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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.
Stephanie Anderson is the Head of Readers’ Advisory at the Darien Library and has been in the book industry for over ten years, most recently as the manager of WORD, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn. She also blogs as Bookavore, reviews children’s books for Shelf Awareness, and runs the country’s only nerd basketball league.
Porter Anderson is a critic, journalist, producer, and consultant specializing in publishing and digital disruption of the industry. His weekly Writing on the Ether column is read Thursdays at JaneFriedman.com and Ether for Authors is seen on Tuesdays at PublishingPerspectives.com. Anderson’s Ether work can be tracked on the PublishersMarketplace.com’s Publishers Lunch Automat (the ePublishing tab). He’s also a regular, standing contributor to Writer Unboxed and to Digital Book World’s Expert Publishing Blog . As a journalist, Anderson has worked with CNN USA, CNN International, CNN.com, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Observer, D Magazine, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other outlets. In a diplomatic position with the United Nations (P5, Laissez-passer), Anderson was posted to the
As one of Canada’s most respected and innovative digital designers, Haig has been designing brands, advertising, and interactive projects for 15 years. As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine, Haig created editorial, design and marketing strategies that have earned a die-hard audience.
Haig has had the honour of winning a variety of awards throughout his career, including no less than three Webby Awards, two Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club of New York to name only a few.
Haig Armen is the founder and creative director of LiFT Studios and holds a position as an Assistant Professor of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Peter Armstrong is the co-founder of Leanpub, and the author of Lean Publishing, Hello! Flex 4 and Flexible Rails. Peter coined the term Lean Publishing, has written a manifesto about it, and is writing an in-progress ebook about it. Leanpub was founded based on the principles in this manifesto.
Jason Allen Ashlock is the co-founder and President of Movable Type Management, a literary management firm that fosters storytelling across platforms, devices, territories and generations. As such, he develops new books and digital properties with the company’s authors and media clients, and oversees new initiatives such as The Rogue Reader. He sits on the advisory board of a number of technology start-ups in the publishing space and teaches digital publishing at City University of New York, City College.
Founder of Paperight and a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Before Paperight, I co-founded and ran Electric Book Works, a book production and consulting company in Cape Town, developing digital-publishing best practice in emerging markets. There I founded EBW Healthcare, which publishes learning materials for nurses. I’m a co-founder of the Digital Minds Network, a group of digital-publishing experts working in developing countries.
I worked in educational and scholarly publishing for two multinational publishers before starting EBW in 2006. I’ve presented at conferences in South Africa, India, Europe and the US, and was runner-up for the British Council’s International Young Publishing Entrepreneur award in 2009.
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.
Amanda Barbara is the development director of Pubslush, a global, crowdsourcing publishing platform for authors to raise funds and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas. Pubslush also operates an independent imprint that acquires books from the platform, and for every book sold, donates a children’s book to a child in need. Amanda earned a bachelors degree in Public Relations and Creative Writing at the University of Miami in Florida. She has worked as a Corporate Account Manager for Big Geyser and a Leisure Sales Coordinator for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. She started her career in the Media and Community Relations Department at Macy’s. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Betsy Beaumon has served for more than twenty years as a technology executive and entrepreneur. She is a former Senior Director for BEA Systems, Inc. and managed international e-business initiatives for Cisco Systems, Inc. In 1995, she founded Social Online Service, the first web-based information and referral service for social service organizations. As Executive Director of the company, Betsy was an early supporter of Web accessibility standards.
Betsy was also one of the founders of TradeBeam Inc., a provider of global trade management software services. She began her career in engineering, then moved into product management for GTE and Lam Research Corporation.
Betsy brings an extensive background managing high growth organizations to her leadership of the Benetech Literacy Program. Her past experience in... Read More.
Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He is a GitHubber whose mission is to make it easy for everybody in the world to use Git. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, who loves to speak on Git, Cassandra, and other topics. He is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, co-presenter of the best-selling O’Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O’Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at http://timberglund.com. He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth... Read More.
Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com where he has worked with hundreds of writers, helping them build an audience for their books, and ensures their work has an impact with readers that builds a lasting legacy. He teaches online courses in author platform development, digital content strategy and marketing, as well as runs in-person workshops and provides consulting services for both writers and publishers.
Dan has worked with both traditionally published bestselling authors as well as first-time writers self-publishing their work. He has worked for companies such as Workman Publishing, Perseus Books Group, The Kenyon Review, Writers House, F&W Media, Writers Digest, Library Journal, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Mediabistro and others. He speaks regularly at writing and publishing conferences including BookExpo America, Writer’s... Read More.
Todd Boss is the literary director and co-founder of MOTIONPOEMS, a new poetry film company now partnering with Copper Canyon, Graywolf, BEST AMERICAN POETRY and other publishers. A 2013 premiere of new works will be screened at the Walker Art Center in April. Todd’s poetry collections are YELLOWROCKET (W. W. Norton, 2008) and PITCH (2011).
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.
Recently named one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women by Boston Magazine, Eve founded Grub Street in the spring of 1997. Eve joined the Boston office of The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary and Entertainment Agency in 2005. As a literary agent, she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers including Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin, Grand Central, Abrams, and St. Martins.
Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous national conferences, including the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Writers at Work in Utah and AWP. Before starting Grub Street, Eve attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon,... Read More.
Oliver Brooks is the co-founder of ValoBox and CompletelyNovel. He is interested the evolution of the content industries from traditional retail through to social and distributed commerce.In 2008 he started CompletelyNovel – now the largest online book publishing community in the UK. It is designed to find the correct route to market for books. It enables anyone to publish economically while highlighting the books with a mainstream appeal to publishers. His latest project ValoBox is a pay-as-you-go e-book platform designed to create a new sales channel by integrating with the social web. Each book can be read on any device from any website and sold by any user using links or embeds.
Mandy Brown is a writer, editor, designer, and publisher. She is co-founder and editor for A Book Apart, a former contributing editor for A List Apart, and the editor of The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero. She previously served as Communications Director at Typekit and Creative Director at W. W. Norton & Company. At home in Brooklyn, she spends her days at Studiomates.
Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and vice president of Publishers Weekly, the international news magazine of the book publishing industry. For more than 25 years, he has been in the magazine publishing business, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships. Early on, he started at Dun & Bradstreet for a brief stint in finance before moving on to Whitney Communications’ Boating Industry and Waterway Guides. From there he went to Cahners, where he first worked on Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. When Cahners was acquired by Reed Elsevier, he took on a host of additional trade and consumer magazines, including Variety, Modern Bride, American Baby and others. After Reed sold Publishers... Read More.
As the Director of NISO, Todd works with the publishing, library and information intermediary communities to develop technical standards and best practices for the creation, management, discovery, delivery and preservation of media in all forms. Todd also serves as the Secretariat for ISO’s Technical Committee on Information & Documentation, Subcommittee on Identification & Description, where standards like ISBN, ISSN, ISRC and DOI are managed.
Javier Celaya is the vice president of the Spanish Digital Magazines Association (ARDE), member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Digital Companies (ADigital) and CEO and founder of Dosdoce.com, an online portal which analyzes the use of new technologies in the cultural sector and publishes annual studies related to digital trends in the Spanish and European markets. He is also the co-director and professor of the Master in Digital Publishing at the University of Alcala in Madrid (Spain)
Hold a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Columbia University in New York and BS degree from Boston College.
