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3 pm
Brittyne Lewis, Bookwire: Welcome

Brittyne Lewis is Bookwire’s new Country Manager for the US, bringing over 15 years of experience in the digital publishing industry. With a proven track record of pioneering new digital solutions and holding various high-level management positions including her previous role as Director of Publisher Services & Marketing at Lakeside Book Company, Brittyne is a seasoned professional in the field. In her role, Brittyne will play a crucial part in driving Bookwire’s growth and success in the American market, as the company aims to provide its full range of services and expertise.

3.15 pm
Jens Klingelhöfer, Bookwire: Charting the Course: The State of Audiobook and Ebook Publishing

Join us for a captivating keynote address by our CEO, Jens Klingelhöfer, as he provides invaluable insights into the current state of audiobook and ebook publishing. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the industry. Jens will specifically delve into the state of the US market, offering market insights and strategies for successful publishing and distribution. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insider knowledge and stay ahead of the game in the ever-evolving publishing landscape.


Jens Klingelhöfer already worked as a media designer for books at the beginning of his career and returned to the book industry with the founding of Bookwire. Before that, he worked in the music industry for over ten years and was involved in numerous successful music projects as managing director of the music marketing and management company MFM Entertainment. As an entrepreneur and marketing expert for the creative industry, he has been involved in the marketing and distribution of digital content for 15 years and has a lot of experience in developing forward-looking business models.


Kristen McLean is the Executive Director of Business Development at The NPD Group, a global research and data company, where she sits within the Books | Entertainment practice. Kristen is responsible for developing new client relationships for existing products, as well as the creation of new initiatives that expand NPD's value to its publishing and entertainment clients.

3.45 pm
Kristen McLean, Circana: Trends in Multi-Format Publishing in the US

While the book Industry is a mature market with a more than 600 year-old primary technology, the market still reacts in interesting ways when new technologies, behaviors and global events arise. In this session, Circana BookScan's Kristen McLean will walk us through the latest in format shifts and consumer beahviors in the U.S. market, including shifts in share among formats, the rise in influence of younger consumers, what areas of content have been driving the market for the last couple of years, and what we can expect moving forward.


Brian O’Leary has served as excutive director of the Book Industry Study Group since 2016. Prior to joining BISG, he worked as a consultant to book, magazine, and association publishers for 18 years. He started his consulting practice after a 15-year career in book (Hammond Inc.) and magazine (Time Inc.) publishing.

4.25 pm
Brian O Leary, BISG: Synchronizing Workflows: Overcoming Publishing Challenges

Workflows are made up of three inter-related considerations: process (how work gets done); technology (tools used to do the work); and organizational structure (how people interact with one another). A change in one affects the other two, in ways that help or hinder an effort to synchronize workflows. Since 2019, BISG has studied workflow improvement and shared best practices. This talk will describe what has been learned.

5.05 pm
Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing: The Potential of AI in Publishing

In this engaging session, we will explore how AI algorithms are reshaping content creation, curation, and distribution strategies. Discover the innovative techniques that are propelling the industry forward, from personalized reader experiences to optimized marketing campaigns. Gain insights into harnessing AI’s capabilities to craft compelling narratives that resonate with diverse audiences. This speaking slot promises to be a captivating journey through the convergence of technology and storytelling, providing a roadmap for publishers to navigate the AI landscape and thrive in an ever-evolving digital world.


Thad McIlroy is an electronic publishing analyst and author, and president of The Future of Publishing, based in San Francisco and Vancouver, BC. A well-established expert in the technology and marketing issues surrounding electronic publishing and the Internet, he has authored a dozen books and over 300 articles on these topics. McIlroy served for five years as Program Director for Seybold Seminars, the publishing industry’s premier technology conference.

He is a founding partner in Publishing Technology Partners, a new consultancy focused on a broad range of strategic technology issues in publishing. The other partners are Bill Kasdorf, Bill Rosenblatt and Bill Trippe. In 2006 he launched, the most comprehensive source of information on the present and predicted outcomes of all sectors of the publishing industry. Greg has served as treasurer and was on the Board of Directors for the Center for Fiction in New York City. He earned his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


5.45 pm

Panel Discussion with all previous speakers plus Greg Voynow (Scribd), moderated by Brittyne Lewis, Bookwire US: Unlocking Publishing Success: Aligning Data, Strategy, and Workflows with Bookwire


Join us for the grand finale of our event, as our esteemed speakers come together for a dynamic panel discussion. Explore the transformative potential of collaboration in the publishing industry. Gain insights into how data, strategy, and workflows intersect, and discover how Bookwire can be your trusted partner in navigating this ever-changing landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with industry thought leaders and unlock the key to your publishing success.

6.25 pm
End of the Conference

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