Category Archives: Speakers 2012

24 Nov

Rochelle Grayson

Blog | @RochelleGrayson

Rochelle Grayson is the CEO of Bookriff. Most recently she was the President of New Media BC and prior to that, President of Work at Play, a digital media agency specializing in the monetization of digital content for brands and entertainment properties.

With an extensive background in business, technology, digital media and film, Rochelle has leveraged 19 years of experience to lead and launch several innovative digital media initiatives, working with a combination of both highly analytical and creative individuals. She is equally comfortable discussing social media trends, economic development initiatives, digital media business models, and web 2.0 technologies.

Since 2008, Rochelle has been nominated as one of Canada’s Top 100™ Most Powerful Women, awarded Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40, named one of Vancouver’s Top 10 Technology Women, and awarded the Canadian Women in Communications’ Trailblazer: Excellence in Leadership Award.

22 Nov

Valla Vakili


Valla Vakili is the CEO and co-founder of Small Demons, a Los Angeles-based Web start-up that uses cultural references and details embedded in books as a starting point to aid readers in finding their next book.

Prior to Small Demons he held several positions at Yahoo!, most recently VP Product with the Entertainment Group in Los Angeles.


Learn more:

Books in Browsers 2011: Unlocking Stories » Video

22 Nov

Timo Boezeman


A former Web consultant, Timo Boezman is an enthusiastic digital publisher and editor for A.W. Bruna Publishers, one of the largest publishers in The Netherlands.
He is responsible for developing the digital publishing strategy as well as acquiring non-fiction titles and he pioneers in new ways of publishing. For the editing part, he is responsible for the business, management, marketing and internet titles. He mainly does original Dutch works and sometimes a translation.

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Jenn Webb interviews Timo Boezeman on O’Reilly Radar » Read

18 Nov

Peter Meyers

Blog | @petermeyers 

Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. Author of the forthcoming “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience”. For more than two decades he has worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher (sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). Peter has also written about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a five-year tour of duty at O’Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. Recent writing projects include “Enhanced Ebooks Today & Tomorrow: A Survey for Authors and Publishers” and “Best iPad Apps” (O’Reilly Media, 2010).

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Peter Meyers articles for O’Reilly Radar » Read

16 Nov

Richard Nash

The video of the speech: Scatter, adapt and remember: post-publisher publishing

Richard Nash

Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur, Vice President of Community and Content of Small Demons, founder of Cursor, and Publisher of Red Lemonade. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; the last book he edited there, Lydia Millet’s Love in Infant Monkeys, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2006, Publishers Weekly picked him as one of the ten editors to watch in the coming decade. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing. He has spoken on the history and future of reading, writing, and publishing across the world, from Melbourne to Toronto to Helsinki to Seoul—Chris Anderson characterizes his Publishing 3.0 talk as “the best I have ever seen.”

Blog | @R_Nash

Learn more: If Book Then 2011: Case studies » View

16 Nov

David Miller

Blog | @drearyagent

Director, Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd.

David Miller was born in Edinburgh and educated in Canterbury and Cambridge. He joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 1990, becoming a director in 1997. He served as Treasurer of the Association of Author’s Agents and, in 2008, was awarded the Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year Awards. He has been an advisor to the Literature Department of the British Council as well as the Creative Writing course at Edinburgh Napier University and is the author of a short novel, TODAY (Atlantic) recently published. His clients include Nicola Barker, John Burnside, Nigel Farndale, Victoria Hislop, Magnus Mills, Cynthia Ozick, Tim Parks and Kate Summerscale.

15 Nov

Mike Shatzkin

Blog | @MikeShatzkin

Mike Shatzkin has been involved in the publishing business for nearly 50 years. He has written or co-authored six books that have been published by established companies and just issued his first self-published ebook, a collection of two years of his blog posts called “The Shatzkin Files, Volume 1.”

For the past two decades, he has been a thought leader and among the most prominent observers of the industry’s transition to the digital era. He founded and leads The Idea Logical Company, a consulting firm working on strategic issues for publishers and their trading partners and he is co-founder, with Michael Cader, of Publishers Launch Conferences. PLC stages industry education events exploring digital change from a global perspective.

Mike organized many industry conferences before PLC was organized and has spoken at industry gatherings across the globe. His work has appeared regularly in trade journals for decades. The client list of The Idea Logical Company has included all the top publishers in the US, many in the UK and elsewhere, leading wholesalers including Ingram, leading retailers including Barnes & Noble, and numerous suppliers of technology and other services to publishers including big systems providers (Klopotek and Publishing Technologies), specialized digital services (netGalley and Vook), and industry services and not-for-profits (BookScan, Copyright Clearance Center, and Book Industry Study Group.)
Mike’s experience in publishing is as varied as it is long. Aside from his author credentials, he has been an editor, a production manager, a sales director, and has sold rights in many venues, including for Hollywood development. His early experience, including a stint as sales and marketing director for a distributor, was with lots of small publishers. Since he was engaged for several years by John Wiley starting in the mid-1980s, Mike has worked primarily with the world’s largest houses as clients or on behalf of clients.

Mike’s specialty is “change”, particularly as it relates to digital strategy and the publishing supply chain.

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