Otis is the founder and CEO of Goodreads.com – the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Launched in 2007, the site has since grown to 22 million monthly unique visitors and more than 10 million registered members who have added over 370 million books, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised a Series A round of funding from True Ventures at the end of 2009.
Along with a passion for creating websites, Otis is also a voracious reader and he started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books. He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to customers in order to make the best product possible.
Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a Lead Software... Read More.
Blaine Cook is London-based sociotechnologist and co-founder of Poetica, a place to write better together. He is a hacker dissatisfied by simply building software. Through numerous collaborations, he has developed protocols and concepts that are forming the basis for many social internet technologies yet to come. His past work as the founding architect of Twitter has seen broad adoption both culturally and technologically.
Scott Cook is responsible for codeMantra’s technology initiatives and strategies. He has held various management positions within the publishing industry, spanning a 20-year period. His decades of experience have brought equipped him with an understanding of every aspect of the publishing production life cycle — including technology development and implementation, project management, process review and re-engineering, book design, print production management, creative planning, implementation and web content management.
Scott’s first management position was with Macmillan Publishing in 1990, where he managed a production budget in the $ millions and a staff of 20-plus. In 1999, Scott became Director of Content Technology at John Wiley & Sons, where he made major contributions to workflow enhancements and publishing technologies. Later, as the Executive Director of Design and... Read More.
John Costa is Chief Technology Officer of S4Carlisle Publishing Services and subsidiary of Qbend LLC having US operations in Dubuque, IA and headquartered in Chennai, India. Building on 23 years experience in print, digital media, content management and many adjunct teaching opportunities at universities in the Northeast, John’s current focus is customer solutions for educational innovation, helping publishers create and deliver a truly effective multi media experience to students and teachers. Blending traditional publishing through instructional design, animation, audio, and video using media teams that hail from Disney, Universal, EA, and global broadcast, he is pioneering new methods of knowledge delivery for the next generation of learning.
John, an engineering and business graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, has held leadership roles... Read More.
Dave Cramer is a Content Workflow Specialist at Hachette Book Group, where he develops standards, workflows, and tools for both print and eBook production. He started working with eBooks in 2001, while working for Stratford (now Jouve). This led to an interest in XML-based automated typesetting systems and an ongoing fascination with XSL. He created the first commercial EPUB files for Hachette, and has been heavily involved with EPUB ever since. Dave is a member of the IDPF EPUB 3 working group, and was co-editor of the specification on fixed-layout eBooks. He also chairs the Fixed Layouts for eBooks Working Group for the BISG Content Structure Committee, and is active in the AAP DIWG.
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. Lean Analytics is his fourth book on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.... Read More.
Gareth Cuddy founded Directebooks Ltd in 2009 bringing together his twin passions; books and technology. One of the leading experts on eBooks and Digital Publishing in the UK and Ireland, previously, Gareth worked in Sales & Marketing roles within a number of international companies. In 2010 he successfully transitioned Directebooks to ePubDirect, moving from retail to publisher services, and building a reputation for innovation and results within the industry internationally. Under his guidance, the company has grown significantly year on year. ePubDirect is now a global leader in the provision of eBook Distribution services. In 2012 the company launched a revolutionary eBook Analytics package allowing publishers to analysis sales and marketing performance, pricing and outlet sales. ePubDirect remains dedicated to delivering higher returns to publishers... Read More.
Angela has been instrumental in transforming Bowker from a traditional print reference publisher to a provider of essential data and services for publishers, retailers, and libraries throughout the world, both through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Angela has a B.A. in English Literature from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bowker has been serving the book industry since 1872. Bowker’s Books In Print is the “Database of Record” for Barnes & Noble, Follett, and Sony among many others and is used by thousands of retailers, publishers and libraries worldwide.
Liza Daly is the Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in digital publishing. In 2012 her companies Threepress Consulting and Ibis Reader were acquired by Safari. Liza is a strong advocate for experimentation, agile development, and innovation in publishing.
Social Entrepreneur with interest in media, mobile, publishing, user experience and product development with broad experience in business development, investment banking, strategy consulting and international development work.
Specialties Social Entrepreneurship, media, mobile, integrated marketing communication, project management, international development, capacity building, entrepreneurship.
A recovering lawyer and refugee from the land of boardrooms, Louis-Jacques consults independently to both public and private institutions, focusing on new ventures, innovation opportunities, product development and marketing. He has wide-ranging experience working with high-profile clients in Canada, the US and Europe, delivering performance-boosting solutions. His passions include issues of complexity, turbulence, good governance and good society. LJ is currently based in Montréal, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. Mitchell was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge (now Amazon’s CreateSpace) the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. He is also founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs a packager of historical content for print-on-demand and digital consumer platforms and founder of Organic Process Productions an award-wining independent documentary and philanthropic media company.
Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. She never shuts up about identifiers, metadata, and book discovery.
Marjorie DeHey, JD/MBA
For over 15 years, Ms. DeHey has held high-level positions in marketing, business development and corporate strategy for a number of small and large firms, including MEF (formerly the Mobile Entertainment Forum), MediaMojos, the Irish government, LexisNexis and MGM Studios. Ms. DeHey was recently named one of “The 25 Women to Watch in 2012” by Mobile Marketer Magazine (http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/lib/13484.pdf). She currently serves as the General Manager for MEF and as a Managing Partner for MediaMojos, an entertainment and digital media consulting firm.
As the GM of MEF North America, Ms. DeHey is responsible for growing the MEF organization and engaging top brands, operators, studios and OEMs, such as Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Sony, Sprint and Samsung, in creating... Read More.
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Senior Lecturer; in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and... Read More.
Rob Eagar is the president of WildFire Marketing, a consulting firm that helps authors and publishers reach more readers and sell more books through innovative marketing strategies. His new book, Sell Your Book Like Wildfire, is considered the new bible of book marketing. Rob has consulted with numerous publishers and worked with over 400 authors, including several New York Times bestsellers. For more information, visit: www.StartaWildfire.com.
Maureen Evans is a London-based author and co-founder of Poetica, a place to write better together. She’s a poet determined to change the game, passionate about community resiliance, de-centralised publishing, and experimental forms. Maureen wrote a first collection of poetry at Queens University of Belfast — but her first published book is a reference cookbook in 1000 tweets, Eat Tweet (Artisan). Say hi to @maureen and @cookbook.
Jon Feldman is founder and CEO of Open Air Publishing, an award-winning creator of digital-first, interactive, non-fiction books. He has more than ten years of experience in strategy, marketing, and product and business development for digital content and e-commerce. Prior to launching Open Air Publishing, Jon was a management consultant in the Consumer, Media, and Digital Group of Booz & Company. Previously, he led business development and marketing for CollegeHumor Media at IAC/InterActiveCorp, and he built and managed e-commerce platforms for Viacom’s music and comedy properties, including MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. Jon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Max Fenton partnered on a web 1.0 consultancy in his teens, assisted artists in his twenties, and refocused on networked reading last year while sleeping on a mountain in India.
Rachel Fershleiser works on Tumblr’s strategic outreach team, specializing in publishing, nonprofit, and cultural organizations. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning, and three other books. Her writing has appeared in the anthology My Parents Were Awesome and in The Village Voice, New York Press, Print, Los Angeles Times, National Post, Salon.com, Fray Quarterly and several amazing print and online publications you’ve never heard of.
She is passionate about drawing connections between online and IRL literary community.
Paul Ford is a pioneering content specialist who has worked as a writer (NPR, Harper’s Magazine), archivist, and data architect. He is an advisor to multiple startups and a friend to all.
