TOC 2012 Speakers

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Rafiq Ahmed
Rafiq Ahmed (Demibooks)

Rafiq Ahmed is a Founder and CEO of Demibooks, a publishing technology company 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.

Andrew Albanese
Andrew Albanese (Publishers Weekly)

Andrew Richard Albanese is Features Editor at Publishers Weekly. He has covered the publishing and information technology fields since 1999, and has written for numerous publications including Lingua Franca, and Prior to joining Publisher Weekly he was a reporter and editor at Library Journal, and a former editor with Oxford University Press, and Regan Books.

Robbie Allen
Robbie Allen (InfiniaML)

Robbie Allen is the Founder and CEO of Automated Insights, Inc., a VC-backed startup based in Durham, NC. Robbie was formerly a Distinguished Engineer, IT at Cisco. He has Masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and System Design Management from MIT. He’s the author or co-author of ten books covering a variety of technical topics.

Beat Barblan
Beat Barblan (Bowker)

Beat Barblan serves as Director of Identifier Services at Bowker. He is responsible for such identifier asset management and discoverability solutions as ISBN, ISTC, ISNI and DOI. These solutions are renowned for their ability to standardize works across the book industry and content services supply chain, benefitting publishers, self publishers, authors, and other book industry professionals. Bowker is an affiliated business of ProQuest.

Mr. Barblan joined Bowker in 2007 as Product Manager for the company’s Supply Chain business, overseeing new development and maintenance for Pubnet and PubEasy, the publishing industry’s premier electronic ordering tools. Prior to joining Bowker, Mr. Barblan was Sr. Product Manager at Wolters Kluwer / Ovid where he helped launch the OvidSP platform.

Betsy Beaumon
Betsy Beaumon (Benetech)

Betsy Beaumon has served for more than twenty years as a technology executive and entrepreneur. She is a former Senior Director for BEA Systems, Inc. and managed international e-business initiatives for Cisco Systems, Inc. In 1995, she founded Social Online Service, the first web-based information and referral service for social service organizations. As Executive Director of the company, Betsy was an early supporter of Web accessibility standards.

Betsy was also one of the founders of TradeBeam Inc., a provider of global trade management software services. She began her career in engineering, then moved into product management for GTE and Lam Research Corporation.

Betsy brings an extensive background managing high growth organizations to her leadership of the Benetech Literacy Program. Her past experience in operations, marketing, product management, services, training and strategic partnerships supports the ongoing expansion of Benetech’s Bookshare and Route 66 Literacy projects.

Betsy earned a BSEE from Northwestern University. Active in volunteer work, Betsy has taught English classes to adult students in Tanzania.

Tomáš Bella
Tomáš Bella (Piano Media)

Tomas Bella is the Ceo of Piano Media, a Slovak-based enterprise that launched the world’s first nation-wide pay-wall system first in Slovakia (May 2011) and then in Slovenia (January 2012). Prior to starting Piano he worked at Slovakia’s biggest broadsheet newspaper, SME, as a reporter, editor-in-chief and deputy director of the online news portal He lectures in online media at the Pan European University in Bratislava and is a member of the Press Council of the Slovak Republic.

Larry Bennett
Larry Bennett (Bookmasters)

Larry Bennett is the president of Distribution Services at Bookmasters with responsibility for growing the company’s base of domestic and international print and eBook client publishers. He also serves as the head of the company’s foreign-language book development and distribution efforts in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining Bookmasters, Bennett was a vice president at Baker & Taylor, managing its digital print media program. Prior to that, he managed the foreign language department at Baker & Taylor. In the past, Bennett was president of Public Square Books, a distribution and publishing company, and CEO of National Children’s Book Project, LLC, a children’s book publishing company. Bennett is fluent in several languages including Spanish, French, and Italian. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Kirk Biglione
Kirk Biglione (Oxford Media Works)

Kirk is a seasoned digital media professional specializing in web publishing systems, SEO, and user experience. As principal of Oxford Media Works Kirk consults with clients on a range of issues related to web publishing and digital media strategies. Kirk shares his knowledge of web content management systems at WP Apprentice, an online training portal designed to help publishers use WordPress as a CMS.

Todd Bottorff
Todd Bottorff (Turner Publishing)

Todd Bottorff has served as President and Publisher of Turner Publishing since 2002. Mr. Bottorff earned degrees in liberal arts from the University of Virginia and a masters of business administration from Harvard University. Prior to Turner Publishing, Mr. Bottorff worked as a business consultant at McKinsey & Company and served as a senior member of the management team for a venture-funded technology startup and a publicly listed dot-com turnaround.

Mr. Bottorff’s civic responsibilities include serving as a board member of Npt, Nashville’s public television station, as a Board Member of Humanities Tennessee including the subcommittee that oversees the Southern Festival of Books, and on the Alumni Board of Montgomery Bell Academy.

Peter Brantley
Peter Brantley (BookServer Project)

Peter Brantley is the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not for profit library. He contributes regularly to several blogs on libraries and publishing, discussing transformations in media and information access. He serves on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards setting body for digital books. Peter has significant experience with academic research libraries and digital library development programs, and was previously the Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation, a not for profit membership organization of research and national libraries.

Larry Brewster
Larry Brewster (Ingram Content Group Inc. )

Mr. Brewster, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the Ingram Content Group, is responsible for strategic partnerships and planning for the company. Mr. Brewster is one of the founding executives of Lightning Source, an Ingram Content Group company, leading its initial startup, establishing and growing LSI’s key partnerships, and overseeing its operations.
Mr. Brewster has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. After graduation he spent 14 years with IBM where he held several executive positions including Business Unit Executive of marketing operations for IBM Tennessee, CFO for IBM Tennessee operations, and Marketing Manager. He was then founder and CEO of an entrepreneurial venture specializing in marketing consumer technology, financial, and communications products. Mr. Brewster is married with three daughters

Jon Bruner
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media)

Jon Bruner is a data journalist who approaches questions that interest him by writing and coding. Jon is cochair of the O’Reilly Solid conference, focused on the intersection between software and the physical world, and he oversees O’Reilly’s publications on hardware, the Internet of Things, manufacturing, and electronics. Before coming to O’Reilly, Jon was the data editor at Forbes magazine. He lives in San Francisco, where he can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

Taylor Buley
Taylor Buley (Forbes)

Taylor Buley is a technology reporter for Forbes covering Internet infrastructure and Web services. He graduated with a masters in Communication from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on journalism and choice and behavior, respectively. In 2007, he was a Robert Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal. In 2006, he was a Burton Gray memorial intern at Reason magazine. Before that, he interned at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton (RRKidz)

LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his
industry peers for three decades, and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the
industry. His deftness in avoiding stereotype continues to be a hallmark of an incredibly
diverse career. Whether acting, directing, producing or writing, LeVar has demonstrated,
over time that he can do it all. No greater proof of his enduring appeal and deep
personal connection with his audience is the fact that LeVar is one of the most followed
people in the world in TWITTER, with over 1.7M followers.

As if following some implausible Hollywood scenario, LeVar’s first professional audition,
while pursuing his undergraduate studies at USC, led to his being cast as Kunta Kinte in
the acclaimed miniseries ROOTS. The phenomenal success of ROOTS launched his
career as an actor, and more importantly, earned his performance as KUNTA KINTE,
lasting status as a worldwide icon representing the indomitability of the human spirit.

An avowed science-fiction buff as well as a devoted fan of the unique vision of Gene
Rodenberry, LeVar considers his longtime association with the STAR TREK franchise
nothing short of a dream come true. Having both appeared in and directed a plethora of
TREK incarnations over the years, LeVar adamantly adheres to his optimistic point of
view of the future saying, “I’m betting on our ultimate success at rising to our highest
level of human expression.”

After twenty-five seasons as the host and executive producer of the highly acclaimed
PBS children’s television series READING RAINBOW, LeVar ended his long time
commitment to the television show in favor of exploring other avenues of creative
expression. While taking great pride in the series’ role in garnering him a total of 13
Emmy Awards, five NAACP Awards and numerous nominations, he continues to be
most proud of Reading Rainbow’s ability to “use the medium of television to help create
generations of Americans who are passionate readers”.

Today LeVar is primarily focusing his energy behind the camera as a successful film and
TV director. He has directed television as diverse as all four STAR TREK series,
CHARMED, LAS VEGAS and more. His first dramatic television movie, THE TIGER
WOODS STORY, for Showtime, received three Emmy nominations. His Disney Channel
film SMART HOUSE remains one of the most popular original movies in the channel’s
history. His first full length feature film, BLIZZARD, received numerous accolades
including Best of Fest at the 2006 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and had
joined the pantheon of classic Holiday movies.

Burton’s newest endeavor is the launch of a new production company, formed with his
business partner, producer Mark Wolfe. BURTON/WOLFE ENTERTAINMENT, is a cross
platform media company producing television programs, feature films, and original web
content. BWE has lined up numerous strategic partnerships with networks, distribution
companies and internet portals.

2011 has been a big year for Burton. He guest starred in episodes of two highly popular
and critically acclaimed TV shows, BIG BANG THEORY and COMMUNITY. He signed to
co-star in the 2012 TNT TV series, PERCEPTION with Eric McCormack. In September
LeVar announced the 2012 return of Reading Rainbow as a multi-faceted new media
venture under Burton/Wolfe’s RRKIDZ banner. Burton serves as Curator of this exciting
enrichment children’s brand, and (along with Wolfe) as the company’s Co-Founder.

Tim Carmody
Tim Carmody (Technology Review / National Geographic)

Tim Carmody writes about media, technology, art, and culture at, Wired Magazine, Snarkmarket, HiLobrow, The Idler, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Journal of Modern Literature, and other outlets. Together with the community at Snarkmarket, he helped write and edit a 2009 book titled New Liberal Arts. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Michigan State University and received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from UPenn in 2009. He founded, a community website devoted to the future of reading.

Stephen Casbeer
Stephen Casbeer (Innodata)

Stephen is a senior technology and business transformation specialist who has extensive experience with content operations, content management and delivery systems, and a wide range of editorial and production technologies. He has led global organizations and advised executives on adapting to and benefiting from rapid change in the information industry, encompassing issues of business and technology strategy, process re-engineering and organizational design. Stephen spent a number of years at LexisNexis and Reed Elsevier focusing on product technology.

Elizabeth Castro
Elizabeth Castro (self-employed)

Bestselling author of books on EPUB, HTML, CSS, Blogger, Perl and CGI, and more.

Currently self-publishing a series of miniguides on advanced features of EPUB as well as a collection of books about Catalonia in English.

Otis  Chandler
Otis Chandler (

Otis is the founder and CEO of – a social network for
book lovers. Launched in late 2006, the site has since grown to over
5 million members, completely by word of mouth. Goodreads raised an
angel round in 2007, and is otherwise privately owned.

Along with a passion for building websites, Otis is also a voracious
reader. He started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more
books, and has found a large core group of people
that love reading, and have helped drive the direction of Goodreads.
He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to
customers in order to make the best product possible.

Before founding Goodreads, Otis was a Software Engineer and Product
Manager at Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of
online jobs, purchased the company in 2004. At Tickle, Otis was in
charge of, a top ten online dating service. Otis
credits all his knowledge of building successful online media websites
to his experiences at Tickle. Otis graduated with a B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he always
believed he would one day build cars.

William Chesser
William Chesser (Ingram Content Group)

William Chesser has been with Ingram since July of 2006. Mr. Chesser was instrumental in the early design, development, and implementation of the VitalBook e-textbook platform.

