Harry Blom (Springer, USA)

Harry Blom

Harry Blom studied astrophysics at Utrecht University and obtained his doctorate from Leiden University on the subject of gamma-ray sources in space. After completing follow-up studies at post-doctoral level in Puebla, Mexico, he returned to the Netherlands to become an editor at Kluwer Academic Publishers. There he developed the company’s books and journals portfolio in astronomy. In 2004, shortly after the merger of the academic branches of Kluwer and Springer, he moved to New York, where he was appointed head of the physics and astronomy editorial department. Among other things, he expanded the popular science book list for Springer and since last fall he has been working part-time in São Paulo, developing Springer’s publishing activities in a rapidly emerging market.

Marcus Chown (author, UK)

Marcus Chown

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the British weekly science magazine New Scientist. His books include Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil and We Need to Talk About Kelvin, which was short-listed for the 2010 Royal Society Book Prize.

Peter Collingridge (Enhanced Editions, UK)

Peter Collingridge

Peter Collingridge is a publishing entrepreneur whose work at the maverick edge of publishing began at Canongate Books, where he spearheaded the firm’s move into digital in 1998. In 2005 he set up Apt Studio, a consultancy that advises publishers on digital technology and strategy, and in 2008 he co-founded Enhanced Editions to drive innovation in publishing and to help shape the future of the book.
Peter was named by The Evening Standard as one of London’s fifty most influential people in publishing and he was shortlisted for the British Council’s 2009 Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year. He has an MA in literature from Edinburgh University and has delivered a number of Keynote presentations at publishing and digital conferences, from O’Reilly’s Tools of Change in New York 2010 to the NON-fiction fair in Moscow and Madrid’s ANELE textbook conference.

[photo Peter: Julia Newman]

Ramy Habeeb (Kotorabia, Egypt)

Ramy Habeeb

In 2004 Ramy Habeeb established Kotobarabia.com, the first Arabic language e-book publishing house in the Middle East. To date, Kotobarabia has acquired the e-rights to over 1,400 Arab authors and has digitized more than 8,000 titles. In 2007 Ramy was named Egyptian Young Publisher of the Year by the British Council.

Nicky Harman (translator, UK)

Nicky Harman

Nicky Harman translates contemporary Chinese literature and teaches translation at Imperial College London. She has translated a number of prize-winning authors, ranging from Xinran to Hong Ying, Han Dong and, most recently, Zhang Ling. She translates both fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose. She is also involved in a number of initiatives that bring publishers and translators together and helps to promote the training of new translators from Chinese. Her projects include the website Paper-Republic.org, the Translation Summer School at the University of East Anglia and the recently established mentorship scheme for new translators run by the UK Translators Association.

Sara Lloyd (Pan Macmillan, UK)

Sara Lloyd

Sara holds a cross-divisional position at Pan Macmillan, the fifth biggest UK trade publisher, and is responsible for developing and implementing a holistic digital strategy and publishing programme for the group. Her remit is to grow the company’s digital business, shaping, managing and developing all the digital requirements of the business today and for the foreseeable future. It is her job to ensure that Pan Macmillan has the correct legal framework, commercial set-up and infrastructural and operational support to deliver on its digital needs throughout the business, while balancing investment and strategic planning with the requirement to grow immediate revenues. Sara’s role covers e-books, digital audio and web development and her team also facilitates digital product innovation right across the company. Sara is Chair of the UK Publishing Association’s Digital Director’s group. Her team’s blog on all matters digital can be found at http://thedigitalist.net

Jos de Mul (philosopher, The Netherlands)

Jos de Mul

Jos de Mul is Full Professor in Philosophy of Man and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and scientific director of the research institute Philosophy of Information and Communication Technology (φICT). He has also taught at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Fudan University (Shanghai). From 2007-2010 he was president of the International Association for Aesthetics. Among his books are: Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1999), The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey’s Hermeneutics of Life (Yale University Press, 2004) and Cyberspace Odyssey (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Cyberspace Odyssey won the Socrates Award for the best Dutch philosophical book of 2003 (see www.nlpvf.nl/book/book2.php?Book=337)

Richard Nash (Cursor, USA)

Richard Nash

Richard Nash is an independent publishing entrepreneur who is currently launching Cursor, a start-up portfolio of social publishing imprints the first of which, Red Lemona.de, will launch in 2011. For most of the past decade he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press, for which he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2006, Publishers Weekly picked him as one of the ten editors to watch for in the coming decade. This year the Utne Reader named him as one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable.com picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing.

Chad Post (Open Letter Books / Three Percent, USA)

Chad Post

Chad W. Post is the director of Open Letter Books, a relatively new press at the University of Rochester dedicated to publishing contemporary literature from all over the world. He is also the managing editor of Three Percent, a blog and review site that promotes literature in translation and is home to both the Translation Database and the Best Translated Book Awards. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a range of publications including The Believer, Publishing Perspectives, the Wall Street Journal’s culture blog and Quarterly Conversation.

Henry Volans (Faber & Faber, UK)

Henry Volans

Henry Volans is head of Faber Digital, the new division at Faber responsible for developing digital products and services. After joining Faber from Canongate in Edinburgh he worked as its non-fiction editor and audio publisher, as well as establishing Faber’s debut e-book programme.