD, Matthew was a visiting professor at RIT’s School of Print Media where he taught Database Publishing, Variable Data Print, and Web Development. He completed a Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Matthew started his career at Eastman Kodak where he worked in the consumer... Read More.
Kelly Gallagher serves as VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been leading a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the BISG to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumers purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to managing the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets for Bowker. Beyond his role at Bowker, Kelly... Read More.
Peter Hildick-Smith is President of Codex-Group, a pioneer in digital book audience research, founded in 2004. The firm tracks and forecasts digital book trends for the publishing industry, and its digital pre-publication market testing Book Identity and Author Equity programs help publishers boost new book discovery and purchase conversion rates, develop author audiences, and increase new book sales.
New York Times bestsellers that have benefited from Codex digital market pre-test programs include—Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Hyperion) NYT #1, Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (Hyperion) NYT #2, Mighty Queens of Freeville (Hyperion) NYT #16, Ten Roads to Riches by Ken Fisher (Wiley) NYT #8. Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) NYT #1, The Song... Read More.
Jennifer Manning works as a Manager of Client Service at The Nielsen Company, where she helps clients understand how to leverage the growing popularity of mobile phones, smartphone apps, tablets, and eReaders. The Nielsen research she draws upon in advising clients includes Nielsen’s New Connected Devices Playbook, which surveys more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media player or smartphone – including 400 iPad owners.
Emily is the managing director of GradeGuru, a web 2.0 collaborative platform and Senior Director of Student Innovations at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. She specializes in the process and potential of innovation offered by digital platforms and the social web- much of her post-graduate academic work concentrated on using business innovation concepts in an educational context. Her current role focuses on leveraging the power of technology within the publishing industry to educate.
Brett Sandusky, director of product development. Brett is a maker of things, both digital and physical. He is the founder of bdigitl Media Labs, a consultancy which provides UX and product development services to companies launching new ventures. His background in publishing encompasses marketing, product development, user experience, innovation, and data systems. He has been involved in the digital transformation of the publishing industry by making products, writing, speaking, and consulting. He is also a knitter, a cook, a baker, and, as of recently, a home-brewer. He lives in a renovation project in Brooklyn, New York with his partner and a mischievous Jack Russell who does bad things because he can. Follow Brett on Twitter: @bsandusky
Neal Hoskins is the owner of WingedChariot Press, a UK-based, young publisher of picturebooks and a pioneer in digital development of stories and pictures on various touchscreen handheld devices. He has worked for many years in central Europe, where he represented Oxford University Press.
Gus is a strategy and innovation expert. He specializes in leading complex cross-business transformation initiatives that require significant operational restructures with minimum disruption to the business. He has a knack for incubating and integrating new products, market opportunities, platforms and technologies into existing businesses. Gus is playing a lead role in Lonely Planet’s transformation from print publisher into a multiformat publisher.
Michel Kripalani is President of Oceanhouse Media, a leading developer and publisher of apps for the mobile market. In it’s first two years of existence, Oceanhouse Media released over 150 apps for iPhone and iPad. All were based on proprietary technology. Many became bestsellers, with nine apps reaching the #1 sales position within their category on the Apple App Store. In late 2010, Oceanhouse Media began releasing titles for Android platforms as well.
Oceanhouse Media has licensing relationships in place with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Hay House Publishers, Zondervan (HarperCollins), Houghton Mifflin, Chronicle Books and many others.
Oceanhouse Media is Michel’s third start-up. He found prior success with Presto Studios, an independent videogame development company that he ran for 11 years. Presto Studios had numerous hits... Read More.
I am co-creator of the iPhone app BirdsEye, which uses crowd-sourced, geo-located data to help birders find more birds. I have a Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Berkeley. I am also CEO/Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, which publishes DailyClimate.org and EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
Bob Kasher has been a pioneer in digital publishing having founded Database Directories one of Canada’s first digital publishing houses in 1995 as well as being involved in the early development of mobile delivery systems for print books with his involvement with the Global Reader project at Macmillan Publisher Services. He is also the author of nine books as well as two mobile/digital travel guides. He is currently Sales Director at NewGen as well as a member of the EPUB 3 Working Group and the BISG’s Rights and Permissions Digitalization Committee.
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.
Heather McCormack is a lover, a fighter, and Book Review Editor of Library Journal, read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. She blogs at heathermccormack.wordpress.com.
Katie Dunneback serves a a Selection Librarian at the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Her interests include reader’s advisory services and collection development. She’s a published author of fiction under a pseudonym, and can be found on Twitter as younglibrarian.
