Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publisher’s Weekly), Bella Andre’s Spring 2012 release, I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, debuted as the #1 Romance at Apple UK, Canada, Australia and US.
As Director of Digital Business Development, Peter Balis is responsible for e-book and digital business development for John Wiley and Sons Professional and Trade division, directing the international team managing all third-party websites selling Wiley product, and directing the global sales and distribution of Wiley e-books, through distributors and third-party retailers..
Peter has been in publishing since 1998, joining John Wiley & Sons in 2001 with the acquisition of IDG Books, the book publishing division of technology-media company IDG, and is a member of the Digital Book World Conference Council and the Book Industry Study Group.
Since 1994 Paul Banks has focused his career on driving digital transformation in higher education in a variety of disciplines. Mark Bide is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains which also provides a management service to the International ISBN Agency. Angela has English Literature and Gender Studies degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and a Masters Degree in Book Publishing from New York University. Micah first became obsessed with interactive media in the late 80’s while at the Evergreen State College.
In 1996 Micah joined Vance Martin and Roland Yamamoto to start up LiveWire Interactive, Inc. Micah left Wirestone in 2001 to start anew with Bluefire doing the things he loves best; hands-on involvment in the creation of great interactive experiences that engage users and deliver solid business results.
Elizabeth Castro has been helping people create and publish their own work in print, web, and ereaders since 1987. He is responsible for Bloomsbury's adult publishing activities in UK, USA, Australia and Germany (through Berlin Verlag). George serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, which is a division of the American Library Association. He has also served on development committees for ALA, Public Library Association and Urban Library Council. Samantha Cohen is the director of the Digital Content Development department at Simon & Schuster, where she has been working on all aspects of digital publishing for five years.
Garth Conboy is a Software Engineering Manager at Google, working in the area of content standards and rendering. Prior to acquisition by Google, Garth was co-founder and President of eBook Technologies, Incorporated (ETI). Dave Cramer is a Content Workflow Specialist at Hachette Book Group, where he develops standards, workflows, and tools for both print and eBook production. Liza Daly is Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online and an experienced software engineer in web applications and digital publishing. Phil Darrin, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at South Kent School, is a key player in one the country’s most digitally progressive preparatory schools.
Jane Friedman is CEO and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Friedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, one of the world's leading English-language publishers from November 1997 through June 2008. Gonzo Garcia, Chief Information Officer at South Kent School, is the technological leader in one the country’s most digitally progressive preparatory schools. Named one of the top 21 speakers for the 21st century by Successful Meetings magazine, Seth Godin is a best-selling author, businessman and marketing pioneer.
Godin has also founded several companies, including Yoyodyne, which pioneered permission marketing and Squidoo, which is among the 100 most visited websites in the United States.
An innovative software developer, author, and popularizer of science, Theodore joined Stephen Wolfram in the creation of Mathematica in 1987. He is a Contributing Editor at Popular Science magazine, and has authored its Gray Matter column since 2003. Leslie Hulse is the SVP of Digital Business Development for HarperCollins Publishers where she helps develop digital strategy for HarperCollins worldwide. After 15 years of a successful track record in the Internet industry, Francois-Xavier founded Gutenberg Technology.
Passionate about the Internet, he then worked for Wanadoo the biggest portal in France and became VP Sales in charge of advertising & paid content services (Wanadoo Portails — now Orange). Also highly interested by the field of education, he decided to create a company Gutenberg Technology that will provide textbooks’ publishers (and other non-linear books) with an end-to-end streamline solution to publish simultaneously on a tablet (Kindle, iPad), on the web, on smartphones and on paper. Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and VP of Apex Content Solutions. Erica Lazzaro is OverDrive’s General Counsel and Director of Publisher and Retail Partner Services departments. Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Matt attended Harvard University where he earned a degree in Computer Engineering and Chinese Language. Liisa McCloy-Kelley is VP, Director of eBook Production Strategy & Operations at Random House, Inc. Bill McCoy is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards group responsible for the EPUB standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications. Hugh McGuire is a technologist, who has been exploring new book publishing models since founding — the largest free public domain audiobook library in the world — in 2005.
Madeline has worked on and off at Random House since 1994, in positions ranging through technology, sales, and publishing. Peter’s undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Laura covers book publishing, paywalls and magazines for GigaOM, and has a particular interest in e-book pricing and e-singles.
