CONTEC Frankfurt featured a global roster of over 60 speakers from more than 20 countries, and a programme that integrated the interests of the entire international publishing industry – trade and educational publishers, agents, techies, authors, librarians, and more. CONTEC reflected an industry in which publishing and technology have already been fully integrated. The one day conference offered a look at how the publishing experience is changing now that these worlds have converged. CONTEC goes far beyond the talking head lectures of most publishing conferences: Sessions completely focused on dialogue and exchange. The goal was to allow everyone to learn from one another – and to create working relationships in the process.
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Sophie Rochester is CEO of The Literary Platform, the online magazine and consultancy focusing on the intersection of books and technology. Since 2009 it has worked internationally with publishers and developers, literary organisations and retailers on strategy and digital transformation, project management and delivery and communications; as well as with academic institutions on projects which explore the impact of technology on publishing and writers. She is also Director of Fiction Uncovered, an ongoing public-funded programme dedicated to the discoverability of British fiction writers. Previously she worked at publishers 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape before moving to the digital agency Good Technology in 1999.
Klaus represents well over 10 years of international experience in digital B2B and B2C products. Being a lawyer by profession his career early on moved into the digital space. First with Bertelsmann mediaWays, at the time Europe’s largest IP-carrier, where he worked as Assistant to the CEO. Following the sale of mediaWays to Spanish Telefónica for 1.6bn USD in 2001 he took on operative responsibility for the dial-in network in UK as Director Operations in London. With the foundation of Bertelsmann’s arvato mobile in 2003 he returned to Hamburg, Germany and took over the business development for interactive and digital media services and became VP of Corporate Business Development. Later moving on to Dubai based Mondia Group which acquired arvato mobile in 2009. As VP Product Strategy and Business Development he started up the “Getmo” digital B2B2C all-you-can-eat platform for Mobile Entertainment, Music and Movies in the Middle East and later on in South Africa. Since 2011 Klaus works for the Deutsche Telekom AG ePublishing business, being responsible for the product development of the tolino eReader sold by a consortium of the largest German booksellers Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Bertelsmann and Telekom.
Godfrey has over twenty years experience of information management in music and copyright. He was principally responsible for the computerisation of the UK music charts, as well as the establishment of the UK National Discography. Godfrey was the director of Data Services for the music collecting societies MCPS and PRS, and assumed technical lead for the copyright societies’ Common Information System plan and the
Godfrey is the co-editor of the MPEG-21 Rights Data Dictionary (RDD) on behalf of the contecs:dd Consortium and is a long-term metadata consultant to the International DOI Foundation (IDF). Currently, he is working on data modelling and ontology development for various corporate and industry clients.
Godfrey is now the Principal Data Architect for Ontologyx, Rightscom’s ontology product initiative aimed at providing industrial strength metadata interoperability based on the radical principle of contextual transformation.
Kat Meyer is a book publishing industry veteran whose background includes 20 some odd (it's all a blur) years of community management, event curation, editorial, marketing and social media experience working for a number of diverse regional and national media companies, including: O'Reilly Media, HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and many others.Community is where it's at for Kat, and as such she can currently be found oh-so-happily hanging out with the coolest cats in global publishing and publishing-related start ups, creating cool conferences and events for Frankfurt Book Fair, and loving the opportunity to play match maker for wonderful book-futurey like-minded people around the world.
Holger Volland is Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair and founder of the Frankfurt Academy. His responsibilities include a worldwide network of professional events and media conferences as well as business development in East Asia. He comes to the Book Fair from the German Publisher's and Bookseller's Association, where he served as head of marketing and communications.
From 2005 to 2009, Holger Volland was a member of the management board at the international branding agency MetaDesign. He studied information science. Following stints as creative director of Pixelpark in Berlin and New York and as a visiting lecturer in design at the Hochschule Wismar, Volland led the New Economy Business School of Scholz & Friends. As founder and managing director of the Berlin-based communications agency Leipziger & Partner from 1999 to 2005, he worked with clients from the fields of politics, business and culture and organised large-scale cultural festivals in Germany and Argentina.
Hanno is Partner Corporate Finance at Warth & KleinGrant Thornton AG Hamburg office. He leads the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice in Germany.
Hanno has more than 17 years of experience in the corporate finance and M&A business. He joined Grant Thornton in February 2013 and is responsible for Corporate Finance, M&A transactions and strategic transaction advice, especially in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications(“TMT”) sectors. Hanno is furthermore responsible for the TMT sector of Warth & Klein Grant Thornton activities in Germany.
Before joining Grant Thornton he was a Partner with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance since 2001, where he headed the European Media & Entertainment practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, Hanno headed as a director the corporate finance and M&A activities in TMT of Arthur Andersen in Germany since 1998 and was a founding member of the German entertainment& media practice of Price Waterhouse in Germany since 1995.
Hanno has extensive experience in initiating, executing and negotiating M&A transactions including disposals ,acquisitions, MBO/MBIs as well as finance raising and capital structuring.
His clients include mid-market and large companies such as Eniro AB, Wer-liefert-Was, Reed Elsevier, Philips, Pro7Sat.1, Deutsche Telekom or Deutsche Post, as well as PE Funds such as 3i, Kingsbridge Capital and ECM. He also has significant experience in the venture capital and start-up world with clients such as IBB, Ventegis and IPSA. Hanno is a founding member of the venture capital event “Investors Dinner” in Berlin. He also acts as coach for start-up teams.
Dipl.-BWL in Business Administration from FH Münster
Diplomé de l’Ecole Multinational des Affaires of Bordeaux (F) business school ESC Bordeaux
Patrick is CEO of Ingenious Ventures, the private equity division of Ingenious. The division is responsible for the sourcing, implementation and management of venture capital investments. The division invests group funds and third party funds.