Ruth Liebmann joined Random House, Inc. in 1995 and is currently VP, Director of Account Marketing. She works with a wide variety of constituencies, including booksellers and librarians. She may or may not be a gadget.
Helping publishers, retailers, and libraries take charge of their digital future and build direct relationships with their readers. Bluefire offers customer-branded (white label) ereader apps for iOS and Android devices and is an authorized reseller of Adobe eBook Platform technologies such as ACS4, RMSDK, and Adobe Vendor ID.
Bethanne Patrick is Executive Editor of Book Riot, a web site for engaged readers about today’s book culture.
Her Twitter bio cheekily notes that Bethanne is “The Artist Formerly Known as @TheBookMaven,” an account that has grown to over 135K followers and is now the official Twitter account for her book-promotion business and popular meme, @FridayReads.
Bethanne’s second book with National Geographic was released last October: “An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World.”
Ron Charles is the deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World and a weekly fiction critic. He recently launched The Totally Hip Video Book Review series on The Post website. In 2008, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism. Before coming to The Post in 2005, he was the Books editor at The Christian Science Monitor. He and his wife, an English teacher, live in Bethesda with their two daughters.
Bob Carlton loves readers, writers & the digital world that is emerging around us.
He is the VP & Publisher for Kirkus, an 80 year-old business that helps readers discover books & authors get their books discovered. In his more than 25 years in publishing, Bob has been an author, an avid reader – as well as playing executive roles at the forefront of digital publishing. He was part of the launch team for CourseSmart, the leading e-book company in higher education, which was founded and supported by the five leading publishers. Carlton was also senior vice president for business development at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), where he negotiated strategic relationships with several leading e-Learning companies to distribute the company’s offerings worldwide.
Carlton has also... Read More.
Terry Jones is founder and CEO of Fluidinfo, a London and Barcelona based
company aiming to bring about a fundamental change in how people work with
information by building a distributed storage architecture for a new
representation of information. Before that he was a postdoc in Zoology at
the University of Cambridge (2004-07), part-time professor in computer
science at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2005-06), CTO of Eatoni
Ergonomics in New York (2000-04), a postdoc in the Cognitive Science
Department at UC San Diego (1998-99), CEO of Teclata in Barcelona
(1996-98), and a postdoc and graduate fellow at the Santa Fe Institute
(1992-96). He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University... Read More.
Lloyd Jassin is an attorney who focuses on publishing, entertainment and IP law. In addition to analyzing, negotiating and drafting agreements, he consults for other attorneys on intellectual property and business issues. He has been widely quoted in the news media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly. He began working in publishing at St. Martin’s Press. Later, he joined Simon & Schuster, where he was Publicity Director of the Prentice Hall Reference Group. Before forming his firm, he was an IP associate with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman. Prior, he worked in TV syndication and legal affairs at Viacom. A graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, he’s admitted in NY and NJ. He serves on the Advisory Board of the... Read More.
Bonnie Beacher has been with McGraw-Hill Education since 1991 and is currently Senior Director of its Contracts, Copyrights and Permissions Department. Her career has been centered on intellectual property and rights licensing issues, including rights acquisition and licensing, publishing agreements, and copyright and trademark administration for all of McGraw-Hill’s book publishing divisions, including elementary, high school, college, assessment, professional and trade publishing. During her career at McGraw-Hill, Bonnie has set policy on rights acquisition and licensing for all content of McGraw-Hill Education’s publications, and has led in licensing negotiations for both print and photo rights. She is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property issues in book publishing.
Ms. Beacher serves as the Chairperson for the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) Rights and... Read More.
Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, presently launching Cursor, a start-up portfolio of social publishing imprints the first of which, Red Lemona.de, will launch in 2011. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; twice on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and the novelist with whom he is perhaps most closely associated, Lydia Millet,... Read More.
Dana Newman is a transactional and intellectual property attorney, advising creators and
businesses on contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and licensing. She focuses her practice
on publishing, technology and start-ups, and also works as an independent literary
agent, representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction. She has extensive in-
house legal experience with Moviola and its affiliates, providers of entertainment and
communications technologies. Having worked in the entertainment industry during
the transition from analog to digital platforms in film editing and audio recording, she’s
excited about the revolution happening in publishing and enthusiastically embraces new
technologies and business models for the creation and distribution of books. She holds a
B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a... Read More.
