Are Publishers Irrelevant? The Great Debate at IBPA Publishing University

May 16, 2011

by Florrie Binford Kichler

First introduced at the 2011 London Book Fair, the “Great Debate” will make its North American debut at the 27th Annual IBPA Publishing University! Don’t miss this lively give-and-take (audience participation required!) as four well-known industry pundits argue the question:

“Authors and readers are all that matter. Publishers will soon be irrelevant.”

Guaranteed to be a lively, informative (and entertaining) look at a question that EVERYONE is asking, publishing’s answer to “Family Feud” will kick off at noon. Moderators will be Susan Danziger, CEO of DailyLit and Michael Healy, Executive Director of the Google Book Rights Registry, and debaters will be:

Rudy Shur, Publisher of Square One Publishers and a consistent stand out on Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Fast Growing Independent Publishers list
Richard Nash, former head of Soft Skull Press, founder of Cursor, and named by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World
Daphne Kis, SheWrites.com, longtime publisher and new media advisor
Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, and named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “Eight Stars of Self-Publishing”

The audience will vote for or against the question both before and after the debate. So whatever you think about the proposition may change depending on the verbal skills of our competitors.

A good time is guaranteed for all—be there!

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