Prior to moving to VitalSource, Mr. Chesser was Assistant Director of Training for the National Paideia Center and K-12 teacher-training and instructional-development organization in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In that role, Mr. Chesser worked with a high-profile collection of educators from around the U.S. to develop classroom innovation strategies and techniques and to deliver them to school systems across the country.

Before working at the Paideia Center, Mr. Chesser worked in the central office for Durham Public Schools, and was a teacher and coach. He holds a bachelor of arts in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English Literature from North Carolina Central University.

Diana Childress (Blackboard Inc.)

Diana Childress is VP, Business Development, where she leads the strategy for the company’s efforts to bring new, customer-driven content solutions to Blackboard’s global client community. Childress is a publishing and information industry veteran with extensive leadership experience in the convergence of content and technology within education.

At Blackboard, Childress works directly with leading companies such as Pearson, Cengage Learning, and McGraw Hill to manage partnerships that allow for the delivery of educational content directly to faculty and students through Blackboard’s e-learning platform.

Prior to joining Blackboard, Childress served in a number of executive positions with some of the largest higher education publishers and has been responsible for significant innovations in the development and delivery of education content as learners move from traditional consumption of print course materials to online learning environments.

Childress served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Gale Cengage Learning, a leading e-research and education publishing firm, where she helped to lead a transformative print-to-digital effort that brought online Gale’s vast reference collection combined with other third party content. At Gale, Childress oversaw a $10 million marketing budget and was a key player in the re-branding of Thomson Learning to Cengage Learning.

Prior to this role, Childress served as Vice President of Marketing at WoltersKluwer Health, a $300 million health science publisher, where she oversaw a budget of more than $25 million and a staff of 75. Childress previously held executive positions at ProQuest Information & Learning,, and Harcourt Brace College Publishers. Highlights include leading a groundbreaking effort to leverage Proquest’s print and digital library holdings by bringing them into the classroom via technology and leading the execution of a successful IPO with UOL Publishing (now, Inc., an early LMS-content integrated solution for corporate and higher education.

Childress holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications Arts and Marketing from C.W. Post College. She currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland and is an avid boater, fly fisherwoman and gourmet cook.

James R. Cioban
James R. Cioban (Cierant Corporation)

Jim Cioban is President and CEO of Cierant Corporation, a marketing software and services company based in Danbury, CT. Jim has over 30 years of experience in technology development, marketing, direct sales, channel management and business consulting. At Cierant, Jim serves as lead solutions architect for major client implementations, as well as a marketing consultant. Prior to leading Cierant and serving as its technology visionary and application evangelist, Jim founded and served for 12 years as President of Technical Marketing Systems, a B2B marketing communications and design firm. Before Technical Marketing Systems, Jim served in a variety of sales and product marketing capacities at IBM Instruments Inc., an analytical instrumentation subsidiary of IBM Corporation. As an entrepreneur, in addition to founding Technical Marketing Systems and Cierant, Jim co-founded High Tech Type, an early stage output service bureau, and served as a founding officer and board member of REI, a regional real estate investment and management company. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Technology Council, has served as Co-Chair of the Connecticut Software Cluster, and occupied a seat on the Governor’s Competitiveness Council for Connecticut. He is also President of the Bright Star Foundation, a non-profit educational support foundation. Jim has a B.A. in Biochemistry and an M.A. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College. Jim is an active blogger, social media evangelist, cook, cyclist and marathoner.

Tim Coates
Tim Coates (Bilbary)

Author of “Who’s in Charge? Responsibility for the Public Library Service,” a critical assessment of libraries designed to ensure their preservation, Tim Coates has devoted his four-decade career to promoting his love of books and reading. A consultant to local and national government on public library services, Tim is also author of “The Good Library Manual”, a practical guide to transforming any public library by improving the library experience. Tim is also author of the weekly “Good Library Blog”.

Tim is best known in Britain as a successful book retailer. However, he is also an editor and author of 30 books. Former managing director/CEO of retail book sellers Sherratt & Hughes and Waterstone’s in England and of the English book chain WHSmith in Europe, Tim was also a proprietor of his own book store.

Tim is Chairman, founder and visionary for, an e-book retail and lending site in mid-stage development.

Edward Colleran
Edward Colleran (Copyright Clearance Center)

Ed Colleran serves as the Senior Director of International Relations
at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s largest provider of
copyright licensing solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives
focused on CCC’s international activities—specifically, providing
publishers around the world with new content licensing solutions and
revenue-generating initiatives based on CCC’s products and services.
Ed also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s digital
rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term
strategic issues facing the information industry.

An industry veteran, Ed serves on several committees of the
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFFRO)
and and currently serves on American Business Media’s policy and
digital media councils. Ed was also a two-term member of the board of
the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). He is a
featured speaker and editorial contributor on issues such as
navigating copyright requirements and the challenges and opportunities
of managing content in a digital environment. A regular speaker at
industry events, Ed has recently presented at the annual conferences
of SSP, O’Reilly Media and SIIA as well as London Online.

A ten-year veteran at CCC, Ed has 25 years of experience in the
communications and information industries. Before joining CCC, he
served as vice president and managing director of Larry Miller
Productions (now iXL, Inc.), a marketing communications firm.

Anne-Marie Concepcion
Anne-Marie Concepcion (Seneca Design & Training, Inc.)

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción owns Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media publication design and production studio. She is one of the nation’s premiere independent Adobe Certified Instructors, teaching hands-on classes at client sites around the world and consulting with publishers to make a smooth transition to the latest software and workflows. Her clients include the American Bar Association, Harvard Magazine, World Book Publishing, Johnson Publishing, Playboy Enterprises, the MacArthur Foundation, Penn State University, Abbott Laboratories, McDougal Littell, American Library Association, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and she’s still trying for the Chicago White Sox.

Anne-Marie is the co-host of, “The World’s #1 Resource for All Things InDesign,” which she and partner David Blatner founded in 2006. She co-hosts their blog, podcast, and videocast, and co-produces their annual Print & ePublishing Conference, attended by over 400 publishing professionals from around the world. She founded and runs a sister site,, which is a blog and newsletter (CopyFlow) for designers and editors who are using the collaborative InDesign and InCopy workflow.

Besides her books and magazine articles, she loves authoring and recording hands-on video tutorials for, the creative industry’s most widely respected provider of online video training. Her most recent titles at include InDesign to EPUB, Kindle, and the IPad; InDesign CS5 New Features; Acrobat X Essential Training; Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter; and InDesign CS5 and InCopy CS5 Collaborative Workflows.

Anne-Marie’s favorite creative outlet is DesignGeek, her free tips and techniques ezine, which she has published since 2003 and is enjoyed by over 8,500 designers, publishers and pre-press professionals around the world.

Katie Cunningham (Cox Media Group)

Katie Cunningham is a Python and Django developer for Cox Media Group
by day, and is currently writing a book on 508 compliance and
accessibility by night.

While she had always had an interest in programming, it didn’t turn
into a career until she started to work at NASA. There, she slowly
transitioned from gathering requirements to developing full time,
advocating the use of more open source in the government sector.

It was at NASA that she gained an interest in 508 compliance. At
first, she was only interested in getting her applications through QA
faster. Over time, however, she gained a passion for a web that was
easy for everyone to use. Now in the private sector, she is
championing compliance even for websites that don’t require it by law.

She currently lives just outside of Washington, DC with her fiancé and
two children.

Judith Curr
Judith Curr (Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)

As publisher and founder of Atria Books, Judith Curr has ultimate responsibility for all the editorial, publishing, and marketing activities of the Atria imprint. Judith believes in creating books that are physically beautiful and that can help to shape the culture in positive, constructive ways. She was the guiding force behind the publishing of the international phenomenon The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (more than 16 million copies sold). Judith is an industry leader in adopting new technologies and developing innovative marketing strategies. In just ten years, she has overseen Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division within legendary publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, Inc. A native of Australia, Judith has been an executive in American publishing since 1996.

Laura  Dawson
Laura Dawson (Bowker)

Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. She never shuts up about identifiers, metadata, and book discovery.

Guinevere de la Mare
Guinevere de la Mare (Chronicle Books)

Guinevere de la Mare is Community Manager at Chronicle Books. She launched the publisher’s social media strategy in early 2009 and has been the online voice of the brand ever since. Before honing her craft to 140 characters for @ChronicleBooks, Guinevere worked as a copywriter at Chronicle, a publicist at Rhode Island School of Design, and a market associate at Surface Magazine. She received a BA in Art History from U.C. Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.

Baskar Devanathan
Baskar Devanathan (NewGen KnowledgeWorks)

Baskar has been associated with Newgen KnowledgeWorks since 2006, leading technology and new initiatives for strategic / innovative solutions. He comes with a background in hands-on software development, product development, and solution development for both onshore and offshore operations. Baskar spent 13 years in the Publishing and Content Management domains, addressing the technology side of the business.

John Dougherty
John Dougherty (Hearst Corporation)

John Dougherty is Director of Content Management at Hearst Corporation. He has overseen diverse technology efforts in cooperation with editorial and production teams for publications such as Elle, Woman’s Day and Car and Driver. That has included implementation of editorial workflow systems for print and tablet publications, issue planning, digital asset management, XML schemas, taxonomy management, prepress production, color management, ad and image portals, and creative software.

John has been part of a number of industry-wide initiatives, especially those pertaining to metadata, such as nextPub and PRISM. He has led or served on a number of working groups pertaining to multi-platform publishing, photo management, and usage rights.

Philip Downer
Philip Downer (Front of Store)

Philip Downer is the owner of Front of Store, a consultancy that supports retailers and publishers.

He’s at TOC because he cares about the future of bookstores and reading – not from a Luddite “all change is bad” standpoint, but rather because he believes in working with retailers and publishers to ensure that today’s fundamental (and exciting) changes to format, distribution etc are as positive as possible for readers and the next generation.

Philip was CEO at Borders UK, and has also held senior positions at WH Smith/Waterstone’s (including 2½ years working in the US), as well as spending his formative years in the record business.

In addition to working with retail clients, Philip writes for a number of trade publications, and runs a popular blog. He is a member of the Publishing Advisory Board at Kingston University, London, where he has lectured MA students on “Publishing and Bookselling in the Digital Age”.

Philip has recently published an ebook available to Kindle users entitled “A Year at Front of Store”, which reviews events in retailing and books through 2011.

Liz Edelstein
Liz Edelstein (Macmillan Publishing | Digital Marketing)

Liz Edelstein is the senior manager and editor of, Macmillan Publishing’s romance community. Liz is responsible for editorial direction, SEO strategies, marketing and list growth, social media, and e-book acquisitions for the site.

Prior to launching Heroes and Heartbreakers, Liz started her career in high-tech as a product manager at Netscape Communications and wrote thirteen romance novels published under the pseudonym Liz Maverick (which she is now self-publishing as e-books). She is currently writing the interactive e-book YA fantasy series Arcania for Coliloquy using Amazon’s Kindle Active Content platform.

Rodney Elder
Rodney Elder (Virtusales Publishing Solutions)

Rodney Elder has worked in the publishing industry for the past 10 years in Asia, Europe and North America. He has an extensive understanding of publishing systems and their application to help publishers maximise process efficiencies in bringing a book from concept to final delivery in both print and digital formats. Rodney has worked with publishers including Bloomsbury, Pearson, Elsevier Australia, Harper Collins Australia, Candlewick Press and Harvard University Press.

Brian Felsen
Brian Felsen (CD Baby | BookBaby | HostBaby )

Brian Felsen (President, BookBaby / CD Baby / HostBaby): Mr. Felsen helms BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of independent authors, poets, memoirists, and publishers, making their eBooks available to digital retailers worldwide (including Apple iBookstore, Barnes &, Sony’s Reader Store, and He also is the President of CD Baby, the world’s largest online distributor of independent music. Previous activities include founding and running one of the largest independent music conferences in the world, composing several classical music works, creating art photography, poetry, and plays, and producing an award-winning documentary film about Turkish military coups d’état.


