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Michael Tamblyn To Keynote BISG's Annual Meeting

Monday, April 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo, will deliver the keynote address at BISG’s Annual Meeting of Members. The meeting takes place on Friday April 26, 2019 at the Harvard Club of New York, in New York City. A limited number of tickets remain available.

Tamblyn’s talk, "Money on the Table: Opportunities Missed in the Digital Supply Chain", will follow a series of panels and discussions addressing the meeting's theme, "Innovation Across the Supply Chain". A special lunch-time program will present the Sally Dedecker Lifetime Service Award to long-time industry consultant Mike Shatzkin. BISG's Industry Champion Award will honor the late Robin Seaman, whose work on accessibility helped shape the industry's perspective on the topic.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Rakuten Kobo, Michael Tamblyn is responsible for driving growth, profitability, and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market. He combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing, and mobile technology, and has been featured in the New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail, and The New York Times.

Mike Shatzkin has been an integral part of the book publishing business for more than 50 years. He has written or co-authored eight books, including The Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know, which was published by Oxford University Press in March.

Aside from his author credentials, he has been an editor, a production manager, a sales director, and has sold rights in many venues, including for Hollywood development. His early experience, including a stint as sales and marketing director for a distributor, saw him engage with a wide range of small publishers.

He is widely respected as a thought leader and considered among the most prominent observers of the industry’s transition to the digital era. He founded and led The Idea Logical Company, a consulting firm working on strategic issues for publishers and their trading partners, for 40 years. Since shifting his focus a bit two years ago, Shatzkin has devoted time and attention to climate change, working with Lena Tabori to develop a curated website to inform and shape the conversation about options to slow or avert global warming.

 The 2019 Industry Champion Award remembers Robin Seaman, honoring her commitment to bringing insight and best practices around accessible content to the book industry. Robin passed away in January after a brief illness, just as her work on an update to a key guide to accessibility was finished.

Seaman began her publishing career as a promotions manager at Oxford University Press and Macmillan. In 1988, she joined HarperSanFrancisco as associate marketing director, and joined IDG Books in 1997. There, Robin was creative director, product packaging, where she oversaw the first redesign of the For Dummies series.

An early convert to digital publishing, Robin joined NuvoMedia in 1999 as the firm’s director of content for the Rocket eBook, a pioneering digital reading device. She continued in that role after NuvoMedia was acquired by Gemstar. In 2008, Robin was hired as director of content acquisition at Benetech, a nonprofit focused on technology-driven social ventures, among them Bookshare, an online library of books accessible to people with disabilities. Seaman’s enthusiasm and tireless pursuit of publishing partnerships grew Bookshare’s collection of accessible eBooks to nearly 700,000 digital titles.

Her commitment to making reading available to everyone is also reflected in her work with Born Accessible, an initiative to encourage publishers to create accessible content from the point of inception. Robin spearheaded the launch of Global Certified Accessible, and she chaired the Accessible Working Group of BISG, created to promote accessibility best practices in publishing. In 2016 Seaman was awarded the BISG Distinguished Service Award for chairing the committee that produced the BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing.

A limited number of tickets remain available for the meeting. Any questions can be directed to Brian O'Leary and Maya Fakundiny at


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