Prior to joining Ingenious in 2001, Patrick qualified as a lawyer in the City of London, following which he worked in the music, film and television industries. Patrick serves or has served as a non executive director on the boards of a number of companies Ingenious has invested in, including TV production, TV distribution, computer games development, live events, music publishing and marketing services.
Patrick is also a director of the national film charity, Film Nation (UK) and a director of the National Army Museum, Chelsea. He is also a Governor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). He holds degrees from King’s College, London and Worcester College, Oxford University.
Fastr is developing ebook app for mobile devices that aims to improve user reading experience. Fastr users are able to read differently using text transformation, that displays text like flash cards. Fastr makes book discovery process more exciting with adding user generated content layer with highlights and readlists. Like playlists for music, readlists allow users to link different books, single chapters, blog posts and articles in one readlist, that covers some subject relevant to the user.
Jan is Co-founder & President of Mendeley, a London-based technology startup, which Reed Elsevier acquired in April 2013. Since its launch in 2009, Mendeley has grown into a global research collaboration platform (2.4m users) and crowdsourced research database (420m documents). Jan was also a lecturer in Electronic Business and Information Management at the University of Cologne and served as an advisor to SAP’s supervisory board. Together with his co-founders, he has been voted "Best European Founder 2013", and was featured in Wired, The Financial Times, and others. Besides this, he’s totally fascinated with Latin-American dances (such as Salsa), regularly attending (very non-academic) dance congresses.
As Digital Product Development Director, Nathan has strategic responsibility for Penguin’s blossoming digital portfolio and focus on product innovation. He will be seeking out and brokering partnerships to bring the best of current and future technologies and implementing product development across all digital channels and in multiple markets. This range will include multiple app platforms, new ebook and web technologies, the capabilities of new devices, in conjunction with gaming and connected TV partners and much more.
Nathan came to Penguin from Universal Music where he oversaw digital strategy for major artists including U2, The Rolling Stones, The Killers and Take That and handled Universal’s relationships with key digital partners including iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BT and Sky. He was also instrumental in shaping the company’s strategy for streaming, subscriptions, apps, virtual merchandise and anti-piracy and launched Spotify as well as negotiating deals with Shazam, eBay, Xbox and PS3.
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 subscription service that enables people to read digital books in the cloud via their mobile devices with an international and multi-publisher’s catalogue. He's focused on Business Development and Product. He also teaches product strategy and innovation at Nebrija University and Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain. Justo is member of the Internet Society and mentor and advisor for other startups.
Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in publishing and its digital disruption. "Writing on the Ether", his original weekly column on the industry, is read Thursdays at JaneFriedman.com. His Ether for Authors is read Tuesdays at Publishing Perspectives.com, the international site supported by Frankfurt Buchmesse. A third franchise, London on the Ether, was inaugurated during the 2013 London Book Fair – with which he was a Media Partner – and was carried by TheBookseller.com in London. His Ether work can be tracked on the Publishers Marketplace News Automat via the ePublishing tab and on the home page of his site, PorterAnderson.com. He is also a standing contributor to WriterUnboxed, to The FutureBook in London, and to Digital Book World's Expert Publishing Blog.
As a mainstream journalist, Anderson has worked with CNN USA, CNN International, CNN.com, CNN.com Live, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Observer, and other outlets.
Kristen McLean is the Founder and CEO of Bookigee, a Miami-based start-up that develops ground-breaking products and services that flatten the publishing marketplace. Their first product, WriterCube, A DIY Marketing and Analytics app for Authors is currently in free beta. (www.writercube.com)
Before founding Bookigee, Kristen spent seventeen years in a wide variety of industry roles including her most-recent position as the Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), a non-profit trade association that networks the children’s book market. Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues.
As part of her role as an industry futurist, 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 also edits Bowker Pubtrack’s bi-annual consumer study of the children’s book market, Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age.
Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, and publishing in the 21st Century.
Find out more at www.kristenmclean.org
Dr Frances Pinter is the interim CEO at Manchester University Press and founder of Knowledge Unlatched – a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) devising and implementing new open access business models in the area of scholarly book length publications. She was the founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic and ran the Churchill Archive digitisation project. Frances is a visiting fellow at both the Big Innovation Centre and the London School of Economics. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Soros Foundation. Earlier she founded Pinter Publishers that also owned Leicester University Press and established the imprint Belhaven Press.
Peter Armstrong is the co-founder of Leanpub, and the author of Lean Publishing, Hello! Flex 4 and Flexible Rails. Peter coined the term Lean Publishing, has written a manifesto about it, and is writing an in-progress ebook about it. Leanpub was founded based on the principles in this manifesto.
Stephen M. Smith became Wiley's 11th President & Chief Executive Officer on May 1, 2011. He joined Wiley in 1992 as Vice President, Wiley Asia based in Singapore, with responsibility for all Wiley operations in the region. Over the next decade he assumed additional responsibilities for other international markets including Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He was promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, International Development in 1996 when he joined the Wiley Leadership Team. In 2006, Mr. Smith became Chief Operating Officer of Wiley’s UK business, and was appointed Senior Vice President, Wiley Europe in 2007, while continuing his role in Asia and Australia.
Mr. Smith relocated from the UK to Hoboken, NJ in May 2009 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as a step in a planned succession for Wiley President and CEO Will Pesce. As COO, Mr. Smith assumed leadership responsibility for Wiley’s three global publishing businesses and responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the Company.
Prior to joining Wiley, Mr. Smith was President of Simon & Schuster’s UK Academic and Professional Group, with management responsibility for the European operations of Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall. During his time with Simon & Schuster, he also spent two years in the Middle East and six years as Managing Director of the Asian subsidiary in Singapore. He received his BSc. in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University. He has been an active participant in industry campaigns to combat copyright infringement around the world.
Having spent much of his career working across national borders and cultures, Mr. Smith is an avid believer in the power of Wiley's products and services to foster knowledge and understanding around the world while making a meaningful difference in the lives of customers.
