Digital Strategy Consultant
Charlotte Abbott is a digital content strategist who coaches authors, agents and retailers on creative and results-driven applications of emerging e-publishing tools and services. Her practice is grounded in 20 years in the book industry, as a senior editor at Publishers Weekly, a publishing commentator on National Public Radio, and an acquiring editor at HarperCollins and Avon Books. Building on her fascination with digital reading and online communities, which began with the first wave of e-books in 1999, Charlotte has developed a large and loyal online community of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, book bloggers, and e-reading innovators via weekly discussions on Twitter. Join her on Fridays from 4-5pm ET using the #followreader hashtag. She is a board member of the Women’s Media Group and has served as a judge of several noted literary awards.
Founder & CEO
Rafiq Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Demibooks, a new digital publisher offering software platforms for creating and distributing interactive book apps. His experience spans mobile applications & services, user-centered design and consumer electronic products. In the past he has worked at Motorola Mobility, digital agency Sapient, mobile apps startup EssTec, and management consultants PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He is based in Chicago and can be reached on Twitter @mendicantraf.
Demibooks Inc. is a provider of publishing platforms for interactive books. Its flagship product is Demibooks® Composer, the first software platform for creating interactive books for the iPad, right on the device itself. It is also the maker of Demibooks® Silkscreen, an innovative new platform for enhanced ebooks in HTML5. Demibooks is headquartered in Chicago with a development center in Sydney, Australia.
Travis is co-founder and president of ReadSocial API (a service that adds a group-commenting layer to books and websites). Previously she founded BookGlutton.com, a destination site that offers web-based ebooks where groups can chat inside any chapter and attach notes to paragraphs. She has consulted for a number of publishing entities, including Flat World Knowledge (open-source textbooks), Bibliocommons (social features for libraries), Electric Literature (iPad reading systems), Broadcastr (location-based audio stories), Fortnight Journal, Audible.com / ACX (Audible’s audio book recording and distribution exchange), and NetGalley (professional book review system).
Prior to founding BookGlutton.com, Travis was a creative director at JLOOP.com. She has 14 years of online experience, and has worked in web design, advertising, online training and education. Her client history includes: Cisco, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, Midway Games and Dodge. In addition, Travis has been recognized by Drunken Boat, The Webby Awards, The Flash Forward Film Festival, the W3 Awards and the Electronic Literature Organization. She has a Masters Degree in Interactive Multimedia.
Senior Vice President, Global Professional & Trade
John Wiley & Sons
Mark Allin became SVP of Wiley’s global Professional/Trade business on May 1st, 2010. He joined Wiley with the acquisition of Capstone in 2000 and relocated to Asia in April 2003 to lead Wiley’s business in that region. He has a track record in professional, trade, and educational publishing, having held leadership positions at Simon & Schuster and Pearson prior to becoming co-founder of Capstone in 1996. In addition to leading the Professional/Trade business, Mark serves on Wiley’s Executive Leadership Team.
Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publisher's Weekly), writing as both Bella Andre and Lucy Kevin, Bella has sold more than 300,000 copies of her self-published titles. All 10 of her self-published ebooks have appeared on top 50 bestseller lists at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple. The Washington Post has called her "One of the top digital writers in America" and she has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today and on NPR. Her books have been Cosmopolitan Red Hot Reads twice and have been translated into nine languages. Her novel, Never Too Hot, won the Award of Excellence in 2011. www.BellaAndre.com
Ellen Archer is President and Publisher of Hyperion, where she is responsible for the direction, management and performance of the publishing group. Specializing in fiction and non-fiction for adults, Hyperion has published more than 2,000 books since its inception, many of which have become national bestsellers, including thirty-two New York Times bestsellers in the last year.
Ms. Archer joined Hyperion in April 1999 as VP Associate Publisher. In April 2001 she was promoted to Vice President, Publisher, and in May 2005 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Publisher. In April 2008, Ms. Archer was named President. During her twelve years at Hyperion, she has conceived and directed a wide variety of bestselling campaigns, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and For One More Day; Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Heat Rises by Richard Castle.
A 26-year publishing veteran, Ms. Archer is a board member of Poets and Writers Inc. and is an advisory board member of NYU’s Masters in Publishing Program and The Goddard Riverside Literacy Committee. She is a member of The Women’s Forum and participates in the ABC Media Networks Mentoring Program, working with junior executives on career development.
Director, Social Media & Internal Communications
Morgan joined Scholastic in 2007 as an Internal Communications Manager and then jumped at the chance to play a role in the company’s social media efforts. Today, she manages the corporate social media strategy, overseeing dozens of Scholastic’s social media accounts and communities and leading a team of bloggers at On Our Minds @Scholastic, while also training employees on social media best practices and writing daily content for the intranet and other communications vehicles. Before joining Scholastic, Morgan spent six years in Corporate Communications at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters). She’s an advisory board member of the nonprofit Girls Write Now and a writer of teen fiction.
|Matthew C. Baldacci|
VP, Associate Publisher
St. Martins Press
Matthew C. Baldacci has worked in book publishing since graduating from Colgate University in 1989, and he has held both corporate and marketing jobs at Simon & Schuster, Dorling Kindersley, and St. Martin’s Press. He is currently vice president, associate publisher at St. Martin’s Press where he has worked with bestselling authors such as Lisa Scottoline, Jackie Collins, Emily Giffin, John Kotter and Alan Weisman. In his career, Matt has held responsibility for just about every role in a book marketing department, and is currently immersed in developing new marketing strategies and platforms that utilize emerging technologies to market books. He has been adjunct professor at the School for Continuing and Professional Studies since 2008, teaching both introductory and advanced seminars in marketing in the graduate program. Matt completed his MBA in marketing and information technologies at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 1995.
President and Publisher
Chelsea Green Publishing
Margo Baldwin is the co-founder (along with her husband Ian Baldwin) and President and Publisher of Chelsea Green. The company, now 28 years old, is considered the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. Margo was chosen as one of the top 50 women in publishing by Book Business Magazine in 2009. She has been active in calling for greener practices in the publishing industry, and Chelsea Green is a founding member of the Green Press Initiative. Margo considers Chelsea Green to be a "social enterprise" that is engaged in publishing with a mission to bring about positive change in the world. She hopes to transition the company to employee ownership starting in 2012.
Director, Digital Business Development
Director of Digital Media
Cool Springs Press
Jim Bashour is the director of digital media for Cool Springs Press, a division of Quayside Publishing Group. He manages both digital content conversion and creation, as well as the development of Quayside Internet initiatives, including community websites, mobile applications, QR code programs, and social media. Jim is developing programs both for Quayside imprints and a wide-range of retail and manufacturing partners—from the big boxes to the Mom and Pop retailers.
Vice President & Publisher, Trade Publishing
Lori Benton is the Vice President & Publisher for the Trade Publishing division of Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company. In this capacity, Lori oversees the direction of the publishing program for all imprints of the Trade division. Prior to joining scholastic, Benton was the General Manager and Publisher of the fiction division of Capstone Publishers, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Prior to her position at Capstone, Benton was Vice President, Publisher of the Children’s Books Division at Harcourt; Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers; and Associate Marketing Director for the children’s book division at William Morrow & Company. Benton also spent thirteen years as the children’s book buyer at The Book Shop in Boise, Idaho.
Matteo's digital career spans 15 years, during which he has conceived, built and launched several successful companies and services both online and on mobile. Most recently, Matteo was CEO and founder of Livestation, the leading service for live TV news online and the first company in the world to stream live TV on iPhones. Livestation is also the winner of the Guardian Digital Innovation Award 2008. Prior to this, Matteo was CEO and co-founder of Skinkers, a software company, which defined the market for desktop widgets and the winner of several international innovation awards in the digital space. Matteo started his career by launching the first online property system in Europe in 1995.
Sakkam Press Ltd
Robin Birtle is the CEO of Sakkam Press, a digital publisher based in Tokyo and London. Robin earned his stripes as Head of Media Asia for Reuters, where he witnessed first hand the disruptive effect of the Internet on the news business. Robin is now focused on the opportunities arising in the Japanese eBook market as it moves into the mainstream.
Robin who is based in Japan, gained his BSc in England and speaks and reads Japanese fluently.
On Japan: http://bit.ly/uLqgr9 and http://bit.ly/rGNtyB
On digitizing picture books: http://bit.ly/t6R0e1
We Grow Media
Dan Blank was Director of Content Strategy & Development for Reed Business Information for the past decade, where he worked with editors and bloggers across 50+ brands — including Publishers Weekly and Library Journal — with the goal of creating engaging content and community.
Blank is the Founder of We Grow Media, an online media consulting & training company. He works with writers, authors, editors, & journalists to build their online media & marketing skills and engage their communities in fun and meaningful wa
F+W Media, Inc.
Blansfield joined F+W as Magazine Division President, and now as President, holds responsibility for one-half of all Company communities. Additionally, he manages several ancillary businesses, including the Company’s burgeoning trade and consumer event business. For nearly twenty-five years, he has had a proven track record of growing print, online, and event businesses. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President of the Design Engineering Group for Penton Media.
Hilsinger Mendelson East
Iris Blasi is the Digital Media Coordinator at literary PR firm Hilsinger Mendelson East. Formerly, she was an associate editor at Union Square Press, and she’s also worked for Random House, NBC, and The Idea Logical Company. Her writing has appeared in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Dow Jones Newswires, Publishers Weekly, BUST Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, Bitch Magazine, and BookPage.
Giovanni Bonfanti has been working for A.T. Kearney since 1998 and is a Principal in the Milan office.
Overall, he has 15 years of professional experience with international organizations from several industries, such as retail and consumer goods. He is an expert in the publishing sector, with a focus on innovation and operations issues. He has deep expertise across different functional practices: innovation, supply chain, restructuring and organizational design among others.
Prior to joining management consulting, he was a logistic planner at two prominent manufacturers in the consumer goods and mechanical industries, respectively.
Giovanni is an industrial engineer from the Politecnico of Milan. He also won an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge (USA) and a Master of Science in Logistics and Transportation from the Chalmers University of Gothenburg (Sweden).
Michael Cader is the creator of Publishers Lunch, the largest-circulation book publishing industry publication in the world, and its companion website PublishersMarketplace.com. For 15 years he created and produced over 300 books through his book packaging company, Cader Books.
Publishers Launch Conferences springboard from the branding, vast audience and deep respect for Publishers Lunch–with 45,000 subscribers, the largest publication for book publishing professionals worldwide, and the recognized leader in comprehensive coverage and thoughtful, clear-eyed analysis of the stories and statistics that matter the most in this transitional time.
President & CEO
Green Mountain Digital, Inc.
Brendan is a publishing industry veteran who began his career as a book editor working for Running Press, Grove/Atlantic, and Gotham Books (Penguin Group USA). He has also been a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, was the founding publisher of Open Road Integrated Media, a venture capital-backed disruptive ebook startup, and is co-founder of the literary magazine app Storyville. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of University of Pennsylvania Press.
Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder
Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.
Nicholas Callaway feels he was destined to become an app developer all his life. In August 2010, with an investment from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers, Nicholas Callaway founded Callaway Digital Arts with the idea to transform the media landscape with interactive apps for the iPad generation. As the lines between traditional media converge, CDA is redefining the story, play and “how to” content experience with products that constitute a new medium. Callaway Digital Arts creates beautiful, engaging apps that leave a lasting impression on users of all ages. Employing a strategic combination of market-leading creativity, innovative design, and cutting-edge technology, the company is committed to producing quality, immersive, interactive touch screen experiences in both the Lifestyle (Martha Stewart Makes Cookies) and Children’s (Miss Spider Series, Thomas & Friends, and Sesame Street) categories.
Prior to the launch of Callaway Digital Arts, Nicholas spent 30 years as a print-based publisher, animation producer (the Miss Spider 3D CGI television series), and creator of lifestyle consumer products brands (i.e., Sunny Patch) as the founder/chairman of Callaway Arts & Entertainment. He has produced some of the most successful and highest-profile illustrated books of our time, working with such renowned artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, Irving Penn, David Kirk, Madonna, and many more. He received his B.A. from Harvard in Classics and Fine Arts. He has been practicing Anusara Yoga for 10 years, soon to be a series of Callaway Digital Arts apps for iPad. He is also a life-long photographer whose work is included in various museum and private collections in the U.S. and internationally, and published in books and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Departures.
Senior Managing Editor
Sarah Cardillo is the Senior Managing Editor at Sourcebooks, Inc., one of the fastest growing independent publishers in the U.S. Sarah has over ten years of experience in book publishing, focusing on project management, editing, and production, and is responsible for all scheduling of content delivery for Sourcebooks, from manuscript through printed books, and including cover design and ebook production. Sarah's educational background includes a masters degree in corporate communication and organizational change, which helps her lead her team through the digital transformation of publishing.
Matthew is the VP of Business Development at Vook where he extends Vook's cloud-based ePublishing platform to content holders everywhere. At Vook, Matthew has produced the award-winning JFK:50 Days enhanced eBook with NBC and Perseus, Unleashing the Super IdeaVirus with Seth Godin, Winning the Zero Moment of Truth/ with Google, as well as a variety of eBook projects for Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Harvard Business Review, Franklin Covey, HayHouse and Hachette.
Art Chang is a serial entrepreneur who has helped create and restart over 30 private and public sector organizations. He is the CEO of Cookstr, a technology company dedicated to cooking and food, serving as a data-centered "Switzerland" for rights holders, and as a service provider to recipe publishers and distribution clients. Art is also the Founder and CEO of Tipping Point Partners, a New York City-based technology incubator, and serves as CEO of its portfolio company AppOrchard, an iOS development and software company that bridges the gap between consumer Apple devices and the needs of large enterprises. He is a Bloomberg-appointee to the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and serves as Chair of the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, currently engaged in creating a technology platform that will serve as a Model for 21st Century Democracy.
Chief Marketing Officer
Open Road Integrated Media
Rachel Chou is the Chief Marketing Officer for Open Road Integrated Media. In this role she bridges the traditional world of book marketing with the dynamic, fast-paced world of digital media.
Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD since 2005. She represents fiction for both adult and children. She also represents British rights for the agency’s children’s list, and attends the Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs every year. Previously, she worked at Writers House as an assistant literary agent, and at Tor Books as an editorial assistant. She sits on the Rights Committee of the Book Industry Study Group, and is a member of the Contracts Committee of the AAR. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn.
Owner and President
RJ Julia Booksellers and Just the Right Book!
Roxanne Coady founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut in 1989. After considerable research and work with an advisory committee, she made the decision to launch Just the Right Book!.com a premium gift service to “put the right book in the right hand”.
In 1996, Ms. Coady founded, and continues to chair, the Read to Grow Foundation, which in partnership with urban hospitals throughout Connecticut, provides books and literacy information to tens of thousands of children and families each year.
In 2006, Ms. Coady co-edited the book The Book That Changed My Life and appears regularly on National Public Radio.
R.J. Julia Booksellers awards have included: Business New Haven “Small Business of the Year” and the New Haven Advocate Reader’s Poll – First Place Independent Bookstore; Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore and Publishers Weekly – Bookseller of the Year. Ms. Coady was a chosen Delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business, and the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame.
Prior to her career as a bookseller, Roxanne Coady was National Tax Director and Partner for BDO Seidman, New York.
President of Library & Education
George joined Baker & Taylor in 2000 as President of the Library & Education division, serving public, academic, corporate and law libraries worldwide.
George has been instrumental in developing Baker & Taylor’s Customized Library Services, Digital Media and eContent Platform Delivery Services and outsourcing capabilities in the Collection Development Services
He has more than 32 years of library industry expertise. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Brodart’s books, library and school automation divisions.
George serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, which is a division of the American Library Association.
He has also served on development committees for ALA, Public Library Association and Urban Library Council. George earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College and his Master of Science degree from Bucknell University.
Joshua Cohen is a co-founder at Ganxy where he handles business development and sales activities. His strong passion for books and the publishing industry is rooted in the years he spent working at Random House in various business and financial capacities. He is the former CEO and co-founder of Germany-based iPharro Media, a pioneer in video-based content identification solutions, and has also held positions at Merrill Lynch and MTV. Joshua received his BA from Princeton and his MBA from NYU, with additional studies at the University of Cologne in Germany.
Director of Digital Content Development
Simon & Schuster
Samantha Cohen is the director of the Digital Content Development department at Simon & Schuster. Sam's group creates ebooks that push the boundaries of this quickly evolving reading format while adhering to stringent quality standards. They keep Simon & Schuster on the cutting edge of ebook technology, help push digital processes into existing workflows, and are in regular conversation with retailers on the technical matters that determine how Simon & Schuster prepares and presents content for a fast-growing audience of digital readers.
Vice President, Content/ Executive Producer, Book Division
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Andrea Colvin is Vice President, Content/ Executive Producer, Book Division, at Andrews McMeel Publishing. In this role, Colvin oversees AMP’s creative team and directs both digital and print content development. Colvin was formerly director of publishing operations at Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company. She was previously an executive managing editor at Abrams, production editor for the Penguin Group, and freelance writer and copyeditor with the San Francisco Chronicle, Peachpit Press and Adobe magazine, among others. In addition, she has held editorial and writing positions with publications including Publish, Macweek, and Macworld. She received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Ricardo Costa is the Partner-director at PublishNews - the media trade in Brazil (Portuguese and English version). He graduated as Systems Analist and has specialization courses in Publishing. Worked for 6 years as Editorial Director Marketing Director. Consultant on Publishing Plans and Publishing Houses administration, joined Carlo Carrenho at PublishNews in April 1st, 2007. Ricardo is 48 years old, loves to travel, to go to restaurants and bars, movies and, of course, loves to read!
Group Digital Sales Director
Jason Craig has been in publishing for twenty years, and with Penguin UK for the last eleven of those. His current remit holds him responsible for sales of all content out of Penguin UK into global territories, wherever rights allow.
Holding commercial roles across almost all channels within physical publishing he has managed online accounts since 2002, specialising in digital since 2007. As one of a small group at PUK who implemented digital processes dating back to the start of formalised digital trade, he has deep knowledge of all sections of commercial digital publishing and trading - ranging across rights, supply chain, contracts, and content creation.
He is a native of New Zealand and has lived in London since 2000.
Hachette Book Group
Get Creative, Inc.
Manager, Marketing Promotions
All Romance eBooks
Curtis Agency, E-Reads
Richard Curtis, president of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is a leading New York literary agent; founder of E-Reads, an electronic book publisher; and a well-known author advocate. He is also the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry. His interest in emerging media and technology has enabled him to help authors anticipate trends in publishing and multimedia. He has lectured extensively and conducted panels and seminars devoted to raising consciousness in the author and agent community about the future of communications. He was president of the Association of Authors' Representatives. His popular blog about publishing appears regularly on www.ereads.com.
Liza Dawson Associates
Liza Dawson is the president of the full-service literary agency Liza Dawson Associates. She and her colleagues have successfully built a range of authors into bestsellers around the world -- in fiction, nonfiction, children's books and in hardcover, paperback and e-book editions. Dawson spent twenty years working within corporate publishing as a vice-president of William Morrow and as executive editor of Putnam before she launched her business. She graduated from Duke University and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures course.
DiFiore & Company
Brian DeFiore is the founder of DeFiore and Company, a New York literary agency started in 1999 that now comprises eight agents and hundreds of authors. Notable agency authors include John Grogan (Marley and Me), Jen Lancaster (If You Were Here), Frank Warren (PostSecret), Lauren Conrad (L.A. Candy), Rick Yancey (The Monstrumologist), Benjamin Hale (The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore), Dr. Neal Barnard (The 21-Day Kickstart), Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live) Brian and Michael Voltaggio, and Jane Goodall. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Author’s Representatives and an adjunct lecturer at New York University Center for Publishing. Before starting the agency, DeFiore held several executive positions at major publishing houses, including S.V.P.,Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Villard Books at Random House, and V.P.Editor in Chief of Hyperion and Delacorte Press. He lives in New York City with his wife Merrilee Heifetz and their two daughters.
F+W Media, Inc.
In October 2008, Sara became President at F+W Media, Inc., which is a leading multi-media content company connecting passionate, likeminded groups of enthusiasts to share an ongoing exchange of information, ideas, and inspiration. The Company serves nineteen vertical markets including writing, screenwriting, fine art, genealogy, craft, woodworking and design. F+W offers the highest quality content in a wide variety of formats—from print to digital to video—to highly passionate enthusiast communities. The Company's portfolio includes 33 magazines, 600 new books released annually, a 4,000 title backlist, and more than 2,600 ebooks. Its eMedia division is home to 22 individual community-based eStores providing direct-to-consumer sales of products and services created by F+W and by the Company's third-party partners, more than 225 free and for-fee subscription sites, educational programs, competitions, and trade and consumer events.
Sara joined F+W Media in October 2005 as President of the Book Division responsible for North Light Books, Writer’s Digest Books, Adams Media, David & Charles and Krause Books. Prior to this appointment she served as Managing Director of the David & Charles Group Limited including the extensive direct to consumer business, Readers Union Limited. With a background in sales, Sara has spent over 26 years in the publishing industry, serving at Reed Consumer Books, HarperCollins, Unwin Hyman and Macmillan Children’s Books.
Yale University Press
John Donatich is the Director of Yale University Press, a leading scholarly, art and trade publisher based in New Haven and London. He previously served as VP, Publisher of Basic Books where he published such authors as Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Hofstadter and Samantha Power. He earned a BA and MA from New York University.