Marcin Wichary is a senior user experience designer at Google, where his latest projects included Chrome, Google Instant, and Google’s real-time search. He also programmed the popular Google Pac-Man doodle (and other interactive doodles), and spends a lot of time teaching and evangelizing HTML5 and other modern Web technologies – especially from the standpoint of design and usability. Marcin has been working with Web technologies for the past 16 years; he has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a doctoral degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology.
Jeremy founded Subutai Corporation with authors Neal Stephenson and Greg
Bear in order to exploit the hell out of the transition to
socially-enabled transmedia entertainment in a world where traditional
publishing models are faltering.
Prior to Subutai, Jeremy served as founder or in executive capacities
at: Smith & Tinker (connected toys), Atom Entertainment (casual games &
films), Perpetual Entertainment (MMO infrastructure), and Xigo
(real-time information extraction). Before that, he was a senior
scientist at Apple where he was responsible for seminal research in the
fields of collaborative filtering and information retrieval.
Jeremy holds nine patents and a second degree black belt in aikido. He
graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive
... Read More.
Matthew co-founded MediaPass™ and serves as the company’s CEO. He is responsible for the company’s overall strategy for and vision of helping online publishers prosper in an environment where most can’t succeed with advertising alone.
Matthew most recently served as Vice President of Finance for Like.com, the online leader in comparison shopping for soft goods. During his time at Like.com Matthew oversaw all financial responsibilities, helped raise a $32M series C round and was instrumental in growing revenue 3X.
Prior to Like.com, Matthew spent over four years as Director of Finance for Reunion.com (now MyLife). While there, he developed the process and algorithms for Reunion’s distribution and subscription strategy that enabled the company to grow from $3M in annual subscription revenue to over $100M.... Read More.
Richard Ziade is a principal at Arc90, a boutique design and technology firm based in New York City. He also the creator of the popular Readability tool and the founding partner of Readability LLC. Richard has been in the web technology space for over fifteen years. He enjoys working and exploring the intersection between business, technology and culture. You can find his personal writings on his blog, www.basement.org.
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.
Adam Witwer oversees the Publishing Services division at O’Reilly Media. He manages print, ebook/digital development, video production, and manufacturing.
Adam managed the O’Reilly production department’s transition to an XML-based workflow. In the process, he became an expert in the challenges of publishing to multiple sources and formats from a single source. He now focuses on ebook development at O’Reilly and thinking about the next generation of books.
Michael Zuberbier is a program manager at Microsoft, responsible for New Product Development for Microsoft Press.
In a previous life (the 1990’s), he owned a used-book store in Seattle and in an alternate universe he still does.
As Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Director of Harvard University Press, Timothy Doyle is responsible for the Press’s financial planning and IT strategy, as well as book distribution through TriLiteral, a joint venture with Yale and MIT. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College, Tim served as an officer in the United States Army in both active and reserve capacities for over ten years and earned an Executive MBA from Suffolk University. His publishing experience includes a decade of manufacturing and logistics management at Quad Graphics (formerly Rand McNally) and Thomson Reuters. He also led several large operations groups with Fidelity Investments and held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Pinnacle Financial Group.
Lorena Jones is a publishing director at Chronicle Books, where she spearheads the development and production of the company’s new digital products and directs the food and drink publishing. Prior to joining Chronicle in 2009, she worked for Ten Speed Press from 1994-2008, where she acquired and edited primarily cookbooks and was the publisher from 2004-2008.
Cali Bush has been with O’Reilly since 2003 and is currently Director of Legal Services. In addition to managing the contract process for digital distribution initiatives, she is responsible for keeping O’Reilly’s agreements with its content providers aligned with its implementation of emerging publishing and distribution technologies.
Ken Yarmosh is the proprietor of a boutique agency focused on building exceptional mobile applications and the author of App Savvy (O’Reilly). Before he got involved with mobile apps, he orchestrated the development of desktop and web applications for everything from financial accounting systems to automated search marketing platforms. Ken has successfully launched national brands in the App Store while also creating his own bestselling apps.
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood’s dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006.... Read More.
For 25 years Kevin Kelly has been a participant in, and reporter on, the culture of technology. Based in his studio in Pacifica, California, he immerses himself in the long-term trends and social consequences of technology. Kevin Kelly is currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. During Kelly’s tenure as editor at Wired, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards (the industry’s equivalent of two Oscars). He is currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with... Read More.
Ben is a former journalist turned dot com entrepreneur who has a knack for
nailing the zeitgeist. He has been credited with bringing Internet memes to
the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture. The success of his
business is attributed to his knowledge of memes, viral content, and crowd
sourcing. Ben graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill
School of Journalism.