Mr. Smith and his wife Elizabeth live in New York City. They have five children.
Sebastian Posth, publisher, consultant and entrepreneur in publishing industry since 2004, with a focus on ebooks, digital distribution, ebook retail marketing and data analytics.
Founder and CEO of Germany’s first ebook distributor and conversion house, Director Digital Content Distribution at arvato (Bertelsmann), consultant for German and European ebook publishers, intermediaries, retailers and bookstores. Since 2013 CEO of Publishing Data Networks GmbH.
Carlo Carrenho is a Brazilian publisher and journalist. In 2001, he founded PublishNews, a daily electronic newsletter in Portuguese that covers the Brazilian publishing market. Today, PublishNews has more than 11,000 subscribers. He’s also worked for several Brazilian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson Brasil, which he launched in 2007. During the last few years, his attention turned to the digital revolution that is taking place in publishing and right now he is the managing director of Singular Digital, the digital arm of Ediouro Holding that focuses on print on demand, e-book distribution and self-publishing. Carlo majored in economics and later specialized in publishing at the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Boston.
Since 2003 founder and director of Business Development at The Marathon Group. The Marathon Group combines both technological and pedagogical solutions. The company has developed its own authoring rapid tools, interactive engine technologies suitable presentation of for rich media educational purposes. The company designs and produces interactive multiple platform products.
2001 – 2003 Founder and CEO of InterMedia, Interactive Education Consulting.The company has international experience in selecting/integrating content and, technology and delivers “turn key projects according to request.
1990-2001 Group Marketing Executive, Q Group PLC. Responsible for all marketing and pre-sales activities for this language learning content development company. Work involves providing full sales support to team of 4 international sales representatives, including training of staff and teachers, and creation and production of sales kits.
1995-1999.Publishing Director, Q Group PLC. Was responsible for all stages of R&D, from pedagogical concept and product design to preparation of all written documentation, technical kits, and training kits.
1988 Head of Department and, English Teacher Training Department, Seminar HaKibbutzim. Manage program of over 20 staff members and 200 students. Position involves hiring and training new staff, defining the curriculum for the BA and MA programs, and consulting the college administration in relevant policy-making decisions.
1996–1997 Academic Program Developer and
Trainer, LAURELS, Brazil
1998–1996. English Program Inspector, City of Tel Aviv
1983–1995 Consultant, Trainer and Salesperson, Longman Publishing Company
1986–1994 Consultant, Developer, Distance Learning Programs, British Council
1983–1986. Academic Studies Teacher, Tel Aviv University
Hedva published more than 100 electronic titles and several class books.
Ronald Schild (born in 1970) studied business administration in Germany, France and Great Britain.
He began his career as a product manager in the consumer goods business in London. In 1997, he moved to Frankfurt to head the new e-business division of the German branch of Lexmark. This led to him taking over as Chairman of the Board of EMB AG, a firm of management consultants that specializes in e-business, and in 2005 becoming head of Amazon’s partners’ program Merchants@. Since 2006, Ronald Schild has been Managing Director of the MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH, which is an economic subsidiary of the Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association in 2006. One of the key projects during his tenure as CEO was the successful launch of libreka!, the e-book platform of the German book trade.
Torsten Casimir, born in 1961, studied journalism, German literature and musicology in Münster. He received his doctorate in 1989 with a thesis on music communication. Since the early 90s he has been holding lectureships at the Universities of Münster, Mainz and Düsseldorf in communication science and journalism.
After he had completed his newspaper traineeship at Westfälische Nachrichten he worked as a science editor and later as the literary chief-editor at Rheinische Post. During this period he was also responsible for developing and publishing the cross-media and award-winning magazine Opinio.
Since August 2006 Torsten Casimir is chief editor of the trade magazin Börsenblatt in Frankfurt. AsPublishing Director of MVB Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH he is responsible for all publishing activities of the company as well.
After eight years working as a yacht captain delivering boats from Chicago to Barbados and everywhere in between,Hugh Howey was finally lured away from the sea by the girl of his dreams. Sequestered in the mountains of North Carolina, he directed his energies into a childhood fantasy of writing soaring adventure stories. His first series, The Molly Fyde Saga, won endorsements and awards from bestselling authors and bloggers. But it was his publication of Wool and the four stories that followed that gave him the freedom to quit his day job and write full-time. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella, just close enough to the sea for it to call to him yet again.
The new collection development manager of the 3M Cloud Library, Heather McCormack (@HuisceBeatha on Twitter) has been navigating the worlds of librarianship and book publishing since 1998. For nearly 14 years, she worked as an editor at Library Journal magazine, where as Book Review Editor she launched the first regular review forum for ebook originals, fostered constructive dialogue between librarians and publishers about ebook sales models, and lobbied for research on the relationship between consumers and patrons. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and loves readers’ advisory, yoga, travel, and punk rock.
Richard Nash is VP of Community and Content of Small Demons 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 Mashable.com 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 on the future of publishing.
John Barker has been a teacher and leader in international secondary schools for the last thirteen years. Upon leaving his native England John moved to Taipei, Taiwan to work in the Taipei European
School. After six years he moved to Hong Kong to work as Deputy Head at the prestigious German Swiss International School. He then returned to Europe to take up the post of Head of Rygaards International Secondary School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon his educational journey, John has been fortunate enough to work with students and educators from around the world. He has planned, resourced and implemented several digital educational initiatives and has a keen insight into why some initiatives flourish whilst others are resigned to the dusty cupboards and archives of schools the world over.
John has a thorough understanding of the 21st century demands of international education and the various curricula that students aged 11 to 18 pursue around the world. Furthermore, he has a particular interest in digital technology and how this can help, or indeed hinder, learning and teaching within the rapidly developing and increasingly competitive international sector. He is a graduate of Durham University (UK) and holds an MSc. in Educational Leadership from Leicester University (UK).