As the head of Aptara’s Digital Solutions Group, Sriram is responsible for eBook creation and conversion services, and XML-based content transformation and digitization solutions. Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 which is now the largest woman-owned trade book publishing company in the country. Dominique currently serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Book Industry Study Group. Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies a consulting firm whose clients include content providers and digital media technology companies. This blending of communications and high-technology began when Sol created the first nationally-syndicated computer-focused radio show.
Vikram Savkar is Publishing Director of Nature Education, a division of Nature Publishing Group (NPG), a leading publisher of science and medical information. Woody’s knowledge of the consumer and mobile technology industries has proven essential to the growth of the company’s digital publishing platform.
Prior to zuuka, Woody Sears served as an experienced and entrepreneurial technology sales and marketing executive. At Kobo, Michael is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across all of Kobo’s web and mobile services. Tom Turvey is Director, Strategic Partnerships, in the Search Services group at Google in support of Google Books, Google Scholar, and other Google products digitizing magazines and newspapers. Turvey and his team were responsible for signing the majority of the world’s largest book publishers for Google Books and for striking the majority of relationships with journal publishers for Google Scholar.
Len Vlahos is the executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to create a more informed, efficient, and empowered supply chain.
Andrew founded AW Media LLC in July 2011 with the goal to develop strategies and solutions to deliver what is next for publishing. Prior to founding AW Media, Andrew spent 11 years at Ingram Content Group, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, Retail Solutions.
In late 2005, he joined the newly created Ingram Digital Ventures company and led Ingram’s M&A strategy and new product development efforts. Prior to Ingram, Andrew was co-founder of JNMedia, Inc., a start-up that developed services to help authors get published and distributed through physical book and ebook sales channels faster and cheaper that alternatives at the time. Andrew has a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University - Leonard N. John Wheeler is an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in publishing and expertise in the development and deployment of ePublishing, eLearning, and Multimedia solutions, bringing a unique perspective to the discussion having worked on both sides of the business. Prior to joining SPi Global, John was with Elsevier for more than six years as Director, Multimedia Production where he was responsible for the production of all electronic products supporting Elsevier’s global publications. Andrew is a graduate of Oberlin, holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and Technology from New York University, and is a monthly columnist at Book Business Magazine.
Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a cloud and social reading service that uses a freemium subscription model. An entrepreneur at heart, Caleb has been part of teams that have launched a start-up book publisher, new digital photography services, and award-winning software and consumer electronics’ products. Caleb’s book The Isles of Shoals Remembered was published in 1992 and he also contributed to BOOM, a marketing book. Andrew is the founder of Jellybooks, a start-up focused on exploring, sampling and sharing ebooks. Matthew Robertson is a Software Architect at Evident Point, a software development company in Richmond, BC, Canada specialized in digital publishing technology. Nick Ruffilo has been involved in technology for many different industries before landing in publishing. Miral Sattar is founder and CEO of BiblioCrunch, a services platform for authors and publishers who want to seamlessly publish their stories in eBook format. Territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals. Beecher and Akcay talked to KUOW’s Katy Sewall about their findings and went with her to Discovery Park to re-enact their experiment. The study, published online this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is the first evidence that song-matching is used as an early warning signal. A male song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) will defend his territory against any male song sparrow that intrudes.
The song was then played from a different speaker placed 20 meters (60 feet) inside his boundary, which simulated movement by the rival into the territory.
The researchers are studying these behavioral subtypes now, and have collected evidence that these birds, like humans, have personalities that shape their behavior in distinctive ways. Other co-authors are Mari Tom, a recent UW graduate, and Elizabeth Campbell, a research technician at the UW.
Download 1280x1024 Wallpaper size image of celebrity Bipasha Basu from the movie Aa Dekhen Zara (2009). Kent previously worked in executive positions at the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Winner of the Award of Excellence, she also writes “sweet” romances as Lucy Kevin, and THE WEDDING GIFT rose to #4 on the Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestseller list. For the past ten years, he has worked at McGraw-Hill to develop online applications to teach reading and writing.
EDItEUR is the maintenance agency for the ONIX metadata standards which are used all over the world. She is an active member of the Women’s Media Group, a New York-based nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. Micah leads the Bluefire project teams and collaborates with clients on content, strategy and experience design.
There he worked on interactive video projects (through grants from DSHS) that utilized Hypercard, an early genlock board prototype, and a video disk player.

