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BISG Annual Meeting Will Be Delivered As An Online Series

Saturday, June 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

Recognizing the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has decided to reposition its 2020 Annual Meeting. The in-person event, which had been rescheduled to take place on September 11, 2020, will instead take place a series of online conversations delivered between late July and September.

Though the Annual Meeting has been a day-long ticketed event, most recently held at the Harvard Club of New York, staff of both member and non-member companies will be able to access all 2020 programming at no charge. Sponsorship of the repositioned meeting is provided by Bowker, whose support makes it possible to open the conversations to all.

In announcing the change, chair of the BISG Board of Directors Andrew Savikas said, “As the leading trade association for the book publishing industry in the United States, BISG is uniquely equipped to bring together stakeholders and rise to the major challenges we face as an industry. Even though we won't be gathering in person, this revised program offers vital opportunities for the kind of collaboration BISG is known for so we can work together to come through all of this as a stronger industry and community.”

BISG Executive Director Brian O’Leary added, “We’re committed to leading and sustaining a dialogue about building a smarter supply chain, but we don’t feel we can host an in-person meeting in 2020 in a manner that protects the safety of those attending. The repositioned meeting provides a broad audience with access and insight at a time when conversations about workflow, metadata, and the supply chain have grown in importance.”

In lieu of a traditional one-day conference, BISG will host a series of online panels, presentations, and talks, spread out over the course of several weeks:

Initially tapped to deliver the keynote address, James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble and Managing Director of Waterstones in the United Kingdom, will instead be interviewed by Brian O’Leary on September 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET. The interview will take place via web conference, with time for questions from the audience.

 Additional details, speaker information, and registration links can be found at Everyone who had registered for the in-person meeting has been given information about obtaining a refund or reserving a spot at the next annual meeting, currently planned to take place in New York on April 23, 2021. Any questions about how to proceed can be directed to


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