Conference Council

Mike Shatzkin

Conference Council Chair
Founder & CEO

The Idea Logical Company

Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry.  In his nearly 50 years in publishing, he has played almost all the roles: bookseller, author, agent, production director, sales and marketing director, and, for the past 30 years, consultant. His insights about how the industry functions and how it accommodates digital change form the basis of all of the company’s consulting efforts.

Tracey Armstrong

President and CEO

Copyright Clearance Center

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center. With over 20 years experience in rights management and with CCC, she has led the transformation of the company’s global copyright licensing solutions to meet the needs of today’s digital publishing world, distributing over $1 billion to rightsholders.

Peter Balis

Director, Digital Content Sales


Peter Balis is responsible for the sales, distribution and business development of digital content for Wiley, which includes ebooks, enhanced products and mobile applications.  Additionally, he is the co-chair of the AAP’s Digital Issues Working Group.

Ken Brooks

Senior Vice president, global production and manufacturing services

Cengage Learning

Mr. Brooks is senior vice president, global production and manufacturing services at Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Learning) where his responsibilities include the development, production, and manufacturing of textbooks and reference content in print and digital formats across Cengage Learning.

Michael Cairns

Chief Revenue Officer

SharedBook &

Michael is currently Chief Revenue Officer for SharedBook, a technology company located in New York City.  SharedBook’s products enable users to dynamically produce personalized and customized books (and eBooks) using a wide variety of content types including licensed publisher content, personal documents and content downloaded or from the web.  SharedBook’s product for the education market, AcademicPub, is revolutionizing course materials by allowing professors the freedom to select, assemble and copyright clear multiple sources of content instantly, including from an assembled library of disaggregated content from more than 120 academic publishers.  With its patented publishing and annotation platform, SharedBook is able to deliver uniquely produced professional looking print and eBook materials on demand.

Maria B. Campbell


Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc.

Maria B. Campbell is the president of Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc., a New York–based literary scouting company, which identifies books in the world market for translation and publication internationally, and for adaptation to film and television. Maria B. Campbell Associates currently scouts adult and children’s books for a distinguished roster of publishers in fifteen countries. She also is the literary representative for Warner Bros. Feature Films and Warner Bros. Television. In addition, Maria Campbell works selectively as an agent to introduce international writers in the United States. She is a Trustee of Words Without Borders and of the PEN American Center.

Peter Clifton


Peter Clifton is a leader in the Publishing/Content, Media and Technology industries with over 25 years of experience developing strategy and leading companies through various stages including startup and mature business restructures as well as designing and developing online, e-commerce, social media and new business ventures. Mr. Clifton has extensive experience in Information delivery - books, magazines, databases, websites, software and online products and services.  He is also a skilled executive-level business development and sales professional experienced in building partnerships and alliances.

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Amanda Close

VP Digital Channel & Marketing Development

Random House

Amanda Close is currently responsible for digital marketplace development at Random House.

Roxanne Coady


RJ Julia Booksellers & Just the Right Book!

Roxanne Coady founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut , one of the premier bookstores in the country for the last 21 years. In 2008, she launched  Just the Right Book!.com, an online premium gift service to “put the right book in the right hand”. In 1996, Ms. Coady founded, and continues to chair, the Read to Grow Foundation, which in partnership with urban hospitals throughout Connecticut, provides books and literacy information to tens of thousands of children and families each year. In 2006, Ms. Coady co-edited the book “The Book That Changed My Life” and appears regularly on National Public Radio.

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Brian DeFiore


DeFiore & Company

Brian DeFiore is the founder of DeFiore and Company, a New York literary agency started in 1999 that now comprises eight agents and hundreds of authors. Notable agency authors include John Grogan (Marley and Me), Jen Lancaster (If You Were Here), Frank Warren (PostSecret), Lauren Conrad (L.A. Candy), Rick Yancey (The Monstrumologist), Benjamin Hale (The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore), Dr. Neal Barnard (The 21-Day Kickstart), Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live) Brian and Michael Voltaggio, and Jane Goodall. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Author’s Representatives and an adjunct lecturer at New York University Center for Publishing. Before starting the agency, DeFiore held several executive positions at major publishing houses, including S.V.P.,Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Villard Books at Random House, and V.P.Editor in Chief of Hyperion and Delacorte Press. He lives in New York City with his wife Merrilee Heifetz and their two daughters.

Sara Domville


F+W Media, Inc.

Sara Domville is President of F+W Media, a leading multimedia company providing information and inspiration for core enthusiast communities. With a background in sales, she has spent over 24 years in the publishing industry, serving at Reed Consumer Books, HarperCollins, Unwin Hyman and Macmillan Children’s Books.