There he led the production teams on a wide variety of CD-ROM, iTV and online projects for clients such as Microsoft, Sony, Shell, HP, Fujitsu, etc. Brooks is senior vice president, global production and manufacturing services at Cengage Learning where his responsibilities include the development, production, and manufacturing of textbooks and reference content in print and digital formats. Launched in late 2006, the site has since grown to 19 million monthly unique visitors and over 8 million registered members who have added over 280 million books, completely by word of mouth.
Monster Worldwide, the leading purveyor of online jobs, purchased the company in 2004 for $100 million. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Brodart’s books, library and school automation divisions.
George earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College and his Master of Science degree from Bucknell University.
Under Sam’s direction, her group develops ebooks for all of S&S’s adult and children’s imprints with emphasis on quality and innovation. He is also Chairman of the Board of the IDPF and serves as vice-chairman of the EPUB 3 Working Group. The ETI team played significant roles in pioneering the eBook market, releasing the first commercial eBooks in 1998. Previously she founded Threepress Consulting, a publishing software company, and in 2010 released Ibis Reader, the first HTML5 mobile ereader.
Freeman is well known in the industry for his supply chain and e-textbook and e-book expertise. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones and Virginia Hamilton. Friedman came to HarperCollins from Random House, where she was Executive Vice President of Random House Inc. With only 9 months of preparation, the school converted from a traditional learning environment and now boasts a 92% digital ebook adoption rate across all grade levels. He has written 14 books that have been translated into more than 36 languages, every one of which has been a best-seller.
He has guided interface strategy at Wolfram, and pioneered the concept of Mathematica notebooks, which serve as the main interface to Mathematica and have made possible the creation of millions of interactive computable documents. Through his work with DAISY he has during the past decade been engaged in the development of specifications, tools and educational efforts for the realization of inclusive publishing on a global scale. In addition she is Co-Chair of the Association of American Publishers’ Digital Issues Working Group which is a forum for education about digital publishing.
Francois-Xavier, 39 years old, holds a PhD in economics (on the business model of the Internet industry). She leads OverDrive's licensing, content acquisition and business development efforts, helping booksellers and publishers worldwide find success with multichannel digital distribution. He moved to California and pursued an eight-year career at Apple where he managed the company’s international expansion into international education markets. His current focus is PressBooks, a simple but powerful online book production tool, but he also works on some other projects including Iambik Audiobooks – a commercial version of LibriVox.
She is currently responsible for Random’s digital and print sales, operations, fulfillment, IT, digital product and business development, corporate marketing development, and third party distribution. He’s the author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience” (O’Reilly). He ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005.
She was previously the editor of Publishing Trends, a website and newsletter for the book publishing industry, and served as a staff writer for paidContent. Sriram joins Aptara from Amazon, where he managed mission critical teams supporting the Kindle content store, and was responsible for operations, process excellence, vendor management, and technology development.
From the start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that has morphed into a general trade house, happily producing twenty five New York Times Bestsellers, #1 category leaders that range from baby names books to college guides, and a publishing company that many consider on the leading edge of the digital transformation. He brings content providers expertise in areas such as digital rights management, content management and distribution, cross-media strategy, and content monetization, and he provides technology vendors with market strategy, business development, and product management services.
Rosenberg is Vice President of Business Development and Content Acquisition for Copia Interactive – the first social e-reading platform. He also introduced the first consumer computer with a built-in CD-ROM, was a pioneer in multimedia and emerging digital technologies and then active in the sphere of digital content for global publishers.
He also served as deputy editor in the Media and Technology Group at The Wall Street Journal, where he helped launch two new sections of the paper — Personal Journal and the Saturday edition of Weekend Journal. Vikram joined Nature Publishing Group as Senior Vice President and Publishing Director to launch Nature Education in January 2007.
Ian is VP, Group Publisher of Library Journals, a unit of Media Source, Inc., where he is responsible for identifying and developing new product and business line extensions, leading the Company’s evolving digital strategies, and expanding content licensing opportunities. Lifer is currently engaged in dialogue with many of the nation’s largest school districts about their emerging digital content needs and how best to meet them. Lifer has also been a primary contributor to Scholastic’s advocacy efforts regarding the important role libraries play in supporting and improving school readiness as well as student achievement.
He is an acknowledged expert on the Kindle and ePub formats, and the author of Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide. He’s been involved in design, publishing, and technology for 24 years, setting his first line of type on a 512K Apple Macintosh computer.
