Publishing Execs Flock to Conference

NEW YORK—More than 1,000 book and magazine publishing executives turned out for the 2008 Publishing Conference & Expo, held at the Marriott Marquis here March 10-12. Roughly 150 speakers were showcased in nearly 50 sessions, which provided attendees with strategies and tactics to confront the most pressing challenges facing their businesses.

The expo portion of the event featured more than 100 exhibitors showcasing publishing technologies and services. The exhibits included products such as publishing management and workflow software; digital solutions in printing and publishing; and book manufacturing, finishing and packaging services.

Among the highlights of the three-day event:

• HarperCollins was named the inaugural Publishing Innovator of the Year for book publishers. Among its accomplishments, HarperCollins has created its own digital warehouse with more than 12,000 titles worldwide.

• Publishing Innovator of the Year on the magazine publishing side was captured by Time Inc., the nation’s largest magazine publisher. Time was cited for its subscription business development, namely Giftscriptions, which allows consumers to order gift subscriptions online.

The show, formerly known as the BookTech Conference and Expo, is produced annually by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines, sister publications to PRINTING IMPRESSIONS.

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