IDPF Announces Speakers for Digital Book 2011, May 23-24th NYC

April 27, 2011

New York, NY, April 27, 2011 –The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today the complete program with speakers for the upcoming Digital Book 2011 conference at BookExpo America ( The program includes a special keynote from multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning best-selling science-fiction authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, who will discuss their experience with The Mongoliad, a ground-breaking project in direct-to-consumer and community-augmented online serial publishing.

Presentations and workshops will be led by industry executives from bookselling and book publishing leaders such as Barnes and Noble, Google, Harlequin, Kobo Books, Random House, and Cengage; key vendors including Ingram, OverDrive, and Baker&Taylor; and buzzed-about startups such as 24 Symbols and Autography. Other featured speakers include EPUB expert Liza Daly (Threepress), Richard Nash (Cursor / Red Lemonade, formerly of Soft Skull Press), Peter Brantley (Internet Archive), Bob Young (CEO, and co-founder, Red Hat), and Yoshinobu Noma (CEO, Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher).

The conference, held in partnership with BookExpo America (BEA), will be held May 23-24, 2011, in New York City’s Javits Center. IDPF Digital Book is the longest-established executive and professional conference focused on digital publishing and has been a sold-out event for three years running. IDPF Digital Book 2011 has been expanded to one and a half days and includes featured speakers, in-depth sessions, and hands-on workshops broken down into business and marketing tracks and technology and production tracks, maximizing the learning opportunity for every attendee.  The complete program is available online at


Confirmed speakers and session topics include:

“The Year of the eBook” - Abe Murray, Google; Yoshinobu Noma, Kodansha

“Publishers Roundtable” – Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks; Richard Nash, Cursor/Red Lemonade (formerly of Soft Skull Press)

“Special Keynote: The Mongoliad, Year One - a ground-breaking investigation into the future of publishing” – Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, Subutai Corporation

“Creating Highly Accessible Interactive Content” - Liza Daly, Threepress Consulting

“International Market Opportunities” - Cristina Mussinelli, Italian Publishers Association; Ronald Schild, MVB Marketing/German Book Publishers Association

“EPUB 3 First Look” - Bill McCoy, International Digital Publishing Forum

“Update on eReading Devices & Apps” - Mary Tripsas, Harvard Business School; Allen Weiner, Gartner; Mitch Weisberg, Sawyer Business School

“Transforming the Business of Publishing”- Lisa McCloy-Kelley, Random House; Ken Brooks, Cengage Learning; Bob Young,

“Breakthrough Business Models” – Theresa Horner, Barnes and Noble; Justo Hidalgo, 24symbols; TJ Waters, Autography

“Metadata Boot Camp” - Bill Kasdorf, Apex; Mark Bide, Editeur; Beat Barblan, Bowker

“Lending of Digital Books” - Peter Brantley, Internet Archive, Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive

“Wrangling the Backlist” -  Jonathan Hevenstone and Herve Essa, Jouve Group; Sririam Panchanathan, Aptara

“The Future of Digital Reading and the Business of Digital Publishing” - Masaaki Hagino, Voyager Japan, Inc.; Brad Inman, Vook; Peter Balis, John Wiley           

“eBook Production Jumpstart” – Josh Tallent, eBook Architects

“Distribution Update” – Andrew Weinstein, Ingram; Bob Nelson, Baker & Taylor

“The Future of EPUB” – Garth Conboy, Google; Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium

“Book Industry Study Group Consumer Research Findings” – Steve Paxhia, Beacon Hill Strategic Services

“Social/Direct Marketing: Case Studies from Publishers and Authors” – Malle Vallik, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd; Sol Rosenberg, Copia


Paid admission to the IDPF Digital Book 2011 conference includes free admission to the BookExpo America exhibit hall and trade show, including the IDPF Digital Zone. Seats remain but are very limited. To register, please visit:

IDPF Digital Book 2011 is being sponsored by industry giants like Adobe, Aptara, Baker and Taylor, Book Business, Ingram, Innodata Isogen, OverDrive, LibreDigital, MeeGenius, Publishers Weekly and SPi Global.


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 representing over 200 companies and organizations. IDPF is responsible for the EPUB open standard interchange and delivery format for digital books and publications and related technical information to promote the development and growth of the global digital publishing market. Further information about the organization, including membership information, can be obtained by visiting EPUB is a registered trademark of IDPF.


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