A 28-year Ingram veteran, Mr. Freeman is well known in the industry for his supply chain and e-textbook and e-book expertise. Kent has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Chief Technology Officer, for Ingram Book Group and Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Ingram Digital, in addition to his current role of Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies. As a thought leader, Kent has been requested to speak at numerous global industry events. Past events Kent has spoken at include Book Expo America (BEA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) events, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Booksellers Association. Mr. Freeman has served as the Chair of the Book Industry Study... Read More.
Eric Freese has a rich background in publishing production within a variety of industries, from technical publications and defense, to legal, to education. From the early days of SGML, he has worked as a consultant, software developer and content architect. As the Senior Product and Technology Development Manager at codeMantra, he is involved in setting product strategy and direction and managing continued expansion of the collectionPoint platform and its host of supporting modules and applications. In this role he oversees all product development efforts and technology initiatives and works with clients to ensure that their requirements are met.
Kelly Gallagher is Vice President of Content Acquisition for Ingram Content Group. In his role, Kelly manages the Content Acquisition publisher team for North America, and leads Ingram’s selling and business development activities for print-on-demand and digital distribution products. Prior to joining Ingram in October of 2012, he worked for six years at Bowker serving as VP of Publishing Services where he was responsible for the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel. In addition to managing consumer research, he was also responsible for sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets as well as the Pubnet supply chain businesses for Bowker. Previous career experience includes serving 10 years as a... Read More.
Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). Prior to 2011, he was the foundation Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne and prior to that he was at the School of Economics, University of New South Wales. In 2011, Joshua was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research (New England). Joshua holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree in economics from the University of Queensland. In 2012, Joshua was appointed as a Research Associate of the NBER in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.... Read More.
Ashleigh is the Director of Content Management at Kobo, helping publishers worldwide list their books for sale on Kobo.com – and Kobo’s global bookseller partners.
Larry Goldberg is the founder and director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at Boston’s public broadcaster WGBH. For more than a decade he directed WGBH’s Media Access Group and its Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service and now focuses on research and development, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global impact. He is a leader in the international effort to assure that the design and implementation of new technologies meet the needs of people with disabilities and other populations who lack access. He led development of the specifications for digital television closed captioning in the U.S. and was awarded a patent in 1996 for “Rear Window™,” the first closed-captioning system for movie theaters and... Read More.
Seattle-born, techy, book nerd, and perfectionist, Amanda received Master’s degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University. A lifelong obsession with art, marketing statistics, and digital trends led her to realize the potential for ebooks to entertain and inspire readers instead of annoying and frustrating them in the way they often do. Partnering with design-savvy tech guru Tom McCluskey, Amanda co-founded Digital Bindery to solve digital publishing problems with particular attention to the artisan aesthetic.
Steve Gottlieb is the Founder and CEO of Shindig, a patented new video chat technology that enables large scale interactive events. Shindig participants can see and be seen in a shared environment accommodating thousands. They can move freely in and out of conversation with whomever they chose and at the same time enjoy a talk, presentation or interview with their favorite author, artist, politician or actor, with the possibility of being called on to share the stage with them. Still in Beta, over 200 best selling authors have already embraced Shindig for Video Chat Book Tours.
Gottlieb rose to prominence with the founding of one of the most successful independent record labels in history with TVT Records. TVT released over 25 gold,... Read More.
Greg focuses on how Open Education projects can better create, disseminate, and reuse educational materials. He recently moved to San Francisco from Michigan where he worked at the University of Michigan Library as Copyright Specialist and with the Open.Michigan initiative on OER related outreach and policy. After hours, Greg spends time with the Ubuntu community and other Free/Libre Open Source projects. Greg graduated from the U-M School of Information with an MSI specializing in Information Policy and Library and Information Services. He’ll always miss the thunderstorms and blizzards of the Midwest.
Gregg Guest is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at FADEL and leads the company’s development of Intellectual Property Management software products. He has over 20 years of experience in the media and software industries. Prior to his work at FADEL, Gregg worked with Marvel Entertainment, one of the world’s most well-known entertainment companies and a leader in intellectual property and character licensing. Gregg’s mix of media and software experience over the course of his career gives him a unique view of the convergence of digital media and the internet, and provides him with a deep understanding of the media lifecycle from production and marketing to sales and royalties.
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.
Jim Hamilton is Group Director responsible for InfoTrends’ Production consulting services in the areas of production copying and digital printing, wide format, labels & packaging, production workflow & variable data tools, document outsourcing, and business development. Mr. Hamilton is responsible for conducting graphic arts market research, market forecasting, custom consulting projects, and creating editorial content for product and market analysis reports. Mr. Hamilton has been involved in the graphic arts and publishing industries since 1980, and has been a member of InfoTrends’ On Demand Printing & Publishing Consulting Service since 1995. Prior to joining InfoTrends, Mr. Hamilton worked at Linotype-Hell as an Applications Analyst and author of the company’s Technical Information Series. He also worked as a freelance graphic designer in the textbook publishing industry.... Read More.
I’m working with business driven development at the State and University Library of Denmark. So I focus on how we make new IT products that gives value to the users and at the same time are sustainable for the library to provide.
I am very interested in meeting up with people who focus on making great masses of information available to end users in a way that doesn’t involve too much manual labour.
Amanda Havard thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps, in short films or subtle photographs. Stories are her life. She is the author of the supernatural young adult series, The Survivors, a transmedia franchise with an online following of 4.5 million readers that is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. With two novels in the series currently available, the third installment of the series, The Survivors: Body & Blood, is set for release Summer 2013. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. She is... Read More.
Dr. Stefan Hermann is one of the founders of infinity-loop where he currently serves as CEO. He received his Masters degree in computer science and his doctorate from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. His doctorate focused on design specification methods for structured documents in the digital publication process.
Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a platform that offers readers the ability to read and share digital books in the cloud, working in any reading device with internet connection and that gives users access to an international and multi-publisher’s catalogue. He is also a part-time product strategy and innovation consultant at Denodo, and teaches product strategy and innovation at the master’s degree in industrial design of Nebrija University, and technology for managers at the Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain. Justo is member of the Internet Society and mentor at the Startupbootcamp accelerator.
Sarah has worked in publishing for many years, most recently as Production Director at HarperCollins Publishers. Her work there included the creation of standard ‘prelims’ which look at social responsibility and ethical sourcing of a publisher’s third party suppliers. She is taking the lead in EDItEUR’s involvement in Enabling Technologies Framework – a project funded by WIPO. This three year global project will develop a worldwide standard of best practice for publishers helping them ensure full accessibility to their digital material for the print-disabled.
Pascal Honscher is a General Manager at O’Reilly Media focused on Business Development, Corporate Strategy, and Digital / Mobile Strategy. Over the past decade, Pascal has managed key technology projects to help productize internal capabilities, has helped build revolutionary content platforms (Safari, SafariU), and more recently, launched and managed new lines of business for O’Reilly Media.
Eli Horowitz was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s for eight years, working closely with authors including Chris Adrian, Salvador Plascencia, Deb Olin Unferth, Michael Chabon, Adam Levin, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Vollmann. He is the coauthor of The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery, and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of ping pong, and his design work has been honored by I.D., Print and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Before McSweeney’s, he was employed as a carpenter and wrote science trivia questions tenuously linked to popular films. He was born in Virginia and now lives in San Francisco.