Kent	 Freeman
Kent Freeman (Vital Source Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group Company)

A 28-year Ingram veteran, Mr. Freeman is well known in the industry for his supply chain and e-textbook and e-book expertise. Kent has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Chief Technology Officer, for Ingram Book Group and Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Ingram Digital, in addition to his current role of Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies. As a thought leader, Kent has been requested to speak at numerous global industry events. Past events Kent has spoken at include Book Expo America (BEA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) events, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Booksellers Association. Mr. Freeman has served as the Chair of the Book Industry Study Group, a non-profit organization that provides research and standards development for the book industry and as Chair of the Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee.

Kelly Gallagher
Kelly Gallagher (RR Bowker)

Kelly Gallagher serves as VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker. In this role he manages the implementation of a host of Bowker business intelligence services, including the PubTrack consumer research panel reaching over 40,000 ‘e’ and ‘p’ book consumers. For the past year, he has been leading a team of researchers on a three-year initiative for the BISG to study consumer attitudes toward e-devices and digital content. This long-term trended study looks at consumers purchases on a quarterly basis as it seeks to understand the rate and shift to digital content. In addition to managing the consumer research panel, he oversees sales data collection and analytics tools for the higher education and religious book markets for Bowker. Beyond his role at Bowker, Kelly serves the book publishing industry as the Research Chair for the Book Industry Study Group.

Barbara A Genco
Barbara A Genco (Library Journal/School Library Journal)

After a long career in collection management at Brooklyn Public Library, and a decade as their 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 manager 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 American Library Association’s 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.

Ronny Golan
Ronny Golan (BookPulse)

BookPulse offers book publishers a comprehensive social marketing platform that enables them to build communities around their books and maintain a direct ongoing relationship with their readers.

Ronny Golan is CEO and founder of BookPulse, bringing 20 years of experience in the fields of high-tech solutions and media.

Before founding BookPulse, Ronny was the Founder & CEO of the online video advertising company, HIRO-Media — the leader in online video ad-serving technology. Prior to HIRO Media, Ronny co-founded and managed the successful wireless community start-up Valis. In 2008, Ronny was chosen by Variety magazine as one of their “top 10 innovators to watch.”

Larry Goldberg
Larry Goldberg (National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM))

Larry Goldberg is the founder and director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at Boston’s public broadcaster
WGBH. For more than a decade he directed WGBH’s Media Access Group and
its Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service and now focuses on research
and development, public policy initiatives and strategic partnerships for global
impact. He is a leader in the international effort to assure that the design and
implementation of new technologies meet the needs of people with disabilities
and other populations who lack access. He led development of the specifications
for digital television closed captioning in the U.S. and was awarded a patent in
1996 for “Rear Window™,” the first closed-captioning system for movie theaters
and theme parks. He has developed dozens of innovative R&D projects for full
inclusion in such fields as online education and digital publishing, mobile devices
and mobile media, in-flight entertainment, home media networks, Web-based
media, theatrical motion pictures, museums and theme parks, and many others.

Larry regularly briefs Congressional and regulatory agencies on barriers and
opportunities in new and emerging media. He consults and writes about the
needs of people with disabilities for many publications and national advisory
boards and served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC)
Technological Advisory Council, its Consumer Advisory Committee and currently
co-chairs its Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Larry worked closely with Cong. Ed Markey (D-MA) and House and Senate
staffers of the technology and telecommunications subcommittees, in a bipartisan
effort to draft, negotiate and pass the “21st Century Communications
and Video Accessibility Act,” which was signed into law by Pres. Obama in
October of 2010. Under that law, which expands access to new and emerging
digital media under regulations being written by the FCC, the Video Programming
Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) was established at the FCC and
Larry was named co-chair by Chairman Julius Genachowsky. The first act of the
VPAAC was to issue recommendations for extending closed captioning to
Internet-based media, which Larry and his working group delivered to the FCC
ahead of deadline and which became the basis for the Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking and the subsequent rules, due in early January 2012.

Larry is regularly consulted by the White House Domestic Policy staff on matters
pertaining to access to technology for persons with disabilities and helped
establish a standing committee within the CIO Council of the United States
government on accessible technology. At the beginning of the Obama
Administration, Larry met with the new CTO of the U.S. (Aneesh Chopra) and the
new CIO (Vivek Kundra) to brief them on issues of concern regarding inclusive
technology policies and practices.

Larry also was involved in crafting and now proliferating the media and
communications provisions of the United Nations Convention on Persons with
Disabilities, adopted in December of 2006 and which has since been signed by
153 countries. Larry has consulted with governments and NGOs in Japan, Israel,
Brazil, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina and Russia.
He was a member of the U.S. Access Board’s Electronic and Information
Technology Access Advisory Committee (EITAAC) that established rules for
federal compliance with Section 508 and its subsequent “Refresh Committee”
which updated those rules. Larry works with technology companies such as
Apple, Disney, Microsoft, Verizon, Panasonic, AT&T, Yahoo!, HP, Adobe, and
others on solutions to meet the needs of consumers with disabilities. His
undergraduate degree focused on Cinema Studies and Broadcast Journalism at
University of Southern California.

Amanda Gomm
Amanda Gomm (Digital Bindery)

Seattle-born, techy, book nerd, and perfectionist, Amanda received Master’s degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University. A lifelong obsession with art, marketing statistics, and digital trends led her to realize the potential for ebooks to entertain and inspire readers instead of annoying and frustrating them in the way they often do. Partnering with design-savvy tech guru Tom McCluskey, Amanda co-founded Digital Bindery to solve digital publishing problems with particular attention to the artisan aesthetic.

Theodore Gray
Theodore Gray (Wolfram Research, Touch Press)

Theodore Gray is an award-winning software developer, author, and popularizer of science. Having started out in chemistry, he joined Stephen Wolfram in 1987 in the creation of Mathematica. Gray pioneered the concept of Mathematica notebooks—which serve as the main interface to Mathematica, and have made possible the creation of millions of interactive computable documents. Ever since the founding of Wolfram Research, Gray has guided its user interface strategy, and has been responsible for a sequence of major innovations.

Over the years Gray has developed an independent interest in science writing and in communicating the excitement and importance of science to a wide audience. He is a Contributing Editor at Popular Science magazine, and has authored its Gray Matter column since 2003. The How 2.0 section containing Gray’s column won a National Magazine Award in 2005, and Gray’s column is a finalist for its own National Magazine Award for 2010.

Gray is the author of Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home–But Probably Shouldn’t, and of the best selling coffee table book The Elements, A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, now the groundbreaking first product of Touch Press. He is also the proprietor of and the creator of the iconic photographic periodic-table poster seen in universities, schools, museums, and on TV shows from MythBusters to Hannah Montana.

Geoff Greve (Monotype Imaging Inc.)

Geoff Greve, Vice President of Type Technologies from Monotype Imaging is the one in the organization who has an office full of tech gadgets and toys. His colleagues think he has the greatest job in the company as he is allowed to play all day ;)
No, seriously. Geoff is the one who knows all about the challenges regarding type on screen in every kind.

Kristian Hammond
Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)

Kristian Hammond is a chief scientist at Narrative and a professor of computer science and journalism at Northwestern University. His research has been primarily focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content, and context-driven information systems. He sits on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Kris was also named 2014 innovator of the year by the Best in Biz Awards. He holds a PhD from Yale.

Ray Henderson (Blackboard Learn)

As President of Blackboard’s teaching and learning division, Ray oversees product development, client success and support as well as the global services and managed hosting functions.

He formerly led ANGEL Learning’s product strategy, product development and go-to-market efforts. His more than twenty years of experience in educational publishing and technology platform development shape a vision where the customer experience is paramount and the customer voice is integral to product development.

Ray began his pursuit of technology platform development while Earth & Space Sciences editor at Pearson, where he developed Companion Websites™, the first major brand of internet products in higher education. He went on to lead product development at eCollege®, an early pioneer in the learning management system arena. Prior to joining Blackboard in 2009, Ray led ANGEL Learning’s product strategy, product development and go-to-market efforts and served as president for digital product development at Pearson Education where he assisted in developing several industry leading online learning brands and the technology and operational organizations required to support them on a global scale in the market. These included Course Compass™, InformIT™, MyMathLab and related products.

Ray has a strong interest in affecting industry collaborations. As a founding board member of Safari Books Online, LLC, he was instrumental in creating a highly successful joint venture for digital reference products between O’Reilly and Pearson. As an advocate for open standards for online courseware development, Ray conceptualized the Common Cartridge standard. He serves on the board of directors for the IMS Global Learning Consortium educational standards body where he persists in developing this and other educational technology standards.

Ray is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with degrees in philosophy and biology.

Jonathan Hevenstone
Jonathan Hevenstone (Jouve North America (JNA))

Jonathan has led JNA’s growth as the leading provider of eBook conversion services for major trade publishers and eBook retailers in the US. Starting with a small team based in New York, he helped pioneer the current model for delivering high quality eBook conversion plus distribution with onshore customer service.

Jonathan is currently focused on development and implementation of market and sales strategy; developing new products, services, and partnerships; and launching Jouve Publishing Strategies, a consulting practice drawing on Jouve’s expertise in print and digital workflows and the market for digital products. His operational expertise includes content strategy, publishing technologies and workflows, business development, product marketing, eBook production and XML conversion, print on demand, composition, and outsourcing/offshoring.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from New York University.

Justo Hidalgo
Justo Hidalgo (24Symbols)

10 seconds: Founder @24symbols. Worked @denodo (search, web, data integration). Awarded Product Manager. PhD in Computer Science. University professor. Tech to biz strategy. Love books.

More? Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a platform that offers readers the ability to read and share digital books in the cloud, working in any reading device with internet connection and that gives users access to an international and multi-publisher’s catalogue. He teaches product/technology strategy and innovation at Nebrija University and Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain. Justo is member of the Internet Society and mentor for other startups.

Nathaniel Hoffelder (The Digital Reader (blog))

Nate is an independent blogger who covers digital publishing, related technologies, and digital content.

Linda Holliday
Linda Holliday (Semi-Linear, 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.

Linda’s digital communications passions include search, user experience and information architecture. A contributor to TED conference founder Richard Wurman’s Understanding series, she has been recognized for bringing fresh thinking to traditional and new media. Linda is an active advisor-consultant whose interests still center on the intersection between old and new media.

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.

Alin Jardim
Alin Jardim (Monotype Imaging)

At Monotype Imaging Inc Alin assists global publishers, ad agencies, and media groups to help them find and license the right font imaging technologies to suit their budgets.

A leading global provider of text imaging solutions for the display and printing of high-quality digital text. Our technologies are deployed across a range of consumer electronics (CE) devices, including laser printers, digital copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes and digital cameras, as well as in numerous software applications and operating systems. We also license our typefaces and provide font management services to creative and business professionals through custom font design services, direct sales and our e-commerce Web sites:,, and

Björn Jeffery
Björn Jeffery (Toca Boca)

Björn Jeffery is the founder of Toca Boca, a play studio that makes digital toys for touchscreen devices. In 2011, they released ten products that was sold in over 115 countries worldwide and reached downloads of over 5 million – all in their first year. Toca Boca is a part of The Bonnier Group, one of Europe’s largest media groups with interests in books, newspapers, magazines, television, internet and film. In 2010, Bonnier had sales of approximately 4.4 billion USD.

