Alexandra Borg

My motto: “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” Donald Draper   Dr Alexandra Borg is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and a lecturer in Swedish. She completed her PhD in 2011, with a dissertation on the fin de siècle-literature of Stockholm (1898–1916). From 2012 to 2015 she was an embedded […]

Andrew Rhomberg

“Reader Analytics – discovering the story behind each book” Andrew is the founder of Jellybooks, a London based publishing technology company that has been featured in the New York Times and the Guardian. Jellybooks collects and interprets reading data across third party reading applications and observes readers in their natural habitat. The company provides publishers […]

Brian O’Leary

“Boundaries are expanding, with more titles, new formats, new business models, and more surfing and sampling. Publishers are working to respond to what’s new, but how can they more reliably prepare for what’s next?”   Brian O’Leary is executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a U.S. trade association that disseminates information, creates and […]

Cristina Mussinelli

General Secretary of Fodazione Lia, Board Member at EDRLab and Member of the Board of Directors at IDPF. Mussinelli has a good knowledge of the Italian and international publishing market, since has managed many projects both in traditional and digital publishing formats. Cristina has specific know-how in digital publishing, using the emerging technologies for both […]

Daniel Weck

Daniel Weck is a software engineer who works with the DAISY Consortium, a global not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to ensure that persons with print disabilities (e.g. people who are blind, visually-impaired, dyslexic) have equal access to information and knowledge, without delay or additional expense. For the past decade, Daniel has developed open-source software in […]

Erik Wikberg

My life motto? “It’s got to go bang and it has to be fun, otherwise I won’t come”, as Astrid Lindgren’s character Karlsson says in The World’s Best Karlsson (1968).   Dr. Erik Wikberg is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stockholm School of Economics focused on art and literature. He is also an Assistant Professor in […]

Hadrien Gardeur

Gardeur is in charge of all key products at De Marque, such as Hub: a distribution service for publishers; Station/Biblius: content portals for libraries and schools ; Reader (Aldiko): mobile and Web apps for ebooks/audiobooks/comics; Market (Feedbooks) and Boutique through which we operate both B2C and B2B sales channels. Gardeur is also founder and board […]

Jens Tröger

Tröger is founder of Bookalope, an online service that provides customers with intelligent and scalable tools that analyze and convert books: from AI-assisted content analysis to structured content extraction, from flagging and fixing stylistic, textual, and typographical issues, to conversion for electronic and print publishing or for other integrated publishing workflows.   He is also […]

Liisa McCloy-Kelley

Liisa McCloy-Kelley is VP, Director eBook Development & Innovation, Random House. She works to create innovative new ebook products and drive new reading functionality across the ebook marketplace. She co-leads a corporate team of developers, designers and producers who are responsible for all of the ebooks of Penguin Random House US divisions as well as […]

Michael Busch

  Michael Busch, born 1964, is CEO and Managing Partner at Thalia Bücher GmbH. After completing his degree in Economics at the University of Cologne, he began his professional career at KNIGHT WENDLING Consulting GmbH where he worked in the field of corporate restructuring and M&A.Michael Busch joined DOUGLAS HOLDING AG in 1993 as a […]

Michael Tamblyn

Under stress, we learn what is essential in reading – the words, the stories, knowledge, escape or immersion. Everything else is just means of delivery.   Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo, drives growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market. He combines a passion for reading with a […]

Olivia Valentine

“For content creators to truly connect with consumers and leave a lasting impression, the impact of established human traits, habits and social constructs needs to be considered”   Olivia Valentine is a Senior Strategic Insights Analyst at GlobalWebIndex, a market research company running the world’s largest ongoing survey on the digital consumer. She analyses this […]

Richard Orme

Chief Executive Officer at DAISY Consortium, a global partnership of organizations committed to create the best way to read and publish, for everybody. Orme is a board member of The Right to Read Alliance is a partnership of organisations working to improve access to information for people with print disabilities in the UK. By joining […]

Rüdiger Wischenbart

Rüdiger Wischenbart, born in 1956 in Graz, Austria, is the founder of “Content and Consulting” (since 2003), and a writer specialized in culture, cultural industries, the global book markets, innovation in the book industry, literature, media, and communication. Most recently, he researched and (co-) authored several reports on global publishing markets, notably the “Global eBook” […]

Verónica Reyero

Culture as a shared set of believes, behaviours and values is constantly being remodelled. Verónica Reyero is a business anthropologist based in Valencia, Spain. She graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Granada and holds a Master’s degree on Rational Use of Medicines from the University of Valencia. As a researcher, Veronica […]