Pauline is the president and founder of BookMovement, a private networking website for book clubs that is now the largest database of book clubs in the industry (35,000 clubs) with annual membership spending power of $90 million. Pauline’s entire career has revolved around books. Her experience as English major at Barnard College, over the summers working in the editorial department at Artisan (a division of Workman), and at the William Morris Agency, first in the literary department and later in the new media department, opened her eyes to the opportunity to aggregate book clubs online. She started BookMovement to give clubs a better way to communicate with members and find great books based on ratings of other book clubs. Pauline also has an
Production Manager at Alfred A. Knopff Publishing Group since 1978. Made VP Production, RH Audio in 1987; made VP Production and Design of Knopf Group in 1994.
Adam Hyde of SourceFabric and Booksprints.net is highly regarded as a pioneer and innovator in networked and collaborative book production. He has also been working in open source for over 15 years and is the project lead for Booktype.
Jason Illian is the Founder and CEO of Bookshout!, a dynamic e-book company which focuses on connecting people around books. Bookshout! empowers organizations and authors to build a following, stay connected, get data and do bulk digital buys.
With more than 12 years of technology and executive experience, Jason Illian is a visionary in the mobile and social new media space. Having raised over $35 million for new business ventures, Jason has a passion for taking great ideas and making them businesses. His strategic thinking has helped corporations, organizations, non-profits, churches, and leaders be more innovative. He is the former CEO of Big Jump Media (Godtube.com), a Christian video network that had over 4 million monthly users.
Jason is also a published author... Read More.
Julie is the Director of Project Management and Analysis in Enterprise IT at Harvard Business Publishing. She oversees a team of systems analysts and project managers responsible for the implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of 20 internal business systems across the enterprise, including Oracle eBusiness Suite, Salesforce.com, Alfresco, Endeca, and Kaltura. She is also responsible for overseeing the roll-out of a Project Management Office (PMO) at Harvard Business Publishing. Prior to joining HBP, Julie worked in start-ups as an implementation consultant, and at Rolls-Royce as a Six Sigma Business Process Improvement Analyst.
In her spare time, she has co-founded a Non-Profit dedicated to preserving jazz music and dancing from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s that runs live events on a weekly basis in Boston.
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.
Dr. Jeff Jaffe is Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Consortium. In this role he works with Director Tim Berners-Lee, staff, and membership, and the public to evolve and communicate the W3C’s vision. He is responsible for all of W3C’s global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of W3C’s stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency, so that W3C continues to be the leading forum for the technical development and stewardship of the Web.
Scott Andrew James is an author and the founder of Redhat Project, a book marketing consultancy. He works with authors, publishers, national brands, start-ups and creative professionals to integrate online and offline community outreach. His book marketing work includes consulting with authors and publishers about book launches, teaching workshops around digital marketing strategies for authors, and helping to design and manage the award-winning Underground Book Club for Karen Essex. His marketing background includes web content strategy and social media management with Attack! Marketing, Influence People, and Water Words that Work. A growing part of his business is consulting with authors ann other content creators on building successful KickStarter campaigns. His expertise is partly based in his own experience—he launched a Kickstarter project and raised 129%... Read More.
A long time educator, Michael taught Science in California where he also worked in developing the first set of Technology in the Curriculum materials for the State of California. In 1986 he joined Apple Computer’s Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) research and development project and later served as Apple’s Education Competitive Analyst and lead major curriculum related marketing initiatives. He remained a contributor to science education through many projects including being one of the authors of California’s ground breaking Science Framework of 1990.
Michael left Apple Computer to pursue the development of a technology of his design that dynamically indicates the relationship between curriculum, curriculum standards, and instructional resources for which he received patents in 1998. As founder of Mediaseek Technologies, Inc. he laid the groundwork... Read More.
Mark Jeffrey is an author and serial technology entrepreneur. He has co-founded four internet companies and written four novels. His first novel, MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT, was recently published in hardcover and ebook by HarperCollins. The book was initially podcast as a series of episodic mp3’s and received over 2.5 million downloads.
Most recently, Mark co-founded Glossi.com, a new site where anyone can create digital magazines. Previously, Mark co-founded web television network ThisWeekIn.com. Mark served as CEO from its inception in Jan 2010 until May 2011 and remains on the Board.
Henry Jenkins is Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at the University of Southern California. He is co-author, with Sam Ford and Joshua Green, of the 2013 book Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture. He is also author of Convergence Culture (2006), Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers (2006), The Wow Climax (2006), Textual Poachers (1992), and What Made Pistachio Nuts? (1992); co-author of Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture (2009); editor of The Children’s Culture Reader (1998); and co-editor of Rethinking Media Change (2004), Democracy and New Media (2003), Hop on Pop (2003), From Barbie to Mortal Kombat (2000), and Classical Hollywood Comedy (1994). From 1993-2009, he was the MIT Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities and co-directed... Read More.
Rick Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer, and one of the founders of VitalSource Technologies, Inc. VitalSource, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. As CTO, Rick manages the strategic direction of the fast growing platform, guiding the architecture, and implementation of its clients and systems.
Rick’s career has been focused on bringing together his three passions: technology, publishing, and education. He is a frequent speaker on electronic textbooks, their integration into an institutional environment, and how the accessibility needs of individual students can best be accommodated with their delivery. He served on the working groups responsible for version 2 and version 3 of the
The future is Brian David Johnson’s business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called “future casting”—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr.... Read More.
Libby Johnson McKee is the North America Director for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace, Amazon’s independent publishing platforms. She is responsible for the author and publisher experience, as well as innovations to help them reach more readers and create high-quality books.
Johnson McKee’s work in publishing started at Amazon.com in 1997 when she managed publisher relations and then aspects of the book business including merchandising, editorial and buying. She continued as General Manager of CreateSpace’s print on demand publishing platform into her current position where she helps independent authors reach their publishing goals, with many breaking into the best seller lists.
Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of consulting, data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He currently serves on the IDPF Working Group updating the EPUB standard (and is coordinator of its Metadata Subgroup); the IDEAlliance working group developing the nextPub source format for magazines and other design- and feature-rich publications (chairing its nextPub-to-EPUB Mapping Committee);... Read More.
Seth Kaufman was most recently VP of Merchandising for BN.com, where he worked for 12 years. Kaufman began his career as a copy boy at the New York Post, eventually becoming a reporter for Page Six. He then became news editor at TVGuide.com and rose to Editorial Director. When he is not evangelizing thecopia.com, which is almost never, Kaufman has been known to play guitar in Brooklyn’s acclaimed band, The Fancy Shapes.
Elizabeth Keenan has been in book publishing for thirteen years beginning at Free Press and then Penguin Group USA. She is currently the publicity director for two imprints there; Hudson Street Press and Plume books. During her career she has worked with many wonderful writers including Ann Rule, Larry Brown, David Benioff, Jane Green, Judy Shepard, Danica McKellar, Lev Grossman, Anne Rice, and many others.
Liz is also a published writer whose work has appeared in a regular column for three years from 2002-2005 in the NY Inquirer and in an anthology in ‘Living on the Edge of The World’ (Touchstone-Fireside). She is also workshop leader for NY Writers Coalition where she has led weekly writer’s workshops for various communities in the NY area,... 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 the... Read More.
Seven years ago, presenter Marshall Kirkpatrick worked at a convenience store in a small town in Oregon, today he’s become one of the most successful tech industry bloggers online (formerly lead writer at both TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb) and is now the CEO of a venture-backed company called Little Bird. Little Bird helps anyone do the kind of work that Marshall did to make his career in the social web: to find the right people, to discover key information, to act fast and raise your voice by adding value to conversations on a global stage.