Richard Freese


Recorded Books International, LLC

Rich Freese is currently President of Recorded Books International, LLC. Prior to that, he was President of National Book Network, a leading independent distributor of books and contents in all formats.

Previous positions include President of PGW, and President of Motorbooks International. His early career included Senior sales positions at Wiley, Doubleday and International Thomson.

Sloan Harris

Co-director of the literary department

International Creative Management

Sloan Harris is the Co Director of ICM’s literary department and has been at ICM for 21 years. He represents a diverse list of journalists as well as literary and commercial novelists.  Clients include Anthony Lane, David Mamet, Vince Flynn, Lauren Weisberger, George Pelecanos, Hampton Sides, AJ Jacobs, Anthony Swofford, Jane Mayer and Doug Stanton.

Ted Hill


THA Consulting

With over 25 years experience in the publishing industry, Ted has launched dozens of new businesses and business initiatives.  As a business development consultant with deep knowledge of the publishing and information industries Ted is a frequent speaker at industry events on the subject of how new technologies impact the business of publishing.

Ellie Hirschhorn

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer

Simon & Schuster

Ellie Hirschhorn joined Simon & Schuster as Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer in February 2008. Before coming to Simon & Schuster, Ms. Hirschhorn was at College Sports Television Networks (CBS College Sports) where she was Executive Vice President, Digital Media.

Ms. Hirschhorn has served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of MediaNet, and has held high-level positions in both traditional and digital media at Viacom, MTV Networks, and Showtime Networks, including as General Manager of She holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard and is a Henry R. Luce Scholar.

John R. Ingram


Ingram Content Group

John Ingram is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc. He is also Chairman of Ingram Content Group which includes Ingram Book Company, the leading wholesaler and distributor to the book industry; Lightning Source Inc., the leading provider of print on demand services for publishers, and Ingram Digital. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ingram was the President of Ingram Book Company and also held executive positions with Ingram Micro. He was Vice President of Purchasing and Vice President of Management Services at Ingram Micro Europe, and Director of Purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc. He was acting Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Mr. Ingram has been a member of the Ingram Micro Inc. Board of Directors since 1996.

Rick Joyce

Chief Marketing Officer

Perseus Book Group

Rick Joyce is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Perseus Books Group, and has been involved since 2004 in the growth and digital strategies for the company.  Rick is one of the co-creators of Constellation, the one-stop digital solution for independent publishers, and serves on its Leadership Team.  He was the force behind the BEA 2009 experiment known as  Book:The Sequel crashing a book in all formats from the show floor, and the pioneering NY Times Bestseller and transmedia sensation Cathy’s Book: If Found, Call 650-266-8233. Rick has also been the producer of enhanced books and apps like JFK:50 Days and Roots: The Enhanced Edition.

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Marcus Leaver


Sterling Publishing

Marcus E. Leaver became president of Sterling Publishing in January 2008. He is responsible for the management of the company, both creatively and operationally. Mr. Leaver joined Sterling in 2005 as chief operating officer, bringing focus to and strengthening many operational areas of the business, including operations, finance, book production and manufacturing.

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Simon Lipskar


Writer's House


Scott Lubeck

Executive Director

Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

Scott Lubeck has more than thirty years of experience in publishing, entrepreneurship, and innovative use of technology. He began his career in editorial at the University of Texas Press in 1977; he became president of Texas Monthly Press in 1983. He has been at the forefront of many transformation initiatives in the publishing industry. As director of the National Academy Press in Washington, D.C. in 1989, he led pioneering work in digital print and Web publishing.  In 1999 he joined the Perseus Books Group as vice president and managing director where he led the development of Perseus Print on Demand.

Andrew Malkin

Director, Business Development

Innodata Isogen


Heather McCormack

Book Review Editor

Library Journal

Heather McCormack is a lover, a fighter, and Book Review Editor of Library Journal, read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. She blogs at In the Bookroom and and is helping coordinate Library Journal’s Oct. 12, 2011, virtual ebook summit, “Ebooks: The New Normal.”

Maureen McMahon


Kaplan Publishing

Maureen McMahon is president and publisher of Kaplan Publishing, one of the nation’s leading publishers of academic and professional development resources. Prior to joining Kaplan in 2006, she was vice president and publisher of the Kaplan imprint at Simon & Schuster, and held several positions at Random House, including publisher of The Princeton Review, associate publisher of Villard Books, and director of national accounts.