His articles and essays have appeared in “The Atlantic Monthly”, “Harper’s,” “The Village Voice” and many other periodicals. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was awarded a Yaddo Fellowship. He has published a memoir, Ambivalence, A Love Story and a novel, The Variations.
Liz Edelstein is the senior manager and editor of HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, Macmillan Publishing’s romance community. Liz is responsible for editorial direction, SEO strategies, marketing and registration growth, social media, and ebook acquisitions for the site.
Prior to launching Heroes and Heartbreakers, Liz did time in high-tech as a product manager at Netscape Communications, wrote thirteen romance novels published under the pseudonym Liz Maverick and is currently writing for an interactive ebook project developed by Coliloquy. She received her MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from UCLA.
Marco Ferrario spent 16 years at Mondadori as an executive in charge of computer publishing, new media and some book publishing houses owned by the group. Before, he had experiences in the corporate venture capital and merger&acquisition areas, focusing on innovation and development. In 2008 Marco started up bookrepublic, the largest independent ebookstore in Italy, and 40k Books, a multilanguage native digital imprint. Marco also organizes IfBookThen, an international event on digital publishing in Milan.
VP of Content and Programming
Simon & Schuster
Sue Fleming is Vice President, Executive Director Content and Programming for Simon & Schuster Digital, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Ms. Fleming is part of a team of key executives responsible for the company’s expansion into digital marketing and publishing. As the lead executive for the content and programming team she programs and maintains the editorial direction of all content on the company’s consumer facing site, simonandschuster.com; curates and manages book content for all proprietary verticals; creates and syndicates book content for distribution to other media partners and manages production and syndication of all video content to both Simon & Schuster sites and marketing partners. In addition, she now manages Simon & Schuster’s enhanced e-Book program creating content for multiple platforms and retailers.
Prior to her work in the emerging digital publishing world, she was Vice President, Marketing Director of the Adult Trade Publishing Group at Simon & Schuster, Inc. While there she launched the company’s first video production partnership and online marketing group. Ms. Fleming also served the company as Vice President, Publicity Director of the Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback group where she created and supervised publicity campaigns for numerous authors and was responsible for more than two dozen national bestsellers.
She began her career at Simon & Schuster in 1980, moving on to Ballantine Books in 1983 and then to head of her own publicity consulting firm until 1991. Ms. Fleming is an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, is a member of the Executive Board of Books for a Better Life and in 2009 was named one of the 50 Top Women In Publishing by Book Business Magazine.
Kevin Franco founded the award winning creative firm Francomedia specializing in immersive marketing and branding. Francomedia has worked with Hewlett Packard, VoodooPC, Canada Safeway, Enbridge, Old Dutch Foods, Canadian Sport Centre as well as numerous professional sports teams, and authors. In 2010, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce awarded Francomedia with the Marketing Award of Distinction. Kevin is also co‐founder of Enthrill Entertainment, a digital content provider and transmedia publisher. Currently, Enthrill is rolling out a new ebook distribution and sales system through brick & mortar bookstores while in development of their next transmedia thriller.
Recorded Books International, LLC
Rich Freese is currently President of Recorded Books International, LLC. Prior to that, he was President of National Book Network, a leading independent distributor of books and contents in all formats.
Previous positions include President of PGW, and President of Motorbooks International. His early career included Senior sales positions at Wiley, Doubleday and International Thomson.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jane Friedman is CEO and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media.
Friedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, one of the world’s leading English-language publishers and a subsidiary of News Corporation, from November 1997 through June 2008. She oversaw HarperCollins book publishing including operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and India and initiated publishing relationships in China.
Friedman’s decision to create a global digital warehouse, including digital files of its core backlist and future books, positioned the company as a leader in the industry and propelled HarperCollins into the 21st century of publishing.
Friedman, who earned a B.A. degree in English from New York University in 1967, came to HarperCollins from Random House, where she was Executive Vice President of Random House Inc., Executive Vice President of the Knopf Publishing Group, Publisher of Vintage Books, and Founder and President of Random House Audio Publishing.
She is Co-Chair of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Division of the UJA. She serves on the board of Literacy Partners, Yale University Press, and Poets & Writers, Inc. She is also a member of the American Advisory Committee of the Jerusalem International Book Fair and the Advisory Committee of the MFA program in creative writing at The New School.
Friedman has earned a myriad of awards and has been recognized by numerous international, national, and local organizations and publications. Among them, she was honored by Variety’s 2007 Women’s Impact Report and was chosen by the New York Post as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women. She was appointed Publishers Weekly’s 2006 Person of the Year; named one of The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch; selected as one of Fast Company’s Fast 50; and was featured in New York Magazine’s The Influentials.
Friedman was also named one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by Crain’s New York Business; named one of America’s 100 Most Important Women by Ladies Home Journal; was included on Vanity Fair’s list of 200 Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers and was recognized for several years by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment.
Jenny Frost is President of Frost Associates, a consulting firm specializing in helping media and publishing firms build their brand(s), negotiate a successful transition for their assets into the digital environment and maximize revenue and resources. Before founding her consultancy, Jenny was with Random House for twenty-five years most recently as President and Publisher of the Crown Publishing Group.
President & CEO
Quayside Publishing Group
Vice President, Publishing Services
Kelly Gallagher serves as Vice President of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence and supply chain products including exclusive sales data reporting tools in the Canadian, Higher Education and US Christian markets as well as the publishing industry’s largest EDI trading networks. This business unit also manages a newly launched consumer research panel surveying over 30,000 consumers on media behaviors and purchase trends. Prior to joining Bowker, Kelly served as the Vice President of Business Development at the Christian Publishers Association for six years. In this role he managed the development and implementation of industry initiatives including research, technology, and supply chain management. Kelly also serves the book publishing industry as the Research Chair for BISG.
|Barbara A. Genco|
Manager, Special Projects
After a long career in collection management at Brooklyn Public Library, and a decade as Director of Collection Development, Barbara Genco joined Library Journal in fall 2009. Now LJ’s Manager of Special Projects, she is the editorial lead for the LJ/SLJ Ebook Summits and project lead for LJ’s new library user research partnership with Bowker PubTrack Consumer—Patron Profiles. A visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute (teaching library collection management), Genco has served on ALA governing Council, as President of the Association for Library Service to Children, and (currently) the Board of NYC’s historic Salmagundi Arts Club in Greenwich Village.
President & CEO
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy oriented and client focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives to the Canadian publishing and book retail sectors.
Before working at BookNet Canada, Noah ran his own technology and software development consulting business, servicing a wide range of clients including book publishers and printers. Prior to that, Noah was Director of Software Development for consumer market research leader Compusense. Where he oversaw the development of a variety of software projects used by numerous Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
Noah serves on the Board of Directors of the Book Industry Study Group, eBound Canada and is Chair of the ONIX International Steering Committee.
Egremont Associates, LLC
Neal Goff, founder of consulting firm Egremont Associates, has more than a quarter century of experience in product development, direct marketing and business leadership in educational, consumer and business-to-business publishing. After starting his publishing career as a newspaper and magazine editor, Neal spent more than a decade at Time Inc., where he held senior positions at Time Life Books and Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC). At BOMC, he led the development and start-up of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club, which was BOMC’s fastest growing club throughout the 1990’s.
He later became President of Simon & Schuster’s direct mail division, Prentice Hall Direct, and Chief Operating Officer of database publisher R.R. Bowker. In the last decade, Neal has been a leader in educational publishing; he served as President of Scholastic Library (formerly Grolier Reference) Publishing, and in 2005 became President of Weekly Reader Publishing, with P&L responsibility for Weekly Reader’s 12 classroom magazines. At Weekly Reader, his role grew to include managerial responsibility for the company’s Custom Publishing business, library publisher Gareth Stevens Publishing, World Almanac Education Library Services, and the Facts For Learning database business. After leaving Weekly Reader in January of 2010, Neal founded Egremont Associates, which provides strategic advice, marketing services and product development support to publishers and educational technology companies and helps them develop strategic partnerships.
Neal is President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Education Exchange. He has an MBA from Columbia University.
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
I spent twenty-five years in the computer information communication profession, as technical writer, editor and manager. I started editing part time for Ellora’s Cave in 2003, and in January 2004 I moved to Ohio to take on the job of Managing Editor. My position is now Publisher, and I deal with over 450 authors, plan and manage our digital releases, and handle contract negotiations with authors and agents, vendors, retailers, and foreign publishers. But I still love editing and continue to edit my group of authors.
I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read and didn’t have a book in my hands. My favorite reading these days are paranormal and urban fantasy romances with a high sensuality level. I’ve got over 4000 books in my home. Even my “hobbies” involve books—I collect antique dictionaries, illustrated children’s fairy tale books, and fancy bookmarks. And someday I’m going to realize my dream of becoming a published author of children’s books!
Politics and Prose Bookstore
Bradley Graham and his wife, Lissa Muscatine purchased the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC, in June 2011 and now manage the store fulltime. Brad previously spent more than three decades as a journalist with the Washington Post. His assignments included overseas postings in Germany, Poland and Argentina, as well as stints as an economics writer, Pentagon correspondent and editor. He has written two books: a 2009 biography of Donald Rumsfeld ("By His Own Rules") and a 2001 account of U.S. efforts to build a national system against ballistic missile attack ("Hit to Kill").
Vice President For Kindle Content
As Amazon’s Vice President, Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti manages Kindle’s business selling books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and other content to customers around the world on Kindle, the best-selling product in Amazon’s history. He also oversees Kindle’s revolutionary self-publishing business, Kindle Digital Text Platform, as well as CreateSpace, part of the Amazon group of companies and Amazon’s publishing imprints AmazonEncore and AmazonCrossing. Prior to joining Kindle in October 2009, he managed Amazon’s North American physical book business.
Since joining Amazon in 1998, Grandinetti has served in a number of positions in Amazon’s retail and finance functions including Vice President of Consumables including Apparel, Health & Personal Care, Gourmet Foods, as well as Treasurer and head of Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Amazon.com, Grandinetti was a securities analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York City where he covered a number of emerging companies in the Internet sector, including Netscape, CNET and Amazon.com. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Grandinetti worked as a systems designer and engineer at Andersen Consulting.
Grandinetti is a graduate of Princeton University, and holds a B.S.E. in Operations Research.
Rochelle Grayson is the CEO of BookRiff, an innovative publishing technology company that allows publishers and consumers to remix and resell content, while ensuring that all content owners and contributors get paid.
With 20 years of business, technology, and media experience, Rochelle has led and launched several innovative digital media initiatives, working with a combination of both highly analytical and creative individuals. Rochelle is equally comfortable discussing digital media business models, social media trends, online community building, and internet and mobile technologies.
Since 2008, Rochelle has been nominated as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, named “The New Executive Cool Hunter”, awarded Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and listed as one of Vancouver's Top 10 Technology Women.
Digital Book World
Jeremy Greenfield is editorial director of Digital Book World. Prior to DBW, Jeremy was editor of FINS.com, a new career site from The Wall Street Journal. He has been a journalist in New York for six years and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior vendor relations manager, US
Ami Greko manages vendor relations in the US for Kobo ebooks. She is a founder of Book Camp NYC, an unconference for publishing types and readers, and co-curates and hosts the Ignite-style lecture series 7x20x21. A member of the PAMA and DBW advisory boards, Greko also presents regularly on digital marketing, including at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the LA Times Book Festival, and New York University. You can find her online on Twitter and on Tumblr as ami_with_an_i, and in real life probably in a bookstore in Brooklyn.
Vice President, Digital Markets
Michael Harbolt is Vice President, Digital Markets at Macmillan, a leading trade and academic publisher. He is responsible for driving the transformation of marketing at Macmillan to adapt to the rapidly changing market dynamics in publishing and retailing, including architecting Macmillan’s customer acquisition, engagement and retention strategy. Prior to Macmillan, Michael was the Managing Director of Scientific American Online, where he drove new content, licensing, and ad strategies through digital engagement that drove significant increases in both measured audience and ad revenues. A true digital marketing veteran, Michael has spent his career helping transform marketing in turbulent and fast-moving growth environments at companies including BusinessWeek, Financial Times, and Scientific American. Michael received a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in English and Journalism/Public Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Director, Literary Department
International Creative Management
Sloan Harris is the Co Director of ICM’s literary department and has been at ICM for 21 years. He represents a diverse list of journalists as well as literary and commercial novelists. Clients include Anthony Lane, David Mamet, Vince Flynn, Lauren Weisberger, George Pelecanos, Hampton Sides, AJ Jacobs, Anthony Swofford, Jane Mayer and Doug Stanton.
Senior Manager, Digital Content
HarperCollins Children's Books
Dana Hayward is Senior Manager, Digital Content for HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she has championed the repurposing of digital materials since joining the company in 1997. Ms. Hayward is a member of the Children’s Digital Publishing Services team responsible for several aspects of ebook production, and she manages the division’s desktop publishing group and DAM archives.
Executive Director, Author and Publisher Relations
Copyright Clearance Center
Michael Healy has worked in the book industry for more than 25 years and has spent most of that time in senior editorial, sales and distribution roles in digital publishing. For much of his career, he has been closely involved in the development of standards for the international book trade, and is particularly associated with standards for metadata, product information and electronic commerce. Michael has led many international standards groups. He has been Chairman of the International ISBN Agency, a Director of the International DOI Foundation, and led the international ISO committee that developed ISBN-13.
Until October 2009 Michael was the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a New York-based non-profit membership body dedicated to improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of the U.S. book industry through the development and maintenance of standards, research, education and information.
In March 2009, it was announced that Michael Healy would become the first Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry (BRR). The BRR, established by the Google Book Settlement, will be the lead body in the administration of the Settlement’s benefits and will represent authors and publishers in the management of their digital assets. Michael began work full-time on the preparations for the establishment of the BRR in October 2009.
Oblong Books & Music in Millerton
Suzanna Hermans is the co-owner of Oblong Books & Music in Millerton & Rhinebeck, NY, which was founded by her father in 1975. She has served as co-chair of the New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. In 2010 she was featured on the cover of USA Today in an article focusing on the state of independent bookselling in America. Twitter: @oblongirl.
With over 25 years experience in the publishing industry, Ted Hill has launched dozens of new businesses and business initiatives. He has held business development positions at leading companies including Pearson, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Vista (now Publishing Technology), and About.com. As a business development consultant with deep knowledge of the publishing and information industries, client engagements range from raw startups to America’s largest companies including NetGalley, codeMantra, Above the Treeline, R.R. Bowker, Ingram, and Microsoft Corporation. In addition to frequently speaking at industry events on the subject of how new technologies impact the business of publishing, Ted is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Book Industry Study Group.
Vice President of eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Jim Hilt is the Vice President of eBooks for Barnes & Noble, responsible for the strategy, sales and marketing, and product experience that will help new and existing readers fall in love with the digital reading experience on NOOK. For the past 13 years, Jim has been committed to the creation of market changing and brilliant customer experiences that transform the way people communicate, shop and live. He has held a series of executive positions at Sears Holdings, SAP and IBM during the past 13 years all focused in the digital experience. He is currently reading The Real Elizabeth, 1Q84 and The Sense of an Ending – and not nearly as far along as he should be.
Senior Production Director
Hachette Book Group
Dylan Hoke has worked over 15 years in book publishing managing the production and manufacturing of books published across a variety of formats and editorial groups ranging from computer software guides to best-selling fiction to children’s picture books.
He currently oversees the digital production group at Hachette Book Group who is responsible for the design, composition, and production of all text-driven titles on the Adult and Children’ publishing lists. This team includes a group of production designers who design and compose books in-house using an xml-first workflow.
Additionally, he directs the digital production and manufacturing of Hachette’s Children’s Picture Books as well as the Yen Press manga imprint.
Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur, CEO Semi-Linear, Director New York Angels Linda Holliday is a media, internet and marketing veteran, serial-entrepreneur and active angel investor in digital media companies including Comixology, ScrollMotion and Organized Wisdom. She recently formed a start-up to publish serious non-fiction mobile apps. Founder and former president of Medical Broadcasting Company, now Digitas Health, a Publicis Company. The company, a digital pioneer, built more than 1000 web sites, ran complex relationship programs on and off-line, designed robust educational programs and led industry efforts with major media and search companies. In addition to general executive responsibilities as President of MBC, Linda also led marketing, media, innovation, and business development. Digitas Health now operates with more that 500 employees out of 4 cities.
In addition to helping clients such as Johnson and Johnson launch various new products and businesses, She also successfully created and exited a thought-leading internet business intelligence company (ePharmaceuticals) as well as a production business that produced syndicated television programs (including Bodysense hosted by Mike Rowe.) After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School, Linda led marketing for a nationally known commercial, film and Imax film production company and for several Cablevision sports channels.
Orbit and Yen Press
Tim Holman is VP, Publisher of the Orbit [science fiction and fantasy] and Yen Press [manga and graphic novel] imprints. Orbit is a division of Hachette Book Group in the US and an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group in the UK. He joined Orbit in 1992 and has been based in the US since 1997.
Vice President, Digital Content
Barnes & Noble
Author and Futurist
David Houle is a futurist, advisor and speaker. He has always been slightly ahead the curve. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News
Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream”. He was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. In the last year he has delivered keynotes on five continents. Called “the emerging futurist in the world today”, he is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats. He won a speaker of the year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called “the CEOs’ Futurist” having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.
He launched his highly regarded futurist blog, www.evolutionshift.com, in early 2006. He publishes the Shift Age Newsletter, available at www.davidhoulecom and his YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/evolutionshift . In February 2010 he also became a featured contributor to Oprah.com and his column can be found at www.oprah.com/davidhoule
His first book, the influential and highly acclaimed “The Shift Age” was published in 2008. His second book, “Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education” was published in April 2011 by Corwin. His third book, “The New Health Age: the Future of Healthcare and Medicine in America” was published by Sourcebooks in December 2011. “The Shift Age” with a new foreword was also published by Sourcebooks in December 2011..
Houle is a member of the faculty and the futurist in residence at the Ringling College of Art + Design
|John R. Ingram|
Ingram Content Group
John Ingram is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc. He is also Chairman of Ingram Content Group which includes Ingram Book Company, the leading wholesaler and distributor to the book industry; Lightning Source Inc., the leading provider of print on demand services for publishers, and Ingram Digital. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ingram was the President of Ingram Book Company and also held executive positions with Ingram Micro. He was Vice President of Purchasing and Vice President of Management Services at Ingram Micro Europe, and Director of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. He was acting Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Mr. Ingram has been a member of the Ingram Micro Inc. Board of Directors since 1996.
Angela James, executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first imprint, is a veteran of the digital publishing industry and a long-time advocate for digital publishing. She has enjoyed nearly a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as executive editor for two digital-first presses, most recently Carina Press. As executive editor of Carina, she was recently profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry. In addition, Angela is the creator of Before You Hit Send, an online self-editing course for authors and aspiring writers. She remains active in the writing and digital publishing community via social media, as well as national and international publishing and writing conferences. Angela can be found on Twitter as @angelajames.
Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer
All Romance eBooks (ARe)
Lori James is a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of All Romance eBooks (ARe). The company owns AllRomance.com, which specializes in the sale of romance eBooks, OmniLit.com, which sells both fiction and non-fiction eBooks, and AReCafe.com, a rich community-based social networking platform for passionate bibliophiles.
Co-founder & CEO
Chief Marketing Officer
Perseus Book Group
Rick Joyce is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Perseus Books Group, and has been involved since 2004 in the growth and digital strategies for the company. Rick is one of the co-creators of Constellation, the one-stop digital solution for independent publishers, and serves on its Leadership Team. He was the force behind the BEA 2009 experiment known as Book:The Sequel crashing a book in all formats from the show floor, and the pioneering NY Times Bestseller and transmedia sensation Cathy’s Book: If Found, Call 650-266-8233. Rick has also been the producer of enhanced books and apps like JFK:50 Days and Roots: The Enhanced Edition. Prior to Perseus, Rick was a strategy partner at Accenture, working in publishing, music, magazines and newspapers for clients like Simon & Schuster, Viacom, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Tribune Corp, the AAP, Primedia, and Disney. Rick was VP of Strategy and Marketing at ASCAP, and a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton in their Media practice. Rick has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and MBA from Columbia and an MFA from the New School.
Books & Books
Mitchell Kaplan is the owner of Books & Books, with five locations in South Florida, and affiliated stores in the Cayman Islands and Westhampton Beach, NY. This year Books & Books is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Director, Business Developement and Author Relations
Copyright Clearance Center
At Copyright Clearance Center, Christopher Kenneally works with his Business Development colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. He has forged partnerships with technology providers, professional associations, and media organizations, among others. In addition, Kenneally is host/producer of CCC’s weekly podcast series, “Beyond the Book,” and for OnCopyright Education, CCC's Educational Services brand, he presents a variety of programs on copyright and intellectual property issues.
As a freelance journalist, Christopher Kenneally reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Independent of London, among many other publications. He also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston). He is author of “Massachusetts 101” (Applewood Books), a history of the state “from Redcoats to Red Sox” (www.mass101.com)
Director, Search Engine Optimization
F+W Media, Inc.
Dan Kern is Director of SEO at F+W Media, Inc. Dan began his career in online marketing before becoming an expert in search engine optimization. He has helped improve SEO at F+W through projects like improving the ranking of the Numismatic community's coin price guide page in Google.
Digital Product Director
Hachette Book Group
Liz Kessler is Digital Product Director for Hachette Digital, Inc., overseeing development of e-books, enhanced e-books, and mobile applications. Working with business and technology partners to define product vision, Liz is responsible for managing digital projects for Hachette Book Group imprints including Little, Brown, Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Yen Press. Liz has supervised digital content development for companies including Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, and Kaplan Publishing. In the spring, she will complete a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies with a focus on preservation strategies for born-digital content.
VP Digital Strategy
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Anne is a partner in Foxpath IND, a 10-year-old digital-print-web consulting and services company specializing in the transition to and from traditional content development, management and publishing. Her clients include trade book publishers; technology and financial services websites; and arts and cultural institutions. Most recently she was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief for Dulcinea Media, an online publisher, where, in addition to managing a large editorial staff, she oversaw web production, content SEO, business development and audience outreach for three websites. Previously, she held senior positions in licensing, product development, acquisitions, and electronic publishing with major trade book publishers, creating top-selling book series, award-winning children’s books, and innovative print-digital crossover products. A contributing editor at Digital Book World, Anne’s column, “Digital Reading,” covers UX, usability design, and e-book readers’ experience. Anne is the current president of Women’s Media Group, a 35-year-old industry organization, and is the author of several books for children and a definitive collection of jokes.
Director Digital Workflow
Matt's experience is rooted in graphic arts, graphic design, and fine arts. He spent several years working in the printing industry, in both commercial print and packaging where he concentrated in digital workflow development. In 2004 he left the printing industry to work for Adams Media, a division of F+W Media Inc. where he applied his digital workflow expertise to a fast paced publishing program. In 2009 he focused on eBook workflow development and has never looked back. When his head is not buried in the fast changing world of eBook development he enjoys playing the blues.
|Anne Silvers Lee|
Chief, Materials Management Division
Free Library of Philadelphia
Anne Silvers Lee: Chief, Materials Management Division, Free Library of Philadelphia, one of the largest public libraries in the United States. Responsible for the selection, purchase and distribution of materials in all formats, including print and ebook content, for the more than 500,000 Free Library customers who access materials in person and virtually. Initiated training for library staff and the public on egadets and ebooks due to the enormous growth in our ebook use. Authored an article entitled “E-books in Libraries: a time of change in pricing and loan models” in the July/August 2011 issue of Public Libraries.
Benjamin LeRoy is the Publisher of Tyrus Books, a division of F+W Media known for its crime and dark literary fiction. He was also the founder and Publisher of Bleak House Books. He lives in Madison, WI where he listens to a lot of music, watches plenty of baseball, and works on his own writing.
VP, Director of Account Marketing
Simon Lipskar is President of Writers House, a leading literary agency in New York. As an agent, he represents a wide range of writers, including many major bestselling and award-winning authors in literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and fiction for young readers. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Peroozal, an innovative book discovery and marketing platform.
A "military brat," Elle was born in Germany, and also lived in Puerto Rico and Italy. Sadly, she only speaks English (barely). Elle's first novel, the self-published romantic comedy THE FROG PRINCE, became an Amazon Kindle Store best-seller. Two novels, the romantic comedy SLEEPING BEAUTY, and the thriller VIRGIN, soon followed. She hopes the three novels will eventually allow her to hire someone to feed her peeled grapes and fan her with a palm frond. Her next novel, RAPUNZEL, will be available in the spring. Elle currently lives in Denver. She keeps a dachshund around the house to provide comic relief.
Executive Vice President
Bert Davis Executive Search
Scott Lubeck has been at the forefront of many transformation initiatives in the publishing industry. As Director of the National Academy Press in Washington, D.C. in 1989, he led pioneering work in digital print and Web publishing. He was CTO at Harvard Business School Publishing and Vice President of Technology at Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional and Education. He has extensive experience in leading change in companies that are undergoing the transformation from print to digital publishing and delivery. In these initiatives he brings both an understanding and mastery of systems evaluation and process analysis and a practical knowledge of the human resources required to enable profitable growth from technology investment. At both Harvard and Wolters Kluwer Scott built and managed successful teams of IT professionals who possessed the core competencies required to move legacy businesses into the future. His hallmark has been maximizing the strategic value of technology in publishing. Scott has also started technology companies and been a leader in high-growth businesses. In this arena, he was most recently Vice President and General Manager at LibreDigital, a provider of digital publishing solutions to the information and publishing businesses.He was Executive Director of the Book Industry Study group before joining Bert Davis Executive Search.
Gary is currently Group Publisher for F+W Media's Design Community and Digital Book World Community. A media industry veteran with more than 20 years experience in print, events, and digital media, Gary has held senior executive positions at companies such as Reuters, Thomson Media and Metal Bulletin PLC, Prior to F+W Media he served as Managing Director, North America for Incisive Media where he was responsible for a portfolio of market leading brands serving the digital media and marketing industry. Gary has a deep understanding of multiple media channels, an excellent track record of new business development and franchise building, and a strong reputation as a team builder. Gary has built media franchises that have served the North American, European and Asian markets.
Director, Business Development
Andrew Malkin is Director, Business Development for Innodata with a focus on large trade publishing houses. Over the past twenty years, he has held a range of senior marketing and sales functions for market leaders such as HarperCollins, Random House and Ingram. Prior to joining Innodata in 2011, Andrew was VP, Book Content at Zinio, responsible for overseeing global business development and digital strategy for this platform's new vertical in books.
During his publishing career, Malkin has managed businesses as large as $125 million annual sales. In that time, he ran eBay’s entire books category, grew Ingram Book Group’s international sales and, later, was hired by the CEO of Time Warner Book Group in a new, integrated marketing role as Brand Manager, Franchise Authors, working principally on theJames Patterson and Rich Dad, Poor Dad brands. Before that role, he was Vice President, Trade Book Sales, at Rodale with responsibilities of digital, international, domestic, special sales, retail video and rights. He was instrumental in the trade success of major bestselling series Eat This, Not That!, The South Beach Diet and The Flat Belly Diet!. Malkin also speaks frequently on digital issues as they relate to book publishing including O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, PubWest and Mediabistro in addition to being active on social media (@armco).
Malkin holds a B.A. in English from The University of Vermont and an M.B.A. in Marketing, Strategy and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern/Kellogg School of Management. While in business school, he co-wrote several case studies with digital marketing thought leader, Professor Mohan Sawhney, now published through Harvard Business Publishing. He is a Chair of the NY Regional Board for The University of Vermont as well as Kellogg’s Alumni Club of Connecticut/Westchester County.
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Chief Operating Officer
Perseus Books Group
Joe is the Chief Operating Officer of Perseus Books Group, where he oversees the Company's physical and digital operations and helps set and execute the company's strategy. During Joe’s tenure, Perseus has emerged as the leading services provider to independent publishers, with more than 350 publishing clients across the company’s three business lines: Perseus Distribution, PGW and Consortium. Joe has been with Perseus since 2004, prior to which he held managing director and principal positions with Razorfish and Booz Allen respectively, where he helped media companies pursue transformational opportunities. Prior to that, Joe worked as an independent computer consultant.
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Bruce D. Marcus is chief digital and information officer for McGraw-Hill Education with overall responsibility for the acceleration of the company’s continued digital transformation. He is responsible for leveraging existing digital platforms and capabilities across the organization, and identifying and developing key technology solutions for K-12, higher education and professional markets worldwide.
Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Bruce was executive vice president and chief information officer for The McGraw-Hill Companies, providing overall technology leadership for the corporation and its businesses and working with business management to expand the application of effective technology solutions across the enterprise. He also served as a member of the corporation’s CEO Council.
Earlier, he was senior vice president, Enterprise Systems, with responsibility for systems development across The McGraw-Hill Companies. Before that, as vice president of Business Operations and Technology for Platts, he was responsible for Platts’ global technology development, administration, and operations, as well as its Content Management Services and Internet businesses.
Bruce also served as a business systems consultant for McGraw-Hill Higher Education and as senior director of software systems development for Standard and Poor’s. Prior to joining The McGraw-Hill Companies, he served as the managing editor of Pathfinder Press, a small trade publishing house.
Ron Martinez is the founder of aerbook, and its parent company, Invention Arts. He’s a prolific inventor, with close to a hundred and fifty issued patents or patent applications currently in flight.
Ron’s introduction to computers as an expressive medium was in the mid-80’s, when as an aspiring writer in New York, he got jobs writing YA adventure books, contributing to humor anthologies, writing comics for Heavy Metal and other publications. After a book packager asked him to adapt an Arthur C. Clarke novel, Rendezvous with Rama, to graphic adventure format, Ron learned to program and built an interactive fiction system. He went on to use that and its variations to write interactive Star Trek stories, original murder mysteries, political simulations, and other titles for publishers like Simon & Schuster, Spinnaker, Philips Interactive Media, Electronic Arts, and others. By the mid-90’s, he built 10Six, one of the first massively multiplayer games, published and operated by Sega. (Though built in the late 90’s, it continues to thrive as an indie game at ProjectVisitor.com. 10six introduced ownable, transactable virtual goods for the first time.
Prior to his current work at Invention Arts, Ron worked for a number of years as Vice President, Intellectual Property Innovation for Yahoo! There he designed and built the IP Innovation function which over a four year period delivered high volume targeted, patentable IP and productizable innovation. He also initiated Yahoo!’s content IP asset management and operations program, implementing a global, real-time rights infrastructure called Rights Engine.
Who Dares Wins Publishing
NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books and is in demand as a team-building, life-change, and leadership speaker and consultant. Bob graduated from West Point and served in the military as a Special Forces A-Team leader and a teacher at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School. He teaches novel writing and improving the author via his Write It Forward program. He is the Co-Creator of Who Dares Wins Publishing and one of the bestselling indie authors in the US. For more see www.bobmayer.org or www.whodareswinspublishing.com
Book Review Editor
Heather McCormack is a lover, a fighter, and Book Review Editor of Library Journal, read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. She blogs at In the Bookroom and heathermccormack.wordpress.com and is helping coordinate Library Journal’s Oct. 12, 2011, virtual ebook summit, “Ebooks: The New Normal.”
President, Sales, Operations, and Digital
Madeline has worked on and off at Random House since 1994, in positions ranging through new media, online and offline sales, and publishing. She is currently responsible for Random’s digital and print sales, operations, fulfillment, and IT as well as for digital product and business development, corporate marketing development, and third party distribution.
President and Co-Owner
Books & Books Westhampton Beach
Jack McKeown is President and Co-owner of Books & Books Westhampton Beach, NY, an independent affiliate of the Books & Books family of stores headquartered in Coral Gables, FL. Jack is a 35-year publishing veteran, who served as CEO and co-founder of the Perseus Books Group, president and publisher of the Adult Trade Group of HarperCollins, and publisher of the Adult Trade Division of Simon and Schuster. He currently also serves as Director of New Business Development for Verso Advertising, Inc. and VersoDigital.
Founder & CEO
Kristen McLean is the founder and CEO of Bookigee.com, an innovative early-stage tech venture in the publishing industry. Before founding Bookigee, Kristen was the Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association that networks the children’s book industry. In 2011, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Bookseller’s Association where its work on behalf of children’s booksellers continues. Prior to ABC, Kristen spent twelve years in the book and toy industry in a wide range of roles from frontline retailing and commission sales, to trade marketing for a major US publisher. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the publishing world including the effect of technology and culture on books and reading, the role of bookstores and libraries in the lives of 21st century readers, and new models for the Publishing Industry. Bookigee represents the synthesis of more than a decade of thinking about new paradigms for books and content. You can find out more about her including her writing and presentations at www.kristenmclean.org.
Vice President & Principal Analyst
James McQuivey, Ph.D., is a vice-president and principal analyst at Forrester Research where he tracks the future of the consumer media experience across all its many devices and on behalf of the many companies that want to provide that content. He works with book publishers to understand what the book of the future will look like and what kind of customer relationship will best preserve the publisher's ability to deliver that book.
Executive Editor/Executive Vice President
Presidential historian, Contributing Editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is executive vice president and executive editor of Random House Publishing Group.
His book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was a New York Times bestseller. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009, the book was cited as an “unlikely portrait of a not always admirable democrat, but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.”
His other New York Times bestsellers include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.
Digital Library Marketing
Tom Mercer is the marketing manager for the 3M Cloud Library. Tom has worked in new product development and new product launches for over 11 years at 3M Company. He has a mixture of technical and business experience provides him a unique perspective on how to launch new technology products. Tom has spent a significant amount of time speaking with librarians and publishers about the future of eBooks and how eBooks will change library and consumer habits. He created the product roadmap for the 3M Cloud Library which has been received with high reviews for the library market.
Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. For more than two decades he’s worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher (sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). Peter has also written 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. During a five-year tour of duty at O’Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. His most recent writing projects include Enhanced Ebooks Today & Tomorrow: A Survey for Authors and Publishers and Best iPad Apps (O’Reilly Media, 2010). He blogs at www.newkindofbook.com. Peter’s undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives with his wife and two daughters in “upstate Manhattan” (aka Washington Heights).
Community Relations Manager
Matt Mullin heads up business development, programming, and educational offerings for the Digital Book World community. He puts together WEBcasts and partnerships with the goal of educating and growing network of optimistic professionals. In his previous position in digital marketing at Sterling Publishing, he crafted social media strategy for both authors and brands, created and executed ebook workflow, and led single-title digital marketing efforts for key titles.
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Suzanne Murphy joined Disney Publishing Worldwide in 2010 as vice president and publisher. She is responsible for all content strategies for DPW's Books business, including overseeing North American publishing for the Disney Book Group, and its imprints: Disney Press Disney Editions, and Disney Hyperion, working closely with talent and agents and driving digital content strategy. She also oversees global content creation and product development for DPW's international book publishing programs for its licensing business. Prior to joining Disney, she held positions at Scholastic Trade Publishing, as vice president, group publisher, and at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, where she was vice president, marketing & publicity. Murphy began her career in children’s books publicity and marketing at Random House.
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
John Mutter is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Shelf Awareness, the daily e-mail newsletter geared to booksellers and librarians that was launched in 2005 and now has more than 25,000 subscribers. Earlier this year Shelf Awareness launched a twice-weekly edition for consumers that highlights the 25 best books of the week and has nearly 100,000 subscribers. He earlier worked at Publishers Weekly for more than 20 years, most recently as executive editor of bookselling.
VP, Content & Community
Richard Nash is VP of Community and Content of Small Demons, founder of Cursor, and Publisher of Red Lemonade. He ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the AAP’s Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Books he published landed on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; his final book was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable.com picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing.
VP of Marketing
HarperCollins Children's Books
Since joining HarperCollins Children's Books seven years ago, Diane has experienced the shifting of marketing emphasis and dollars from offline to online programs. She spent the last year and a half re-directing responsibilities as well as budgets to reflect the huge online growth including the kid, teen, parent and educator communities. In 1998, she joined Sesame Workshop as Director of Marketing in the Publishing and New Media Group, and in 2000 was named Vice President, General Manager, Publishing. Her responsibilities included developing brand strategies, overseeing new product development, and directing the marketing and licensing programs for all Sesame Workshop properties. Prior to that, Diane spent eight years in marketing and publishing at the National Basketball Association.
Diane is a recipient of Licensing Magazine’s “40 under 40” award. She was a featured speaker on the “Maximizing the Multi-platform Potential in Children's Publishing” panel at the 2008 BEA conference. She was also a panelist at the yPulse 2007 Mashup conference, speaking to what brands are doing to survive and thrive in the teen market.
President, Digital Group
Baker & Taylor
Bob Nelson joined Baker & Taylor in 2008 as Executive Vice President for Global Business Development and was promoted in 2010 to President of our new Digital Group. Bob has more than 25 years experience as a senior executive and has run businesses in the United States and abroad.
Bob’s Digital Group is focused on winning new business contracts and managing digital services implementation for targeted device manufacturers and retail clients worldwide. The Group’s strategy is to provide an outsourced digital media infrastructure for these customers with services that include content aggregation, e-reader software application via Blio and fully merchandised digital media retail storefronts.
Before coming to Baker & Taylor, Bob held various positions with RR Donnelley & Sons Co., a print services provider. As President of Global Document Solutions, he was based in London.
He has also held executive positions with Moore Wallace Inc., Moore Corp., EnfoTrust Networks and World Color.
Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration at the University of Southern California.
Bill Newlin is publisher of Avalon Travel (Perseus), home of Rick Steves, Moon, Let's Go, and other travel series. Bill began publishing travel guides in 1982 and has been publishing and promoting online since 1994. Current digital projects include complex ePub editions, multimedia apps, SPR chapter excerpts, web and social media marketing, and the development of XML workflows.
Group Director of Interactive Marketing
Shane Norman is the Group Director of Interactive Marketing for HarperCollins Publishers. In this role, he has led the development of new tools, resources and strategies that empower marketing teams globally across all HarperCollins divisions and imprints. He is also responsible for digital publishing in the app space, and has led such projects as The Art of the Adventures of Tintin. Prior to joining HarperCollins, he was named to News Corporation’s Creating the Future Leadership Group and the recipient of a 2009 NY Emmy Nomination, while serving as the Manager of Interactive Sales and Marketing for Fox Television Stations.
Jonathan Nowell is President of the Nielsen Book, a subsidiary of Nielsen. Nielsen Book is the leading provider of product information, ecommerce and measurement analytics to the Book industry globally and operates under the BookData, BookNet and BookScan brands.
Jonathan also chairs the Book Industry Communication (BIC) operations board in the UK and is a board director of BISG (Book Industry Study Group) in the US. Jonathan has worked in the book and broader publishing industry for most of his career.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
F+W Media, Inc.
David Nussbaum was the Chief Executive Officer of Penton Media Inc. from 2004 through the sale of the Company to Prism Media Holdings in February 2007. Previous to that, he was the Executive Vice President at Penton since 1998. Nussbaum’s background includes the launch and acquisition of many iconic business media brands including New Hope Natural Media, Mecklermedia, PC Expo, Commercial Property News, among many media properties in the print, event and emedia communities.
Prior to joining F+W, Nussbaum formed Sundance Business Enterprises a joint venture with ABRY Partners, LLC, to seek digital media and information/communication services acquisitions. Nussbaum sits on the advisory board of Boston University’s School of Communications, and Metamorphic Ventures, a leading early stage technology venture firm; and is a Board Member for Thomas Nelson Publishing and Summit Business Media. He has been named one of MIN’s Most Intriguing People, and as ‘Industry Influencer’ on the FOLIO: 40.
F+W Media, Inc. is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. The Company offers a diversified portfolio of books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, ecommerce, education, video, and more. www.fwmedia.com
Vice President & Group Executive Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Joan O’Neil is Vice President & Group Executive Publisher for Wiley Global Finance within Wiley’s Professional & Trade business. She’s held leadership positions in sales, marketing and editorial during her career in publishing. During her time at Wiley, Joan has published many bestsellers including Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book That Beats the Market and Ken Fisher’s Only Three Questions. In her current role, Joan leads Wiley’s global finance & accounting business with publishing operations in the US, UK and Asia. The finance and accounting category is transitioning rapidly to digital. Joan is leading this transition with her global team. In addition to maintaining our number one position in finance publishing, the Wiley Global Finance team is developing a multi-platform digital strategy geared towards the demands of the financial services industry.
Dan Oja has been developing innovative tools for education and digital publishing since the early 1980s. For the past 15 years he has focused primarily on next-generation, interactive, multimedia digital publishing, creating fully-formatted digital books with photos that come to life as video, illustrations that turn into animations, and with learner feedback, assessment, and tracking. Dan is also the co-author of numerous best-selling college computer textbooks, including New Perspectives on Computer Concepts, The Practical PC, and Practical Computer Literacy.
Vice President of Content Creation
Jason Ojalvo is Vice President of Content Creation at Audible, Inc. (an Amazon.com subsidiary), where he built and oversees the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX.com), an innovative new business that launched in 2011 to connect rights holders with audio producers. He also runs Audible’s audiobook production department, which received 15 Audie Award nominations and a Grammy Award nomination in 2011. He has built several innovative businesses, and has 20 years of experience in business development, new media, and digital entertainment.
Chief Content Officer
Ingram Content Group Inc.
Phil Ollila is Chief Content Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc., the leading provider of full-service content distribution solutions for the book industry. Mr. Ollila 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®. Mr. Ollila also heads Ingram Content Group marketing.
Mr. Ollila previously served as Senior Vice President of Ingram Book Group Inc., President of Ingram Publisher Services Inc., and as President of Ingram Library Services Inc.
Prior to joining Ingram, Mr. Ollila spent 12 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Borders Group. His last position with Borders was Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising.
Mr. Ollila spent 16 years in active and reserve positions with the U. S. Army. He received his master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Book Publishing Reporter
Laura Hazard Owen is the book publishing reporter at paidContent. She was previously the editor of Market Partners International's Publishing Trends, and before that was an assistant editor at Skyhorse Publishing.
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Book Publishing Reporter
Laura Hazard Owen is the book publishing reporter at paidContent. She was previously the editor of Market Partners International's Publishing Trends, and before that was an assistant editor at Skyhorse Publishing.
Senior Vice President - Digital Solutions
Sriram leads Aptara’s Digital Solutions Group which is responsible for eBook conversion services, XML-based content digitization and transformation solutions, as well as enhanced ebook and app development services. Sriram has deep experience in process excellence, content technology development, and business development in both services and software product spaces with cross-cultural management experience in India and the US. Sriram joins Aptara from Amazon's Kindle division, where he set up several mission critical teams supporting the Kindle content store, was responsible for operations, process excellence, vendor management, and technology development, among other areas. Prior to Amazon, Sriram was a Management Consultant with PRTM, now PwC, advising Fortune 500 clients on product strategy and innovation. Sriram was also a Principal Engineer at Webtrends in the web analytics domain. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from IIT in India, a Masters from Delaware, and an MBA from Cornell.
Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
The Perseus Books Group
Clare Peeters is Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for The Perseus Books Group. In addition to helping construct many of Perseus’ publishing content partnerships and assisting in the day-to-day management of these partnerships and Perseus’ in-house imprints, Clare has been deeply involved in the creation of Constellation, Perseus’ digital services offering to third party client publishers and its own imprints.
Prior to coming to Perseus in 2004, Clare spent four years at Random House in both the US and the UK, in a variety of capacities that included corporate development roles and business management of the Children’s division. Before Random House, she worked in management consulting, with engagements in industries of all stripes, from animal pharmaceuticals to government services.
Simon & Schuster
Liz Perl joined Simon & Schuster in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Marketing. Her responsibilities encompass traditional and digital marketing, advertising, promotion, retail, library and educational marketing on behalf of all of Simon & Schuster’s adult and children’s imprints. She is also the liaison with S&S parent company CBS.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. Perl served as Vice President and Publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale International, and as Director of Rodale DVD. During her time at Rodale, Ms. Perl published more than 20 New York Times bestsellers including An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore and created branded book programs for successful franchises such as The Biggest Loser, The Abs Diet and Eat This, Not That.
Ms. Perl worked at Penguin Group (USA), from 1994 through 2005. She began her career with Penguin as Executive Director of Publicity for a number of imprints, then served as Vice President, Director of Marketing and Associate Publisher for a broad variety of trade paper imprints. There she worked with bestselling authors including Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby and Nora Roberts.
Ms. Perl received a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans. She divides her time between New York City and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.
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Jack W Perry is the owner of 38enso, a publishing consulting group focused primarily on digital. He has been VP-Sales Director at Random House, Sourcebooks and Scholastic. For the past three years, Perry has been advising publishers on transitioning to digital. He has consulted for Abrams; Perseus Constellation; ESPN Books and the Authors Guild. His current clients include Open Road; 3M; Bowker; Highlights for Children and Writers House.
EVP and Publisher
Hachette Book Group & Little, Brown and Company
Michael Pietsch is Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company. Before joining Little, Brown in 1991 he worked as an editor at Scribner and at Harmony Books. He has worked with the novelists Martin Amis, Michael Connelly, Tony Earley, Janet Fitch, Chad Harbach, Mark Leyner, Rick Moody, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Nick Tosches, David Foster Wallace, and Stephen Wright, the nonfiction writers Peter Guralnick, Stacy Schiff, and David Sedaris, and the cartoonist R. Crumb. Career highlights include editing Ernest Hemingway’s posthumous memoir, The Dangerous Summer, in 1985, and David Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King in 2011.
SVP, Publishing Transformation
Carolyn Pittis is Senior Vice President, Publishing Transformation of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. In this role, she is responsible for leading an internal effort working with publishing teams to develop new capabilities that drive editorial and marketing excellence. She was appointed to this position in November 2011.
In her 21 years at HarperCollins, Pittis has played a wide variety of key roles, including positions in marketing, web development, consumer sales forecasting, sales administration, digital asset management, business development, managing editorial, production, and change management. Prior to her current position, she led the company’s Author Services group and Website teams.
Pittis speaks frequently at book industry and writers conferences and in the Columbia, Yale, and New York University publishing programs.
In 2009, Pittis was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Book Publishing by Book Business magazine. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Colgate University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively, and is a 2004 graduate of the Executive Information Technology Management program at Columbia University. She began her publishing career at Leisure Books in 1989 in editorial.
She is reachable on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter (@carolynpittis).
Greg Portell is a Partner with A.T. Kearney. He is a leader in the firm’s global media and entertainment sector – focused on the confluence of media and marketing.
Greg’s clients include some of the world’s largest and most influential media and consumer marketing companies. His counsel is sought on emerging topics including media convergence, digital rights, consumer targeting and acquisition strategy.
Selection of recent publications and speaking engagements:
President & CEO
Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., a company that he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become a leading global distributor of copyrighted eBooks and more for publishers, studios, and media producers in the US and abroad to a network of thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide.
CEO and Publisher
Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country; producing everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in children’s books and college guides, twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers and over twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks’ publishing culture is one of innovation. This attitude led into pioneering a line of cutting edge, bestselling mixed-media titles (MediaFusion) and resulted in an early involvement in digital book projects, iPhone and iPad apps, enhanced eBooks and several exciting digital partnerships. Dominique also currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Editor and CEO
Evan Ratliff is the editor and CEO of The Atavist (www.atavist.net), which publishes bestselling narrative journalism in the form of e-singles and produces software tools that enable new types of digital storytelling. He is also an award-winning journalist whose feature writing on science, technology, crime, privacy, and terrorism appears in Wired, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and many other publications.
VP, Business Development & Content Aquisition
Copia Interactive, LLC
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 in the sphere of digital content for global publishers.
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 140 publishers and nearly 50,000 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.
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. Susan got her start in publishing at a small independent press in NYC, where she learned the ropes of publishing from the very bottom.
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Assoc. Vice President - Online, Publishing and Media Solutions
Datamatics Global Services Inc.
Shyam comes with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, and a Masters in Business Administration. With over 18 years of work experience in International markets, has been on business to 24 countries, including North America, Europe, Middle-east, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
Possesses a strong consultative experience in working across various domains - Publishing, Media, Online retail, e-learning, banking, financial, telecom and enterprise segments and has an impeccable track record. His areas of strength are in international business development, sales, marketing, operations and program management.
Has been a speaker in many sessions, and has been part of various events and conferences that were globally well recognized, including the Frankfurt Book Fair and Digital Book World (IDPF). Besides he has held sales training and leadership sessions in organizations, and also been a guest speaker in many colleges in India.
Shyam has worked with many organizations of high repute including Redington, LG, Flextronics and currently looks after the Online, Publishing and Media solutions business at Datamatics Global Services Inc, and is part of their leadership team.
He is currently based in Novi, Michigan. Likes reading books and online articles spanning subjects like leadership, strategy, sales, motivation, health and spirituality. A health freak, works out as part of the daily routine, as he strongly believes that to be successful once has to balance all parts of life – personal, professional, social, and spiritual.
The Harvard Common Press
Adam Salomone is the Associate Publisher of The Harvard Common Press, a Boston-based independent focused on cookbooks. Related to this vertical, Adam oversees the company’s digital strategy across individual book/author brands as well as across the entire organization. Digital initiatives currently underway include exploration of enhanced ebook and mobile platform applications to development of new business partners online involving content distribution and partnership. He has been involved in a number of outreach efforts related to digital innovation, having written for the IBPA Independent and Publishers Weekly, while also participating in speaking engagements at Digital Book World, Techmunch Food Blogger Conference, and most recently is organizing a conference on the future of the cookbook three hour symposium on the present and future state of the cookbook for The International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Vice-President, Strategy & Business Development
Time Home Entertainment, Inc.
Steven Sandonato is Vice-President, Strategy & Business Development, of Time Home Entertainment Inc. (THEI) where he is responsible for all digital and licensing initiatives. THEI is the book publishing division of Time Inc. and it’s two imprints; Time Home Entertainment & Oxmoor House; publishes over 100 highly illustrated coffee-table books and cookbooks a year. In the last year, THEI has published several New York Times best-sellers including 56 & The Health CarbLovers Diet.
Steve has been with THEI since 1998 and, during his tenure, has launched several initiatives including International licensing, expansion of the kids publishing line, and grown domestic licensing to include posters and children readers. In August 2011, Steve was promoted from General Manager to VP, to provide focus on new business models, specifically digital books.
Ronald Schild (40) joined MVB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association in 2006. One of the key projects during his tenure as Managing Director was the successful launch of libreka!, the e-book platform of the German book trade. Before joining MVB Ronald Schild held various management positions in international media and IT companies. He holds degrees from University of Saarbrücken (Germany), Institut Commercial de Nancy (France) and University of Strathclyde (UK).
Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Evan Schnittman is Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. He splits his time equally between Bloomsbury’s London and New York offices and is in charge of all sales, marketing, publicity, rights and technology across Bloomsbury’s group companies.
Evan spent 8 years at Oxford University Press as vice president of corporate & business development. He was responsible for digital partnerships and licensing across OUP’s various content divisions.
VP, Director of Digital Marketing and Strategy
Random House Publishing Group
Matt Schwartz is currently the Vice President of Digital Marketing and Strategy for Random House Publishing Group, where he focuses on his publishing division's eBook strategy as well as exploring new methods of integrating technology into the overall publishing process. Matt has spent the last 15 years focusing almost exclusively on the digital side of the book business, with his prior positions including Director of Digital Marketing for Simon & Schuster Children's Books, Editorial Director of BarnesandNoble.com, and owner of the genre-focused online bookstore Shocklines.
Associate Director of IT
Douglas County Libraries
Monique Sendze has worked in information technology management for over ten years and currently works as the IT Director at the Douglas County Libraries. She holds a M.Ed. and a M.Sc. in Management Information Technology. Monique has contributed to information technology management articles in library publications and has served on several LITA top tech trend panels. At Douglas County Libraries, she leads efforts to fulfill their vision and mission through the effective provision of information technology, and has responsibility and oversight of computer services and applications, systems, networks, security web services and communications for the district.
Open Road Integrated Media
Jeff Sharp is President and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media in New York City. In producing a series of Academy Award– and Golden Globe–winning films over the past ten years, he has distinguished himself in recognizing opportunities to better integrate the publishing and film industries in creating critically acclaimed commercial entertainment.
His credits include the AcademyAward– and Golden Globe Award–winning film Boys Don’t Cry, and You Can Count on Me, which was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
He also produced the Golden Globe–nominated movies Nicholas Nickleby and Proof, as well as other renowned adaptations, including A Home at the End of the World, The Night Listener, and Evening.
As part of Open Road’s mission to market its ebooks on all screens, Sharp and his team are currently overseeing the development and production of a slate of feature films and television and online series from Open Road properties, including: Lie Down in Darkness, based on the novel by William Styron, written and to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart); Cocoa Beach, a televisionseries adapted by Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men) based on the life of NBC news reporter Jay Barbree’s recollections of the early days of the U.S. space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida; and soon-to-be-announced adaptations of future Open Road E-riginal, Publishing Partnership, and Author Branded Program projects.
Jeffrey Sharp holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. He serves on the board of Literacy Partners, the London Book Fair Film and Television Centre, and the Advisory Board for the BookExpo of America. Jeff recently helped form the New York Book and Media Week Advisory Board which will launch in June, 2012 as part of the Book Expo of America (BEA). He has also participated in The Frankfurt Book Fair Storydrive. He is a member of BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Arts and chairs The Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board.
Sharp won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for You Can Count on Me, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Nicholas Nickleby, and was honored with the Andrew Sarris award in 2005 from the Columbia University School of the Arts for his contribution to independent film.
Conference Council Chair, Founder & CEO
The Idea Logical Company
Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry. In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and how it accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.
Open Source Implementation Coordinator
Kate Sheehan is the Open Source Implementation Coordinator for Bibliomation, a consortium of public and school libraries in CT. She has been the Coordinator of Knowledge and Learning Services at Darien Library and the Coordinator of Library Automation at Danbury Public Library, which was the first library to implement LibraryThing for Libraries. Prior to joining Danbury Public Library, she was a technology and reference librarian at both Hamden Public Library and the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT. A graduate of Smith College, Kate’s post-college experiences in the corporate workplace inspired her decision to get an MSLIS from Simmons. She finished library school in December of 2003 and has been happily ensconced in the public library sphere since then. When she’s not coordinating, she blogs at loosecannonlibrarian.net and ALA TechSource.
VP & Director, Professional and Trade Sales Business
George Stanley, VP & Director, Professional and Trade Sales Business has spent his entire career in Professional and Trade publishing leading sales organizations and marketing teams to a diverse range of customers globally. Since joining Wiley in 1987, he has progressed through a series of assignments, from Director of Corporate and Government Sales and Subsidiary Rights to being part of a global management team focusing on the product sales and distribution to all (non –adoption) sales channels (resellers, wholesalers, libraries, government agencies, specialty and custom) incorporating books from Wiley’s Scientific Technical, Medical and Scholarly (STMS) and Global Education businesses and its’ select number of distribution clients.
Prior to joining Wiley, George held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions at Prentice Hall, Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), Simon & Schuster, Inc. (New York, NY) and Information Source (Portland, OR).
Senior Vice President and Publisher
William Morrow/Harper Voyager/Avon Books
Liate Stehlik is the Senior Vice President and Publisher of William Morrow/Harper Voyager/Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins. Liate Stehlik came to HarperCollins in 2005 from Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where she began her career in publishing and went on to serve as Vice President, Associate Publisher. Liate has a Masters in Publishing from NYU and is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
As Vice President, Marketing and Digital Media, Mindy Stockfield leads Hyperion’s ePublishing business. This includes the management of eBooks as well as product development for content on digital devices. She has been instrumental in the digital publications of the enhanced eBook edition of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals, the Nigella Lawson app, and many Disney/ABC tie-in books including the Richard Castle novels, The Secret Life of Damien Spinelli, and ABC News video books. Previously, Stockfield served as Vice President for the Disney Channel & Jetix (now Disney XD) Digital Media Group where she oversaw development efforts of broadband, mobile, and interactive television applications for the Disney-ABC Television Group’s kids channels and brands including DisneyChannel.com, PlayhouseDisney.com, and RadioDisney.com. Stockfield joined Disney in January 2006 from Cartoon Network, where she served as Senior Director, Marketing. During her eight years there, she oversaw marketing efforts related to the launch of numerous original series, spearheaded the creation of pro-social and multi-cultural marketing initiatives, and played an integral role in the original launch of CartoonNetwork.com.
Senior Vice President
Gregg Sullivan has spent more than 22 years successfully managing sales, marketing, and operations at high-growth, high-profile companies. He has extensive experience working in the United States and abroad, where he has worked with customers in more than 10 countries.
As Senior Vice President, Content Solutions, Gregg leads SPi Global’s U.S. and international sales teams across the publishing and content industries, where the company has earned industry-wide acclaim for its achievements in the STM, Education, and Legal verticals. SPi Global has been a dynamic and innovative industry leader for more than 30 years.
Gregg recently restructured and redefined SPi Global’s Content Solutions division to offer a complete suite of digital, publishing, content enrichment, marketing, and customer support services. His strategic vision helps to identify a client’s pain points, envision its short- and long-term business objectives and needs, and enact a strategy to enable the publisher to flourish in the future. Specifically, Gregg introduces three strategic approaches where technology and innovation can be incorporated: redefining a business model, enhancing an existing or developing a new service offering and/or increasing operational efficiencies by introduction of a system or redefining workflows. His efforts help streamline processes, drive revenues, and strengthen the competitive position of SPi Global’s more than 500 clients.
Gregg has a long history of strong leadership and management skills, which have combined to help generate significant growth in corporate revenue from new and existing customers. Prior to joining SPi Global, he served as Vice President, Business Development, North America and Latin America, for Sutherland Global Services in Rochester, NY. He also held the position of Executive Vice President at Protocol Marketing Services which is based in Sarasota, FL.
Gregg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts with a Minor in Economics from Allegheny College, and a Graduate Certificate in Direct Marketing from Merrimack College in the U.S.
Associate Director of Marketing
Carrie Swetonic is the Associate Director of Marketing at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc, where she has worked on the marketing campaigns for numerous New York Times bestselling authors including Ken Follett, Harlan Coben, Tami Hoag, Elizabeth George, and Timothy Keller. She has been intimately involved in Dutton’s digital short fiction strategy, which has included the New York Times bestselling short nonfiction especial The Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen and the short fiction especial The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner.
Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002, and is an expert on formatting eBooks in the variety of formats on the market, including Kindle/Mobipocket and ePub. His book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most helpful and thorough explanation of the detailed process involved in developing eBooks for the Amazon Kindle.
eBook Architects, his ebook conversion and consulting business, provides services to both publishers and authors. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters.
Vice President, Sales & Merchandising
From a start in independent bookselling as a magazine and small press buyer, in 1996 Michael Tamblyn co-founded Bookshelf.ca, one of Canada’s first online bookstores, in partnership with Bell Sympatico. Indigo Books & Music purchased Bookshelf.ca in 1998, and Michael moved to the chain as vice-president of online operations. He later consulted in technology and media sectors before becoming the founding CEO of BookNet Canada in March of 2003. During his tenure, BookNet Canada launched B2B trading networks serving hundreds of bookstores and publishers, created standards, certification programs and software, and launched BNC SalesData, the national book sales tracking service. At Shortcovers, he was responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Shortcovers web and mobile services. He is also a Director of the New York-based Book Industry Study Group and an Adjunct Professor for the Masters of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University.
American Booksellers Association
Global Business Mgr
Matt has been with 3M for over 16 years in increasing roles of responsibility. In his previous role as the 3M Library Systems Global Business Leader, Matt developed the strategic vision to connect the library to its community at the library, at home, and on the go. Now as the leader of the fastest growing ebook lending servce, Matt is bringing his vision to life with the 3M Cloud Library. Matt resides in St. Paul, MN with his wife and 3 loving children.
Director of Online Product Development
F+W Media, Inc.
Winter Thielen is a Director of Online Product Development with F+W Media. Since joining F+W she has been at the forefront of the intersection of emedia & "traditional" publishing — leading new product development focused on revenue generation and building a thriving online community.
Rachel Thomas heads up marketing and strategic partnerships for Subtext, the social reading company that she co-founded in 2010. In tandem to her business-side responsibilities, Rachel helps drive the company’s product strategy and oversees user interface design, content and community development. Before joining Subtext, Rachel served as VP of marketing for social gaming giant Playdom, now the cornerstone of Disney’s Interactive Media Group. In addition, she has led large-scale positioning and marketing initiatives for a number of well-known consumer technology companies.
VP, Group Director
Verso Advertising, Inc
Fran Toolan is the founder and “Chief Igniter” of Firebrand Technologies. Firebrand offers book publishers software applications and technology services that help them manage their publishing projects and dealings with their distribution, wholesale, retail, and review communities.
After more than 25 years working with book publishers, Fran remains an unrepentant publishing optimist. “Now that the book is unbound from its traditional wrappings, publishers have a greater opportunity than ever to deliver a message in multitude of ways”.
New York Public Library
Miriam Tuliao is the assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library and a member of American Library Association's Reading List and Collection Development Education committees.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Tom Turvey is Director, Strategic Partnerships, in the Search Services group at Google in support of Google Book Search, Google Scholar, Google News Archive Search, Google Magazines, and other print-based content-related products. Mr. Turvey came to Google having spent nearly 20 years in book publishing, book-based eCommerce, and institutional content licensing. Previous to Google, Mr. Turvey was Vice President, Content & Business Development for ebrary, a publisher-funded content aggregator.
|Tony Van Veen|
As CEO and president of AVL Digital Group, the parent company of BookBaby and its sister companies CD Baby and Disc Makers, Tony van Veen has spent the past 23 years helping independent content creators publish, distribute, and promote their own books, music, and films. BookBaby offers eBook publishing, design, short run printing and distribution services to thousands of independent authors and publishers while paying 100% of revenues back to them.
President & CEO
Diversion Books / Waxman Literary Agency
Scott Waxman is the Chairman and Co-founder of Diversion Books. An innovative and creative force in the literary community, he founded the Waxman Literary Agency in 1997, a mid-size agency which is known for a hands-on approach to book development and a passion for great storytelling. The Waxman Agency has represented dozens of New York Times bestselling books and other national bestsellers from novelists, journalists, historians, and experts in their fields. Scott worked as an editor with HarperCollins Publishers before moving to the agenting side. Additionally, Scott founded LiveREADS, which produced enhanced eBooks, in 1999. Scott brings more than 25 years of literary experience to Diversion Books.
Sarah Weinman is News Editor for Publishers Marketplace, which owns and operates the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch.
VP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies
John Wheeler is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in publishing with expertise in the development of eProducts, eLearning, and Multimedia solutions. As VP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies, he works closely with SPi Global's operations team in developing cutting edge solutions and high-value services to position SPi as a strategic partner to its clients.
David Wilk is a publishing industry veteran with broad experience in book publishing, sales, distribution, marketing and online communities.
He operates Creative Management Partners, providing content creators and owners with a full range of publishing services, from editorial development through production to sales and marketing programs. Ongoing projects include booktrix.com (book marketing and consulting), livewriters.com (video sharing for authors and books), writerscast.com (author and book industry interview podcasts), prospectapress.com (print and digital publishing), and he is working with the Stamford, Connecticut Innovation Center to create a digital publishing incubator and think tank called Publish the Future.
He writes and speaks about book industry matters, and acts as the Director of Marketing for Good Business International (good-b.com). He has published or been involved with publishing and marketing literally hundreds of books, including a number of best sellers.
Wilk is experienced in all aspects of print and electronic publishing, and today specializes in creating digital strategies and tactics for a variety of clients, including publishers, authors, consultants, corporations and nonprofits. Current or recent clients include A & E Television, Sybase, SharedBook.com, Perseus Books, Harry Abrams and many others.
Working with writers and publishers to help them connect with readers is his primary work. Writing and editing words in any media remains his primary passion.