Erin Kissane is co-founder and editor of Contents, an online magazine that draws connections between new forms of editorial work, publishing, and journalism. She also edits Knight-Mozilla’s Source, a community site that highlights the work of data journalists and newsroom coders.
She is the author of The Elements of Content Strategy (A Book Apart, 2011), and has worked with clients including W.W. Norton, Thomson Reuters, and the US Patent & Trademark Office to develop unified workflows and tools for publishing on the web. She was formerly the editor of A List Apart magazine and editorial director of Happy Cog Studios.
She lives in Brooklyn and blogs infrequently at Incisive.nu.
Ed Klaris has been in the media business for twenty years as a lawyer and an executive with P&L responsibility. He is currently responsible for a corporate department comprised of more than 60 people, servicing all of Conde Nast, both domestically and across 29 countries. He specializes in domestic and international strategic partnerships, copyright and trademark licensing, joint ventures, intellectual property rights and digital asset management. In addition, he is in charge of all business affairs and document and records management at Conde Nast.
Doug is Accessibility Lead at Nook Media, the digital products division of Barnes & Noble; responsible for the strategy and execution of accessible products and services for the Nook software and hardware product lines. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of startup experience. He has been the founder and executive management at 5 Silicon Valley startups, delivering products as diverse as network terminals (Network Computing Devices), electronic books (NuvoMedia, Barnes & Noble), network security systems (Vernier Networks), and mobile consumer applications and services (LightPole, Inc). He currently serves on the advisory board of several technology startups, and serves as an executive mentor in several local forums.
Sanders Kleinfeld has been employed at O’Reilly Media since 2004 and has held a variety of positions, including roles on O’Reilly’s Production, Editorial, and Tools teams. Currently, he works as Publishing Technology Engineer, maintaining O’Reilly’s XML-based toolchain for generating EPUB and Mobi formats of both frontlist and backlist titles. He also helps coordinate O’Reilly’s digital distribution efforts to electronic sales channels, and is currently assisting in R&D efforts surrounding HTML5 and EPUB 3, helping to develop next-generation ebook content for O’Reilly and its publishing partners. In his spare time, Sanders loves to read, but primarily print books.
Sanders is the author of HTML5 for Publishers (O’Reilly, 2011)
Kris Kliemann, Vice President and Director of Global Rights at Wiley, oversees the Rights, Licensing and Permissions departments. Her team consists of more than 40 people, located in the U.S., England, Germany, Singapore, and Beijing, and is responsible for rights marketing, negotiation, deals and contracts across Wiley’s diverse portfolio of businesses worldwide. Prior to Wiley, Kris held positions at Random House, Hyperion/Disney, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, among others. Her experience includes a wide variety of deals over a wide range of fiction and non-fiction from the highly literary to commercial to scholarly.
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.
Allen Lau is the co-founder and CEO of Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers.
With years of experience building successful mobile tech companies, Allen first started prototyping a mobile eReading app in 2002 on a grey-scale Java phone that could only display 5 lines of text. He wanted to solve a problem he was facing – how to read while on the go. So for the past 10 years Allen has been exploring the power of mobile/social collaboration, online communities, and user-generated content.
Wattpad now serves 13 million people a month and with over 10 million stories uploaded, Allen is leading a team that’s revolutionizing the way people share and discover stories on the web and across every mobile device.
Jennifer 8. Lee is the president and cofounder of Plympton, a literary studio that publishes serialized fiction for digital devices.
She was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years and is the author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles,” a New York Times-bestselling book on how Chinese food is all-American. She is also on the boards of the Nieman Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Asian American Writers Workshop, and the New York Public Library Young Lions committee.
Her next book, to be published by Simon and Schuster, is on how being constantly on our devices changes us emotionally and behaviorially.
She graduated from Harvard with a degree in applied math and economics.
Mark Leslie Lefebvre’s passion for writing and love of reading led him to the book industry, where he has worked since 1992 as a bookseller in virtually every possible bookstore environment (mall store, chain store, big box store, online bookstore and campus bookstore). 1992 was the same year Mark sold his first short story, and his most recent books (under the name Mark Leslie) include Haunted Hamilton and Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound. Mark is the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo where he was part of the team that launched Kobo Writing Life, a DIY self-publishing portal for authors and small publishers. He sits on the Canadian Booksellers Association executive board as well as the BookNet Canada Board of Directors. An author,... Read More.
Doug Lessing is the President for Firebrand Technologies, a software and services company founded in 1987 dedicated to providing solutions for book publishers. Joining Firebrand in 1990, Doug has worked through the thorniest of publisher issues, often going well beyond technology to solve them. As President, Doug’s mission is to ensure that the Firebrand Community is being well served and ensuring that Firebrand is establishing new relationships. In this role, he is given the opportunity to preach often about Title ManagementEcommerce and the Firebrand philosophy.
Jacob Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Figment, an online community for teens and young adults to create, discover, and share new reading and writing. Figment enables it’s users to read amateur and professional content and generate their own unfiltered creative writing to share with peers on web and mobile networks. Jacob is the former Managing Editor of The New Yorker magazine, where he worked for more than twelve years, and of Conde Nast Portfolio.
Matt MacInnis is Inkling’s Chief Executive Officer. He founded Inkling in 2009 on a mission to rethink the way we publish, a journey that began first with the textbook and has moved to much more. Today, Inkling is defining a new medium for publishers and consumers alike.
Before founding Inkling, Matt spent eight years at Apple, beginning in marketing, moving into product, and then running Apple’s education market development team in Asia for over two years, based in Beijing. After helping to grow Apple’s business in the region, Matt was called back to Apple’s California headquarters to coordinate Apple’s growth in education globally.
A native of northeastern Canada, Matt earned a degree in Electrical Engineering with a Citation in Mandarin Chinese from Harvard University. Both... Read More.
With more than 20 years experience of applying technology to create business value, Richard Maraschi generates success for IBM and his enterprise-class clients, having gathered a unique purview between the world of business and technology. In his latest role as Global Lead for Business Analytics, Richard leads IBM’s market strategy and solution development efforts for the Media & Entertainment Industry. Richard advises both IBM’s clients and go-to-market teams on how best to leverage vast set of Business Analytics & Optimization (BAO) offerings. In parallel, Richard is also working to develop the BAO market strategy and industry solutions across IBM’s software, business services, and research divisions. Richard’s analytics expertise ranges from social media/consumer insight, marketing effectiveness, enterprise content analytics, and content... Read More.
Tyler Martin is a web developer from Deloitte Digital focusing on mobile web apps and cross platform technologies.
Patrick Martinent has 20 years of experience in the IT industry, and has been building and managing small- to medium-size IT companies in Europe, India, and South-East Asia. Starting his career in 1992 as EDP Manager of Fashionway, a fashion retail unit, in the UAE, Patrick moved on to become IT Program Manager for Asian Buying Connexion, a buying house, in Singapore In 1996, he established ITVEST Ltd as a holding company and created NatureSoft, an IT outsourcing unit in India, and Lateral Linux Labs, an open source & education unit in Singapore. He was instrumental in launching ICUS, an eLearning unit in Singapore, and ITVEST Consulting in 2005. In 2009, he created Megha IT Consulting, an ITVEST venture... Read More.
Sabrina McCarthy is President of Perseus Distribution Client Services . She has been running Perseus Distribution for the last 6 years and in 2012 took over management of Argo Navis Author Services as well. Prior to her current role she was the Director of Sales Operations for The Perseus Books Group, and prior to that was Director of Business Development for PublicAffairs. Sabrina began her career at Perseus 15 years ago and has also worked in publicity, sales and marketing. She earned her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and was interviewed for PW’s 40 under 40 profiles.
