eBooks I: Business Models and Strategy

Michael Smith (International Digital Publishing Forum), Kenneth Brooks (Cengage Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins Publishers), Cynthia Cleto (Springer Science+Business Media)
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Get a comprehensive overview of the basics of eBooks including business issues driving ePublishing, business characteristics, business models, areas of experimentation, challenges and trends. In association with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), we’ll consider each of these aspects across Trade, Higher Education, Reference and STM Publishing. By looking at these business categories side by side and finding points of similarity and difference, we aim to provide valuable insight for every attendee of Tools of Change — even the most expe

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Michael Smith

International Digital Publishing Forum

Michael Smith is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Michael aims to help advance the interests of publishers, technologists, and readers by evangelizing the adoption of IDPF standards for electronic reading applications and products. Michael has over 22 years of book publishing and print production expertise. Prior to joining the IDPF, Michael was employed by Toronto based romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. where he managed eBook and book production servicing North America, UK and Australian markets.

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Kenneth Brooks

Cengage Learning

Mr. Brooks is senior vice president, global production and manufacturing services at Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Learning) where his responsibilities include the development, production, and manufacturing of textbooks and reference content in print and digital formats across the Academic and Professional Group, Gale, and International divisions of Cengage Learning. Prior to his position at Cengage Learning, Ken was president and founder of Publishing Dimensions, a digital content services company focused in the eBook and digital strategy space. Over the course of his career, Ken has founded a Philippines-based text conversion company; a public domain publishing imprint; and a distribution-center based print-on-demand operation and has worked in trade, professional, higher education and K-12 publishing sectors. He has held several senior management positions in publishing, including vice president of digital content at Barnes & Noble, vice president of operations, production, and strategic planning at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and vice president of customer operations at Simon & Schuster. Prior to his entry into publishing, Ken was a senior manager in Andersen Consulting’s logistics strategy practice.

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Leslie Hulse

HarperCollins Publishers

Leslie Hulse is the Vice President, Digital Business Development at
HarperCollins Publishers. In this role, Leslie focuses on crafting
partnerships with retailers, search engines and others to distribute
digital content widely for marketing and commerce, including the launch
of Browse Inside on Booksense.com, BN.com, and the HarperCollins sites.
In addition, she works closely with the HarperMedia staff and other
publishers to drive our ebook, digital audio, and other digital
revenues. Leslie also oversees HC’s online consumer membership programs
AuthorTracker, First Look, newsletters, and others in development.

Leslie is actively involved in a number of industry groups including the
AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group and the Online Piracy Working Group
and the BISG Digital Standards Committee.

Leslie has worked at HarperCollins for eleven years in a variety of
senior financial and management roles supporting the strategic growth of
our online efforts. Most recently, she has led the development efforts
on www.harpercollins.com its sister sites. In 2004 she was co-leader
of the Publishing + Direct to Consumer team, from which much of HC’s
online strategy has evolved.

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Cynthia Cleto

Springer Science+Business Media

Cynthia Cleto is the Global Manager for eBooks at Springer Science+Business Media. She is responsible for market penetration, product development, and other commercial aspects of the Springer eBook Collection. Prior to Springer, Cynthia worked to help launch a number of innovative products in the electronic space – these consist of A&I and Chemistry Databases for Elsevier as well as Thieme Medical Publishers. Before entering the STM Publishing field, Cynthia trained and worked as a supervisor and graduate student in Genomics laboratories at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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Shirley Bailes
02/09/2009 8:48am EST

Slides can be found here: www.toccon.com/toc2009/publ...

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Bill Trippe
02/09/2009 6:33am EST

Excellent detailed session.

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Shirley Bailes
02/09/2009 5:10am EST

We’ll have the slides handy by end of day today. I’ll post the link here as well at that time.

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Jean-Baptiste Soufron
02/09/2009 4:47am EST

Thanks :-)

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Toke Riis Ebbesen
02/09/2009 4:33am EST
Susan Munro
02/09/2009 4:31am EST

From the back of the room we cannot see the URL on the screen! Please post.

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Jean-Baptiste Soufron
02/09/2009 4:25am EST

Yes… I see people who have the documents on their laptop… but I don’t know where they got them :-)

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Roderick Gammon
02/09/2009 4:25am EST

Please publish URL for the presentation notes

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Roderick Gammon
02/09/2009 4:17am EST

Post URL for presentation notes please!

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Marco Ferrario
02/09/2009 4:00am EST

any answer to the Jean-Baptiste’s question?

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Jean-Baptiste Soufron
02/09/2009 3:58am EST

Where can we find the documents used in the presentations ?

  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Ingram Industries
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • DPCI
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • LibreDigital
  • Lulu
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • Media Services Group
  • Quark, Inc.
  • ReadHowYouWant
  • RSuite
  • Safari Books Online
  • Smashwords, Inc.
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Verso Digital

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