Digital Book 2014 News

First Look at Select Speakers and Themes for IDPF Digital Book 2014, Douglas Rushkoff to Keynote BISG's Making Information Pay Track

(New York, NY: March 12, 2014)  The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have announced early details of the conference program for the upcoming IDPF Digital Book 2014. BISG's Making Information Pay 2014 is now a track of IDPF Digital Book 2014, the flagship digital conference at BookExpo America. The conference is scheduled for May 28-29, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City and is expected to draw a global audience of over 1000 publishing professionals.

For exceptional value, registration for IDPF Digital Book 2014, which includes Making Information Pay 2014, provides full access to the full BookExpo America trade show. Early bird pricing ends April 28, 2014. Register here: both IDPF and BISG members can take advantage of the Member discount. Nonprofit discounts are also available.

Digital Book 2014 is the industry's longest-running forum for a strategic analysis of emerging trends in digital publishing. It is designed to give publishers, marketers, designers, developers, authors, agents, librarians and school administrators the practical information and necessary tools required to lead in this time of rapid change. In-depth sessions and workshops analyze key opportunities and pitfalls, highlight compelling business strategies and emerging best practices and will provide attendees with practical, actionable solutions.

Current themes to be covered at Digital Book 2014 include: the convergence of print and eBooks, global distribution and developments, restructuring the publishing team, EDUPUB (the emerging standard for education publishing), library discovery, open source publishing, the author perspective, the future classroom and much more. Initial featured speakers include bestselling authors Nicholas Carr, James Frey, and eBook sensations Hugh Howey, Bella Andre, and Barbara Freethy. Additional keynote speakers, leading technological experts, solutions providers, chief marketers and other c-suite speakers will be announced soon.

Making Information Pay will feature Douglas Rushkoff as Keynote speaker. Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now and many other bestselling books, and is a frequent commentator on media, technology, and culture. It is scheduled for the afternoon of May 29 from 1:30-5:00 pm.

The Making Information Pay track will provide a close evaluation of subscription models of selling digital content. Ted Hill of THA Associates will provide preliminary findings from BISG's forthcoming study on subscription models, Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy. Andrew Savikas of Safari Books Online will discuss the user data available to subscription service providers, what it reveals about user interaction with content; and how that information can benefit publishers. Jonathan Stolper, Senior Vice-President, Client Services at Nielsen Book Americas, will provide a data-first look at the place of subscription services in the market. Other panels will include publishers and the major subscription service providers including Scribd to identify the most effective strategies for both sides.  

Current sponsors of the IDPF Digital Book 2014 conference include Ingram, OverDrive, SPi Global (Platinum), Bluefire Productions, Booktrack, Bowker (Gold), Gutenberg Technology (Silver), Book Business Magazine, Good e-Reader, Publishers Weekly (Media). Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. Current sponsors of Making Information Pay include Bowker and Media Services Group. For information, please contact Wendy Erman Wels at or Jeanette Zwart at


BISG to Co-Locate its 2014 Making Information Pay Conference with the 2014 IDPF Digital Book Conference at BookExpo America

(New York, NY: December 17, 2013) BISG is very pleased to announce the co-location of Making Information Pay 2014 with the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) annual Digital Book conference. The Making Information Pay conference will take place in the afternoon of Thursday, May 29 as part of the expanded two-day IDPF Digital Book 2014 conference at BookExpo America. Early Bird registration to IDPF Digital Book 2014 is now open at and includes access to the BISG Making Information Pay conference as well as the BEA exhibit hall.

“We are delighted to partner with IDPF on Making Information Pay,”said BISG executive director Len Vlahos. “By bringing our two audiences together, we amplify each organization’s mission, enabling us to deliver more robust, high quality content.“ “Data is increasingly critical to the business and practice of publishing" said IDPF executive director Bill McCoy. “Expanding IDPF Digital Book 2014 to include Making Information Pay will make the flagship digital conference at BookExpo America even more relevant and actionable for attendees”.

New data confirms the consolidation of consumer preferences in physical and digital book consumption, with significant variation by genre, subject, and demographics. Making Information Pay dissects these shifting patterns with new information from a range of BISG research including BookStats, the Joint Venture between the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) which provides a comprehensive and trendable report on the size and shape of the US book publishing industry. Analysis from industry leaders adds invaluable perspective. For the past ten years, senior executives in operations, sales, and marketing have attended Making Information Pay for data-first information and invaluable direction. Previous Making Information Pay conferences have featured a keynote from Hilary Mason, Chief Data Scientist at Bitly and one of Forbes "40 under 40 Ones to Watch," Kyusik Chung, Vice President of Business Development at Goodreads, and Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, among many other industry leaders.

The IDPF Digital Book conference is the flagship digital conference at BEA and the longest running digital publishing conference in the industry. The perennially sold-out conference has hosted hundreds of key speakers including bestselling authors Malcolm Gladwell, Bella Andre, Seth Godin, Sylvia Day and more; C-suite experts such as Madeline McIntosh, COO of Penguin Random House, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, CDO of HarperCollins, Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media, Richard Charkin, Executive Director of Bloomsbury, Otis Chandler, CEO and Founder of Goodreads; as well as leading authorities from Aptara, Apex Content Solutions, Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Noble, Copia, Google, Gutenberg Technology, Ingram, Kobo, McGraw Hill Education, Monotype, O’Reilly Media, OverDrive, SPi Global, and many more. Current Platinum Sponsors of IDPF Digital Book 2014 include Ingram Content Group, Overdrive, and SPi Global. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and to register, visit Follow us on Twitter @digitalbook14. 

For more information, please contact Jeanette Zwart of BISG at or Wendy Erman Wels of International Digital Publishing Forum at

About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research. BISG’s mission is to facilitate innovation and shared solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners that create, produce, and distribute published content and the organizations that support them. Members include publishers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 35 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Learn more about BISG at


About the International Digital Publishing Forum

The International Digital Publishing Forum(IDPF) is a non-profit trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry with a membership of over 300 companies and organizations from 35 different countries. IDPF is responsible for the EPUB 3 open standard interchange and delivery format for digital books and publications as well as related technical information to promote the development and growth of the global digital publishing market. Proceeds from Digital Book 2014 conference directly support the organization’s mission and work. Further information about the IDPF, including membership options, can be obtained by visiting EPUB and EPUB 3 are registered trademarks of IDPF.


New for 2014! 

The IDPF has partnered with BISG to bring its attendees the highly-acclaimed BISG Making Information Pay conference. Co-located for the first time with IDPF,  BISG's Making Information Pay is an annual half-day conference for senior executives in operations, sales, and marketing, providing trendable information and insights about the best practices driving the success of today's industry leaders.

The BISG Making Information Pay conference will take place in the afternoon on Thursday, May 29th and is included FREE with your IDPF Digital Book 2014 registration badge. Complete access to the BEA Exhibit Hall is also included FREE with your IDPF badge. 

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