Let’s think about how to make a market where paper and digital comics coexist positively:

Hint 1: Digital distribution could be also an integrating part of promotion for paper sales

Hint 2: People who read comics in paper and in digital formats are quite different

Kazuyuki Masuda has been working from 1985 to 2011 for Shueisha Inc., a major Japanese Publishing Company in the Manga (Japanese  Graphic novels, Comics) Editorial Team, he has then greatly contributed to the Digital Business Department until 2
016, launching «Jump & Margaret Digital Book Store», etc. In view of the International expansion of Manga properties, he joined the Rights Business Department in the Overseas Publishing Division to finally come to Europe at VIZ Media Europe Group, as Managing Director of Publishing licensing, Direct Publishing and Sales.2) short motto on the Round Table, 7th June 2018 morning, “Development and commercialization of Digital Comics” .

Program Manager Ebooks

The New York Public Library

James came to the New York Public Library in May 2013 and serves as Product Manager – National Platforms.   His primary duties were as product manager for SimplyE – an open source e-reading platform and IMLS grant-funded project which aims to simplify the experience of discovering, borrowing and reading an eBook from the library.  Today this open source software and related technologies are being rolled out across the country by libraries and library consortia as well non-profit and for profit service providers.  As Program Manager EBooks, James oversees that expansion as well as new intiatives aiming to improve acces to ebooks for research as well as digitized (out of print) e-materials.  James represents NYPL on the Board of Directors for the Readium Foundation which is an industry nonprofit seeking to bring reference technology standards and interoperability to the broader digital publishing industry.  James came to the Library from Atlanta, GA where he served as COO and CEO for two privately owned software technology companies.  He holds a BSE from The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and an MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, GA.

Every business is now in the publishing business

ORNA ROSS is a bestselling and award-winning novelist and poet and founder of two influential online creative communities: the Alliance of Independent Authors and The Creativist Club. A storyteller, word lover and creative connector, she shows indie authors and other creative entrepreneurs how to make a living doing the work they love… the creative way. “One of the 100 most influential people in publishing.” The Bookseller-

Previously Orna Ross publishes guidebooks for self-publishing authors and creative entrepreneurs as well as cross-generational, trans-Atlantic, historical fiction, multi-layered stories in which buried secrets from the past erupt into the present. She also writes inspirational poetry and has recently begun adapting her novels for screen.

The power and potential of digital publishing led her to take her rights back from her publisher in 2011 and she founded the Alliance of Independent Authors at London Book Fair in 2012. She is now a passionate advocate for self-publishing as artistic expression, viable business option for authors, and necessary skill for every business in today’s digital, networked economy.

Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Director, DG Communications networks, Content and Technologies.

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Has mostly lived abroad since late twenties.

Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics where she also chaired the Students Association during her last year.

Joined the Swedish Foreign Service and served abroad in Bangkok, Brussels, Madrid and Geneva. Specialised in EU matters, politics of South East Asia and trade negotiations.

Joined the Commission in 1996 and worked as Head of representation in Stockholm, Head of Unit for three different Units in DG COMM, Director of Resources in DG ECFIN.  Joined  DG CONNECT on  1 April 2011 as Director for General Affairs and since the 01July 2012 as Director for Cooperation.

Since July 2016, Director for Policy Strategy & Outreach.

Married with two children born 1982 and 1985.

Interests are literature, music, family and friends, big and small cats, new trends in general.

Creating stories. Building worlds. Technology and distribution channels may change, but the demand for great storytelling remains.

Tuomas Sorjamaa is Licensing & Acquisitions Manager at Kaiken Entertainment,  an entertainment company specializing in storytelling through TV, film, digital products, licensing and publishing. Kaiken discovers, develops and creates original IPs with potential to build multimedia franchises around them.

At Kaiken, Tuomas handles licensing and rights sales and new IP acquisitions and development. Previously he has worked as writer, editor, and children’s publisher. Tuomas holds master’s degrees in both intellectual property law and English language and literature.

Independent consultant for strategic communication and business development in the cultural and creative sectors

Nina studied history and German literature (M.A.) and holds a Master of Business Administration (2013). She worked as a journalist in Germany for over ten years before moving to Poland in 2002. There, she was director of a training programme for radio journalists and then director of the German Book Information Centre Warsaw. She joined the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008 as Director of Press and Public Relations. Since 2012, Nina has been a consultant in Brussels and Frankfurt, specialising in innovation in digital publishing and adjacent creative sectors.