Google Books launched in October 2004 and now contains the searchable full-texts of more than 15 million books, over 2M contributed directly from over 30,000 of the world’s most important book publishers. More recently, Turvey’s team added thousands of ebooks to Google’s new ebookstore which launched in December 2010. Turvey came to Google having spent nearly 20 years in book publishing, book-based eCommerce, and institutional content licensing. Prior to joining BISG, len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, where has served as ABA’s communications director, e-commerce director, education director, and most recently, Chief Operating Officer. During his 11 year career at Ingram Content Group, Andrew was fortunate to have been one of the change agents for two of the largest trends in book publishing, ebooks and print on demand.
Results included acquisitions of Vital Source Technologies and MyiLibrary (part of Coutts Information Services), and the development and launch of CoreSource® Digital Asset Management Services.
Ingram’s Lightning Source (Lightning Print at the time) purchased the assets of JNMedia, Inc. Andrew was Associate Director, Marketing, Planning and Analysis, for BMG Direct, the largest direct mail music club at the time, and managed a database marketing group profiling and forecasting consumer purchasing behavior based on various music preferences and membership attributes.
As VP for Strategy and Emerging Technologies, he works closely with SPi Global’s operations team in developing technology-enabled solutions that offer higher-value services and position the company as a strategic partner to its clients. Delano has been a four year student at South Kent, and he has seen many changes and has helped in many of the new initiatives. Readmill makes it easy for people to share highlights from books with friends and followers. He also teaches Product Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain, and is a mentor at the pan-european startup accelerator Startup Bootcamp and at Tetuan Valley Startup School.
Caleb began as a bookseller before working at Little, Brown in both marketing and editorial capacities. He is passionate about creative writing and the difficult work involved in crafting memorable fiction. Her background includes editorial and marketing experience with a number of regional and national trade and academic publishers, among them: HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, and Rio Nuevo Publishers. Meis is a writer, editor and editorial manager with more than twenty years of experience in the media and publishing industry.
He previously worked at txtr (white label ebook retail platform), Skype (internet telephony), Reciva (internet radio), gate5 (now Nokia Maps), and Shell (oil).
He is currently the lead developer of Readium, an open source project for displaying EPUB3 in the web browser using HTML5. Jumping between startups and large corporations, Nick has always attempted to leverage his breadth of technology development knowledge to adapt to the issues facing publishing today. The platform brokers the interaction between a community of rated and reviewed publishers, authors, designers, editors, proofreaders, conversion specialists, marketers and enhanced eBook experts to help create exceptional digital books. His Creative Management Partners provides a range of clients with a complete suite of publishing services, including ebook and print production, marketing (with emphasis on social media) and distribution. In the mid-80s, Wyke-Smith founded San-Francisco-based PRINTZ Electronic Design, an early all-computerized design studio, and has continued to be a pioneer in interactive media development. I have never found Ian Thomas’ own account in print or videos, and I have never been able to attend a con­cert of his, dur­ing which he might have told the story behind the song. Previous studies had hinted, but had not clearly established, that song-matching is a threat signal. He has a repertoire of eight to 10 songs that he uses to attract mates, post his territory, communicate with neighbors, and, as in the newest study, threaten an intruder.
To feign an intruder, they perched a stuffed song sparrow in a bush or tree and played the recorded song. Believing the song to come from a hidden aggressor close to their home turf, the provoked bird sang and approached the speaker.
At the same time, the researchers uncovered the stuffed sparrow just above the speaker, with its beak posed as if it was singing. Wing waving, a vigorous vibrating of one wing at a time, likewise looks harmless enough, but it too is an assertive signal.
He has been in publishing for more than 20 years, and has worked as a writer, editor, designer, managing editor, and publisher.
Having sold more than 560,000 self-published ebooks, her novels have been Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Reads twice and have been translated into 9 languages. His most recent projects leverage the power of the latest advances in adaptive learning and reading technology. He is also the Project Director for the ACAP Project, and a Director of Rightscom, the specialist media consultancy based in London. Working closely with members and non-members alike, she has been instrumental in furthering BISG’s mission of creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both physical and digital products. She also serves as Treasurer on the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF’s) Board of Directors. In 2000 LiveWire took some venture money, merged with a few other companies in the space, and became Wirestone - which is still going strong today. Prior to his position at Cengage Learning, Ken was president and founder of Publishing Dimensions, a digital content services company focused in the eBook and digital strategy space. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals in Doha. This led to an interest in XML-based automated typesetting systems and an ongoing fascination with XSL.