Kami Thordarson has taught in Los Altos for four years, coming from the Poudre School District in Colorado where she began teaching in 1999. Kami holds a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Education. Kami is an expert in project-based learning and enjoys engaging students with creative lessons that focus on student choice and voice. Kami was a pilot teacher for the Khan Academy program in 2010 where she helped implement and design the blended learning model currently being adopted in all fifth through eighth grades. She is a graduate of the 2011 MERIT program through the Krause Center for Innovation and has recently attended a workshop on Design Thinking at the d.school (Institute of Design) at Stanford. She envisions a real-world classroom in which teachers are empowered to transform education through technology and innovative practices, where students take ownership of their education, and classrooms are collaborative, problem-solving communities. Kami has taken on a new role as Innovative Strategies Coach for the Los Altos School District for 2012-2013.
Joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books division Jonny Geller began life after University as an actor in early 1990s, turning to book agenting at Curtis Brown in the mid 90s. His list includes a wide range of bestselling and award-winning writers spanning from John le Carré to William Boyd; from Tracy Chevalier to David Nicholls; from David Mitchell to Howard Jacobson, from Adele Parks to Sam Bourne, Tony Parsons, Lisa Jewell, Monica Ali and the estate of Ian Fleming. His non–fiction has included the last book by Nelson Mandela, Amnesty International, journalists, public figures and comedians.He wrote a humour book in 2006 called Yes, But is it Good for the Jews? which was published by Penguin (UK), Bloomsbury (US) and Einaudi (Italy) and produced a book with Bloomsbury called New Beginnings to raise money for victims of the 2004 Tsunami.
Jonny was shortlisted for the British Inspiration awards in the media category for 2011, and shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year Award in 2007, 2010 & 2011, and was named Literary Agent of the Year in 2012. He was named among the most influential people in publishing in 2012 by the Evening Standard.
Sascha Lobo is a German blogger, writer, journalist and Copywriter. Lobo's work is primarily concerned with the Internet and with the social effects of new technology.
Sascha Lobo, born in 1975, studied corporate and business communications at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He works as an author and strategy consultant with a focus on online and brand communication for clients like the Deutsche Messe, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and VW. He also gives lectures focused on the digital world – from social media to digital work processes – for companies like Siemens, Lufthansa and Wincor Nixdorf. He has written the weekly column “Mensch-Maschine” for Spiegel Online since January 2011 and has teamed up with other co-authors (Holm Friebe, Kathrin Passig, NEON) to write non-fiction titles focused on labour, the web and society. In 2010, he published his first novel “Strohfeuer” [A Flash in the Pan]. He has received a number of awards, including the Grimme Online Award in 2006 for the community blog Riesenmaschine.de and the Erik Reger Literature Award (grant) in 2007. His book “Internet – Segen oder Fluch” [Internet – Blessing or Curse] – co-authored with Kathrin Passig – was published in October 2012.
A pioneer in the field of Digital Publishing, Bob Kasher was the founder of Database Directories – one of Canada’s first digital publishers in 1994, was an early driving force behind the development of mobile phone publishing through his development of MPS Mobile and Global Reader and has lectured extensively on the subject at industry forums throughout the world. Currently he has been involved as a pioneer in Rights Management automation through his work with First Source and Digi-Rights. He is a member of the IDPF’s EPUB 3 Working Group. He is also involved with the Book Industry Study Group’s (BISG) Rights and Permissions Controlled Vocabulary initiative.
Graham Bell is chief data architect for EDItEUR, the global metadata standards body for the book, e-book and serial supply chains. He leads EDItEUR’s standards development work,with primary responsibility for ONIX for Books, the widely-used metadata communication standard for the book trade. He previously worked as a senior IT manager for HarperCollins in the UK, where he was involved in numerous e-book, e-audio, POD and metadata initiatives.
Jens Bammel became Secretary General of the International Publishers Association in September 2003. He studied law in Berlin, Geneva and Heidelberg. Following two years of legal training in Germany, France and Indonesia he joined the Periodical Publishers Association as Head of Legal Affairs, then Head of Legal and Public Affairs. In June 1998 Jens Bammel was appointed Chief Executive of the Publishers Licensing Society Ltd., the organisation that represents UK publisher interests in collective reprographic licensing in the United Kingdom. Jens Bammel is married with one child.
Kristin established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC in 2002. Being an avid reader practically since birth, Kristin is equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for her book club or a sexy romance novel. Clients include bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Jasinda Wilder, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair.
When she is not busy selling books, Kristin plays tennis as well as Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). She can also be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney.
Member: AAR, RWA, SFWA, SCBWI. Please visit her website www.nelsonagency.com for submission guidelines and also check out Kristin’s Facebook page and popular blog http://nelsonagency.com/pub-rant
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Laurence Kaye is a partner in Shoosmiths (www.shoosmiths.co.uk) and leads the firm's publishing and digital media team. He is a recognised expert lawyer in the fields of publishing, digital media, intellectual property and technology law. He advises publishers, media and technology companies, film and TV producers, authors and brand owners on e-commerce and intellectual property exploitation in digital and 'offline' forms. He was the lead external lawyer on the development of Pottermore.com - J K Rowling's vision for the Harry Potter books online.
Laurence combines this cutting-edge legal work with strategic and policy-related work in the field of copyright and online law. In his capacity as copyright adviser to the European Publishers Council (http://epceurope.eu/), he has advised and been actively involved in the negotiations of several key EU Directives, including those in the field of copyright, database right and data protection.
