Candidate Statement - Per Dalheimer

Nomination for IDPF Board of Directors, November 2011 election

Per Dalheimer - Libri.de

Reason Why

Summary: 

Managing director of Libri.de with long-standing experience in digital media and pioneer spirit coupled with a personal passion for eBooks.

A major player on the book market:

Being part of the LIBRI Group with LIBRI GmbH as one of the leading wholesalers for physical as well as digital books in Germany and Europe, with Books on Demand GmbH as the leading print-on-demand company in Europe and with Libri.de Internet GmbH as one of the leading internet dealers of physical and digital books and as operator of 800 white-label shops, the team and I personally have, in the past, focussed our work on the future of books and have specifically helped shaping it in the interest of owner-managed book trade.

A long-standing experience in digital media and pioneer spirit:

I've been active in the internet business since 1999 and working for Libri.de since 2002. As managing director of Libri.de  I was involved in many innovations on the book market. In 2005 we introduced e-books to the portfolio ofwww.libri.de in the Mobipoket format and I was able to witness the first tentative sales of e-books for smartphones. During the same year we took up the first mp3 audiobook downloads into our product range and marked them with a soft DRM in the form of a watermark. The watermark procedure is active to this day on www.libri.de. In March 2009 we were able to introduce the EPUB standard in Germany as an exclusive partner of Sony and as a partner of Adobe, thus laying the foundation for today's e-book business in Germany. A year later, in 2010, we have introduced the first Wifi and UMTS reader in Germany together with Acer and in September of this year we recently presented the reader apps for iOS and Android available within the framework of our "Read Anywhere" services at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin.

Personal interest:

E-books are dear to my heart. It matters a lot to me to further develop the standard for e-books in a way that enables the greatest possible number of market participants to use these standards and to offer their customers a seamless digital reading experience. I'm also interested in further developing digital reading together in the interest of readers and to shape it up for new application ideas with the means of new technologies like HTML5 while looking for synergies with eMag and ePaper. And, last but not least I want to contribute my experience with hard and soft DRM (watermark) and make sure that we (publishing houses, aggregators, dealers and consumers) can all use a sustainable procedure.

Experience

Managing Director

Libri.de Internet GmbH

Internet Industry

since September 2002, Hamburg, Germany

Libri.de is a leading retailer for media products in particular books and ebooks in Germany. The catalogue comprises more than 7 million titles. Libri.de offers its customers a comprehensive e-reading service, "eBookS", enabling customers to download and read ebooks on different kinds of devices, e.g. E-Reader (Sony, Acer, ...), Tablet (iPad, Android), Smartphone (iPhone, Android). Refer to: http://www.libri.de

As a business as a service provider the company also runs 1,000 white-label shops for book retailers, publishers and other retailers providing them with full service: internet shop, payment, customer service and logistics.

Refer to: http://services.libri.de

Co-Founder and Managing Director

clickfish.com GmbH

Internet Industry

September 1999 – April 2002, Hamburg, Germany

Co-founder of Clickfish.com: the first network of experts in Germany publishing content per topic and receiving a share from advertising. Up to 400 authors ran a vertical and published their contents.

Product Manager

Philips Consumer Electronics

Consumer Electronics industry

January 1996 – September 1999 (3 years 9 months) Hamburg, Germany

Responsible product manager at Philips for audio systems in Germany. Philips is a wordwide leading company in the consumer electronic, healthcare and lighting business.

Education

Hamburg University of Technology

Master, Industrial Engineering

University of Hamburg

Master, Business Administration

 

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