Making Information Pay 2014

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Making Information Pay 2014, this year a track of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)'s Digital Book 2014, will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 29th at BookExpo America at the Javits Center in New York City. Registration for IDPF Digital Book 2014, which includes Making Information Pay 2014, provides access to the full BookExpo America trade show -- an exceptional value! Register here

Click here to visit BISG's SlideShare, where you can view some of the day's presentations by Ted Hill (THA Consulting), Jonathan Stolper (Nielsen Book), and Andrew Savikas (Safari Online) along with many other engaging presentaitons from previous events and webcasts.

Making Information Pay: A Track of IDPF Digital Book 2014

May 29, 2014 1:30-5:00 p.m.

The logo for Making Information Pay 2014.

Making Information Pay 2014 will feature Douglas Rushkoff as keynote speaker. Rushkoff is the best-selling author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now and many other critically acclaimed books, and is a frequent commentator on media, technology, and culture. Making Information Pay 2014 will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, May 29th, from 1:30 to 5:00 PM. 

Making Information Pay 2014 will provide a close evaluation of subscription models of selling digital content. Ted Hill of THA Associates will provide preliminary findings from BISG's forthcoming study on subscription models, Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy. Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online, will discuss the user data available to subscription service providers, what it reveals about user interaction with content; and how that information can benefit publishers. Jonathan Stolper, Senior Vice-President, Client Services at Nielsen Book Americas, will provide a data-first look at the place of subscription services in the market. Other programs include a panel featuring the major subscription service providers in conversation with Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer of HarperCollins, about strategic partnership between platforms and publishers in the developing subscription market, and a panel discussion moderated by Peter Brantley, founder of the renowned Books in Browsers conference and Director of Scholarly Communications at the Project, featuring representatives from a diverse cross-section of budding new media businesses, each making novel strides in the digital age of publishing. The full schedule of programming and roster of speakers is posted below.

Keynote Speaker Douglas Rushkoff

A photo of Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist, CNN Commentator, and author of Present Shock

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

Schedule & Speakers




1:30 PM Welcome and Introduction

Len Vlahos, Executive Director, BISG

1:45 PM

Digital Books  the New Subscription Economy: 
Preliminary Findings from the BISG Research Study


Ted Hill, President, THA Consulting

2:00 PM Facts and Figures: Subscription Services
in the Context of Market Trends

Jonathan Stolper, Senior Vice President, Client Services,
Nielsen Book Americas

2:15 PM Our Subscribers:
What Can We Learn
from Usage Data?

Andrew Savikas, CEO, Safari Books Online

2:35 PM A Substantial Difference:
How Subscription Affects
the Form and Value of Content

Mark Coker, Founder, CEO, and Chief Author Advocate, Smashwords

 Don MacKinnon,
Co-Founder &
Co-CEO, Milq

Richard Nash,
Vice President of Partnerships, Byliner

Moderated by
Peter Brantley,
Director of Scholarly Communications,

3:10 PM A Word from Our Diamond Sponsor, Hachette Book Group

Barbara Slavin,
Senior Manager, Digital Accounts, Hachette Book Group

3:15 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Keynote Address

Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist and Author of Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Playing the Future, and more

4:10 PM

Strategies for Success: Publisher-Platform Partnerships in the Subscription Space

Bryan Batten, Founder & CEO, Entitle

Kevin Donahue,
Co-Founder, Epic!

Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins

Andrew Weinstein, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Scribd

Moderated by
Ted Hill, President, THA Consulting

4:45 PM

Why Subscriptions Matter to Publishers

Randy Petway, Chief Operating Officer, Publishing Technology

Registration Information


Early Bird Registration
(ends April 28)

Regular Registration

IDPF or BISG Members


Non-Profit $449 $499
Other $499 $599

Registration for IDPF Digital Book 2014 also grants entry to Making Information Pay 2014, and provides access to the full BookExpo America trade show. Early bird pricing ends April 28, 2014. Both IDPF and BISG members are entitled to receive a member discount. Nonprofit discounts are also available. 

Register here. Please write us at to request your member discount, and be sure to provide the name of the organization of which you are a member (BISG or IDPF).

Our Sponsors

Hachette Book Group's logoDiamond Sponsor: Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Books, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Audio. HBG also provides a wide range of custom distribution, fulfillment, digital and sales services to third party publishers, including Harry N. Abrams, Amazing People Club, Chronicle Books, Disney Book Group, Hearst Magazine, Gildan Media, Hachette UK, Marvel, Octopus Books, Peterson’s, Phaidon Press, Quarto Publishing Group, and Time Home Entertainment Inc. 

Bowker logo.

Platinum Sponsor: Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide.

Media Services Group's logo.Gold Sponsor: Media Services Group (MSGL) has provided software solutions to the publishing industry since 1985. Over the years, MSGL's product portfolio has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of publishers as they've embraced the web, eCommerce and cloud-computing.  MSGL offers the ability to implement a strong digital strategy by using their Élan Publishing Business System as an enterprise-wide solution.  Élan is designed to connect all departments to a press-wide database of production information, metadata, schedules and forecasts.  Strategic acquisitions, as well as a commitment to hiring top development talent and offering top-tier customer service, firmly positions MSGL as a leader in the publishing software field. 

Publishing Technology's logo.Silver Sponsor: Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business.  We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services.  Publishing Technology’s revolutionary Advance operations system can help publishers integrate entire processes, maximize all revenue streams and transform from print to digital business models.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm