Digital Book 2014 Program

Wednesday, May 28


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Location: SE Hall



Location: SE Hall

Bill McCoy (International Digital Publishing Forum), Len Vlahos (Book Industry Study Group)

Digital Technology & The Internet Are Reshaping the Book Business: Two Visionary Perspectives

Nicholas Carr: Digital and Print and future of reading, Peter Brantley: The Future of Libraries

Location: SE Hall

Nicholas Carr (Author), Peter Brantley (

The Future of Book Publishing: Technology Trends and Business Implications

Publisher Perspective Panel.

Location: SE Hall

Pierre Danet (Hachette Livre), Lori Benton (Scholastic Trade Publishing), Josh Marwell (HarperCollins Publishers)
Moderator: Maja Thomas (MCT Consulting)

Networking Break

Location: SE Hall


The Indie/Hybrid Author Perspective on P+E and Reinventing the Writing Process in a Reader-Connected World

Author Perspective Panel

Location: SE Hall

Bella Andre (Author), Hugh Howey (Author), Barbara Freethy (Author)

How Social Media is Transforming Reading

Otis Chandler returns: An update on the past year, what's next for Goodreads, and a look at how social is impacting reading.

Location: SE Hall

Otis Y. Chandler (Goodreads)

The Evolving Challenges and Opportunities in Global Publishing

The Global Publisher Perspective

Location: SE Hall

Ken Michaels (Macmillan Science and Education)

The Evolving Challenges and Opportunities in Global Retail

The Global eTailer Perspective

Location: SE Hall


Lunch and Booth Stroll

Location: SE Hall

  Business and Marketing Technology, Design, and Production Education and Professional

Digital Publishing Beyond the Big Five

Big, Small and In Between

Location: SE Hall

Jason Ashlock (Thought Catalog Books), Scott Waxman (Diversion Books), Bronwen Hruska (Soho Press), Jessica Case (Pegasus Books)
Moderator: Porter Anderson (Consultant)

P+E Production: Best Practices Panel

With the transformation of the industry and the explosion of new platforms, technologies and standards (HTML5 / EPUB), publishers need to plan and structure their production workflows for multi-channel publishing. Mobile content strategy is also a key aspect to be considered as part of content planning. This session will discuss key factors and best practices to be considered during the content production process.

Location: 1E08

Sanj Kharbanda (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), John Prabhu (SPi Global), Ken Brooks (McGraw-Hill Education), Samantha Cohen (Simon & Schuster)

Education Publishing Gets Dynamic

Implications for content (print + E) as the focus moves from fixed curriculums and static books to digital learning materials that are enhanced via technology. We'll discuss the impact of big data and analytics, gamification, and other emerging innovations in education publishing.

Location: 1E15

Bradley McIlquham (Knewton), Peter Haasz (OverDrive), Paul F. Corey (Higher Education), Paul Murphy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Using Digital Reading & Writing Innovation to Engage New Audiences

With digital reading and writing innovations on the rise, new audiences are engaging in publishing that would otherwise be lost to other entertainment options, like video games and film. Hear from those leading this change and discover ways to build and foster these growing communities.  

Location: SE Hall

Paul Cameron (Booktrack), Ron Martinez (Aerbook), Allen Lau (Wattpad), David Anderson (Kobo)

Open Source for Publishing

From production to distribution, open source offers new capabilities to enable authors, publishers, and retailers to more directly and independently engage in the business. This session will cover how leading publishers are utilizing open source technologies and present about a leading open source consortium for publishing technology.

Location: 1E08

Sanders Kleinfeld (O’Reilly Media), Ric Wright (Readium Foundation), Hadrien Gardeur (Feedbooks)

Kids Content in Classrooms

How do digital devices and digital content change the classroom experience? What else is needed?

Location: 1E15

Amy Rosenstein (Teacher), Cathy Ferrara (Scholastic Education)

Networking Break

Location: SE Hall


A DRM Case Study: Tor Books

Founder and Publisher of TOR, the first Big Five imprint to dispense with DRM technology, will review the results of two years of DRM-free distribution.

Location: SE Hall

Tom Doherty (Tor Books)

Beyond the Pages: When Books Morph Into Mega Multimedia Projects

Bestselling author James Frey sits down with famed Hollywood producer Wyck Godfrey (of the Twilight Saga Series, The Fault In Our Stars and The Maze Runner) to discuss the groundbreaking transmedia project “Endgame".

Location: SE Hall

James Frey (Author), Wyck Godfrey (20th Century Fox)

Closing Remarks

Location: SE Hall

Bill McCoy (International Digital Publishing Forum)

Networking Happy Hour

Location: SE Hall

Thursday, May 29


Continental Breakfast

Location: 1E06

  Business and Marketing Technology, Design, and Production Education and Professional

The Future of Libraries as a Key Discovery Channel

Libraries have been serving communities for hundreds of years and have always played the valuable role of helping patrons discover what to read next.  This panel of publishers and librarians will discuss the current state of libraries as a discovery channel in the eBook era, sharing quantitative and qualitative data, anecdotes and specific examples of this important role.

Location: 1E08

Alexandra Nicolajsen (Kensington Publishing), Patricia E. Lowrey (Cleveland Public Library), Elenita Chmilowski (Perseus Books)
Moderator: Rebecca T. Miller (Library Journal)

Design and Production for a P+E World

Location: 1E07

Chris Kitchener (Adobe Systems Incorporated), Dave Cramer (Hachette Book Group)

The Grand Convergence: the Future of e-Learning and Education Publishing

Location: 1E09

Dr. Charles Severance (University of Michigan)

In the Metadata Trenches: Creating metadata that makes your titles discoverable

While the creation of metadata is different for each publishing house, understanding the challenges others have faced while working on the data, along with mistakes and lessons learned, can offer valuable insight for your own operations. Hear from publishers of all sizes about how they create and distribute metadata for their titles, learn about the difficulties and innovative ways publishers are creating metadata to help their titles become more discoverable. 

Location: 1E08

Matt West (B+H Publishing), Rob Weisstuch (HarperCollins Publishers), Marti Heyman (Gale/Cengage Learning)
Moderator: Rebecca Albani (Bowker)

Where Books Meet Apps

The Elements of Design

Location: 1E07

Francois Xavier Hussher (Gutenberg Technology), Ron Severdia (Metrodigi), Harald Dahle (Cambridge University Press), Amber Chow (Pearson), Blair Brown (Pearson Education), Jo Eggeman (Cambridge Exams Publishing)

What Is EDUPUB: The Emerging Standard for Education Publishing

Location: 1E09

Rick Johnson (Vital Source Technologies Inc.), Rob Abel, Ed. D (IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.), Paul Belfanti (Pearson )

Networking Break

Location: Outside 1E06

  Business and Marketing Technology, Design, and Production Education and Professional

Strategic partnerships, business development and eBooks 3.0: Are we moving fast enough?

A shrinking list of eBook platforms, planned entrants changing course, and slowing eBook sales require us to look beyond today. Are new ventures coming from outside (and some inside) the publishing industry being embraced by traditional houses?  Is there a fear of the new or are we seeing cautious optimism?  Our panelists answer the question, Are we moving fast enough?

Location: 1E08

Peter Balis (John Wiley & Sons), Leslie Hulse (Harper Collins), Andrew Weinstein (Scribd), Matt MacInnis (Inkling)

Digital comics - today and tomorrow

Leaders in the development of digital comics, manga, and sequential art from Japan, North America and Europe will present compelling demonstrations of what's possible today and discuss the future roadmap including new support for comics features in EPUB that will facilitate comics as well as other rich and interactive content.

Location: 1E07

Osamu (Sam) Yoshiba (Kodansha), Samuel Petit (Actialuna), David Steinberger (comiXology)

Driving Value Through Curated Collections

The whole is greater that the sum of its parts: Publishers deliver real reference value by providing access to collections of related e-book titles. 

Location: 1E09

Andrew Brenneman (Finitiv), Jeff Dean (Focal Press), Chris Parton (West Academic Publishing), Corey Pressman (Exprima Media)

Publishers Offering Direct Distribution (Big/Med/Self)

What Does it Really Take To Pull It Off?

Location: 1E08

Micah Bowers (Bluefire Productions), Doug Lessing (Firebrand Technologies), Kristen McLean (Bookigee)

The Future of Standards for Digital Publishing

What's Next for EPUB/eBooks, Production & Distribution?

Location: 1E07

Markus Gylling (IDPF and DAISY Consortium), Ivan Herman, PhD (W3C), Liza Daly (Safari Books Online)
Moderator: Liisa McCloy-Kelley (Random House, Inc.)

Professional, Scholarly and Enterprise Publishing: Moving Beyond the PDF

Location: 1E09

John L. Lardee (Elsevier), Denis Saulnier (Harvard Business Publishing), Richard Schwerdtfeger (IBM)

Lunch on Your Own

Making Information Pay 2014: Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy
Thursday, May 29


Welcome and Introduction

Location: 1E08

Len Vlahos (Book Industry Study Group)

Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy: A BISG Research Study

Location: 1E08

Ted Hill (THA Consulting)

Facts & Figures: Subscription Services in the Context of Market Trends

Location: 1E08

Jonathan Stolper (Nielsen Book)

Our Subscribers: What Can We Learn from Usage Data?

Location: 1E08

Andrew Savikas (Safari Books Online)

A Substantial Difference: How Subscription Affects the Form and Value of Content

Location: 1E08

John Tayman (Byliner), Mark Coker (Smashwords), Don Mackinnon (Milq), Jennifer 8. Lee (Rooster and Plympton), Richard Nash (Byliner)

A Word from Our Diamond Sponsor, Hachette Book Group

Location: 1E08


Networking Break

Location: 1E08



Location: 1E08


Strategies for Success: Publisher-Platform Partnerships in the Subscription Space

Location: 1E08

Ted Hill (THA Consulting)

Closing Words

Location: 1E08

Randy Petway (Publishing Technology)

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