He blogs on digital media law at: laurencekaye.typepad.com and can be found on Twitter @laurencekaye. Email: email@example.com
Since 2006 she is the Managing Director of Sanoma Pro, the leading provider of learning and knowledge development solutions in Finland. Prior to this Mrs Vainio has worked in sales management and business development positions in media and telecommunications industries in Finland and the USA, and as a management consultant in Finland and Sweden with McKinsey & Company. She holds a MSc (Econ.) degree from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Douglas Sexton has worldwide responsibility for publishing strategy development for the HP Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions Division. Publishing is the largest and fastest growing category of applications using the HP inkjet web press portfolio.
With deep roots in both technology and business Dr. Sexton is knowledgeable in technical and market forces driving digital printing adoption in books, newspapers, magazines, and catalogs.
Dr. Sexton holds a PhD. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has over 50 patents in printing, lasers, electronics, and biomedical devices technologies. He currently is based in San Diego, Calif.
Michael is a product designer and publishing enthusiast who previously co-founded web agency Kitsite and indie publisher Pulp Faction, before setting up Contentment. You can find him on Twitter as @micycle.
Rachel Fershleiser head publishing outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.
As Chief Operating Officer of Publishing Technology’s Online Division, Michael is responsible for the management operations of the ingentaconnect and pub2web solutions, which include Client Management, Product Development & strategy, Library Services, Engineering, Production, Advertising and scouting new markets.Michael has spent 20 years in digital publishing, having consulted with and managed organizations deep in the transition from traditional print-based media to online delivery. He has held numerous advisory and board roles within the industry and speaks regularly at conferences around the world.
John Pettigrew has spent the past 16 years in print and digital publishing, including critically acclaimed iPad apps, and has helped lead teams to significant commercial success. He is now CEO and Founder of a startup with the simple mission of making editors' lives better. Their first product, Collate It, provides efficient digital tools for book proofing that are designed for the tasks editors actually perform.
Ed McCoyd is an attorney and Executive Director for Digital, Environmental & Accessibility Affairs at the Association of American Publishers. He works on issues including support of digital technologies for the production, distribution, and use of publishers' products; the prevention of online infringement of books and other works; environmental issues associated with book paper and manufacturing; and the provision of books and other materials in accessible form to individuals with print disabilities.
Prior to joining AAP's staff, Ed served as Director of Legal Services at the Authors Guild, providing licensing and copyright advice to published writers and advocating for authors' rights.
Yoichi Kimata is a director of Japan Publishing Organization for Information Infrastructure Development (JPO) and has managed for a several of information programs including administering the ONIX for Books in Japan since the beginning of 2013. Before joining JPO in 2012, he was a senior vice present of Kodansha America in New York and had worded in the field of international book trade business for 25 years in and out of Tokyo, Japan.
Hirohisa Ishikawa is an associate director at Suuri-Keikaku, a system integration company owned mostly by Shogakukan and Shueisha in a large and renowned publishing corporate group in Japan. He manages development and maintenance of main business systems and applications in data processing for the group. Also, he is a chair of the technical committee of the Forthcoming Book Information Center (FBIC) in Tokyo and a chief engineer for ONIX for Books introduced and operated by FBIC since 2010. He was/is a member of important R&D groups in the publishing industry regarding information share with RFID, distribution of digital magazines and marketplace for book orders.
Giuseppe is in charge of Screening and Investments in H-FARM Ventures.He is the Manager of H-Camp, a leading accelerator program with a pan-European focus, the first Italian launchpad for digital startups.
Previously, he was project manager for Brandpotion.com (Mumbai, India) and investment analyst for the largest European business angels group, Italian Angels for Growth (Milan, Italy).
Giuseppe was born and raised in Turin, Italy; he studied in Rome and Singapore and holds a MSc in Finance from Luiss University of Rome.
Seza Babaoglu is responsible for the Direct Mail and Publishing segments for HP Indigo and HP Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Seza Babaoglu has worked for Hewlett Packard between 1995 and 2011 and took the responsibility of several roles within EMEA organization for the printing group. In 2006 he has joined with HP Indigo and entered into the digital printing field. Between 2008 and 2011 he managed the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Israel and Africa region for HP Indigo. From mid of 2011 until the end of 2012 he has managed a publishing company based in Istanbul, Turkey and since December 2012 he has joined back in HP, being responsible for his current role.
His experience both in publishing industry and in HP with a focus on emerging technologies and emerging markets is driving the adoption of digital printing across all segments. Seza Babaoglu holds a BS degree in Electronics and he is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Michael Roesler-Graichen, born 1958 in Bonn, is editor at the German book trade magazine "Börsenblatt" in Frankfurt (Main) since December 2000 with a focus on special information and new media. He has written numerous articles on new media, e-books, internet and on copyright issues. Roesler-Graichen is also co-editor and co-author of the book "Gutenberg 2.0. The Future of the Book "(Frankfurt a. M. 2008). After his doctorate in literature at the university of Hamburg he worked as a freelance journalist and ran from 1993 until the end of 1999 the House of Literature in Kiel.
Melissa Fulkerson is Senior Channel Manager for the Science and Technology Books division of Elsevier, where she’s been with the marketing group since 2009. In this role, she manages the digital distribution, marketing, and online presence of Elsevier’s content on over 50 ebook aggregators and retail platforms. She has spent the last 3 years immersed in digital book technologies and is passionate about the print to electronic migration in the consumer and academic space. She has experience with various facets of the publishing/bookselling/higher education industries; prior to joining Elsevier she worked at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and Borders. In her spare time she is an avid baker and a novice runner, aiming to run a half marathon in the near future.
Howard Willows, Senior Manager, Data Development, Nielsen
Since the London Book Fair 2011, Howard has been exploring the possibility of a single subject classification scheme for the global book trade, liaising with key players from Europe, North America and beyond. The new scheme THEMA is now in its pilot stage and has been presented to the standards bodies in these key territories and has been extremely well received.
Howard Willows has worked in the book trade since 1987, in the areas of bibliographic aggregation and library supply, in both the UK and Australia, and has been closely involved with the development of industry standards during that time.