Previously, Björn was the Director of Future Media & Technology at Bonnier Research & Development, where he was responsible for global research and analysis regarding consumer behavior and strategic shifts in technology. Other projects include founding and being the CEO of the strategic web agency Good Old, founding – the first blog to be sold in Northern Europe, and – one of the most influential music blogs in the club music scene. Previous employers include the Swedish dailies Göteborgs-Posten and Sydsvenskan, and SVT – Swedish National Television.

Clay Johnson
Clay Johnson (

Clay Johnson is the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, and director of engagement for Expert Labs. He was the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.

Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson (Zite)

Mark Johnson is CEO of Zite. Mark was an advisor to Zite for almost two years prior to taking the CEO role. He was instrumental in the pivot from Worio to Zite. He brings a strong product and technology background with experience at several successful search startups: Powerset (natural language search, acquired by Microsoft), Kosmix (categorized search, acquired by Walmart), and SideStep (travel search, acquired by Kayak). Most recently, he led product at Bing in San Francisco. Mark’s passion and mission at Zite is to change the way people discover and browse content.

Roman Karachinsky
Roman Karachinsky (News360)

Roman Karachinsky is the CEO and co-founder of News360, a leading personalized news app that aggregates and ranks online news content and sources. News360 is a tool that allows users to discover the freshest, most important and relevant news of the day, individually tailored for each user based on their reading behavior and analysis of their social cloud. Roman believes strongly that using personalization, coupled with aggregation and semantic analysis, is the best way to deliver a multi-faced news reading experience that reflects every viewpoint. At News360, Roman is responsible for guiding overall product strategy, business development and partnerships. He is currently based in Sunnyvale, CA.

Joe Karaganis
Joe Karaganis (American Assembly)

Joe Karaganis joined The American Assembly at Columbia University as Vice President in 2010. His work focuses on the relationship between digital convergence and cultural production, and has recently included research on broadband adoption, data policy, and media piracy. He is the editor of The Politics of Open Source Adoption (2005), Structures of Participation in Digital Culture (2007), and Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011), among other work. Prior to joining the American Assembly, he was a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York.

Robert Kasher
Robert Kasher (Newgen KnowledgeWorks)

Bob Kasher has been a pioneer in digital publishing since 1995, when he founded Database Directories, one of Canada’s first digital publishing houses. He was also involved in the early development of mobile delivery systems for print books through his engagement with the Global Reader Project at Macmillan Publisher Services. He is the author of nine books, as well as two mobile/digital travel guides. Bob is currently a Sales Director at Newgen KnowledgeWorks. He serves as a member of the IDPF’s EPUB 3 Working Group, and sits on the Book Industry Study Group’s Rights Committee.

Seth Kaufman
Seth Kaufman (Copia Interactive)

Seth Kaufman was most recently VP of Merchandising for, where he worked for 12 years. Kaufman began his career as a copy boy at the New York Post, eventually becoming a reporter for Page Six. He then became news editor at and rose to Editorial Director.
When he is not evangelizing, which is almost never, Kaufman has been known to play guitar in Brooklyn’s acclaimed band, The Fancy Shapes.

Dianne Kennedy
Dianne Kennedy (IDEAlliance)

Dianne Kennedy is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies for IDEAlliance. Ms. Kennedy oversees and guides the development of emerging technology specifications and best practices to support platform agnostic, cross media publishing. Her responsibilities include nextPub, PRISM, XMPInterop and other IDEAlliance eMedia technical initiatives. Ms Kennedy is the Director for the IDEAlliance eMedia Professional Certification Program and develops other emerging technology training programs. She participates in the Ghent Work Group and the International Digital Publishing Forum.

George Kerscher
George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium)

George Kerscher Ph.D. – “In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.”

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed information systems can make all information accessible to all people and is working to push evolving technologies in this direction.

As Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in the USA. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, the EPUB Maintenance working group and the W3C’s Steering Council for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). George also serves on the USA National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Board.

Skott Klebe
Skott Klebe (Copyright Clearance Center)

Skott Klebe has worked in copyright and licensing technology for more than fifteen years. He was the architect of RightsLink, Copyright Clearance Center’s point-of-content licensing system, and is the inventor on several patents in the fields content and licensing.

Sanders Kleinfeld
Sanders Kleinfeld (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Sanders Kleinfeld has been employed at O’Reilly Media since 2004 and has held a variety of positions, including roles on O’Reilly’s Production, Editorial, and Tools teams. Currently, he works as publishing technology engineer, maintaining O’Reilly’s XML-based toolchain for generating EPUB and Mobi formats of both frontlist and backlist titles. He also helps coordinate O’Reilly’s digital distribution efforts to electronic sales channels, and is currently assisting in R&D efforts surrounding HTML5 and EPUB 3, helping to develop next-generation ebook content for O’Reilly and its publishing partners. In his spare time, Sanders loves to read, but primarily print books. Sanders is the author of HTML5 for Publishers (O’Reilly, 2011).

Martin Klopstock
Martin Klopstock (Kogan Page Ltd)

Martin Klopstock has worked in Professional and Higher Ed publishing for 25 years with a range of publishers including Taylor & Francis and Pearson Education. He is currently Digital and Operations Director at Kogan Page, an independent business publisher. He has held senior management roles in the areas of product development and production; content management; workflow and asset standards. More recently he has been focused on the seamless integration of internal business systems with the data and asset requirement of third party supply chain partners. He believes that developing and maintaining rigorous asset and metadata standards is essential to a smooth functioning of an increasingly global supply chain, and that the publishing industry needs to invest in automation of these processes and workflows.

Anne Kostick
Anne Kostick (Foxpath IND)

Anne has been a partner in Foxpath IND since 2000, specializing in the transition to and from traditional content publishing and online content management, development, and publishing. Her clients include trade book publishers; technology and financial services Web sites; 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.

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.

Anne’s semimonthly column, Digital Reading, discusses user experience and related topics in e-books. Anne currently serves as president of Women’s Media Group, a 35-year-old industry organization, and the advisory boards of the Publishing Innovation Awards and BEA Conference 2012. She is the author of several books for children and a definitive collection of jokes.

Kassia Krozser
Kassia Krozser (

Kassia Krozser, publisher of, covers the intersection of technology and publishing. She serves on advisory boards for several publishing start-ups, presents at conferences such as Tools of Change for Publishing, Digital Book World, and South by Southwest, has appeared on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and contributes to various industry publications.

Jeremy LeBard
Jeremy LeBard (ReadCloud)

Jeremy LeBard is the Co-founder of ReadCloud, a company providing a host of solutions for education including social ebook reading software, a white-lable bookstore platform for 200+ bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, and a management and distribution system for educational training material. For the past 10 years Jeremy has specialised in media and technology consulting on multi-million dollar projects for blue-chip companies including HP, Accenture and Microsoft in the Asia Pacific region. He is considered a thought leader in the publishing sector as stated by international publisher and bookseller organisations.

Jonathan LeBlanc
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree)

Jonathan is an Emmy award-winning software engineer and the author of the O’Reilly book “Programming Social Applications.” He specializes in open source initiatives around the implementation of social engagement services. He also works with and promotes emerging technologies to aid in the adoption and utilization of new social development techniques, such as his work on the OpenSocial foundation board. As a software engineer, Jonathan works extensively with social interaction development, engaging in new methods for targeting the social footprint of users to drive the ideal of an open web.

Vladimir Levantovsky
Vladimir Levantovsky (Monotype Imaging)

Vladimir Levantovsky is a senior technology strategist at Monotype Imaging Inc. and currently serves as a chair of the W3C Web Fonts Working Group and a chair of the ISO SC29/WG11 ad-hoc group on font format representation. He has been involved in the work of various industry consortiums and standards organizations since 2002, and is passionate about advancing typographic capabilities on CE and mobile devices and on the Web. He has been an active contributor to the development of various technology platforms, including hardware-accelerated vector graphics (OpenVG), Java ME profiles for mobile devices (JSR-271 and JSR-287), DVB Multimedia Home Platform, OMA Rich Media Environment and core font technology standardization at ISO/IEC.

Jacob Lewis
Jacob Lewis (Figment )

Jacob Lewis is the co-founder and CEO of Figment, an online community for teens and young adults to create, discover, and share new reading and writing. Figment enables it’s users to read amateur and professional content and generate their own unfiltered creative writing to share with peers on web and mobile networks. Jacob is the former Managing Editor of The New Yorker magazine, where he worked for more than twelve years, and of Conde Nast Portfolio.

Colleen Lindsay
Colleen Lindsay (Penguin Group (USA))

Colleen Lindsay is part of the business development team at Penguin
Group (USA), where she is community manager of, a new
online workshopping community where genre fiction writers (science
fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller and romance) can upload original
work for critique by their fellow writers. Launched in May of 2011,
the site has already resulted in a success story for
member Kerry Schafer, whose community-workshopped book BETWEEN was
acquired in a two-book deal by Berkley this past January. Colleen
served as the director of publicity for Random House’s Del Rey Books
for five years, where she specialized in the creative promotion of
SF/F, licensed media, pop culture non-fiction, and graphic novels;
most recently she worked as a literary agent focused on debut genre
fiction writers. Colleen has called the book industry home since 1984.

Victor Lombardi
Victor Lombardi (Nickel)

Victor is the founder of Nickel, the TurboTax of financial plans. Previously he wrote the book “Why We Fail: Learning from Experience Design Failures”, co-founded the Information Architecture Institute & the Overlap conference, taught at the Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and Rutgers University, and contributed to the design of over 40 software and Internet products over the past 20 years.

Matt MacInnis
Matt MacInnis (Inkling)

Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Matt attended Harvard University where he earned a degree in Computer Engineering and Chinese Language. He moved to California and pursued an eight-year career at Apple where he managed the company’s international expansion into international education markets. During that time, Matt saw a lot of misuse of technology in the classroom, and in 2009 his frustration drove him to start Inkling. His technical foundation, coupled with his experience with Apple, positioned him well to start and grow the company. With a vision for reinventing publishing, Matt has led Inkling into partnerships with the world’s largest publishers, building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for iPad. Both Matt and Inkling are based in San Francisco, CA.

Praveen Madan
Praveen Madan (Keplers2020, Booksmith)

Praveen Madan is a literary entrepreneur who quit his cushy corporate job in consulting and technology to focus on building the community bookstore for the 21st century. Praveen kicked-off his pursuit in 2007 by teaming up with Christin Evans to acquire and transform the Booksmith bookstore in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. In 2009, he partnered with Cody’s long-term events manager Melissa Mytinger to launch Berkeley Arts & Letters, which has become one of the top speaking series in the Bay Area. Recently Praveen stepped in to save Kepler’s, the iconic Bay Area bookstore, from imminent closure and is working closely with a group of community champions to transform Kepler’s into a next generation literary venture built around a new level of community engagement, stewardship, and sustainability. Praveen is also on the Board of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Before jumping full-time into the world of books and ideas, Praveen was a VP of Marketing at Trilogy Software and a Principal Consultant at A.T. Kearney. Praveen holds a Bachelor of Engineering from IIT, New Delhi and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin. Praveen’s Twitter handle is @pmadan.