James Bridle does things with books, mostly. With a background in both computing and traditional publishing, he attempts to bridge the gaps between technology and literature, whether that takes the form of writing about the publishing industry, consulting to leading international publishers, or actually being a publisher. James created Bookkake, a small publisher using new technologies to bring new life to independent publishing, and Bkkeepr, an attention data service for bibliophiles. He writes about books and the publishing industry at booktwo.org and runs a series of websites including Quietube, an accidental anti-censorship proxy for the Middle East. In 2009 he helped launch Enhanced Editions, the first ereading application with integrated audiobooks.
Ben Lorica is the Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, Inc. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.
Jeff is the Co-founder and CEO of Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide. In January, Flat World announced a $15 million Series B funding round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG and Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior, the company raised over $11.5 million in private investment capital.
Before setting out to disrupt the $8 billion college textbook publishing industry, Jeff served in various editorial and senior management positions in higher education publishing. He was Vice President and Editorial Director at Pearson Education and Publisher at McGraw-Hill. He has personally acquired some of the most successful business textbook authors in print today.
A proud native Minnesotan, Jeff graduated... Read More.
Linda Holliday is a media, internet and marketing veteran, serial-entrepreneur and active angel investor in digital media companies including Comixology, ScrollMotion and Organized Wisdom. She recently formed a start-up to publish serious non-fiction mobile apps. Founder and former president of Medical Broadcasting Company, now Digitas Health, a Publicis Company.
The company, a digital pioneer, built more than 1000 web sites, ran complex relationship programs on and off-line, designed robust educational programs and led industry efforts with major media and search companies. In addition to general executive responsibilities as President of MBC, Linda also led marketing, media, innovation, and business development. Digitas Health now operates with more that 500 employees out of 4 cities.
Linda’s digital communications passions include search, user experience and information architecture.... Read More.
Mark is a co-founder and managing director of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (“OATV”), which has raised two funds and has over $100M under management. Prior to OATV, Mark was the EVP for New Ventures and Business Development at O’Reilly Media, and managed its investment portfolio. While at O’Reilly, he also had extensive operational experience including managing two startup companies, and overseeing O’Reilly’s conferences business, as well as responsibility for most business development and strategic relationships. Mark is currently a board member of CollabNet, Instructables, O’Reilly Media, TripIt, AMEE, Path Intelligence and LocalDirt, and a board observer of Chumby Industries. Mark holds a J.D from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.
Interweave, a 35 year-old media company with private equity backing has successfully transformed its business model since 2005 from a traditional print publishing company into an integrated enthusiast media company serving the art and craft markets. As a result of this transformation, Interweave has experienced more than 300% growth since 2005 and has expanded their product mix to include events, digital video, TV, online communities, digital downloads, eBooks, eMags and apps.
Prior to joining Interweave where he oversees the book publishing, eCommerce and retail sales divisions, Koenig was with F+W Media and Harris Infosource, a DnB company. Koenig proudly got his start at as bookseller at an independent bookstore in Cincinnati and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with a growing brood of readers and... Read More.
Mr. Rich is responsible for the general management and investment policy of Catalyst and oversees the management of each fund portfolio.
Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Mr. Rich founded and managed TD Capital (USA) Inc. (“TD Capital”), the entity that made Toronto Dominion Bank’s U.S.-based equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership investments from 1995 to 1999. As group head, he oversaw approximately 40 investments totaling more than $600 million. Before founding TD Capital, Mr. Rich was a Managing Director in the bank’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Prior to joining TD in 1990, Mr. Rich held positions at The Bank of New York and Intel Corporation.
Mr. Rich earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an
A leader in children’s intellectual property development and a seasoned publishing executive, Rick served most recently as as President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Division (1996 – 2008). There he established the company as a consistent award-winning children’s and young adult publisher of many bestselling brands, including Olivia (Nickelodeon, Spring ‘09) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount, ‘08), He’s Just Not That Into You (New Line, ‘08) and Yes, Man (Warner Bros ‘08). In 1990, Rick co-founded Candlewick Press, the prestigious children’s publisher based in Boston. "The goal of Ruckus is to combine the most creative minds in children’s media with tremendously exciting new mobile devices. We’ll be satisfied when a mom or dad can hand their phone or tablet to their child... Read More.
Skip Prichard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc. Ingram Content Group provides books, music and media content to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries. More than 21,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Under his leadership, Ingram Content Group has improved its financial position, expanded its international locations to continental Europe and Australia, strengthened its digital offerings and integrated its multiple companies and acquisitions into a unified service offering.
