Brian O’Leary

Brian O’Leary
Principal, Magellan Media

Website | @brianoleary

Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a management consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content operations, benchmarking and financial analysis.

O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he edited “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”, a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that was published in three parts by O’Reilly Media.

O’Leary is also the author of a research report on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales, as well as the editor and primary contributor for a study of the use of XML in book publishing. Both reports were published by O’Reilly Media.

Before becoming a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., an internationally recognized geographic reference publisher. Responsible for database development, editorial content, production, and operations, he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm’s prior technology investments.

O’Leary came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.’s weekly magazines. He earned an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Sessions

General
Location: Chelsea-Gotham (7th Floor) Level:
Mike Shatzkin (The Idea Logical Company, Inc.), Laura Dawson (Bowker), Brian O’Leary (Magellan Media), Ted Hill (THA Consulting)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Based on the results of six months of research, surveys, interviews, and analysis, the StartwithXML project offered a clear argument for developing intellectual property as XML documents from the outset. Read more.
General
Location: Broadway South (6th Floor) Level:
Brian O’Leary (Magellan Media), Mac Slocum (O'Reilly), Chelsea Vaughn (Random House)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
As digital content has become more available and more commonly distributed in book publishing, fears of piracy and lost sales have grown. The rise of peer-to-peer file sharing sites has likely amplified these fears. While the debate over the impact of "free" content has been at times heated, the discussions are more often than not characterized by a lack of hard data. Read more.
General
Location: Empire-Hudson (7th Floor) Level:
Mac Slocum (O'Reilly), Kassia Krozser (Booksquare.com), Kirk Biglione (Oxford Media Works), Brian O’Leary (Magellan Media), Kat Meyer (O'Reilly Media, Inc. )
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
The tag cloud featured on the Tools of Change for Publishing blog is an organic representation of the important topics, companies and themes that consistently bubble up in TOCcoverage: e-readers, ebooks, mobile devices, revenue streams (or lack thereof), and more. Read more.
Sponsors
  • 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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