After completing his master’s in book publishing from Portland State University, Tom and classmate Amanda Gomm decided it was high time to bring the standards of good book design to the ebook world. With that in mind, they founded Digital Bindery.
Bill McCoy is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards group responsible for the EPUB standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications. Mr. McCoy was previously General Manager, Digital Publishing at Adobe Systems. McCoy has been involved in publishing technology for over 20 years, and has contributed to the establishment of numerous industry-standard platforms including EPUB as well as PDF, OpenType, and PostScript.
Matthew McCullough is an energetic 13 year veteran of enterprise software development, open source education, and co-founder of Ambient Ideas, LLC, a Denver consultancy. Matthew currently is a member of the JCP, reviewer for technology publishers including O’Reilly, speaker on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, author of the DZone Maven RefCard, and President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.
His experience includes successful JEE, SOA, and Web Service implementations for real estate, finance and telecommunications firms in addition to publishing several open source libraries. Matthew jumps at opportunities to mentor and educate teams on how to leverage open source. His current topics of R&D are Cloud Computing, Maven, iPhone, Distributed Version Control (Git), and Debugging Tools.
Matthew resides in Denver... Read More.
Jo-Ann’s career spans 25 years in the educational supplemental books and trade magazine businesses. Formerly she was a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools. Currently she is Vice President of Sales and Business Development for AEP, the leading professional association for the education learning industry.
Nellie McKesson is the eBook Operations Manager at O’Reilly Media, where she focuses on ebook development and improved production processes while also overseeing continuous publishing/reprints and errata. She began as a print layout specialist with an expert knowledge of InDesign, which coupled with a background in web design segued nicely into eBook development.
Kristen McLean is the Founder and CEO of Bookigee, a Miami-based start-up that develops ground-breaking products and services that flatten the publishing marketplace. Their first product, WriterCube, A DIY Marketing and Analytics app for Authors is currently in free beta. (www.writercube.com)
Before founding Bookigee, Kristen spent seventeen years in a wide variety of industry roles including her most-recent position as the Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association that networks the children’s book market. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues.
As part of her role as an industry futurist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the... Read More.
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working at a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group.
Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!
VP, Editorial & Content Innovation, Citia. I write about and help create reader-friendly digital books. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience” and “Best iPad Apps” (both O’Reilly).
I co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). I’ve also written extensively about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice.
My undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where I studied American history and literature, and I have an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I live with my wife and two daughters in “upstate Manhattan” (aka Washington Heights).
Glenn is the founder of Code Meet Print, the community at the intersection of texts and technology that helps explore, define and build better interfaces, curators and marketplaces for quality storytelling. Code Meet Print partnered with the inaugural Twitter Fiction Festival, hosting the “Very Short #VSS Story Contest,” and has hosted events with NYC partner General Assembly featuring innovators like Readability, Red Lemonade, Findings, Contently and The Atavist. Glenn is the founder/CEO of on-demand technology help desk startup AnswerQi and was formerly a seed stage VC at Centurion Venture Partners.
Edward Nawotka has posed nude for a life-sized hologram, acted in Taiwanese karaoke videos and scripted an unproduced World Music series for MTV. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, an online magazine for the international publishing industry that has been called “the BBC of the book world.”
Publishing Perspectives offers daily updates about the global book business, from Buenos Aires to Beijing, New York to New Delhi, and offers specialized publications covering the Spanish-language book market, Brazil, children’s book publishing, and the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs.
In his capacity as Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, he has delivered keynote speeches and presentations to book fairs and professional conferences in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Mexico,... 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 J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of... Read More.
Tobias Nielsén is the CEO and publishing director of the research-based publishing firm Volante based in Stockholm, Sweden.
He has a Master’s Degree from studies at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and Columbia Business School in New York City, USA. He has a background as a journalist.
Mr. Nielsén has been a keynote speaker at conferences in Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and London.
Audrey Niffenegger is a novelist and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her novel THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE has sold 7 million copies worldwide; it was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book, a pick of the “Today Show Book Club,” and was #19 on the List of “100 Books to Read” issued by the National Endowment for the Arts. As reported by the London Daily Telegraph, the novel was polled #11 on the list of the Top 50 Books Of All Time. Her subsequent novel, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, was also an international bestseller translated into 37 languages to date. She is the author of two “novels-in-pictures,” THE THREE INCESTUOUS SISTERS and
Charles Nix is the son of a printer. He studied art, design, and typography at The Cooper Union, and has designed hundreds of books and a handful of typefaces. For twenty years, he has taught at the Parsons School of Design, where he also served as Chairman of Communication Design. He is Chairman emeritus of the board of the Type Directors Club, an international organization dedicated to furthering typographic excellence. He is currently a partner at Scott & Nix, a publisher of science and nature titles. He enjoys wrestling with complex data sets, and is dedicated to bringing quality typography to both print and screen.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Shannon Okey is the founder of Cooperative Press, an independent publishing company devoted to exploring new ways to publish, promote and champion authors in a swiftly-changing industry. CP pays significantly higher royalty rates and offers much more control than other publishers do. We’re also digital-friendly and constantly looking for new ways to do what we do better. Shannon herself is perhaps better known by her online moniker Knitgrrl, and is the author of more than a dozen major-publisher books, a former magazine editor and a frequent contributor to magazines and television.
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.
Patricia Payton, Senior Director of Publisher Relations and Content Development for Bowker, is responsible communicating metadata requirements and best practices to publishers of all sizes. Patricia has experience retail bookstores as well as international markets. She also holds a Master’s degree in Library Information Science specializing in Digital Libraries as well as an MBA. She actively contributes to BISG and other industry committees. You can find her on twitter @DiscoverBowker
Greg Pizzuti is the IBM Worldwide Sales Leader for Software Group in the IBM Global Media & Entertainment (M&E) Industry. Mr. Pizzuti has been working in the Entertainment Industry for over 20 years, including over ten years with IBM. He is responsible for developing IBM’s software strategy within the Media industry, and in this capacity Mr. Pizzuti works closely with IBM’s M&E clients to support their strategic initiatives. He is currently based in the U.S., but he has worked in other geographies during his career, including a three-year assignment to London.
Corey taught anthropology for 12 years before founding Exprima Media, a software design and development company that partners with content providers to envision, design, and develop compelling and effective interactive experiences. Corey delivers presentations on a variety of topics including the future of publishing, interaction design, and global mobile initiatives.
Richard Price is the founder and CEO of Academia.edu, a social platform for academics to share their research, monitor deep analytics about the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oxford. Academia.edu currently has 1.8 million members who have contributed 1.6 million research papers. It is based in San Francisco, Calif. and has received investments from Spark Capital, Spark Ventures, and True Ventures.
Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital media. Her most recent novel, The Mistress of Nothing, won Canada’s Governor General’s Award in 2009, and was published by Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, in 2010. Her online multimedia work, Inanimate Alice, has become an influential title, often cited as ‘the future of children’s literature’; the American Association of School Librarians named it as a ‘Best Website for Teaching and Learning’, 2012, and it has been included on the BBC/ACE digital initiative, The Space.
Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Originally from British Columbia, Canada,... Read More.