Thomas Minkus

Vice President, Emerging Media & English Language Markets

Frankfurt Book Fair


Mary Ann Naples

VP of Talent


Mary Ann Naples is the VP of Talent and the head of the curator team at OpenSky (“Twitter, but with shopping.” –USA Today), bringing authors, experts, media personalities, and brands to OpenSky where they can thrill their audiences with weekly offers of products that they love (including books and products related to books).  She was a co-founder of The Creative Culture, Inc., a boutique literary agency known for its emphasis on lifestyle books and strong, branded nonfiction. Mary Ann and her agency represented many national bestsellers, including Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Danica McKellar, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Lauren Conrad.  Prior to becoming an agent, Mary Ann was an editor, working at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, and Doubleday.

Cristopher Platt

Director of Collections and Circulation Operations

New York Public Library

Christopher Platt has worked in libraries for over 20 years. His experience includes overseeing selection for Queens Library System, one of the most heavily used library systems in the U.S., and managing the collection development team at the book wholesaler Baker & Taylor, which works with libraries across the U.S. on a variety of ongoing selection and opening-day collection projects.   In 2007, he joined The New York Public Library, where he is now Director of Collections and Circulation Operations, coordinating the purchasing, cataloging, processing and distribution of over 1 million new items and e-resources for 90 locations serving 3.3 Million residents across The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.  

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Steve Potash

President and CEO

OverDrive, Inc.

Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., a company that he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become a leading global distributor of copyrighted eBooks and more for publishers, studios, and media producers in the US and abroad to a network of thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide.

Dominique Raccah

CEO and Publisher


Dominique Raccah is the CEO & publisher of Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the country; producing everything from bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in children’s books and college guides, twenty-five New York Times Bestsellers and over twenty national bestsellers. Sourcebooks’ publishing culture is one of innovation. This attitude led into pioneering a line of cutting edge, bestselling mixed-media titles (MediaFusion) and resulted in an early involvement in digital book projects, iPhone and iPad apps, enhanced eBooks and several exciting digital partnerships. Dominique also currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.

Kate Rados

Group Marketing Director

F+W Media, Inc.

Kate Rados, Group Marketing Director, joined F+W Media from Chelsea Green Publishing, where she served as Director of Digital Initiatives. Prior, she created the digital presence for Sterling Publishing (a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.) by implementing their eBook program, executing the re-launch of multiple business and consumer Websites, defining their digital marketing strategy, and effectively taking a traditional publishing house into the digital age. She is a regular panelist at industry conferences – including serving on Digital Book World’s Community Advisory Board, Conference Council, and weekly Roundtable podcasts – writes for The New Sleekness blog, and was featured in Publishers Weekly and Mediabistro as a Twitter specialist.

Charlie Redmayne

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer

HarperCollins Publishers

Charlie Redmayne is the Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer of HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation. He is responsible for the overall strategy, development and management of all digital initiatives aimed directly at the consumer across all of HarperCollins divisions. He reports to Brian Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, and sits on the company’s executive committee. He was appointed to this newly created position in October, 2009.

John Schline

Senior Vice President, Corporate Director of Business Affairs

Penguin Group USA


Evan Schnittman

Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Evan Schnittman is Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.  He splits his time equally between Bloomsbury’s London and New York offices and is in charge of all sales, marketing, publicity, rights and technology across Bloomsbury’s group companies.

Evan spent 8 years at Oxford University Press as vice president of corporate & business development. He was responsible for digital partnerships and licensing across OUP’s various content divisions.

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Lorraine Shanley


Market Partners International

Lorraine Shanley is a principal of Market Partners International, a consulting firm that specializes in traditional and digital publishing in the US and internationally.  Her expertise includes market research, development and planning; multi-channel marketing, distribution and fulfillment, and executive search.

Cullen Stanley

Literary Agent

Janklow & Nesbit Associates


Tom Turvey

Director, Strategic Partnerships


Tom Turvey is Director, Strategic Partnerships, in the Search Services group at Google in support of Google Book Search, Google Scholar, Google News Archive Search, Google Magazines, and other print-based content-related products. Mr. Turvey came to Google having spent nearly 20 years in book publishing, book-based eCommerce, and institutional content licensing. Previous to Google, Mr. Turvey was Vice President, Content & Business Development for ebrary, a publisher-funded content aggregator.

Len Vlahos

Executive Director

Book Industry Study Group

Len Vlahos is the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. Prior to joining BISG, Len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, serving in many roles, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer. Len has also worked for Internet marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, for Kratz & Co. public relations, and cut his teeth in the book industry working in independent, chain, and university bookstores.

Scott Waxman

Chairman and Co-Founder

Diversion Books

Scott Waxman is the Chairman and Co-founder of Diversion Books. An innovative and creative force in the literary community, he founded the Waxman Literary Agency in 1997.