Presentations: Manage

If you make key decisions or manage people or projects, you’ll find sessions here to help you craft profitable business models and digital rights agreements, design mobile-driven strategies for data-rich content, hire train and manage ‘hybrid’ employees, apply agile technologies to traditional publishing, and more.

Note: we’ve organized the sessions into three main tracks, however many sessions are appropriate for multiple tracks so we encourage you to look beyond the track that seems most suitable to you.

Kristen McLean (Bookigee), Kelly Gallagher (RR Bowker)
DISCOVERY is the most-used and least-understood word in the publishing vocabulary right now. In this session we will move toward a more powerful understanding of what true discovery means for key stakeholders - publishers, authors, readers, content partners - and how a more powerful understanding of Discovery can transform our entire approach to the future publishing model.
Edward Nawotka (Publishing Perspectives), William Patry (Google, Inc. )
Canadian Member of the House of Commons Charlie Angus, the only member of the Canadian Parliament to have made his living as songwriter and performer, bemoaned "the increasingly Manichean debate over copyright reform." Are we past the point where we can have a rational discussion about our copyright laws?
Ana Vela (National Geographic Learning)
National Geographic Learning recognized that publishing technology is becoming more affordable, and they had the flexibility to be more experimental in developing new print-to-digital publishing models to stay at pace with new technology. In this case study, learn about the workflows they developed, change in staff skill set, adjusting pricing models, and their new approach at developing content.
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree)
The value behind an identity system comes in when that same identity system is used to enhance and enrich the experiences of publishers and users. Delivering a foundation in open commerce based identity, PayPal Access allows publishers to build smart, direct identity channels into their business.
Len Vlahos (Book Industry Study Group), Kelly Gallagher (RR Bowker)
Peel away both the hype and the cynicism and find out how consumers are actually using e-readers and consuming digital content. Presenting results from the first fielding in the third volume of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-book Reading, representatives from the Book Industry Study Group and R.R. Bowker will provide a window into the mind of the e-book consumer.
Edward Colleran (Copyright Clearance Center), Skott Klebe (Copyright Clearance Center)
Copyright was originally designed when type was still made out of lead. What do we need to know in today’s era of ebooks, multimedia, apps, and the cloud?
Judith Curr (Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
In the fast-changing landscape of publishing, the future is no longer just about linear text – both digital and print books are actively taking advantage of new and improved technologies for enriching reader experience. This session will describe the unique ways in which publisher Atria improved customer experience and also stepped up its marketing game by connecting to customers’ mobile devices.
Valla Vakili (Small Demons)
If format—the known quantity and its changing nature—matters less than we think, where do we look for growth? I’ll argue that we can look instead to customer behavior, specifically their exaggerations and perversions, for ways forward.
Kristen McLean (Bookigee)
For developers, agile methodologies like SCRUM may be familiar, but what would happen if we took these processes and applied them to traditional publishing’s more vertical workflows? This session will introduce key principals of agile methodology, and examine the potential of using these methodologies to re-engineer the entire publishing workflow for success in today's challenging climate.
Moderated by:
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media)
Bruce Upbin (Forbes), Taylor Buley (Forbes)
It’s more important than ever for editors and software developers to understand each other and work together effectively. Enter the emerging role of publishing hybrid: editors who can code and coders who understand the editorial mindset. Coding is an increasingly common part of the editorial skillset, even for those who haven’t studied computer science formally.
Corey Pressman (Exprima Media)
The advent of hypertext and the new art of interaction design signal the dawn of a post-book epoch. The evolution of the bound book has much to teach us about this important moment in publishing history and how to best consider, design, and guide the nascent post-book experience.
Sanders Kleinfeld (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Adam Witwer (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Here's your one-stop crash course on the latest ebook formats released for Amazon's Kindle Fire (KF8) and Apple's iPad (iBooks Author). Join Adam Witwer (Director of Content and Publishing Operations, O'Reilly Media) and Sanders Kleinfeld (Publishing Technologies Specialist, O'Reilly Media) for an informal dialogue that will tackle all your questions.
Jan Reichelt (Mendeley Ltd.)
Mendeley is a New York and London-based startup that is changing academic publishing. With over 1M researchers uploading 500K documents every day, Mendeley is bringing social to metadata and big data to the hoary old field of bibliometrics. Come learn from Jan Reichelt, a founder, as he talks about how the world's largest crowdsourced database of research is changing academic publishing.
Todd Sattersten (BizBookLab)
The business model of most book publishing is based on long form works that take years to create and distribute. Those long cycles introduce substantial risk to the success of any project. The world of startups is obsessed with the minimum viable product; what can be introduced now, learned from, and added to. In this workshop, we'll talk about how this idea of MVP fits into book publishing.
Dianne Kennedy (IDEAlliance), Peter Meirs (Time Inc.), John Dougherty (Hearst Corporation)
2011 was the year of the tablet. For magazines this signaled an exciting new era of innovative publications. In this publisher panel, you will learn about the challenges of magazine tablet publishing and the new, nextPub Specification that builds on PRISM, EPUB 3, and HTML5 to streamline content distribution to the rapidly evolving device environment.
Moderated by:
Sophie Rochester (The Literary Platform)
Liz Edelstein (Macmillan Publishing | Digital Marketing), Jacob Lewis (Figment ), Colleen Lindsay (Penguin Group (USA))
Join The Literary Platform's Sophie Rochester as she sits down to chat with three veterans of the literary "community" culture to explore how writing and reading communities come together, and what makes the best communities thrive.
Moderated by:
Brett Sandusky (Holocene)
Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
In this session moderated by Brett Sandusky and featuring O'Reilly's Joe Wikert and Sourcebooks' Dominique Raccah, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how two leading publishers are implementing the agile methodology in their organizations. It's easier than you think and it doesn't require a structural overhaul.
Moderated by:
Sophie Rochester (The Literary Platform)
Christophe Maire (txtr), Thad McIlroy (, Brian Rich (Catalyst Investors), Valla Vakili (Small Demons), Henrik Werdelin (Prehype)
This panel of venture capitalists, private equity funders, publishing startups and established publishers whose growth was made possible through equity investments will share their experiences, offer advice to others in the same boats, and discuss the pros and cons of publishers and investors working together.
Dana Newman (Dana Newman)
Join Dana Newman as she discusses the changing world of digital rights and publishing agreements. Authors, agents, and publishers alike will appreciate this workshops which promises to offer a clearer understanding of the issues, with a variety of topics to be addressed.
Moderated by:
Adam Salomone (The Harvard Common Press)
Ronny Golan (BookPulse), Jesse McDougall (Me)
The cookbook is under substantial transformative pressure. In almost no other sector of book publishing are the opportunities for monetization, community building, and enhancement so prevalent. This session is meant to explore some of the new opportunities in the cookbook publishing arena, with some diverse perspectives on the subject from publishers, authors, agents, and even bloggers.
Moderated by:
Peter Brantley (BookServer Project)
Andrew Albanese (Publishers Weekly), Tim Coates (Bilbary), Jeremy LeBard (ReadCloud), Micah May (New York Public Library), Julie Sandorf (Charles H. Revson Foundation )
This panel moderated by Peter Brantley consists of five individuals working to foster or construct alternative business models for libraries in the digital age in concert with publishers. Come join us as we discuss the challenges of - and potential solutions to - affording equal access to content, while making financially feasible for publishers and writers.
Edward Colleran (Copyright Clearance Center), Ned May (Outsell)
This session will talk about the newest trends in practice and management of copyright, rights, and licensing of content as it pertains to producers and consumers of copyrighted material. The session will also give an update on various copyright issues that could impact our industry.
Jonathan Reichental (City of Palo Alto)
In this short presentation, Dr. Jonathan Reichental will summarize some best practices in managing the execution of your cloud strategy.
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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