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Tuesday, September 24 • 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Business As Unusual: New Models for Content Acquisition, Creation, Discovery & Distribution

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While ebooks and digital delivery have introduced chaos to much of the traditional book publishing and distribution system, this chaos has also opened the door to innovation. Paradigm-busting startups abound in every phase of the book ecosystem, from writing and acquisition through production, delivery, consumption and even resale. This session will provide insights from some cutting-edge startups taking fresh new approaches to rework and revise the old publishing order. Attendees will learn how some of the most forward-thinking book businesses are building new models and where the next opportunities lie.

Moderators
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Kat Meyer

Frankfurt Book Fair's "Frankfurt Academy", Manager for Conferences and Community
Kat Meyer is a book publishing industry veteran whose background includes 20 some odd (it's all a blur) years of community management, event curating, editorial, marketing and social media experience working for a number of diverse regional and national media companies, including: O'Reilly Media, HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and many others. Community is where it's at for Kat, and as... Read More →

Speakers
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Nic Esposito

Founder, The Head & the Hand Press
Nic Esposito is a writer, urban farmer and founder of The Head & The Hand Press. He published his first novel Seeds of Discent in April 2011 about urban farming in West Philadelphia. This experience led Nic to found The Head & The Hand Press in 2012 as an independent book publishing company and a coworking space that serves Philadelphia writers. Nic continues to lecture on sustainability and urban farming, and is a contributor to... Read More →
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Ashleigh Gardner

Head of Content, Wattpad
Ashleigh Gardner is Head of Content for Wattpad, a global social platform for authors and readers to connect and share stories. Throughout her career, she’s been working at the intersection of literature and technology with past experience as Director of Content Management at Kobo and Manager of Digital Development for Dundurn Press.
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Caleb Mason

Founder & Publisher, Publerati
Caleb Mason is the Founder of Publerati, an ebook publishing start-up that exclusively focuses on fiction and does so using a unique socially-responsible business model, donating a portion of all sales to the Worldreader Organization. Publeratiʼs novels are available through all major ebook resellers and are priced no higher than $4.99 to widen access and assist in the discovery of emerging novelists. Publerati also acts as the literary agent... Read More →
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Evan Ratliff

Co-Founder, Atavist
Evan Ratliff is the co-founder and editor of Atavist, a media and software company that produces Creatavist, a digital storytelling tool, and The Atavist, an award-winning nonfiction publication. His writing also appears in The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. 


Tuesday September 24, 2013 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Wilder, 4th Floor