Darrin’s expertise has been overseeing the faculty and curriculum development parts of the digital classroom switch. Kent has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development, and Chief Technology Officer, for Ingram Book Group and Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Ingram Digital, in addition to his current role of Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies. In 2011, Friedman was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Garcia’s expertise has been overseeing many of the details of the deployment from upgrading the network infrastructure to faculty and student training and developing a deployment roadmap and program website.

He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and most of all, changing everything. Markus is the chair of the EPUB 3 Working Group, and during 2010 and 2011 he lead the development of the EPUB 3 specification. After 10 years at Bell Labs in physics research, Eric became interested in technologies surrounding e-journals and libraries. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has written and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, IDEAlliance, Seybold, and the Library of Congress.
Erica also works closely with OverDrive’s executive team on strategic relationships and has negotiated agreements with Amazon, Pottermore, Nokia, and other leading companies in the digital media industry. During that time, Matt saw a lot of misuse of technology in the classroom, and in 2009 his frustration drove him to start Inkling. She currently leads the team responsible for eBook development and production and keeps Random House on a focused strategic path for digital product development.
Hugh is the co-editor with Brian O’Leary of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto (O’Reilly), a collection of essays about the future of publishing, and a member of the Media Hacks podcast team. He co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning) and has written for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice.
He left in 2009—the final book he edited was a Pulitzer Prize finalist—to found Cursor, now an open-source community publishing project and to run Red Lemonade as a pilot for the Cursor project.
Prior to Amazon, Sriram was a Management Consultant with PRTM, a premiere strategy consulting firm, advising Fortune 500 clients on product strategy and innovation, and a Principal Engineer at Webtrends. Most recently, Dominique has managed the launch of the new cutting-edge education division, Sourcebooks EDU. At the forefront of ebooks and digital content for more than a decade, Sol Rosenberg is a leading expert in the world of ebooks, digital publishing & marketing strategies.
Prior to that, Ernie was based in Hong Kong for Dow Jones, where he was the Page One editor of The Asian Wall Street Journal.
Prior to NPG, Vikram held a number of management roles in digital and textbook publishing over a 10-year career at Pearson Higher Education, a higher education publisher that includes brands such as Addison-Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Merrill, and Prentice Hall. Under the name zuuka, the newly formed company utilizes the largely successful iStoryTime name as its flagship label and joint brand.
He is instrumental in Scholastic’s continued efforts to ensure that all children benefit from access to quality books and online resources both at the library, in school and in the home, with a particular emphasis on Family Engagement and Early Learning. Most recently, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData and authored the publishing technology call-to-arms, “Six Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better.” Michael has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Western Ontario. While mastering early versions of Quark and Pagemaker, Kiyo eventually tired of washing toner from his hands and focused his career on technology. Andrew helped Ingram’s Lightning Source launch its ebook business in 2000 and evangelized Ingram’s print on demand business to publishers and sales channel partners up until mid-2005. As a sophomore Delano was named president of the school’s Advanced Media Group, the youngest ever.
Finitiv has recently launched a cloud services platform, FinitivPCS, The Publishers Cloud Suite. He also is the President of CD Baby, the world’s largest online distributor of independent music. Justo holds a PhD in Computer Science from the university of A Coruna, Spain, and has received training in Product Strategy and Innovation at the universities of Stanford and Berkeley, CA. He left to join the start-up Salem House Publishers, where he acquired and edited many titles and sold rights to the major book clubs. She started her career as a television news reporter for a CBS affiliate then moved to print and became a founding editor of Forbes MediaCritic. BiblioCrunch published its first interactive eBook available on Amazon, New York City’s Crowdsourced Dessert Guide.
In addition CMP provides consulting services to publishers, media companies, and individual writers. He has worked in management and consulting roles at Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames and Benefitfocus, where he was Director of User Experience.
I’m sad that this is one of the songs you were unable to anno­tate, but thanks very much for spot­light­ing it on your blog!
When the simulated intruder moved into the territory and persisted in singing, the defending sparrow progressed to higher-level warnings including soft songs and wing waves. Products such as Connect Writing and Connect Reading tackle the issue of the variation in college student preparedness head-on by individualizing instruction to improve retention and completion rates. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, and has a long-established interest and expertise in identifiers and metadata. Otis credits all his knowledge of building successful online media websites to his experiences at Tickle. He created the first commercial EPUB files for Hachette, and has been heavily involved with EPUB ever since. Darrin, working in tandem with South Kent’s Chief Information Officer Gonzo Garcia, has been advising schools around the country looking to making the switch to digital.
Garcia, working with Academic Dean Phil Darrin, has been called upon to advise schools around the country as they make the switch.