Roger Magoulas
Roger Magoulas (O'Reilly Media)

Roger Magoulas is the vice president of O’Reilly Radar. Previously, Roger was the research director at O’Reilly, where he and his team built the company’s analysis infrastructure and provided analytic services and insights on technology-adoption trends to business decision makers at O’Reilly and beyond. He and his team found what excites key innovators and use those insights to gather and analyze faint signals from various sources to make sense of what others may adopt and why.​

Christophe Maire

Christophe F. Maire,
Entrepreneur focusing on product innovation in digital media and mobile. Christophe founded and is currently CEO of, the largest distribution networks for eBooks in Europe (and soon globally). The company partners with mobile operators and device makers to compete in the fast growing digital publishing business.
Christophe was the founder of gate5, a global leader in mobile navigation software, which he sold to Nokia in 2006. Today, Nokia Maps, the unit which emerged from gate5, employs more than 1000 Employees in Berlin. Christophe was also cofounder of, a company which pioneered “checking-in” (and was bought by Nokia in 2008). Christophe is further a co-founder of (phone in browser app) and (topical photo-sharing service). Earlier he built the largest digital film studio on the site of the East German film studio attracting Euro 40m investments from Vivendi, Bertelsmann etc. Christophe attended school in St.Gallen, ESADE and Stanford and worked in Asia for a few years.
A Swiss citizen, Christophe lives in Berlin with his wife and 2 children. Christophe is quite active in the Berlin tech scene and was for instance involved in the build-up of brands4friends, plista, barcoo, readmill, appaware, amen, and soundcloud where he sits on the board.

Steve Matteson
Steve Matteson (Monotype Imaging Inc.)

A 1988 graduate of the School of Printing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Steve found his passion for type and typography among the historic collections of books, metal type, type-casting equipment and printing presses. In 1990 Steve was hired by Monotype Typography as a contractor to aid in the production of Microsoft’s first TrueType fonts. Having already spent over two years mastering the hinting algorithms of a similar technology for another company, TrueType was an easy transition, and produced fonts for OEM customers such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. Working on the technical aspects of type helped fuel Steve’s ambition to design new typefaces. He completed a handwriting design called Andy and a revival of Frederic Goudy’s Truesdell in 1993. These were quickly followed by a screen font design for main frame terminal emulation (Andalé), Blueprint, Fineprint, Binner Gothic, Goudy Ornate, and user interface fonts for the original Xbox, Windows Vista and the Android OS.

Micah May (New York Public Library)

Micah May, Director of Strategy for the New York Public Library –

Micah received his BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Colorado (Magna Cum Laude) and his JD from Harvard Law School. He worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co for four year, were he helped found the McKinsey Center for the Advancement of Problem Solving, an internal think tank that developed innovative problem solving techniques and helped McKinsey teams implement them with clients. He is now the Director of Strategy at the New York Public Library. He leads the Library’s strategic planning work and it’s project management office and advises senior management on real time strategic decisions.

Ned May
Ned May (Outsell)

In his capacity as Vice President, Ned May is the lead analyst for Outsell’s analytic coverage and advisory services focused on the Search, Aggregation & Syndication market. His research centers on the myriad ways in which digital content is aggregated and consumed. Ned serves as an executive-level advisor and consultant to clients on issues impacting all facets of the market, including the money flows around online advertising, content syndication, and copyright, and the delivery platform challenges across the tethered web and new mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and e- readers.

Ned is regularly quoted in the mainstream press, has been featured on PBS’ Nightly Business Report and, and has spoken at many industry events including O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, Book Expo America, AAP’s General Meeting, SIIA’s NetGain, and the Innovation in Education Summit sponsored by the McGraw Hill Foundation. Ned has authored many reports on e-book related topics, including a recent worldwide e-book market overview.

Daniel Mayer (TEMIS)

Daniel Mayer is VP of Corporate Marketing at TEMIS, the leading provider of semantic content enrichment solutions for the Enterprise. In this capacity he is responsible for promoting, as well as shaping, the flagship Luxid® product range and its roadmap with a particular focus on STM Publishing and Enterprise Information Management. Prior to joining TEMIS, Daniel served for the past 12 years in a variety of marketing and product strategy functions throughout the IT value chain. Daniel holds both a Masters degree in Business from HEC, France and a Masters in Computer Science from ENST, France.

Tom McCluskey
Tom McCluskey (Digital Bindery)

Tom has been involved in publishing as an editor, lead designer, and ebook guru both in the Pacific Northwest and on the East Coast. He received his Master’s Degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University in 2010, founding the Digital Content Department of Ooligan Press while still a student.

Jesse McDougall

Jesse is a social media consultant and web programming geek living in the woods of Vermont because he can’t bring himself to leave the gardens and swimming holes. Currently, Jesse is co-owner of Catalyst Webworks—a web development and social media consulting firm in White River Junction, VT. In this role, Jesse travels the country teaching businesses and organizations how to tap into the power and audiences of the web without annoying or alienating their customers.

Jesse is the author of several books about internet ventures including Expand Your Business Using eBay, and Start Your Own Blogging Business. He is currently writing two new books about Internet marketing—both to be published by O’Reilly Media in 2012.

Hugh McGuire
Hugh McGuire (PressBooks / LibriVox / Iambik )

Hugh is the founder of PressBooks, an open source book publishing platform built on WordPress; founder of, a publisher of free volunteer-read public domain audiobooks; and the co-editor with Brian O’Leary of “Book: A Futurist Manifesto.”

Thad McIlroy
Thad McIlroy (

Thad McIlroy is an electronic publishing analyst and author based in San Francisco and Vancouver, BC. His site, The Future of Publishing, is the most in-depth on the industry. McIlroy provides consulting services to publishing and media companies, including Apple Computer, Microsoft, Pearson and Xerox.

With over thirty years of experience in the publishing industry (including five years as Program Director for Seybold Seminars), McIlroy is a well-established expert in the technology and marketing issues surrounding electronic publishing, color imaging and the Internet. He has authored a dozen books and over 200 articles on these subjects. McIlroy is on the editorial board of the journal Learned Publishing and the Canadian literary journal, Geist.

Erin McKean
Erin McKean (Google | Wordnik)

Erin McKean is the founder of the newly not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary, and developer relations program manager at Google. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press. Before JavaScript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark. (If you’ve ever written anything in Omnimark, she’ll buy you a drink.) Erin’s the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and, most recently, The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

Jack McKeown
Jack McKeown (Books & Books Westhampton Beach)

Jack McKeown is a thiry-year publishing veteran. He currently is co-owner and President of Books & Books Westhampton Beach, a retail bookstore located on the South Fork of Long Island, N.Y. He also serves as Director of Business Development for Verso Digital, and as President of Conemarra Partners, a media consultancy. He co-founded the Perseus Books Group and served as its first President and CEO. Prior to Perseus, he served as President and Publisher of the Adult Trade Group of HarperCollins and Publisher of the Adult Trade Division of Simon & Schuster. He is a graduate of the Univesity of Chicago, and holds an MBA and MS from Columbia University.

Kristen McLean
Kristen McLean (Bookigee)

Kristen McLean is the founder and CEO of Bookigee, an innovative visualizing search engine for the book industry, Before founding Bookigee, Kristen was the Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association founded in 1984 that networks the children’s book industry. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues. Kristen holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and has done graduate work in Graphic and Industrial Design at Massachusetts College of Art. Prior to joining ABC in 2005, Kristen spent twelve years in the book and toy industry in various roles including frontline retailing, merchandising, buying, commission sales, and managing marketing for one of Houghton Mifflin’s trade children’s imprints. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures nationally and internationally on issues facing the publishing world at venues such as Book Expo America (BEA), Digital Book World (DBW), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The American Library Association (ALA), and The Digital Publishing Conference of the City College of London, UK. Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, and publishing in the 21st Century. Find out more at

Maureen McMahon
Maureen McMahon (Kaplan Publishing)

Maureen McMahon is president and publisher of Kaplan Publishing, one of the nation’s leading publishers of academic and professional resources in print and digital formats. In addition to overseeing content production, delivery, and management for Kaplan Test Prep course and retail products, she oversees Kaplan Labs, an initiative that focuses on the potential for emerging technologies to improve learning outcomes; Kaplan Mobile; and EPUB 3 product development.

Prior to joining Kaplan in 2006, she was vice president and publisher of the Kaplan imprint at Simon & Schuster, and held several positions at Random House, including publisher of The Princeton Review, associate publisher of Villard Books, and director of national accounts.

Peter Meirs
Peter Meirs (Time Inc.)

Peter Meirs is the Vice President of Production Technologies for Time Inc. and an affiliate of the MIT Media Lab.

Peter’s role is to oversee technologies and information systems that support the production and distribution of Time Inc. magazines. These groups include the Time Inc. digital archive group (E-MaG), the Digital Development Group, the OMS Print group (magazine planning), Time Inc. paper and production information systems (TimeXchange) and production systems development. Peter is also a founding member of the PRISM XML standard working group and he co-leads efforts on the emerging nextPub XML specification. Since joining Time Inc. in 1992, Peter has overseen its digital advertising and transmission systems, directed TIME Magazine Editorial Operations and managed Time Inc.’s conversion to a fully digital production workflow. Peter is a frequent speaker at industry events on the subject of digital publishing technologies.

Greg Merkle
Greg Merkle (Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group)

As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.

Previously, he was Associate Vice President, Product Design at Factiva and was responsible for user experience design for all products and services of Factiva. This included working strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet their needs. The design group disciplines include: Information Architecture, Market Validation, Interface/Interaction Design, Human Factors/Usability and Data visualization.

Prior to this appointment Mr. Merkle had the role of Creative Director/Product Design and headed the product and interface design team at Dow Jones where he introduced user focused design principles and usability prior the Internet revolution.

Mr. Merkle joined Dow Jones in 1993 as an Art Director. He later focused on User Interface Design with the release of: Personal Journal, Dow Jones News/Retrieval, Dow Vision, The Dow Jones Business Center on America Online, Dow Jones Publications Library and Dow Jones Interactive.

Prior to Dow Jones, Mr. Merkle was the principal of Greg Merkle Design specializing in corporate identity and graphic design for clients including: Dow Jones, MCA Records, Societe Generale and Schering Plough.

Kat Meyer
Kat Meyer (O'Reilly Media, Inc. )

Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working at a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University
of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group.

Prior to joining O’Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media!

Peter Meyers
Peter Meyers (Citia)

Author and digital book architect. I write about and help companies create reader-friendly digital books. Author of “Best iPad Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010). Currently writing: “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience" (O’Reilly).

I co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). I’ve also written extensively about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. Some of my favorite pieces include a profile of Norwegian programmers who used pigeons to transmit information between computers, the evangelism of Edward Tufte’s information design seminars, and one of the earliest articles on Wikipedia I also did a tour of duty at O’Reilly Media, where I served five very happy years in the Missing Manual group, finishing up as the series’ associate publisher.

My undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where I studied American history and literature, and I have an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I live with my wife and two daughters in “upstate Manhattan” (aka Washington Heights).

Susan Moody
Susan Moody (Worldreader)

Susan Moody is Director of Marketing and Communications for Worldreader. She has worked in online marketing for various start-ups and companies in Spain and the US including Icon Medialab and Teletech. Additionally, she wrote two children’s books focused on having kids learn about different cultures in an entertaining way. She fully believes in the power books have to enrich kids’ lives and shape their dreams. Susan received her BA from Princeton University in 1994 and a MBA from IESE in Barcelona in 2001. Follow her on Twitter @soozmoody.

Richard Nash
Richard Nash (Small Demons/ Cursor)

Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur—VP of Community and Content of Small Demons, founder of Cursor, and Publisher of Red Lemonade. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; the last book he edited there, Lydia Millet’s Love in Infant Monkeys, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing. He has spoken on the history and future of reading, writing, and publishing across the world, from Melbourne to Toronto to Helsinki to Seoul—Chris Anderson characterizes his Publishing 3.0 talk as “the best I have ever seen.”

