James English

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.