Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update on the IDPF Speaker Line Up

Wow - the IDPF has really put together a terrific line up for 2013

IDPF Digital Book 2013 Reveals an All-Star Lineup

Otis Chandler, Malcolm Gladwell, and More Join Top-Notch Speaker Roster

New York, NY, May 8, 2013 – From May 29-30, 2013, the best minds in digital publishing will convene in the Javits Center in New York City for the highly-anticipated, perennially sold-out at IDPF Digital Book 2013 conference ( This year’s theme, Advancing Publishing in a Digital World, has already drawn an enormous crowd, with seats expected to sell out soon.

Some featured speakers and session insights include:

·      Otis Chandler, Co-founder and CEO of Goodreads will share an update and tackle questions from the crowd, including: what’s next for Goodreads now that it’s owned by Amazon? What does the recent sale mean for the 17 million members, 530 million books and 23 million reviews?
·      Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker will speculate on the digital future with Brad Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek writer and author of the upcoming The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
·      Paul Aiken, Executive Director of the Authors Guild, will speak out for his constituents in the sale versus licensing digital content controversy, sharing the stage with the other side, John Ossenmacher of ReDigi, moderated by former Tools of Change icon, Joe Wikert
·      Allen Lau of Wattpad, Kristen McLean of Bookigee and Anne Kubek of INscribe Digital will enrich the audience with tips on how to engage deeper with readers
·      Sylvia Day and Jennifer Armentrout will reveal their secrets on how to be a successful and bestselling hybrid author
·      Paul Belfanti (Pearson), Kent Freeman (VitalSource), Evan St. Lifer (Scholastic), Daniel Fountenberry (Borne Digital), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute), Ken Brooks (Cengage), Diana Rhoten (Amplify) and more digital education pioneers will show us what 21st century learning platforms and classrooms should really look like and why
·      Steve Potash (OverDrive), Jeff Jaffe (World Wide Web Consortium) and John Wheeler (SPi Global) will cover the open web platform, EPUB 3 and HTML 5, while Markus Gylling (DAISY) and Bill Kasdorf (Apex CoVantage) will share the latest EPUB 3 developments and features and Liz Castro (Author) will put them into action
·      Chris Kitchener of Adobe and Steve Matteson of Monotype will explore how to enhance a reader’s experience through typography and fonts
·      Eve Hill (Department of Justice), George Kerscher (DAISY and 2013 Presidential Appointee) and Robin Seaman (Benetech) will cover accessibility in the digital world

The stacked lineup continues with speakers from Random House, HarperCollins, Google, Barnes and Noble, and more. (

Enriching the two-day conference are three different tracks with focuses on business and marketing, technology and production, and education/STM publishing, as well as diverse plenary sessions. Debuting for the first time this year is a Solutions Showcase, complete with not-to-be-missed lightning demonstrations of promising digital start-ups.

No other publishing conference provides such practical strategies, technical expertise and actionable insights that you can use immediately and successfully. Registration remains open but the IDPF Digital Book Conference sells out every year. Register today at: Paid admission to IDPF Digital Book 2013 includes free admission to the BookExpo America trade show and exhibit hall, including the Digital Discovery Zone by IDPF.

Tweet this: The #digitalbook13 lineup just keeps getting better. @otown @mgladwell @bookexpoamerica @bmccoy @dbw

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