I have been working strategically and intensely with the transformation of libraries into community centres for many years and has a perspective that covers both Dokk1 and smaller branches.

Head of Local Branches and Library Services, Dokk1

Librarian and management education

In Aarhus Public Libraries since 1997, various positions

2014 Head of Local Branches (18)

2017 Head of Library Services, Dokk1

Im interested in the matters of the libraries:

  • Change processes in the library
  • Partnership oriented focusing on the possibilities and needs of the local community,
  • New role for libraries in the future: staff roles, motivation and performing
  • Projects
  • Involvement and cooperation with citizens
  • The physical space, learning, inspiration and meeting as anchors
  • Democracy and design thinking processes


Chairman and CEO of the Editorial Group Mauri Spagnol and Vice President of Messaggerie Italiane

Literature degree in Milan (1985) and master of Science in Publishing in New York (1987).

He is President and Ceo of GeMS – Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol, the second Italian publishing group with 10 publishing houses and 19 publishing brands, and Vice President and CEO for the strategies of Messaggerie Italiane.

Stefano Mauri is the Italian member of the Assembly of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and he is a member of the organizing committee of Scuola per Librai Umberto e Elisabetta Mauri.

He is the creator of IoScrittore Literary Competition. He is one of the founders of Edigita, the main national distributor of ebooks in Italy.

Since 2012 he is Cavaliere del Lavoro (highest honor for an entrepreneur bestowed by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano).

As a publisher, entrepreneur and consultant, I have been working for many years to transform innovative technology into valuable and useful products, services and tools for the publishing industry. It is my personal ambition to support media companies in developing and implementing a digital business model that suits their needs and helps them grow their digital business.

‘Posth – Digital Business Development’ offers consulting services, project management and product development for media companies, publishers, intermediaries, retailers, and institutions in the fields of digital publishing, digital content aggregation and distribution, social media and ebook retail marketing, data analytics and market research.

As founder and managing director of data analytics company Publishing Data Networks I am developing ‚Monitor‘, a tool for sales and marketing data analysis designed to support publishers and authors with their digital marketing and sales.

As founder and business developer of the Content Blockchain Project I am building tools and services for journalists, publishers, and media start-ups to create new innovative products, services and business models in an open blockchain economy.

In 2003, during my studies of German language and literature and philosophy, I began to produce books for publishers with LaTex and InDesign. In 2005 I started my own publishing activities. Please have a look at the product range of Posth Verlag.

As early as 2005 I founded Zentrale Medien, Germany’s first digital distributor and one of the first ebook retail sites and ebook conversion houses. The company was re-branded as KN-digital in 2009 after its acquisition by Koch, Neff & Volckmar, Germany’s largest book wholesaler and book distributor. KN-digital has been converting and distributing ebooks for major publishers like Rowohlt (Holtzbrinck/Macmillan), DTV, Campus, WBG, Aufbau, etc.

From 2009 I worked for VVA (arvato media, Bertelsmann AG), the large distributor for books and e-books of major publishing groups like Random House, Bastei Lübbe, Kosmos or Hanser, DuMont and about 200 other publishers. As Director Digital Content Distribution in Gütersloh, I was responsible for the development of digital media logistics (BIC-Media).

I am looking forward to connect, also via Twitter, Facebook, Xing oder LinkedIn.

Porter Anderson ( @Porter_Anderson ) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing. Formerly with CNN and CNN International as well as the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and The Bookseller, he is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded and operated by Frankfurt Book Fair New York. Publishing Perspectives is the news medium for the international trade publishing industry.

With Jane Friedman, Anderson produces The Hot Sheet, a private subscription newsletter of expert industry analysis written expressly for trade and independent authors.

Within the past year, Anderson has spoken and/or covered and/or programmed events in international publishing at venues including Frankfurt Book Fair and its Business Club, The International Publishers Association’s 32nd World Congress in New Delhi, StoryDrive Asia in Singapore, London Book Fair, Publishers Forum in Berlin, BookExpo in New York City, the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, PubTechConnect in New York City, The Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, FutureBook in London, the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York and Los Angeles, Digital Book World in New York, Sharjah International Book Fair and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in the UAE, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in Tampa and Washington.