Christopher Kenneally

Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

What big issues do you see publishers thinking and talking about these days?

You can't toss a conference program without hitting someone talking about "discovery," particularly across online platforms. I wish that the conversation was a bit less driven by talk of metadata (although that matters a lot). Institutions like libraries play a critical role in discovering books, but they have been largely shut out of the digital conversation. That needs to change.

Join us Thu., Sept. 13, at the upcoming free Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo as a panel of industry experts explores  important questions around the paradox that is Discoverability Vs. DRM. Christopher Kenneally, Brian O'Leary, Peter McCarthy and Patricia Payton will attempt to get to the bottom of the issues around getting your content discovered without giving it all away:

Two sessions planned for next month's Publishing Business Conference's book publishing track that are attracting a lot of attention are “Rethinking Author Contracts for the Digital World” and “Rethinking Copyright for the Digital World.” But they have more in common than similar titles—both will be led by the Copyright Clearance Center's Christopher Kenneally. Kenneally agreed to give Publishing Business Insider readers a preview of his two sessions, which will be held Tuesday, March 9 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

“To resist change, at this point, is true foolishness,” says HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide President and CEO Jane Friedman. Under Friedman’s direction over the last 11 years, HarperCollins has gone beyond not “resisting” change; the company has, in fact, been a pioneer of change, several paces ahead of the industry in many of its endeavors regarding digital content creation and distribution, marketing and audience-building. This year, the company—one of the largest English-language publishers in the world—has been named as book business’ Publishing Innovator of the Year in recognition of the company’s leadership and innovation. The first-annual award was presented to HarperCollins at an awards reception

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