Mr. Prichard’s perspective as the leader of Ingram Content Group – the center hub between publishers, retailers and libraries – offers a unique view on the future of books and publishing. His... Read More.
Theodore Gray is an award-winning software developer, author, and popularizer of science. Having started out in chemistry, he joined Stephen Wolfram in 1987 in the creation of Mathematica. Gray pioneered the concept of Mathematica notebooks—which serve as the main interface to Mathematica, and have made possible the creation of millions of interactive computable documents. Ever since the founding of Wolfram Research, Gray has guided its user interface strategy, and has been responsible for a sequence of major innovations.
Over the years Gray has developed an independent interest in science writing and in communicating the excitement and importance of science to a wide audience. He is a Contributing Editor at Popular Science magazine, and has authored its Gray Matter column since 2003. The How 2.0 section... Read More.
Anna Gerber co-founded and runs Visual Editions (publishers of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes) with Britt Iversen. Anna comes from Paris via Los Angeles and has been writing about, working in and teaching graphic design for the past ten years, first at Central Saint Martins and now at London College of Communication. She has an MA in Philosophy, but doesn’t use it all that often. She lives in Paddington with Nick and their daughter Bella.
Britt Iversen co-founded and runs Visual Editions (a company formed from the love of books and a mischievous desire to do things differently) with Anna Gerber. Britt is from Copenhagen and has been working in advertising, via brand communication and research, for fifteen years, the last nine years at Mother London. She lives in South London with Nigel and their two kids, Rasmus and Millie.
Tyler Newton leads Catalyst’s research efforts and is responsible for evaluating industry sectors, formulating sector investment strategies, generating deal flow in target sectors and providing strategic support to Catalyst portfolio companies. He is also responsible for sourcing and executing transactions in the software-as-a-service, internet infrastructure and digital media sectors. Tyler serves on the boards of Codero, MINDBODY, BLI Messaging and Catalyst Repository Systems, and previously served on the boards of TCP Communications, Oneida Communications and Nine Systems.
Prior to joining Catalyst in 2000, Tyler was a Vice President in TD’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. He received a BA with honors from Middlebury College and is a CFA Charter holder.
Tyler blogs about economics and the investment markets at
Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from New York Times bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides. Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Matt leads Connotate’s sales and client services efforts. For organizations in which content and data are vital to success, Connotate puts the ability to automate Web data monitoring and collection in the hands of the business user.
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.
Balavijayan Ganesan is Global Head of Automation at Investment & Advisory Content group, a division in Thomson Reuters Markets. In this role he is responsible for setting the strategy and implementing key initiatives for automation of content collection operations. His group’s mandate is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of content collection operations across various content sets in Investment & Advisory Content group and extend such services to other parts of Thomson Reuters Markets when needed.
Bala began his career with Reuters Asia in Singapore and has held various positions in Training, Risk Management, Consulting & Focus Group Accounts in his 18-years career with Thomson Reuters. Bala is a UT Austin & Stern School Alumni.
Senior consultant at Jacquette Consulting, leader of the company’s Content Management & Publishing practice, and solution architect for Prophero.
William Chesser has been with Ingram since July of 2006. Mr. Chesser was instrumental in the early design, development, and implementation of the VitalBook e-textbook platform.
Prior to moving to VitalSource, Mr. Chesser was Assistant Director of Training for the National Paideia Center and K-12 teacher-training and instructional-development organization in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, Mr. Chesser worked with a high-profile collection of educators from around the U.S. to develop classroom innovation strategies and techniques and to deliver them to school systems across the country.
Before working at the Paideia Center, Mr. Chesser worked in the central office for Durham Public Schools, and was a teacher and coach. He holds a bachelor of arts... Read More.
Marcus spent 12 years working as an archaeologist and photographer in the Middle East and South America before he began his career in the information world by microfilming historical documents for UMI/ProQuest. He became Product Manager for K-12 at ProQuest and, and after four years in the K-12 space moved in to a role as Director of Publisher Relations, working primarily with journal and newspaper publishers.
After ten years with ProQuest, he moved to Ingram Digital in 2007 where he was responsible for working with primarily academic and STM eBook publishers that are moving in to the digital space. In this capacity he also worked closely with the Coutts, MyiLibrary and Lightning Source teams to maximize the reach of content in the ever-changing... Read More.
