Are Ebooks Dead?

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The rapid pace of technology and its adoption by users has increased exponentially in the last few years. At the first O’Reilly TOC conference in June 2007, the Kindle was still on the horizon and mobile apps were just beginning to create buzz in the market. Fast forward just two years and ebooks are exploding in popularity, but do the current electronic carbon copies of print books truly embrace the promise of digital media? Success tomorrow depends on rethinking the digital future today. With emerging technologies, publishers can once again return to the core of creation and innovation – the core of publishing – by embracing true cross-media opportunities as a means to revolutionize the reading experience. Skip Prichard, the CEO and President of Ingram Content Group, will share with you examples of successful change drivers in business and everyday life as well as the lessons and insights he has learned during his career at the helm of top global organizations, including Ingram, LexisNexis, and ProQuest Information & Learning. Learn how to navigate the cultural and organizational changes already happening in our industry and reposition your publishing business for the future.

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David "Skip" Prichard

Ingram Content Group Inc.

Skip Prichard is President & Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc. Ingram Content Group provides books, music and media content to over 35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries. More than 21,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Under his leadership, Ingram Content Group has improved its financial position, expanded its international locations to continental Europe and Australia, strengthened its digital offerings and integrated its multiple companies and acquisitions into a unified service offering.

Mr. Prichard’s perspective as the leader of Ingram Content Group – the center hub between publishers, retailers and libraries – offers a unique view on the future of books and publishing. His views have been featured in print and online publications and broadcast media, including the BBC, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Harvard Business Review, Information Today, The Bookseller, Publishers Weekly, Christian Retailing, Library Journal and others. He has spoken on this topic at conferences, including O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing, BookExpo America, PubWest, and the ECPA’s Executive Leadership Summit.

Prior to his appointment at Ingram Content Group, Mr. Prichard was President and Chief Executive Officer of ProQuest Information & Learning where he led ProQuest through a successful financial turnaround, achieving double-digit growth and returning the company to profitability. Earlier in his career, Mr. Prichard held a number of executive positions with LexisNexis, where as Vice President of corporate and federal markets he provided business information and risk management solutions to the largest global corporations.

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Peter Clifton
02/25/2010 2:07pm EST

very well constructed and delivered keynote. Enjoyed the delivery and entertaining style. I agree – Most excellent!

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Jon Williams
02/24/2010 4:58am EST

Interesting data, and a very entertaining and engaging speaker

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Amanda MacArthur
02/23/2010 5:34am EST

Most excellent keynote!

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