Publisher CTO Panel: The Future of eBooks Technology

Moderated by:
Abe Murray (Google, Inc. )
Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (Safari Books Online)
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If 2010 was the year of ebooks then 2011 is the year of e-reading. As reader preferences change and the number of people buying and reading ebooks grows rapidly, systems and interfaces must adapt. The very definition of “a book” is in flux. Hear from a panel of publisher CTOs as they share their thoughts on evolving ebooks technologies and what e-reading might look like in the future. Catch the action as they debate the challenges and opportunities in high volume books digitization for a multitude of channels and devices as well as the merits of ebooks in the cloud. Join us for rousing discourse and participate by asking questions of your own.

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Abe Murray

Google, Inc.

Abraham Murray is a product manager on Google’s Books team, working on multiple
Books products, including Google Editions and Metadata. Prior to Books he worked on
Google Maps where he launched the US Voter Info product to answer user questions
around [where do I vote] for the 2009 elections.

Prior to joining Google, Abraham was co-founder and CTO of Web 2.0 start-up
doodleboard inc., where he directed offshore development and worked on marketing,
sales, and fundraising. Earlier, he was a product manager at BAE Systems, where he
worked on unmanned aerial vehicles for the Department of Defense.

Abraham earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of
Rhode Island, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has a master’s degree in
electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he also graduated
summa cum laude, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Bill Godfrey


Appointed Chief Information Officer and Head of Global Electronic Product Development in February 2007, Bill is responsible for the e-product technology development and enabling enterprise systems support across Elsevier. In this position, he leads the technology division in building on-line technology solutions that help scientific, technology and medical professionals achieve better outcomes. From 1999 to 2007, Bill was Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Dow Jones & Company. He was previously with Hartford Life as SVP of Information Technology and with Fleet Bank as SVP ofInformation Technology Services.

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Rich Rothstein

HarperCollins Publishers

Rich Rothstein joined HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. in August of 2001, and brings more than twenty-five years of expertise in bringing together business, emerging technologies and entertainment. In his role as Vice President, Emerging Technology, Rich conceived, developed and implemented many new programs including enhanced eBook production, the development of a global digital warehouse of all of HarperCollins’ content and the Bookseller+ program which gave small independent booksellers the ability to provide free wi-fi internet access. These new initiatives enabled HarperCollins to participate in emerging business opportunities while maintaining control of its assets and reducing costs.

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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.

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Allison Gillespie
02/15/2011 6:49am EST

There was an error on the live stream schedule. The live stream will resume with TOC Ignite at 4:00pm ET. Sorry for the confusion!

Matt Mayerchak
02/15/2011 6:36am EST

I 2nd Howard’s question – please turn the stream back on!

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Howard Cornett
02/15/2011 6:34am EST

I wish that there had been more of a focus on the user and their desires. The panel seemed to be more focused on their own issues rather than those of their customers.

Donald Hawkins
02/15/2011 6:09am EST

What’s happened to the live streaming? The schedule says the panel at 10:45 will be streamed, but the scrolling footer says nothing will show until 4 PM. Please restart the streaming video!

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