Flint Dille is the living embodiment of what is now called Transmedia. His career started by turning toys into TV Shows with G1 Transformers, G.I. Joe, Inhumanoids and Visionaries. He has designed games with Gary Gygax and written movies for Steven Spielberg. Written the Agent 13 novels, which are now in development as movies. Has twice sold game design documents as feature films (Venom: Dimension 2006) and Agent In Place (Lionsgate 2010). He created the ‘Comics Module’ for TSR, which was a comic book that contained both roleplaying and tabletop gaming content way before Transmedia was fashionable. Directed the Interactive Movie Terror T.R.A.X., Track of the Vampyre which became a television pilot for Fox as well as Dragonstrike, one of the first hybrid film... Read More.
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is a pioneer of transmedia storytelling and a leading expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. As a creative consultant to Fortune 500 companies, he contributes strategic planning and production for the cross-platform implementation of content. Jeff also extends niche properties such as toys, animation or videogame titles across multiple touchpoints, which generate multiple revenue streams. He has gone on to work with such franchises as Pirates of the Caribbean, Fairies, Prince of Persia and Tron for The Walt Disney Company, James Cameron’s Avatar for 20th Century Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, and most recently Transformers for Hasbro. Jeff is a board member of the... Read More.
Russell Longo, Senior Account Executive in IBM’s Industry Solution team, has worked the past 12 years helping companies across different industries develop strategies to address their business intelligence and B2B communications needs. As part of Sterling Commerce’s Media and Entertainment industry team, Russell directed his efforts toward the specific B2B and visibility issues of the emerging digital sales channel for IBM’s publishing industry customers.
Steven Rosenbaum is an entrepreneur, author, and curator. He is the founder and CEO of the web’s largest Video Curation Platform, Magnify.net.
Rosenbaum is known as the father of user-generated video, having created MTV’s groundbreaking UGC series MTV UNfiltered, a pre-web television project that handed cameras to young storytellers. Since that time he has built a career finding, organizing, and curating first-person storytelling.
Rosenbaum’s work as an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker includes his film chronicling 9/11 “7 Days In September.” That film gathered more than 500 hours of video around 9/11 – creating a curated journey through the eyes of 28 filmmakers and citizen storytellers. The result was the curation of the world’s largest collection of 9/11 videos: The CameraPlanet... Read More.
Beat Barblan serves as Director of Identifier Services at Bowker. He is responsible for such identifier asset management and discoverability solutions as ISBN, ISTC, ISNI and DOI. These solutions are renowned for their ability to standardize works across the book industry and content services supply chain, benefitting publishers, self publishers, authors, and other book industry professionals. Bowker is an affiliated business of ProQuest.
Mr. Barblan joined Bowker in 2007 as Product Manager for the company’s Supply Chain business, overseeing new development and maintenance for Pubnet and PubEasy, the publishing industry’s premier electronic ordering tools. Prior to joining Bowker, Mr. Barblan was Sr. Product Manager at Wolters Kluwer / Ovid where he helped launch the OvidSP platform.
Jason Monberg is vice president of product management for MarkLogic and is responsible for product strategy and vision. Monberg has 18 years of experience leading product strategy, development, and consulting for web and enterprise software products. Prior to MarkLogic, Monberg was vice president of application products at Composite Software, a leading provider of data virtualization software, where he was part of the founding team that grew annual revenue from zero to over $20 million in 4 years. Prior to Composite Software, Monberg was president and founder of Carbon Five, a consulting firm specializing in advanced content management solutions for fortune 500 clients and custom product development for start-ups. Monberg has also held a number of technical roles and has founded three other start-ups including Sparks.com,... Read More.
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change (TOC) conference. 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. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on
his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.
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.
Michael Riordan is the Director and a founding member of the Open Publishing Lab at RIT. His research in the Lab centers on the production challenges of connecting content and, by extension, people.
Michael is also a full-time member of the RIT School of Print Media faculty where he teaches coursework relating to publishing production. Through his research, he works closely with publishers, print service providers and creative agencies to help improve their workflows and has worked with CGATS and standards organizations to develop quality assurance mechanisms to support the same. He presents regularly at industry events, has published several technical papers and served as co-editor for the Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Production Handbook. In 2008, Michael was also named the... Read More.
Charles Stack is a successful, serial entrepreneur who launched the first online bookstore – Books.com – in 1992. Charles pioneered most of the features we now take for granted in today’s internet retailers. Books.com offered millions of books, comprehensive searching, collaborative recommendations (patented), shopping carts, price comparisons (patented), real-time credit card processing, affiliate programs, and he introduced many other now standard internet retailing concepts. Books.com was acquired by CUC in early 1996 and subsequently by Barnes & Noble in 1998.
At CUC Charles designed and launched groundbreaking sites for online music sales, movies, gifts, computer software, and games.