He was primarily responsible for the initial release of the BIC Standard Subject Category scheme in 1996 and has been Chair of the Review Committee ever since. He has been involved in the development of ONIX from its inception, and has chaired the UK ONIX Group since 2002.
Nicolaas is a freelance publisher, editor and writer, specialising in school and university textbooks and literature, especially folklore.
He was formerly a university lecturer, teacher, head of a teachers’ centre, superintendent of education, language subject adviser and head of the Western Cape Education Department curriculum development unit.
In the past thirteen years he has become involved in the national and international management of intellectual property and copyright, as well as providing fully accessible materials to visually impaired persons.
Nicolaas represents the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) on the Legal Deposit Committee of the South African National Library; he is Chair of the PASA Legal Affairs Committee and during 2012 he was on the Local Organising Committee of the international congress of the International Publishers Association.
Nicolaas is co-chair of the Capacity Building Working Group of the WIPO Stakeholder Platform, which supports publishing fully accessible materials in developing and least developed countries.
Patrice Chazerand is Director Digital Economy and Trade at DIGITALEUROPE, the association representing the digital technology industry in Europe. Prior to joining DIGITALEUROPE, he was the Secretary-General of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), the trade body of PC and videogames publishers operating in Europe between 2002 and 2009. In this capacity he has established PEGI, the only pan-European system of harmonised rating of digital content dealing with various topics such as internet content, protection of minors, privacy, freedom of expression and intellectual property; competition law as applied to interactive and user-generated content; Net neutrality.
In 1999, Patrice Chazerand set up the Brussels office of Viacom which he ran as Vice President, European Affairs until 2002. During this tenure with Viacom he dealt with audiovisual content creation and distribution on all platforms, anti-piracy, EU audiovisual issues.
Patrice Chazerand spent the first fifteen years of his career with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, seven of which were at the Embassy of France in Washington.
After a master degree of economics, a master degree of politics and a specialized master at the Paris Business school ESCP-Europe, Vincent works for 7 years in the digital development of editorial content and aims to enhance digital offers in an international environment.
As head of digital development of La Martinière - Le Seuil, one of the main french publishers, he supervises the digital development strategy of several publishing houses, coordinates new editorial workflows and is the representative for digital topics at inter-professional committees that settles standards and interoperabily.
As a member of the steering committee of Eden Livres, he is designing and running the main digital distribution platforms in France.
In the MO3T project, he's representing the publishers' stakes.
Cristina Mussinelli works in publishing sector since 1982 and since 1992 she has been involved in the digital and multimedia market.
Since 1988 she has been responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association, where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program, the Editech conference and the Permanent Observatory on Digital Content.
She is member of the Board of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), the global trade and standards association for electronic publishing, that develops and maintains the EPUB®. She is project manager of LIA (Italian Accessible Books), an initiative funded by the Ministry of Culture aimed at creating a service for visual impaired people to make available accessible versions of books in digital format through a dedicated platform.
Christoph Bläsi, born 1960, has been professor for book studies at the Institute for Book Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University since 2009. Prior to this, he was professor at the University of Erlangen (2004-2009); for more than 12 years before that, he had worked in digital publishing and strategic information management of several leading German publishing houses (BI-Brockhaus, C. H. Beck, Vogel Business). Christoph Bläsi holds a degree in mathematics and German studies and a PhD in metalexicography. Since 2011, Christoph Bläsi is also guest professor at the University of St. Gallen (CH).
Apart from interoperability issues of ebooks, Christoph Bläsi´s current focuses of research include automated "trend" / weak signal research based on the changing set of books on offer and innovation in the publishing business between content and technology as drivers.
Shilpi Kapoor is the founder director of BarrierBreak with an industry experience of 18 years. BarrierBreak is a leading Accessibility and Assistive Technology firm in India and has been working towards making the web and content accessible to everyone. In the last year alone we have converted 1.5 million pages of textbooks and documents into accessible formats. BarrierBreak works for leading Universities, Colleges and Libraries worldwide to ensure that people with disabilities are included. The business case is the main focus of BarrierBreak where we would like publishers and other organizations to understand the return on investment and the opportunity in making content accessible.
Udi has over 15 years of Business and Technology Innovation & Development and R&D management. He has led teams and programs across multiple geographies and technical areas from software and mobile development to digital printing, color, material science and cloud solutions. Udi is the inventor of over 50 patents has a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics from Tel-Aviv University and an EMBA from Kellogg. Udi is currently the Worldwide Business Development Manager in Education for the HP Graphics Solution Business and is working with the HP teams, the Education Partners and HP Customers to bring innovative solutions to the education market worldwide.
Sheila Bounford is Founder of Off the Page Ideas, and works with publishing and tech businesses on market development, product development, business process and supply chain development. Clients include Encyclopaedia Britannica, Contentment, Connell Guides, Advance Materials and others. She is a former Executive Director of the IPG (the UK networking organisation for independent publishers) and former MD of NBN International. Sheila can often be found tweeting from the contrarian viewpoint at conferences, she blogs sporadically about publishing challenges, and is a Non-Exec Director of GSE Research, publishers of the Sustainable Organization Library.
Christer Perslöv is Managing Director at Bokrondellen, the metadata supplier for the Swedish book industry. Bokrondellen coordinates the metadata standards in Sweden and works to streamline and simplify the information flows between publishers and bookstores. Christer was leading the transition from ONIX 2 to 3 in Sweden in 2012. Sweden was one of the first countries to implement ONIX 3 fully. Christer has previously worked as a manager and consultant in the IT industry.