Edward Nawotka
Edward Nawotka (Publishing Perspectives)

Edward Nawotka is the founder and editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, the online magazine for the international publishing industry that has been hailed as “the BBC of the book world.” He has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. He continues to be a widely published essayist and critic, and speaks frequently about books and publishing, at home and abroad. Ed lives in Houston.

Dana Newman
Dana Newman (Dana Newman)

Dana Newman is a transactional and intellectual property attorney, advising creators and
businesses on contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and licensing. She focuses her practice
on publishing, technology and start-ups, and also works as an independent literary
agent, representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction. She has extensive in-
house legal experience with Moviola and its affiliates, providers of entertainment and
communications technologies. Having worked in the entertainment industry during
the transition from analog to digital platforms in film editing and audio recording, she’s
excited about the revolution happening in publishing and enthusiastically embraces new
technologies and business models for the creation and distribution of books. She holds a
B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San
Francisco School of Law. She wrote “Copyright Grants: as Powerful as Kryptonite?”
published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and co-authored the chapter on Technology
and Intellectual Property Rights in the book Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for
Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011).

Phil	 Ollila
Phil Ollila (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. Phil is responsible for Ingram Content Group’s publisher facing business, and has been instrumental in leading the transformation of Ingram from a traditional wholesale service provider, into a fully integrated and relevant solutions company for clients. Ingram combines wholesale distribution, print-on-demand, digital distribution, inventory management and comprehensive worldwide services for physical and digital content.

In his role as Chief Content Officer, Phil leads a number of Ingram business units including wholesale merchandising, Lightning Source, Ingram Publisher Services and digital distribution through CoreSource®. He also heads Ingram Content Group marketing.

Phil previously served as Senior Vice President of Ingram Book Group Inc., President of Ingram Publisher Services Inc., and as President of Ingram Library Services Inc.

Prior to joining Ingram, Phil spent 12 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Borders Group. His last position with Borders was Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising.

Phil 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.

Jeff Olson
Jeff Olson (Kaplan Test Prep)

Jeff Olson is Vice President of Customer Research for Kaplan Test
Prep. Olson specializes in tracking the education marketplace using
online and telephone surveys, longitudinal tracking surveys, and
pricing and promotional studies.

Olson’s surveys and commentary have appeared in hundreds of U.S.
periodicals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Newsweek. He was
profiled in the Washington Business Journal newspaper in July, 2006.
Olson was educated at the College of William & Mary and trained in
survey design & data analysis at George Washington University.

Bethanne Patrick
Bethanne Patrick (Book Riot)

In 2010, Charlotte Abbott stated on Follow the Reader, “Bethanne Patrick is an avid bridge-builder between print journalism, online book programming and TV.”

Patrick has always been an enthusiastic and engaged reader of books, so when she started writing about authors and publishing in 1996, she brought her own interest to the stories she told and the writers she interviewed.

In 2001, after years of freelance writing, Patrick joined the team of PAGES Magazine as editor at large. While at PAGES, Patrick did something few book critics did; she looked beyond the borders of the United States, writing a regular column called “Global View,” focusing on international writers and publishing.

Three years later, in 2004 and long before the digital revolution, Patrick launched the AOL Books Channel, reaching more readers than ever before through the largest web portal in the world and where her book critic channel, “The Book Maven,” was born.

Under “The Book Maven,” Patrick started a blog for Publishers Weekly, became the moderator for Barnes & Noble’s first online book club, “Centerstage,” and began developing “Author, Author,” the first-ever Web-TV show with a book focus.

In April of this year, “Author, Author” relaunched as “The Book Studio,” now a product of WETA-PBS, the Washington D.C. PBS/NPR station. Through “The Book Studio,” Patrick interviews authors in video and audio podcasts, promoting these interviews via Twitter and her blog.

Patrick regularly writes for AARP, People Magazine, The Washington Post Book World, Barnes & Noble Review, and She has also written a book for National Geographic entitled An Uncommon History of Common Things, out now.

Currently, Patrick is working on a memoir entitled Broken.

  • Photo credit: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic
William Patry
William Patry (Google, Inc. )

William Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc. He previously served as copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, and as a Policy Planning Advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights. For 12 years, he was also in the private practice of law, litigating copyright cases in court and advising clients. He is the most prolific scholar on copyright in history, in any language, beginning with a 6,500 page treatise, Patry on Copyright. His most recent book is How to Fix Copyright (Oxford University Press, January 2012). He is an avid bass clarinetist.

Barb Pellow
Barb Pellow (InfoTrends)

A digital printing and publishing pioneer and marketing expert, Barbara Pellow helps companies develop multi-media strategies that ride the information wave whether it is developing a strategy to launch a new product, building a strategic marketing plan or educating your sales force on how to deliver an effective value proposition. In her role at InfoTrends, she brings the knowledge and skills to help companies expand and grow business opportunity.

Before joining InfoTrends, Pellow was the Chief Marketing Officer of Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, where she was responsible for all marketing activities for the division, including business strategy, marketing communications, public relations, marketing intelligence and advertising strategy. Prior to joining Kodak, Pellow was the Gannett chair in integrated publishing sciences in Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) School of Printing Management and Sciences (SPMS). As chair, Barb focused on the relationship between traditional paper-based media and emerging electronic new media. Previously, she served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing for IKON Office Solutions; Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Indigo; Vice President and General Manager for the Xerox Document Production Systems Group; and Director of the On Demand Printing and Publishing Service at CAP Ventures, an internationally known firm specializing in the digital document and print on demand industry.

She is a frequent speaker at industry events and a recognized author. She has been on the Board of Directors of publicly held companies including Presstek, TR Systems and the SFN Group.

Jesse Potash
Jesse Potash (PUBSLUSH)

Jesse Potash is the founder of Pubslush, a global, crowdsourcing publishing platform for authors to raise funds and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas. Pubslush also operates an independent imprint that acquires books from the platform, and for every book sold, donates a children’s book to a child in need. Jesse hails from a financial services background but has worked additionally across a wide array of industries including publishing, fashion, and advertising. Jesse was recently named one of the top “5 eBook Publishing Experts to Watch” by mediabistro. He also serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which is committed to supporting children’s literacy initiatives worldwide. He is a native New Yorker, yogi, boxer, and avid traveler.

Corey Pressman
Corey Pressman (Exprima Media)

Corey taught Anthropology for 12 years before leaving teaching to start Exprima Media, a software company dedicated to creating robust and engaging educational experiences for the web and native mobile platforms.

Exprima Media is currently working with publishers such as W.W. Norton, John Wiley & Sons, and McGraw Hill to build the future of educational interactive media. Also, under Corey’s direction, Exprima Media is participating in the ‘global mobile’ revolution, developing educational mobile applications for use in less economically developed nations.

Whitney Quesenbery
Whitney Quesenbery (WQUsability)

Whitney is the author of Storytelling for User Experience and Global UX: Design and Research in a Connected World. A former theatrical lighting designer trained on computerized lighting control systems, she founded the usability consulting and research firm WQUsability. She is leader of the UPA Usability in Civic Life project, and serves on two federal advisory committees for accessibility guidelines for voting systems.

Dominique Raccah
Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks)

Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from New York Times bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides. Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.

Michael Rankin
Michael Rankin (

Contributing author for, InDesign Magazine , and Author of The InDesignSecrets Guide to the InDesign CS5 ACE Exam and The InDesignSecrets Guide to Graphic Effects.

Author of the video series, InDesign FX

I founded a blog on XML and publishing technology,

I work for an educational publishing company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. There I am responsible for research and analysis on automated workflows and publishing systems. My group is responsible for research, testing, analysis, and recommendations on XML schema, authoring systems, automated composition, and output.

Brandt  Redd
Brandt Redd (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)

Brandt Redd is Senior Technology Officer for Education Programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in computer software, digital media and education he has served as a software engineer, project manager, DBA, chief scientist and CTO.

Jan Reichelt
Jan Reichelt (Mendeley Ltd.)

Jan is Co-Founder and President of Mendeley, one of the world’s largest research collaboration platforms, with thousands of users and research groups and millions of research papers. Mendeley helps people to organize and collaborate on research projects and makes academic research fascinatingly more accessible and transparent.

Research can be a lot of fun, and so is starting a technology company. So why not combine the two? Jan already worked at two Internet start-ups during the first dot-com era, and having been frustrated with the lack of social tools for researchers he became a co-founder of Mendeley in 2007.

Jan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Management at the University of Cologne, where he also was a lecturer in Electronic Business and Information Management, and spent some time as visiting researcher at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Before that he graduated as MBA with a focus on Electronic Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship, having studied at the WHU, the LUISS Rome, and the University of Bath School of Management.

Jonathan Reichental
Jonathan Reichental (City of Palo Alto)

For over 20 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth opportunities. He spent over a decade at a Big 4 consulting firm focusing on IT strategy and innovation, delivering specific expertise in emerging technologies and the impact of macro trends such as demography on organizational success. He has also served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of O’Reilly Media. Currently, he is the CIO of the City of Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, where his responsibilities span across city technology and innovation.

Dr. Reichental is also a highly sought-after public speaker and presents on a range of subjects. He is interviewed often and has been featured on NPR, Forbes, CIO magazine, InformationWeek and Computerworld. His TV appearances include a segment on CNBC.
You can follow him or begin a conversation through Twitter via @reichental.

Brian Rich
Brian Rich (Catalyst Investors)

Brian Rich is managing partner and co-founder of Catalyst Investors, a growth private equity firm focused on tech-enabled sectors including software-as-a-service, digital media, internet infrastructure, wireless communications and business and consumer services. Mr. Rich is responsible for the management and investment policy of the firm, leadership of the Executive Committee and oversees the management of each portfolio company.

Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Mr. Rich founded TD Capital (USA) Inc. where he managed more than $600 million in assets. Before founding TD Capital, Brian was a Managing Director in the bank’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Mr. Rich earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Fabienne Riener
Fabienne Riener (Sourcefabric o.p.s)

Fabienne Riener is the Berlin-based Chief Operating Officer at Sourcefabric, a not-for-profit organisation that builds open source software for newsrooms, radio stations and media organisations. Their latest tool, which will be launched during ToC, is an open social production platform for books.

Before joining Sourcefabric in January 2012, Fabienne enjoyed a varied career in the media and arts sector including a two year stint at NBC Europe in Duesseldorf (Germany), running a Film Production company and setting up a Film Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK). She holds an MA in Cultural Management and has won a Royal Television Society Award in 2008. Having studied and lived in Germany, UK and the US she enjoys being a blogging social media cultural hybrid and feeding her curious mind with news and information about new communication and interaction platforms.

In her role at Sourcefabric she is constantly on the lookout for new collaborators, clients and partners. Follow her on Twitter, @SourceFabienne.

Eric Ries
Eric Ries (Lessons Learned)

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Startup” and the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup Lessons Learned.

He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. He is currently serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and a Fellow for IDEO, the design consulting firm.

His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and many blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

Sophie Rochester
Sophie Rochester (The Literary Platform)

Sophie Rochester worked for publishers 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape (Random House) before moving to the digital agency GT London in 2000. She then moved to Colman Getty working on the Man Booker Prizes and the Hay Festival, before setting up her own consultancy in 2007. She founded The Literary Platform in 2010, a website dedicated to exploring new platforms for literature, which now offers consultancy services for publishers, literary organisations and digital agencies. She is also Director for Fiction Uncovered, a government-backed initiative which helps UK fiction writers find wider audiences.