RUSSELL QUINN is a software developer, digital designer, and cofounder of the multinational digital agency Spoiled Milk. He began his career making tools for game consoles at Sony, and was most recently employed as McSweeney’s Digital Media Director where he developed and implemented their e-book strategy, and relaunched their popular humor website and store. In 2009, he invented the first subscription-based iPhone app in the publishing industry. His work has been featured in TIME, Wired, Creative Review and Computer Arts. A native Englishman, Russell left the UK in 2005, eventually settling in California after periods in Denmark and Switzerland.
Evan Ratliff (co-founder, CEO, editor): Evan is an award-winning journalist and contributing editor at Wired magazine. In addition to Wired, his writing appears in The New Yorker, Outside, National Geographic, and many other publications. He is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World (HarperCollins, 2005). His 2009 story “Vanish,” about his attempt to disappear and the public’s effort to find him, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and his writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best of Technology Writing 2006 and 2010, and The Best American Nonrequired Writing 2010. Evan also serves as the story editor for Pop-Up Magazine, the world’s first live magazine.
David Rech began Scribe after being the Director of External Services for the Center for Computer Analysis of Texts at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to possessing extensive knowledge in publishing technologies, David is educated in classical history and languages, and is fully versed in the use of computers for research within the humanities. David’s area of expertise is the development of text-based research tools, and the implementation of the Well-Formed Document Workflow within traditional publishing. Under David’s direction, thousands of multipurpose publications have been created for delivery in traditional print, e-book, web-based, and (even) CD-ROM format.
Joe Regal has spent more than two decades in publishing, starting at the Russell & Volkening Literary Agency, where he worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Anne Tyler, Eudora Welty, and Annie Dillard, as well as Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer. He founded his own agency, Regal Literary, in 2002; there he represented books as diverse as Big Fish, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Shantaram, The Master and Margarita, Scott Pilgrim,The Tao of Wu, and The Traveler. He co-founded Zola Books in 2011 as the first truly integrated social eBook retailer, creating an alternative ecosystem that empowers writers, publishers, independent booksellers, and curators. Zola is an open-platform retailer that carries books from large and small publishers and makes them available on all web-enabled devices, including the Nook, iPad,... Read More.
Renée Register specializes in strategies for the creation, maintenance, and use of metadata to fully support content discovery. She recently launched DataCurate, a consulting and training firm focused on metadata optimization for publishers and libraries.
Her work history includes ten years with Ingram Book Group and six years with OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science and speaks widely on metadata issues.
Fabienne Riener is the Berlin-based Development Manager at Sourcefabric, a not-for-profit organisation that builds open source software for newsrooms, radio stations and media organisations. Their latest tool, which was launched at ToC 2012, is an open social production platform for books.
Before joining Sourcefabric in January 2012, Fabienne enjoyed a varied career in the media and arts sector including a two year stint at NBC Europe in Duesseldorf (Germany), running a Film Production company and setting up a Film Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK). She holds an MA in Cultural Management and has won a Royal Television Society Award in 2008. Having studied and lived in Germany, UK and the US she enjoys being a blogging social media cultural hybrid and feeding her... Read More.
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 active... Read More.
Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies (www.giantstepsmts.com), a consulting firm whose clients include content providers and digital media technology companies. Bill bridges the gaps between business and technology in the digital media world. He brings content providers expertise in areas such as digital rights management, content management and distribution, cross-media strategy, and digital product strategy, and he provides technology vendors with market strategy, business development, and product management services. His publishing clients have included McGraw-Hill, Readers Digest, Pearson, Associated Press, Wolters Kluwer, Rodale, Houghton Mifflin, and Taylor & Francis.
Bill edits the blog Copyright and Technology and is program chair of the Copyright and Technology conferences in New York and London. He is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business... Read More.
Douglas Rushkoff, PhD, is a world-renowned media theorist whose twelve books, including Life, Inc and Program or Be Programmed., have won prestigious awards and have been translated into thirty languages. He is a commentator on CNN and a contributor to The Guardian, Discover, and NPR. He also made the PBS documentaries Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He advocates for digital literacy at Codecademy.com, and teaches at NYU and The New School. He lives in New York, with his wife Barbara and daughter Mamie.
Susan Ruszala is the President of NetGalley, which provides secure digital galleys to a growing community of professional readers in North America, the UK and Australia. Over 200 publishers and nearly 75,000 reviewers, media, booksellers, librarians and bloggers are using the service to discover and review upcoming books. Susan has been launching, pitching and polishing publishing technology ventures for over 15 years, the last five years as part of the NetGalley team. Susan is a frequent speaker at industry events, including recently at Digital Book World, FutureBook (London), and Booknet Canada’s Technology Forum.
Prior to joining NetGalley, Susan consulted with various publishing technology companies on business strategy, marketing plans and business development ventures, and was the International Marketing Director for a global publishing technology supplier.... Read More.
Kaushik Sampath is the Chief Operating Officer of Qbend and the creator of the Qbend platform, a digital content delivery platform designed to help publishers sell direct to consumers, produce custom products and repurpose their content to various retail channels. Kaushik has over 15 years of publishing experience with extensive knowledge on publishing technology. Kaushik focuses on eBooks, retail and automated publishing system. He is the inventor of the SNAP custom and multi-channel publishing platform.
Tim Sanders is the CEO and a co-founder of Net Minds, a team publishing startup in Los Angeles. His career has put him on the cutting edge of technology, business development, new media strategies and team building. He was an integral part of Mark Cuban’s team at AudioNet, later becoming Broadcast.com. After it’s acquisition by Yahoo, Sanders rose to Chief Solutions Officer, working on key marketing partnerships, including Barnes and Noble, Random House and Sony.
Sanders is the author of four bestselling books, including the global bestseller, Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends. Having extensive knowledge of the publishing industry from business model to production, Sanders has been instrumental in guiding many aspiring authors and helping dozens... Read More.
I’m an educational technologist and software project manager currently serving as Director of Learning Services in the Higher Education Group at Harvard Business Publishing, where I help define and lead strategic initiatives involving the delivery and deployment of content to customers. Current initiatives include XML/EPUB content transformation, LMS/catalog integration, and content services APIs.
Meredith Schwartz is News Editor of Library Journal.
As a librarian, Steve connects users to content. His primary responsibility at the University of Washington Libraries is to manage the library linking systems that provide access to journal full-text. In addition, he catalogs eSerials selected and licensed by the UW Libraries. Steve’s background in serial standards began with his work as an ISSN Cataloger at the Library of Congress and currently includes serving on the NISO working group developing guidelines for Presentation and Identification of Electronic Journals (PIE-J).
Steve has a track record of providing professional leadership, most recently serving as President of NASIG. Steve is an accomplished cataloging trainer and gives regular presentations on library cataloging and metadata and the role library systems play in providing access to content.... Read More.
Sameer Shariff is the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc. Over the years, he has grown the company into a leader in online content delivery for the global publishing market, enabling its clients to compete, evolve and grow in an increasingly complex marketplace.
Sameer has been an entrepreneur and the key force behind establishing the elite product platforms and solutions for the Publishing industry. It’s under his vision that Impelsys developed its flagship product, iPublishCentralTM, and earned the fame of being ‘First Movers’ in the list of technology solution providers for the publishing industry. iPublishCentralTM helps publishers increase their revenues by delivering content online quickly and cost effectively.
A guiding mentor to many, Sameer has always been the driving force in making the company... Read More.