In 1998, Charles founded Flashline to address the new opportunity in software components and web services. After navigating Flashline through the technology meltdown of 2001-2003,... Read More.
As Director of Sales & Marketing for Precision, I work with publishers to create engaging and pedagogically sound print and electronic products. Projects involve development and production of visual content, composition, and project management. I also direct our GrafixMD visual content management software, making digital art management easy and efficient.
I have worked in many positions for both trade and academic publishers prior to my current position, including Acquisitions VP, Editorial, Sales, Marketing and PR.
As the Editorial Director, International Digital Content at Barnes and Noble’s Digital Group, I am in charge of the team working on acquisition of international digital content. I also handle the relations with international corporations, publishers, cultural and governmental agencies. Previously, I was the Merchandising Manager in charge of eBooks, Nonfiction printed Books, and Libros en español at Barnes & Noble.com, where I launched both the eBooks Store and the Libros en español online division, for which I was also the Buyer.
I grew up in Buenos Aires, where I earned a degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters in Journalism, and went from reporter to senior editor in newspapers, magazines, TV news, and websites. In New York, I got a masters in Publishing at... Read More.
Laura Baldwin started with O’Reilly Media in October 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and added Chief Operating Officer to her responsibilities in October 2004. She became O’Reilly’s first President in March 2011. Laura is largely attributed with managing O’Reilly through the tech downturns of the past decade and is currently responsible for O’Reilly’s worldwide businesses. Prior to O’Reilly she was a consultant to the publishing industry through BMR Associates and managed several large consulting engagements across all genres of publishing. Laura’s publishing career started at Chronicle Books the large, premiere publisher of popular culture, art, and children’s books as well as gift products where she served as CFO for ten years, establishing Chronicle’s successful distribution business as well as helping bring Chronicle’s... Read More.
Phil Ollila is Chief Content Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc., the leading provider of full-service content distribution solutions for the book industry. Phil is responsible for Ingram Content Group’s publisher facing business, and has been instrumental in leading the transformation of Ingram from a traditional wholesale service provider, into a fully integrated and relevant solutions company for clients. Ingram combines wholesale distribution, print-on-demand, digital distribution, inventory management and comprehensive worldwide services for physical and digital content.
In his role as Chief Content Officer, Phil leads a number of Ingram business units including wholesale merchandising, Lightning Source, Ingram Publisher Services and digital distribution through CoreSource®. He also heads Ingram Content Group marketing.
Phil previously served as Senior Vice President of Ingram Book Group Inc., President... Read More.
Gregg is responsible for developing and driving all sales-related initiatives. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, operations, business development, strategic account development and management, and resource management. His leadership has generated significant growth in corporate revenue from new and existing customers and strong management performance.
Gregg acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts with a Minor in Economics from Allegheny College and a Graduate Certificate in Direct Marketing from Merrimack College in the US.
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.
Manager, Business Development, HP Digital Printing Solutions.
Georgia is Operations Director at Penwizard Ltd, a web to print specialist established in 2004. She has over 7 years experience in digital publishing, digital pre-press and digital print. Her expertise includes digital product development for major book brands as well as website and systems design, variable print file creation and print workflow optimisation.
Georgia has overseen the development of web to print platforms for major corporations including HarperCollins, Penguin and Letts Filofax. She has extensive experience of integrating customised digital products into major retailer’s platforms including ToysRus.
Georgia has a degree in Product Design and has been responsible for all Penwizard product development from concept through to production.
Richard is managing director of Penwizard Ltd which he established in 2004 as a specialist ‘web to print’ publisher using the emerging sectors of digital printing and online publishing. Penwizard is focused on creating the websites, customer and data management processes, and digital print systems. The company has developed personalised books, photo calendars, personalised diaries, and general customised publishing systems.
Richard has extensive experience of online retailing, brand licensing, and product personalisation. He has worked with major publishers including Penguin and has strong relationships with the online divisions of retailers such as ToysRus.
He has a background in business innovation, product development, and strategic business planning. Richard has two engineering degrees and MBA from London Business School.
Kent joined Bridgeport National Bindery in 1989 selling its casebinding services to printers and publishers.
When the digital printing era began in 1991, Kent spent his days promoting the concept of short run binding with many early adopters who were looking for a case binding solution. While also wearing the hat of CSR and scheduler, many days were spent binding many of these early digitally produced books; a manufacturing experience worth its weight in gold.
In addition to his responsibilities for the new On-Demand Binding division, he had responsibilities for managing the summer textbook rebinding season and growing BNB’s new division of Pre-binding (converting paperback books into hard covers).