His first business, Openly Informatics, developed OpenURL linking software and knowledgebases, and was acquired by OCLC in 1996. Brady is a member of the IDPF and an active participant in the ongoing development of EPUB 3, especially in regards to fixed format, comics and manga. His technical foundation, coupled with his experience with Apple, positioned him well to start and grow the company. He holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in India, a Masters in Transportation Operations Research from the University of Delaware, and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Cornell University. Prior to Pearson Higher Education, Vikram served for 3 years as Assistant to the Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, Woody was a Global Account Manager and top performer with AT&T Mobility where he was responsible for consultative sales of wireless solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Bowker, a division of ProQuest, where he managed the Books in Print data operations, online products and its Online Public Access Catalog enrichment service, Syndetics. Lifer was instrumental in the conception and creation of both BookFlix and TrueFlix, Scholastic Library Publishing’s first foray into more vertical, contextual online learning resources. Lifer joined Scholastic from School Library Journal (SLJ) where he served as Editor-In-Chief. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops about building and designing eBooks, and he is a vocal advocate for beautiful, functional, accessible eBooks. He then proceeded to learn a number of markup languages (HTML, SGML, and XML) but just as he was tiring of typing angle brackets, he was lucky enough to find employment at Adobe Systems, where he has been working for 14 years. Turvey was Vice President, Content & Business Development for ebrary, a publisher-funded content aggregator.
Turvey was also general manager for several bookstores in Manhattan of different kinds and niches. Previous activities include founding and running one of the largest independent music conferences in the world, composing several classical music works, creating art photography, poetry, and plays, and producing an award-winning documentary film about Turkish military coups d’etat. Prior to 24symbols, Justo was Vice President at Denodo Technologies, leading the product management and sales engineering areas worldwide. She ghostwrites business books and is a frequent blogger on the subject of book promotion and discoverability.
Miral has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, eBooks, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. Prior to joining Bublish, Charles was Vice President of Strategy at PeopleMatter, focused on development of its human resources HR platform for the services industries. He started Goodreads as part of a personal goal to read more books, and has found a large community of people that love reading, and have helped drive the direction of Goodreads.
Dave is a member of the IDPF EPUB 3 working group, and was co-editor of the specification on fixed-layout eBooks.
Past events Kent has spoken at include Book Expo America (BEA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) events, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Booksellers Association. Garcia, a 1995 graduate of South Kent School also holds a Bachelors of Arts from Moravian College. At OCLC, he led the effort to productize and expand the xISBN service, and began the development of OCLC's Electronic Resource Management offerings.
Brady’s career includes a lengthy tenure at Adobe Systems where he helped build Photoshop Express Mobile and Contribute, a web publishing application. With a vision for reinventing publishing, Matt has led Inkling into partnerships with the world’s largest publishers, building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for iPad. As a digital book evangelist, she has given up reading in print form to become an expert in the variety of digital reading systems and the ways they can present content. In 1996, Ian co-founded eComp, an executive compensation database providing pay data on every US publicly traded company, which was acquired by Aon Corp in 2002.
While at SLJ he launched a number of successful ventures including Curriculum Connections, the SLJ Leadership Summit, and SLJ’s next-gen web site.
Delano has helped propel the group in great new directions and has set the bar high for those that follow him. Meis recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Startup Showcase at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference.
He is also the author of three best-selling web design and development books: Stylin’ with CSS, Codin’ for the Web, and Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax.
He is an engineer at heart, and loves tinkering and listening to customers in order to make the best product possible.
He also chairs the Fixed Layouts for eBooks Working Group for the BISG Content Structure Committee, and is active in the AAP DIWG.
He has studied Primary Education as part of a Graduate Diploma program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is completing an MA in Curriculum & Instruction at Fairfield University. Lifer has been responsible for the creation and launch of products and services for the Early Childhood, After School, and Family Literacy Markets. He possesses an unparalleled expertise and commitment to supporting teachers and librarians in their contributions to learning and student achievement.
He was also instrumental in the first Digital Communications course which created a student website. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Freeman has served as the Chair of the Book Industry Study Group, a non-profit organization that provides research and standards development for the book industry and as Chair of the Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee. He covers the intersection of technology, libraries and ebooks, the Semantic Web and Linked Data. Delano is very excited to be attending Lynn University this next fall, where he will surely benefit from his extensive experience working in the digital learning environment. Woody spends his weekends playing with his three kids on the playground, sand or snow… and changing diapers.

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