Gary Rodrigues
Gary Rodrigues (Impelsys)

Gary Rodrigues is a veteran in the publishing industry. He graduated as a Materials Scientist and Metallurgist from Aston University in the UK and entered publishing as an Editor for Thomson Scientific in the late 80’s. Over the next decade and a half Gary was instrumental developing business models as customers migrated from print to electronic subscription access to Thomson’s patent information services. His claim to fame is one of the first online demonstrations of database access via a dial up to the Indian Pharmaceutical industry in Delhi in 1989. On leaving Thomson, Gary spent some time at Wolters Kluwer’s london office where he worked with publishers wanting to make their key books available as eBooks on Books@Ovid. A 4 year stint at The Stationery Office, formerly Her Majesty’s printer in the UK as Publishing Services Director gave him a complete grounding in print book publishing and the challenges facing publishers in migrating to digital.

As Global Executive Vice President of Sales at Impelsys, a post he has held since April 2011, Gary now gets to work with publishers from all sectors and geographies as they face up to the challenges and opportunities of taking their content online profitably.

Sol Rosenberg
Sol Rosenberg (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.

Louis Rosenfeld
Louis Rosenfeld (Rosenfeld Media, LLC)

Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant for Fortune 500 corporations and other large organizations, and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user experience books. He has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields. Lou is co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly; 3rd edition 2006) and the forthcoming Search Analytics for your Site, co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, and a former columnist for Internet World, CIO, and Web Review. He blogs regularly and tweets (@louisrosenfeld) even more so.

Steve Rubel
Steve Rubel (Edelman Digital)

Steve Rubel is EVP/Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman – the world’s largest independent public relations firm. In this role, Rubel studies the future of media and works across the firm’s practices and geographies to help clients unify their communications strategies across traditional, emerging, owned and social channels.

In addition, Rubel also acts as a highly visible Edelman thought leader and writer on media, technology and digital culture. He speaks dozens of times each year around the world and appears frequently in the press. In addition he actively shares his observations and insights through his blog, his monthly Advertising Age column, on Twitter where he is followed by more than 55,000 and Google+ where he is followed by more than 16,000.

Rubel has been named to several prestigious lists, including: PR Week’s 40 Under 40 and The Web Celeb 25.

Prior to joining Edelman in 2006, Rubel worked for 15 years in a variety of marketing communications positions in corporate, non-profit and small/mid-sized PR firms.

Adam Salomone
Adam Salomone (The Harvard Common Press)

Adam Salomone has been with The Harvard Common Press for 4 years now, beginning in the sales and publicity departments and working in tandem on the Digital Initiatives team. Focused on cookbooks and books on childcare and parenting, Harvard Common Press sees opportunity in specific niches to repurpose content in new ways online. Adam is the Associate Publisher of Harvard Common Press and oversees all aspects of the company’s digital strategy.

Julie Sandorf
Julie Sandorf (Charles H. Revson Foundation )

Julie Sandorf has served as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Sandorf was the co-founder and executive director of Nextbook, a national organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture, and the arts. From 1991 through 1999, she was president of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), an organization she founded that worked in partnership with philanthropic foundations, over 200 nonprofit organizations, and government at the local, state, and national levels to deliver permanent solutions to chronic homelessness.
Prior to founding CSH, Ms. Sandorf was a program director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she forged a groundbreaking public-private partnership to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout New York City. She has also served as senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directing the Foundation’s After School Project, and has worked as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Ms. Sandorf currently serves on the advisory board of the Oak Foundation, is chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Center for Urban Community Services, and a member of the board of directors of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing. She also sits on the advisory council for the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. She has previously served on the advisory board of the Brookings Institution Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, the editorial board of Housing Policy Debate, and on the boards of the National Mental Health Association, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the Project for Psychiatric Outreach for the Homeless.

Ms. Sandorf has a B.A. in geography from Clark University and studied for a Ph.D. in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brett Sandusky
Brett Sandusky (Holocene)

Brett Sandusky, director of product development. Brett is a maker of things, both digital and physical. He is the founder of bdigitl Media Labs, a consultancy which provides UX and product development services to companies launching new ventures. His background in publishing encompasses marketing, product development, user experience, innovation, and data systems. He has been involved in the digital transformation of the publishing industry by making products, writing, speaking, and consulting. He is also a knitter, a cook, a baker, and, as of recently, a home-brewer. He lives in a renovation project in Brooklyn, New York with his partner and a mischievous Jack Russell who does bad things because he can. Follow Brett on Twitter: @bsandusky

Todd Sattersten
Todd Sattersten (BizBookLab)

Todd Sattersten is the founder of BizBookLab, a company that specializes in business books and the business of books. He is the past president of business book retailer 800-CEO-READ and the co-author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. His most recent project is Every Book Is a Startup: The New Business of Publishing (O’Reilly, 2011)

Andrew Savikas
Andrew Savikas (Safari Books Online)

Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media, Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference, and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at and, and is also a regular contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog and to “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of essays on the future of publishing, Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O’Reilly books. He sits on several boards, including the Book Industry Study Group and the International Digital Publishing Forum, and is on advisory boards for Bookshare the University of Michigan Press. He frequently speaks at technology and publishing conferences all over the world and is also the author of Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text.

Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

Sameer Shariff
Sameer Shariff (iPublishCentral)

As the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc., Sameer drives Impelsys’ business vision, strategy, value and growth. Impelsys is his second start up and he has grown the company into a leader in online content delivery for the global publishing market. Impelsys’ products and services help over 300 publishers with their online content delivery strategy. Customers include major publishers Reed Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Springer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to smaller publishers Marshall Cavendish, Benchmark Education and Prufrock Press.

The first company that Sameer founded was Medsite Inc. As Chief Strategic Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, he helped Medsite become one of the largest Internet pharmaceutical marketing companies in the United States. Mr. Shariff was instrumental in guiding Medsite during its early period of financial and organizational growth. Under his strategic direction, Medsite grew to include more than 200 employees and increased in sales from $0 to over $20 million. In 2006, Medsite was sold to WebMD for over $40 Million.

Sameer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business.

He has served as a guest speaker at several industry events including Delhi Book Fair – India, Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Italy, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair – UAE, O’Reilly TOC Conference – New York, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) – New York, Digital Book World – New York, Klopotek – Berlin, Association of Educational Publishers Summit – Washington, Digital Publishing Asia Pacific – Beijing, and American Medical Publishers Association – Pennsylvania, Professional Scholarly Publishing Conference – Washington; and has been featured in Forbes, India Today, CMS Wire, Professional Publishing Report, Gilbane, Seybold Report and Silicon India among other publications.

Nat Sims
Nat Sims (Night & Day Studios, Inc.)

Nat Sims is the CEO and cofounder of Night & Day Studios. The company develops arts, education, and entertainment apps for Apple, Android, Nook, and the Kindle Fire.He has been a content developer and interface designer for over 20 years, creating educational software, interpretive plans and exhibits, curricula, graphics, music, and games.

Nat has designed over 50 iPhone and iPad applications in the last three years including the best-selling Peekaboo Barn, Eric Carle’s My Very First App, and Caillou’s World. Night & Day Studios has international licenses for many major children’s brands including The World of Eric Carle, Richard Scarry, and Yo Gabba Gabba!, and is currently collaborating on projects with publishers HarperCollins and Penguin Young Readers.

After completing a B.A. in interface design at Hampshire College, Nat earned his master’s degree in Communication at the University of California San Diego, studying educational software design and developmental psychology. Nat then worked for 10 years developing educational media for museums, including a multimillion-dollar visitor center for the City of Tucson and exhibits such as The Life & Times of Woody Guthrie for the Smithsonian Institution. Nat has presented at over a dozen conferences on education and technology, including the White House Internet Summit, Mobile Portland, and the Institute for the Future.

Peter Sis

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1982 he was sent by the Czech government to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Peter decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. A correspondence with Maurice Sendak led to a meeting and Peter’s introduction to children’s book editors, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a new career.

Sís quickly became one of the leading artists in the field with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman. With more than twenty books to his credit and almost as many honors, Peter is a six-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Rainbow Rhino, Beach Ball, Follow the Dream, Komodo!, The Three Golden Keys, and The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Peter’s book Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book and has been published in English, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Madlenka, Madlenka’s Dog, and The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin were all named New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Books of the Year.

In 2003, Peter was named a MacArthur Fellow, an honor bestowed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognizing “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

In addition to his prolific career as an author, Peter Sís has contributed more than a thousand drawings to The New York Times Book Review and his illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Esquire and many other magazines in the United States and abroad.

He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman’s Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. More recently, he has completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. He lends his art to many mediums and will sometimes paint on any surface he can find — chairs, walls, eggs, boxes, seashells, even hats. Peter recently created a mural for New York City’s 86th Street Lexington Avenue subway station, working with the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows.

In 2007, Peter published The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux / September 2007). Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, says of the work, “Peter Sís’s book is most of all about the will to live one’s life in freedom and should be required reading for all those who take their freedom for granted.” In January 2008, the book was awarded The Robert F. Sibert Medal and was also named a Caldecott Honor Book. The Conference Of The Birds, published by Penguin, is the most recent book by Peter.

Peter Sís lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.

Joann Spyker (Copia Interactive)

Ms. Spyker is an expert at crafting solutions to the unique needs of the Higher Ed and independent bookseller marketplaces and brings over 15 years of experience. Joann had previously held a similar role with Ingram Book Company.

David Steinberger
David Steinberger (

David Steinberger co-founded comiXology, the leading US digital comics provider, in 2007 at New York University. Long time comic fan and passionate entrepreneur, David’s inspiration for comiXology came from participating in NYU | Stern’s 2007 Business Plan competition. David designed comiXology’s Guided View™ Technology, an innovative way to read comics on a small device, celebrated by Wired Magazine as “mobile comics done right.” Currently Comics by comiXology consistently charts as one of the top grossing iPad apps in the entire iTunes App store and was recently selected by Amazon as one of the applications that comes pre-loaded on the Kindle Fire. David Steinberger holds an MBA from NYU | Stern School of Business, a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from Juilliard.

Stephen Stesney
Stephen Stesney (CQ Press/ First Street)

Stephen Stesney is the product lead on First Street by CQ Press. First Street is a groundbreaking political intelligence platform built to research relationships and build coalitions; a must-have product for anyone working to influence policy. As product lead, Stephen drives the ongoing development of First Street and the First Street Research Group and works with the sales, marketing and PR groups to formulate and execute a growth strategy.
Prior to joining CQ Press, Stephen worked for The Kiplinger Washington Editors as Online Business Manager where he led the development and growth of their online business. Finally, Stephen was one of the first employees of New Media Strategies. Founded in 1999, New Media Strategies was the world’s first social media marketing firm. Stephen played a critical early role in helping New Media Strategies develop into one of the largest social media marketing firms.

Joshua Tallent
Joshua Tallent (eBook Architects, now Firebrand Technologies)

Joshua Tallent has been an eBook developer since 2002. He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and his book, Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide, has been praised as the most thorough explanation of the Kindle format available. Joshua founded eBook Architects, his eBook design and consulting business, in 2008, providing services to both publishers and authors, with a focus on complex projects and enhanced eBooks. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for beautiful, functional, accessible eBooks. Joshua resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He can be found online at and @jtallent or @ebookarchitects.

Michael Tamblyn

Michael Tamblyn is Executive Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising at Kobo, Inc. He is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobo’s web and mobile services. He co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore, which was purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he served as vice president of online operations. Most recently, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada. He also works as an adjunct professor in publishing, sat as a board member of the Book Industry Study Group and currently sits on the board of directors of House of Anansi Press, Canada’s most prestigious literary publisher.

Lynn Terhune (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

Lynn Terhune, POD & USR Administrator of John Wiley & Sons / Corporate, has over 18 years of production, manufacturing and estimating experience in the publishing industry. Over the past 12 years Lynn has led the Wiley charge to keep books in print through the use of digital technology.

