Tuesday 17 April, 10am, Earls Court, The Conference Centre

Under the Chairmanship of former Congressman, Tom Allen, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the authoritative, innovative and experienced voices of Bloomsbury, Wiley Blackwell, Audible, Publishing Technology and Unbound come together to debate the knotty issues facing our leaders today. From concept to consumer, etail to retail, warehouse to webstore, global to granular…how can the book industry embrace change and build a sustainable business for the future? How can governments help or hinder progress in a digital age?

Lively debate is promised as panellists debate how to protect the essence of publishing, exhort us to think outside the book and demand greater attention to creativity and giving authors more control over their own work.

Commenting on those participating in the debate, Tom Allen says, ‘Publishing is global business, dependent on creativity and innovation. Publishing in the 21st century is more dependent than ever before on co-operation across territories, a healthy respect for new models and flexible legislation. With the range of experience and opinions we have around the table at the CEO Keynote, we are assured of out-of-the-box thinking and quite a bit of controversy. It will make my days in Washington look tame… I’m looking forward to it.’

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Keynote Panel, Tuesday 17th April 10:00 in LBF Conference Centre

The Great Transformation: 2012 Is Our Business Model Sustainable? From concept to consumer; etail to retail; from warehouse to webstores; global to granular…how the book industry has embraced change in getting content to consumers in a digital age. Four of the world’s book industry leaders debate the challenges, opportunities and pace of change where consumer is king and technology the power behind the throne.

Chair: Tom Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers

Tom Allen President and Chief Executive Officer, AAP. Tom Allen joined AAP in 2009, where as President and CEO, he seeks to foster the association’s ongoing mission of protecting copyright in the ever-changing landscape of the digital world and help publishers meet 21st-century challenges. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Congress from 1996-2008. Mr. Allen was also a Rhodes Scholar and attended the University of Oxford from which he received a B.Phil in Politics in 1970.

Richard Charkin Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing joined the Bloomsbury Board as an Executive Director in October 2007. He began his career in 1972 as Science Editor of Harrap & Co. He has since held senior roles at Pergamon Press, Oxford University Press, Reed International/ Reed Elsevier, Current Science Group and has been Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Publishers Limited and Executive Director of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck. His other publishing interests include being Non-Executive Director of Institute of Physics Publishing, a member of the UK Literary Heritage Committee, Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London, Director of the Federation of European Publishers and the International Publishers Association and he was President of the Publishers Association.

Dan Kieran – CEO and co-founder of the crowd-funding publishing platform UNBOUND which has a groundbreaking financial model: the author pitches an idea and if enough readers support it, the book goes ahead. Unbound is both a funding platform and a publisher, fulfilling all the normal publishing functions but also splitting a book’s net profit 50/50 with the author. Dan is also a part time editor and author of nine books including Crap Towns – the first viral internet phenomenon to turn into a Sunday Times bestseller.

Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author for twenty years; his work won a National Magazine Award, among other prizes. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Newark, NJ since 2007, (US), the popular ecommerce destination, has served millions of listeners. The company, commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. Audible is the exclusive supplier of audiobooks to Apple’s iTunes Music store worldwide and operates in London and in Berlin. Audible was publicly traded on NASDAQ until acquired by in 2008 and is now an, Inc. subsidiary.

George Lossius is the CEO of Publishing Technology PLC, the world-leading provider focused on crafting the best possible end-to-end solutions for content management, audience development and content delivery. Publishing Technology works with over 400 publishers diverse in size as well as market sector, and operates from offices on every continent in support of customers around the world. Prior to Publishing Technology, George was the Group Chief Executive of VISTA and held executive positions in France, the UK and the USA.

Steven Miron SVP, Wiley-Blackwell, Steve joined Wiley in 1993 as Regional Manager, North East Asia. In 1996 he became Managing Director, Wiley Asia, leading Wiley’s rapid expansion in the region. In 2004, after living in Asia for than 20 years, Steve returned to the UK to become General Manager of Wiley’s global Scientific, Technical and Medical book business. In 2007, after Wiley’s acquisition of Blackwell, he became Managing Director of Wiley-Blackwell’s global physical sciences group. In May of 2010, Steven Miron was appointed head of Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley’s global Scientific, Technical and Medical and Scholarly business.


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