Michael Smith is the Partnership Development and Publisher Relations Manager at Worldreader. He has worked with Worldreader since Jan 2012. Focused on digital publishing, Michael works to build long term relationships with international publishing houses to bring e-books to the developing world in Africa. His current focus is on digital publishing, e-books, mobile content & applications, international business development, and the bridging of new technology from the western world to the populous and remote areas of Africa. Prior to joining Worldreader, Michael spent the last 10 years working in the Canadian Financial Services Industry where he was last the VP of Compliance for an independent Canadian Brokerage Firm. Michael also chaired the IIROC CLS Education Committee from 2008-2010; an industry organization that runs National... Read More.
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.
Project manager (editorial) and supervisor of media productions at educational publisher Systime in Aarhus, Denmark. Developing publications in digital media (first) and (then) print media primarily for upper K-12 education. Also developing publishing works flows and cooperation platforms. Before that a high school teacher and national curricula developer.
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.
John Tayman is Founder and CEO of Byliner, the leading publisher in the fastest-growing segment of ebooks. Byliner’s authors include Amy Tan, Jon Krakauer, Nick Hornby, Richard Russo, Margaret Atwood, and others. Prior to Byliner, Tayman founded, edited, or contributed to many award-winning publications, including Outside, Time, Men’s Health, The New York Times Magazine, Rocky Mountain Magazine, and GQ. His bestselling nonfiction book “The Colony” was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Oren J. Teicher is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Booksellers Association. He joined ABA in 1990; and, has served the organization as it’s Director of Government Affairs, Deputy Executive Director, President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and Chief Operating Officer before to his appointment as CEO in 2009. Prior to joining ABA, he was the Director of Corporate Communications for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. He also served as the chief-of-staff for a Member of Congress in the US House of Representatives for eight years. He’s the former Chair of the Media Coalition, Inc.; and, a former Trustee of the White Plains, NY Public Library. He’s been a long time advocate for independently owned retailers... Read More.
Tarah Theoret is the Reader Concierge at NetGalley, where she works with their ever-expanding community of professional readers (reviewers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers, media professionals, and educators). This involves handling daily support issues, connecting readers to titles of interest, and interacting with readers on social media platforms.
Before joining NetGalley, Tarah worked in marketing at Penguin Young Readers Group where she worked on many YA and Middle Grade campaigns that included talented authors such as John Green, Heather Brewer, John Grisham, Richelle Mead, and John Flanagan amongst many others. Tarah began her career at HarperCollins Publishers while working in marketing, editorial, publicity, sales, and rights. She earned her MS in Publishing from Pace University.
Meagan Timney is a Senior Product Designer at Blurb, Inc. Her expertise includes goal-driven and user experience design, usability testing, information architecture, content strategy, research, and writing. Before working in the private sector, she earned her Ph.D. in English literature and was a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor in the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory at the University of Victoria in Canada. She has over six years teaching experience at the university level, and has taught courses ranging from first-year composition to graduate level digital media studies. As a postdoc in digital humanities, she researched theories and practices of digital scholarly editing and publishing, interactive digital media, and human-computer interaction.
Karen Tripp is the Digital Distribution Manager at O’Reilly Media, where she has worked for the past 5 years in the many different facets of digital publishing. She has worked on the creation of ebook files, distribution to retail channels, and troubleshooting the various issues that arise with these digital products.
Joe Vriend graduated from San Jose State University in California with a degree in commercial art and industrial studies graphics. He then worked for a few years as art director for a number of small local magazines managed by a local printer in San Jose. After moving to Michigan in 1977, Joe became the art director and production manager for a church agency. In 1994, Joe came to Zondervan to manage the composition area as it was starting to use desktop publishing for product typesetting and as it began to use an electronic text management system created by HarperCollins.
Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.
With over twenty-five years of experience in his field, Waid has recently launched THRILLBENT.COM, a digital-comics site that takes advantage of all the storytelling tools digital publishing allows. With his various collaborators, he is helping to redefine the comics medium for the 21st century.
Brenda J. Walker is CEO and co-founder of EndTap, the e-book digital endcap. Brenda is the former managing publisher and vice president of Zumobi Inc., where she led the product teams on apps for msnbc.com, TODAY Show, MOTOR TREND, Motley Fool, THE WEEK, TLC, Dwell, Sporting News and more. Brenda has run her own digital music consultancy in Los Angeles and Seattle, and worked in A&R and marketing for Virgin Records, Perspective/A&M Records and Island Records.
When she is not obsessing over mobile devices and experiences, she serves as President of the Harvard Club of Seattle and hosts Global Soul, a weekly radio show for WOMR/WFMR in Provincetown, MA.
Nate Welch is the founding manager of the Custom Publishing program at Wolters Kluwer Law and Business’s Legal Education Division. Nate started this program off the side of his desk in 2009. Since then, he has overseen 2x annual growth for three consecutive years, and built a highly effective team, two web platforms, and an efficient work-flow. Nate focuses his effort on vendor relations, field sales training, sell-through strategy, and bookstore relations.
John Wheeler is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in publishing and expertise in the development and deployment of ePublishing, eLearning, and Multimedia solutions, bringing a unique perspective to the discussion having worked on both sides of the business. As SVP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies, he works closely with SPi Global’s operations team in developing technology-enabled solutions that offer higher-value services and position the company as a strategic partner to its clients.
Prior to joining SPi Global, John was with Elsevier for more than six years as Director, Multimedia Production where he was responsible for the production of all electronic products supporting Elsevier’s global publications.
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is currently General Manager of the OTX division, which publishes the storied “animal books,” at O’Reilly Media, Inc. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Since graduating from Purdue University with a degree in management and computer science, Joe has held a variety of sales and editorial positions in the publishing industry. He is also the author of seven books on programming languages and computer applications.
Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on his Publishing 2020 blog which can be found at... Read More.
David Wilk has broad experience in book publishing, sales, distribution and marketing. He has long been active in alternative and independent publishing, helped to create social initiatives and a number of new businesses. His Creative Management Partners projects include booktrix.com (book marketing and consulting), livewriters.com (video sharing for authors and books), and writerscast.com (podcasting interviews with writers and publishing industry leaders) ; he is president of Easton Studio Press, (custom editorial services and publishing) and the Director of Marketing for Good Business International (good-b.com). Recent clients include A&E Television, Sybase, Inc., Blue Mountain Marketing, Atida Press, Abrams Books, SharedBook.com, Noble Consulting, Waterside Productions and Pragmatic Marketing.
Evan Williams is an American entrepreneur who has co-founded two of the biggest services on the Internet—Blogger, which he ran for four years before selling to Google in 2003, and Twitter, where he was CEO for two years and now serves on the board of directors. Most recently, he launched Medium, a new publishing platform, currently in private beta.
Evan is currently CEO of The Obvious Corporation, which supports world-positive ideas and technologies through building, investing, and advising. Obvious spun out Twitter, Inc. in 2007 and has recently helped companies such as Beyond Meat, Branch, Karma, Lift, and Neighborland.
Evan was raised on a farm in rural Nebraska and has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs of the Decade, one of... Read More.
Pilar Wyman is the President of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), the voice of excellence in indexing. A veteran freelance indexer with her own successful business, she is also an active member of the ASI Digital Trends Task Force, which was formed in 2011 to address the continuing and rapidly increasing evolution of book publishing from traditional print to eBook formats. The DTTF was a key player in the recent International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) inclusion of indexes in the EPUB standard, and continues to work with the IDPF Indexes Working Group. Within her own indexing and via the DTTF, Pilar and ASI are currently engaged with publishers, hardware manufacturers, and software developers to design and create smart... Read More.
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