In 1995 Lynn joined Wiley as an Associate Manager of Estimating for the Publishing Support Operations group in Corporate Finance. In 2003, with a whole team of IT, Operations, Inventory and Manufacturing folks behind her, she launched the Wiley POD Program which currently includes over 6,500 titles and has grown to become a multimillion dollar revenue opportunity for Wiley.

Lynn began her publishing career from a temporary position that turned permanent in the Production Department at Cliggott Publishing, a medical journal publisher. She learned book production at the American Bible Society and then took a Production Manager position at Longmeadow Press (Waldenbooks’ proprietary publishing company).

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lynn has been quoted in several industry pieces regarding the success of Wiley’s POD Program, and she is the co-author of Wiley’s internal customer care resource guide, Print on Demand for Dummies.

Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston (The Onion)

Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.

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Kasper Tostesen
Kasper Tostesen (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)

Kasper Tostesen is managing editor for Youth at Danish Broadcasting Corporation where he leads the content development for the new youth brand, DR Mama.

Before DR, Kasper worked with digital media at Microsoft, including managing the Danish MSN portal with more than two million weekly users. Kasper has an MA in Applied Visual Commuincation.

Bruce Upbin
Bruce Upbin (Forbes)

Bruce Upbin is a managing editor at Forbes. He oversees the technology and database-driven editorial teams. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Arizona. He lives in Brooklyn.

Valla Vakili
Valla Vakili (Small Demons)

Valla is the CEO and co-founder of Small Demons. Prior to Small Demons he held several positions at Yahoo!, most recently VP Product with the Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Valla is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and on leave from doctoral studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Ana Vela
Ana Vela (National Geographic Learning)

Ana L. Vela is the Standards and Process Implementation Manager for National Geographic Learning, and has been in educational publishing for 10 years. Ana is a national award-winning graphic designer, and later transitioned to publishing technology and process improvement. Ana has a B.A. in Advertising, with a minor in Communication Design from Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX). As the Standards and Process Implementation Manager, her responsibilities include researching new publishing technologies and implementing them in to the product development process.

Ana is starting a new blog as a resource for publishers learning new publishing technology and real-world application for product development –

Len Vlahos
Len Vlahos (Book Industry Study Group)

Len Vlahos is the executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to create a more informed, efficient, and empowered supply chain. Prior to joining BISG, Len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, where he served as ABA’s communications director, e-commerce director, education director, and most recently, Chief Operating Officer. Len has worked for Internet marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and for Kratz & Co. public relations. Prior to joining ABA, he worked in independent, chain, and university bookstores. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Kristen, and two sons, Charlie and Luke.

Julia von dem Knesebeck
Julia von dem Knesebeck (bilandia-media)

Founding Director of the Social Media Agency bilandia-media and the Online BookShopCommunity

PhD in Modern History (Oxford University, UK)

Master in History (Cambridge University, UK)

Walter  Walker
Walter Walker (codeMantra LLC)

Walter heads up codeMantra’s Publishing Services Division. He has more than 18 years of commercial publishing experience, having held VP Sales & Marketing positions at Simon & Schuster, Inc. and marketing and public relations positions with Bantam Doubleday Dell and McClelland & Stewart (both now part of Random House). Walter started his career in digital publishing in 2000, with a progressive and optimistic start-up offering Digital Rights Management solutions. He then ventured into industrial publishing, where he marketed and sold high-end dynamic enterprise publishing (DEP) solutions for Advent 3B2, Arbortext and PTC Inc. Walter’s extensive understanding of publishing processes and the expanding market for digital content supports a practical assessment of where, and how, XML technologies can best be applied.

Michelle Weir
Michelle Weir (Hewlett Packard)

Michelle Weir is the Market Development Manager focusing on the Publishing Segment. She is responsible for working with the Publishers on defining new areas of opportunities that enable the transformation to digital platforms for both content and print. Michelle is responsible for solution creation and definition, defining digital manufacturing specifications together with the Publishers and assisting in defining implementation strategies together with Services Providers. She will also lead and be responsible for creating the awareness of these solutions among internal and external stakeholders.

Michelle has twenty-five years experience in the Publishing Marketplace all focused on the transformation of traditional publishing workflows, applications and manufacturing. She has spent the last ten years specializing in Education Publishers, supporting their transition to a new Education Eco-system. Currently, she is supporting a US Department of Education taskforce on Digital Textbooks and Race to the Top programs.

Prior to joining HP, Michelle worked for Xerox Corporation in various assignments including Sales, Marketing and Product Development. Her areas of expertise include systems design, integration, software, solutions, project management, XML/content management, book manufacturing and commercial print manufacturing processes. She was awarded the Xerox Presidents Award in 1997 for her work on Xerox’ digital workflow platform enabling the transformation from traditional book manufacturing process to new digital print technologies.

Michelle is an active member of the Book Industry Study Group, Library Binding Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for the Book Manufacturing Institute. She also is a member of the Digital Print and Literacy committees for BMI.

Henrik Werdelin
Henrik Werdelin (Prehype)

Henrik Werdelin was previously Entrepreneur in Residence at leading venture capital firm Index Ventures where he identified and sourced investment opportunities and advised portfolio companies. (including: Path, Basno, Seedcamp, Chartbeat and AlterMe)
In 2006, as Chief Creative Officer, Werdelin was part of the team that started and was responsible for visual identity and product development. Before joining Joost, Werdelin was Vice President of Product Development and Strategy for MTV Networks International where he spearheaded the development of many of MTV’s award winning innovative products, including TV formats, broadband channels and mobile games. Prior to joining MTV Networks International, Werdelin made radio documentaries for BBC, worked for MTV Europe as an associated producer and for MTV France, GameOne and MTV Games Europe, where he was responsible for direction and creative strategy. Prior to Henrik’s first tenure at MTV, he founded new media agency tripledash, creating digital strategies and products for major blue chip clients such as BBC Worldwide, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney Television.
Werdelin graduated from Aalborg University in Denmark and received a Masters in Journalism from the University of Westminster. He is a frequent speaker at top-tier business schools and industry forums and has been quoted in numerous publications and media outlets on subjects such as corporate innovation, product design and entrepreneurship. He is Danish but lives in the US, where he recently was named amongst the Top 100 most Creative by the online industry magazine Fast Company.

John Wheeler
John Wheeler (SPi Global)

John Wheeler is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in publishing and expertise in the development and deployment of ePublishing, eLearning, and Multimedia solutions, bringing a unique perspective to the discussion having worked on both sides of the business. As VP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies, he works closely with SPi Global’s operations team in developing technology-enabled solutions that offer higher-value services and position the company as a strategic partner to its clients.

Prior to joining SPi Global, John was with Elsevier for more than six years as Director, Multimedia Production where he was responsible for the production of all electronic products supporting Elsevier’s global publications.

Frederik Wiedemann
Frederik Wiedemann (ReD Associates)

Frederik Wiedemann, M.Sc.Econ, is co-founder and partner at the Danish-American consultancy ReD Associates, a global leader in people-centric innovation and business development.

Wiedemann works primarily for companies within media and technology such as Bertelsmann, Vodafone and Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Joe Wikert
Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change (TOC) conference. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on
his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.

Dale Williams
Dale Williams (Strategic Content Imaging)

Dale Williams is a Vice President at Strategic Content Imaging in Carlstadt NJ with responsibilities for Operations, Market Development, and Technical Sales. Among his responsibilities is working with publishers to develop customized solutions that take advantage of the emerging digital print and workflow technologies to improve their top and bottom lines. The scope and complexity of these programs range from automated inventory management programs for the Education market to high volume personalized communications for the Healthcare and Financial markets. Dale has been the point contact for developing the personalized magazine advertisement program with the major magazine publishers in the US and has been intricately involved with all aspects of project development from conception to execution.

Strategic Content Imaging (SCI) in Secaucus NJ is a leader in the production of 1-, 2-, & 4-color on demand books, textbooks, periodicals and other products for the Publishing, Financial, and Healthcare markets. In keeping with its strategy to provide the highest quality products and services to its customers, in late-2010, SCI added the HP T300 high speed inkjet press to its arsenal of digital print and finishing equipment. Today SCI provides the highest quality, cost competitive options for run quantities from 1 – 1,000+ perfect bound, hardcover, saddle stitch, and mechanically bound books.

Adam Witwer
Adam Witwer (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Adam Witwer oversees the Publishing Services division at O’Reilly Media. He manages print, ebook/digital development, video production, and manufacturing.

Adam managed the O’Reilly production department’s transition to an XML-based workflow. In the process, he became an expert in the challenges of publishing to multiple sources and formats from a single source. He now focuses on ebook development at O’Reilly and thinking about the next generation of books.

Marcus Woodburn
Marcus Woodburn (Ingram Content Group)

Marcus spent 12 years working as an archaeologist and photographer in the Middle East and South America before he began his career in the information world by microfilming historical documents for UMI/ProQuest. He became Product Manager for K-12 at ProQuest and, and after four years in the K-12 space moved in to a role as Director of Publisher Relations, working primarily with journal and newspaper publishers.

After ten years with ProQuest, he moved to Ingram Digital in 2007 where he was responsible for working with primarily academic and STM eBook publishers that are moving in to the digital space. In this capacity he also worked closely with the Coutts, MyiLibrary and Lightning Source teams to maximize the reach of content in the ever-changing digital information world.

In 2010 Marcus took on a new role heading up digital content development, in particular centered on Ingram’s CoreSource digital asset management product and associated business solutions for publishers.

Marcus brings a broad knowledge of digital publishing, sales and distribution for journals, newspapers and eBooks. His experience working with customers that employ a variety of strategies in reaching the fast-evolving digital market provides him with a broad perspective. His understanding of the technologies used and the competitive landscape further enhance that digital world-view.

Marcus is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events and has provided guidance to numerous publishers looking to realize a comprehensive digital strategy.

Jan Wright
Jan Wright (Wright Information)

Jan Wright has been indexing and taxonomizing since 1991. Her experience in technical documentation indexing goes deep, from her experience as a print production specialist at Aldus Corporation, her work for Visio Corporation on online help and translated indexes, her work for several Microsoft departments in indexing, online help, taxonomies, and controlled vocabularies, and for Autodesk, where her indexes are translated into multiple languages, in an XML system that repurposes the content into multiple output formats, languages, and versions. She has been a member of the American Society for Indexing since 1991, has won several awards from the Society for Technical Communication, and in 2009 won the American Society for Indexing/H.W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing for her index to Real World InDesign CS3. She is currently co-chairing the American Society for Indexing’s Digital Trends Task Force, focusing on eBook and eContent indexing and search.

Junko Yokota
Junko Yokota (National Louis University (Chicago))

Junko Yokota is Professor of Reading and Language at National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her work focuses on issues of culture, picture books and digital formats of children’s literature. She is coauthor of five editions of the college textbook, Children’s Books in Children’s Hands, served as editor of two children’s literature review columns, and authored numerous journal articles and chapters in edited books. She is past president of USBBY, the U.S. national section of the IBBY. She served on ALA Caldecott and Newbery Committees, chaired the Batchelder Committee, and served two terms on the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award jury. She currently serves on the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group as a representative from the Association of Library Services for Children.

Bob Young
Bob Young (

Bob Young is the founder and CEO of, a premiere international
marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, with more than
660,000 recently published titles and more than 15,000 new creators
from 80 different countries joining each week. Founded in 2002, is Young’s most recent endeavour. The success of this company
has earned Young notable recognition; he was named one of the “Top 50
Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006” and was ranked as
the fourth “Top Entrepreneur for 2006,” both by

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  • Smashwords, Inc.

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