Markus Gylling is the CTO of the IDPF and the DAISY Consortium. Through his work with DAISY he has during the past decade been engaged in the development of specifications, tools, and educational efforts for the realization of inclusive publishing on a global scale. Markus is currently the chair of the IDPF EPUB 3 Working Group, and during 2010 and 2011 he lead the development of the EPUB 3 specification. Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Simon Worthington is Research Associate at the Hybrid Publishing Consortium, Lüneburg Innovation Incubator, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Street MBA, technologist, art freaker, dreampunk, organiser, media activist, publisher and book nut. Co-founder of Mute Magazine. Current projects (2012); The Hybrid Publishing Consortium - support for the FLOSS technology stack. 'TheKnowledge' a peer-learning strategy resource for the cultural scene. 'Progressive Publishing System' (PPS) - a software system for producing and distributing ePublishing books and publications. Mute Books a new imprint from Mute Publishing. Skilled as an artist at Falmouth Art School, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and at CalArts, Valencia, Calif.
Ed Nawotka is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, an online magazine for the international publishing industry that has been called “the BBC of the book world.” Prior to launching Publishing Perspectives, he worked as book columnist for Bloomberg News and daily news editor of Publishers Weekly. He has also served as the literary director of the Texas Book Festival, a judge for various book awards, and has worked as a foreign correspondent, a bookseller, literary magazine editor and advertising copywriter. As a journalist he has reported from more than 30 countries. He continues to be a widely published freelance writer, with his work regularly appearing in publications across the United States, as well as overseas.
Ed’s reviews, essays and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Budget Travel, New Statesman, USA Today, and People, among others.He has appeared as a guest on various television and radio programs, including those on NPR, PRI, BBC, and C-SPAN, and has lectured at numerous universities and institutions.You can find him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Creative and Technology entrepreneur specializing in digital marketing and games since 1996 and one of the founder's of interactive in Israel. 17 years of experience as a creative technology professional, innovation and technological forecasting and understanding of market needs such as developing Statistics solutions, advanced technologies and Web publishing , some of which were patented, developing games and other systems while providing services and carrying out hundreds of projects for major clients in Israel and Worldwide.
Former companies: "Digital Boost" and "Oak"as Founder and CEO. Current company WakingApp, a self owned company that was founded in 2012 with a vision to develop it's own patent pending Augmented Reality technologies , platforms and Products and offer cutting edge solutions that will upgrade any physical product. The company offers its clients and partners the innovation they need to standout & the edge they need to lead their market.
Amanda Barbara is the development director 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. Amanda earned a bachelors degree in Public Relations and Creative Writing at the University of Miami in Florida. She has worked as a Corporate Account Manager for Big Geyser and a Leisure Sales Coordinator for the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. She started her career in the Media and Community Relations Department at Macy’s. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Andrew Richard Albanese is Senior Writer at Publishers Weekly. A former editor with Oxford University Press, he writes extensively about intellectual property, copyright, and technology issues. He is the author of The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business.
Dr. Anja Hagen was born in 1970. She has done her doctor’s degree in German language and literature studies. For the last 14 years, Anja works in different positions in the educational publishing sector. (f.e. 3 years as team leader for digital media, 8 years as head of the primary school department). In march 2013 Anja was appointed as Managing Director of the Cornelsen Schulverlage, where she is responsible for the field of all types of secondary schools.
Ann Betts is the Commercial Director of Nielsen Book, part of The Nielsen Company. Ann is responsible for the commercial relationship with clients in the UK and overseas including the major publishers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and library suppliers ensuring the trading relationships are maintained at the highest level and is also responsible for the development of new business. Key business developments include expansion and launch of e-book panels and digital market reporting based on continuous consumer research. The development of these market measures and new territories are high on the list of priorities. In the last twelve months Nielsen has launched market insight for consumer e-book purchasing behaviour using Kantar Worldpanel UK data and Nielsen BookScan Brazil.
Prior to her appointment to her current role in 2006, Ann was Business Director of Nielsen BookScan UK having joined in 1998 as Business Development Manager. Educated at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), her scientific background combined with her love of books means she is a data junkie!
Charles Catton has worked in book publishing since 1996, and on digital projects since 2009. He is Publishing Manager at Amber Books Ltd, an independent London-based publisher and book packager that specializes in creating illustrated non-fiction titles in print and digital formats for adults and children. He is responsible for editorial, design, marketing and all things digital, from Amber’s print and ebook publishing programme to apps and now partworks.
Ivan Herman graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI I he joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where he worked for 6 years (and turned into a computer scientist…). He left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry in Munich, Germany, he joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where he has a tenure position since 1988. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. He joined the W3C Team as Head of W3C Offices in January 2001 while maintaining his position at CWI. He served as Head of Offices until June 2006, then as Leader of the Semantic Web Activity. In 2013, I also became the Activity Lead for W3C’s Digital Publishing Activity.
Jakob Larsen is management and business consultant at Schilling, where he is counselling publishing clients on business and project improvement . Jakob has several years of practical experience in publishing from various management positions - theoretically backed with an MBA - and has been deeply involved in most of the publishing disciplines.
Victoriano Colodrón is, since April 2012, Senior Director, Global Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC, www.copyright.com), where he manages relationships between CCC and Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs) in other countries. Prior to that, he worked for CCC’s European subsidiary, RightsDirect, which he joined in September 2010.
Before that, Victoriano was, for 10 years, Deputy CEO of CEDRO, the Spanish RRO, and chaired the Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO).
Between 1991 and 2000, Colodrón had executive positions at the Libraries Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and worked at the National Library of Spain.
VIctoriano has a university degree in Romance Philology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and has been a speaker at multiple conferences and seminars, and authored articles, on copyright and libraries. Among his most recent publications are articles on “Copyright Compliance in Private Companies: Challenges and Solutions” (WIPO Magazine, June 2011), and “Clearing Rights: Collective Licensing Around the World” (Online Magazine, November/December 2011).