In 2004, Kent assumed the position of Vice President of BNB’s new Print On... Read More.
Leveraging more than a decade of digital publishing experience, Tyler Ruse leads a Publisher Services team at LibreDigital that manages all aspects of the publisher relationship, from business development to sales, and from account management to technical support. Mr. Ruse’s thought leadership and domain expertise help contribute to LibreDigital’s role as a leader in digital publishing and reading since 1999.
Prior to joining LibreDigital, Mr. Ruse served as General Manager of the Content Solutions business unit, part of the Ingram Content Group. In that role, Mr. Ruse led digital content production and the digital asset management and distribution business for Ingram.
Additionally, Mr. Ruse previously led the technology and product development groups at codeMantra, LLC. There, Mr. Ruse built digital publishing tools and workflows... Read More.
Jonathan Hevenstone is President of Jouve North America (JNA), a subsidiary of the French-based Jouve Group. Mr. Hevenstone has led JNA’s growth into the leading provider of eBook conversion services for major trade publishers, including HarperCollins, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Perseus, Harlequin, and many others, as well as for all of the major eBook retailers in the US, including Apple and Barnes&Noble.com. Taking advantage of technologies developed by Jouve and its partners, JNA has rapidly developed into a next-generation end-to-end supplier to the publishing industry, with solutions and services running from full-service and authoring platforms to composition, production, management, conversion, and delivery of multimedia content.
Mr. Hevenstone’s current role includes development and implementation of market and business development strategy, development of... Read More.
Steve Paxhia is the President of Beacon Digital Strategies. He assists publishing technology companies in turning their newest ideas into profitable businesses and helps publishers assess their strategy and current performance in a cross media publishing environment and then helping to accelerate their growth. In the past ten years, Steve has worked with more than 30 companies by helping refine their strategic plans. Before joining Beacon digital Strategies, Steve spent 20 years in managemnet positions at Macmillan and Houghton Mifflin, served as CEO of Inso Corporation, founded several successful consulting practices and served as Chairman of Rovia – A start-up that developed secure fully featured e-books for the college market. Steve has considerable experience with custom publishing, licensing of intellectual property, electronic publishing work... Read More.
Eric Freese is a veteran of publishing production optimization. From the early days of SGML, he has worked as a consultant, software developer and content architect. As Director/Solutions Architect for Aptara, Eric helps customers efficiently transition to cost-saving digital publishing models that simultaneously support eBooks and traditional print production.
Ulhas Anand has been involved in visualizing strategic e-publishing products and workflows for major publishers at Impelsys, and currently heads product strategy and management. He has been innovating and shaping media solutions for more than a decade, in products related to digital content delivery for web platforms, mobile devices, desktops, gaming consoles, set-top boxes, and kiosks. He is an expert in social media marketing strategies, and has successfully developed online media marketing programs for publishers. He is a voracious reader, a naturalist and actively drives a nature club movement for schools in his spare time.
Mr. Rosenberg is Vice President of Business Development and Content Acquisition for Copia Interactive – the first social e-reading platform.
At the forefront of ebooks and digital content for more than a decade, Sol Rosenberg is a leading expert in the world of ebooks, digital publishing & marketing strategies.
He was a co-founder of the ebook pioneer Versaware and has helped major publishers with their digital initiatives – companies like McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Taylor & Francis, Simon & Schuster, Jones & Bartlett, Encyclopedia Britannica and many others.
This blending of communications and high-technology began when Sol created the first nationally-syndicated computer-focused radio show. He also introduced the first consumer computer with a built-in CD-ROM, was a pioneer in multimedia and emerging digital technologies and then... Read More.
Kathy Sierra worked as a game programmer, interaction designer, and learning specialist (Sun Microsystems, UCLA Extension) before creating the best-selling Head First series for O’Reilly. She was the original creator of one of the largest software developer communities, javaranch.com, and the author of a Technorati Top 100 blog, “Creating Passionate Users.”
Jane Litte runs the popular book review site, DearAuthor.com, a site peopled with voracious readers, authors, editors and agents within the publishing community. From its inception 5 years ago, DearAuthor has focused on technology for the reader, recognizing that women are the greatest consumers of books and book media. Jane’s “how to” articles on ebook reading are republished on RTBookReviews.com and linked to via library websites, kindle forums, mobileread, Wired, and other major internet venues. Jane is the editor of an upcoming collection of erotic stories to be published by Berkley, a division of Penguin, this winter. You can find jane on Twitter via her @jane_l handle or via email jane at dearauthor.com.
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.
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