Special Report: Publishing Business Conference and Expo
Steve Forbes Interviewed by David Granger
With a trying 2008 and 2009 behind us, most publishers who attended the 2010 Publishing Business Conference & Expo, March 8-10, seemed, at the very least, less worried about the future than they were last year and, in fact, most were quite optimistic. The conference theme, "Publishing at a Tipping Point," was the unifying force behind more than 60 educational sessions presented by 150 speakers from all walks of the publishing industry. The presentations and discussions focused on industry shifts and practical information to help publishers adapt and thrive.
The show, held at the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square, drew more than 2,000 registrants, and registrations to the conference program were the highest in the show's history. The exhibit hall was filled with leading technology, solutions and services providers serving the publishing industry.
"Two-thousand eight and 2009 were really difficult years for the industry, and I think that this year, publishers realized that they really needed to come together to address the major issues we're all facing and to develop concrete plans for moving forward successfully," said Noelle Skodzinski, editorial director of Publishing Executive and the Publishing Business Conference director.
Skodzinski also commented on the generous support from the industry in pulling off an event that exceeded expectations. "The support we received from industry thought-leaders, our conference chairs, our advisory board, our exhibitors and sponsors, and our attendees was amazing. It proved that there is a strong need for this type of strategic, hands-on programming, integrated with the industry's largest trade show showcasing vendors who can help publishers not only save time and money, but also to move into the next wave of publishing technologies and media. People (including me) were excited to be a part of it."
The conference was chaired by Chris Foster, President & COO, GIE Media, and Samir Husni, aka "Mr. Magazine" and founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center. Speakers hailed from companies and magazines such as Hearst, Hanley Wood, Hoffman Media, Food Network Magazine, Readers Digest, Dwell, FierceMarkets, Popular Science, The Week, Questex, Consumer Reports and many others.