Jill Cousins is the Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, responsible for Europeana.eu, and Director of The European Library. She is on the Board of Globethics and advises on the development of other digital libraries. She has many years experience in web publishing, which are now being applied to the libraries and the cultural heritage arenas. Her past experience includes the commercial publishing world as European Business Development Director of VNU New Media and scholarly publishing with Blackwell Publishing, running their online journals service. Prior to publishing, she had a variety of marketing and research careers in the information field. These ranged from being the Marketing and Event Director for Learned Information (Online Information) to managing her own research company, First Contact.
Jon Fine is director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon.com, coordinating outreach to the author and publishing communities, including the company’s grant program which supports a diverse range of not-for-profit author and publisher groups (www.amazon.com/author-grants).
Prior to joining Amazon.com, he served as VP and Associate General Counsel for Random House, Inc., where he directed legal affairs for the Alfred A. Knopf division as well as for Random House of Canada. Jon previously served as Senior Media Counsel at NBC, handling content and associated issues for NBC News, Saturday Night Live, MSNBC, CNBC and other divisions; as counsel at King World Productions for Inside Edition and other “reality-based” programming. He is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a native New Yorker, who now lives in Seattle.
Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. Previously, she has worked at the following companies:Firebrand, Muze/Rovi, Sirsi, Dynix, Barnes & Noble.com, Independent booksellers, Bantam, Spectra Books, Doubleday. Laura has also been an independent consultant to the publishing industry. Her clients have included:Bowker, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Cengage, Audible, Alibris, Loyola Press, Carson-Dellosa, Chuckwalla, Capstone Press, 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 book industry. Prior to joining BISG, Len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, where has 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.
Mark was appointed as Executive Director of EDItEUR in 2009. He is also a Director of the Publishers' Licensing Society, appointed to that post in 2012. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts, London.
Matthias Matting, born 1966, is a journalist and writer. As a journalist, he covers science and technology and is working for the german news magazine FOCUS. He's also doing weekly video reviews of gadgets on YouTube and FOCUS online. When Amazon started it's KDP programm in Germany in 2011, he was one of the first authors using it and subsequently found himself on the Kindle bestseller list for months. Matting is reporting on his experiences as a self publisher on his blog selfpublisherbibel.de that has become one of the main meeting points of the industry in Germany and ebook bestseller of the year.
Dr. Mercedes Bunz lives in London and currently heads the Hybrid Publishing Lab of the Leuphana University which looks into the transformation of academic publishing with regards to digital distribution and open access. She was the Guardian's technology reporter and the online editor-in-chief of the Berlin based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. 1997 she co-founded DEBUG, a monthly magazine for electronic aspects of life and is still part of its board. Her dissertation on the history on the internet (Bauhaus University Weimar) was published with Kadmos Kulturverlag. Her last book "The Silent Revolution. How algorithms change knowledge, work, public and politics without making to much noise" was published 2012 with the Suhrkamp Verlag.
Michael is the Chief Content Officer at Kobo, and is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's web and mobile services. Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData and authored the publishing technology call-to-arms "Six Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better." Tamblyn also co-founded Canada's first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, and served as Vice President of Online Operations.Michael has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. Mitchell was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge (now Amazon’s CreateSpace) the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. He is also founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs a packager of historical content for print-on-demand and digital consumer platforms and founder of Organic Process Productions an award-wining independent documentary and philanthropic media company.
Nick Perrett is group director, strategy and digital at HarperCollins UK and International. He is responsible for strategy, corporate development, digital product and business development. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Nick was an entrepreneur, co-founding or in the founding management team of four businesses including a venture capital fund, a machine vision software business and two online game publishers. @MrPerrett
Orb Entertainment was formed in 2009 by Paul Rhodes.Prior to starting up Orb, Paul worked in various roles for Midway Games Ltd, and worked on some of the most high profile games IP imaginable, including Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, Unreal Tournament 3 and Stranglehold. Before taking the plunge into games, Paul worked at HarperCollins for nearly ten years, and he retains an excellent network of contacts in the book trade, and works with a variety of corporate and indie publishing houses on digital content solutions.As well as running Orb, Paul is currently working with a major games company on their digital expansion plans, is a guest blogger on www.thefuturebook.net , and is hard at work on an exciting new publishing project for the sports market.
Peter Balis is responsible for the global sales, distribution and business development of digital content for Wiley, which includes ebooks, enhanced products and mobile applications. In addition to leading Wiley's global digital books business, he is the co-chair of the AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group and teaches a course at NYU's Center for Publishing.
Rüdiger Wischenbart, born in 1956 in Graz, Austria, is the founder of “Content and Consulting” (since 2003), and a writer specialized in culture, cultural industries, the global book markets, innovation in the book industry, literature, media, and communication. He researched and (co-) authored several reports on global publishing markets, notably the “Global Ebook” report, the “Global Publishing Markets” survey for the International Publishers Association”, (IPA), and the “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry”, updated annually since 2007 (initiated by Livres Hebdo, France, and co-published by The Bookseller, UK, buchreport, Germany, PublishNews Brazil, and Publishers Weekly, US).
Wischenbart co-authored the “Diversity Reports” 2010, 2009 and 2008 mapping translation markets and cultures across Europe. As a consultant, he regularly works for international platforms and institutions catering to the publishing industry, including BookExpo America, UNESCO and the European Commission. He holds a PhD in German literature from the University of Graz, is lecturing at the University of Vienna, Austria, since 1987, and served as Director of Communication to the Frankfurt Book Fair (1998 to 2001).
More information and sample reports are available at www.wischenbart.com
Sarah has worked in publishing for many years, most recently as Production Director at HarperCollins Publishers. Her work there included the creation of standard ‘prelims’ which look at social responsibility and ethical sourcing of a publisher’s third party suppliers. She is taking the lead in EDItEUR’s involvement in Enabling Technologies Framework – a project funded by WIPO. This three year global project will develop a worldwide standard of best practice for publishers helping them ensure full accessibility to their digital material for the print-disabled.