From the Editor: On the Right Track
In our travels for our new City Spotlight section this month, we stayed close to home. As you'll see on page 24, Managing Editor Jim Sturdivant writes about the Philadelphia publishing scene. Many people who read our publication and attend our events assume that we're based in New York, as so many publishers are, but we're not. We are Philly folks at NAPCO, and proud of it! And here in the home of the cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell and, yes, Rocky, we are part of a vibrant and thriving publishing scene.
Philadelphia has been the home to many venerable publishers over the years. As Jim mentions in his piece, Curtis Publishing was based here. Philadelphia is also notable for the confluence of important Science, Technical & Medical (STM) publishers that make their home in the city, many with a long history. W. B. Saunders, for example, now an imprint of Elsevier, was founded in 1888. J.B. Lippincott & Co. was founded in 1836; the company, now called Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, is part of Wolters Kluwer. Although their ownership has changed over the years, their Philadelphia residency has remained constant. The city is also home to a number of society publishers (American Association for Cancer Research and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for example), not to mention university presses and a rich array of other publications.
This important world of STM publishing has been much on our radar recently as we develop programming for the new STM track we have added to our annual conference, the Publishing Business Conference & Expo. We've brought in an expert STM advisory board to help us shape sessions on the topics you want to know about.
Meet our STM advisory board:
Ann Michael, President, Delta Think, Inc.
Bill Kasdorf, Vice President and principal consultant, Apex Content Solutions
Jabin White, Vice President of Content Management, ITHAKA
Terry Hulbert, Director of Business Development, Semantico
Kathey Alexander, Consultant in Professional & Scholarly Publishing
You can see the preliminary program at www.publishingbusiness.com.
Mark your calendars for September 23-25, 2013, and plan to join us. This event is in New York, by the way! The theme this year for our conference is "Building Bridges Between Content, Technology & Business." In each of the three tracks of the show—book, magazine and STM/Scholarly—we'll provide the strategic information you need. And, although we all hail from different parts of the country, indeed the globe, we look forward to sharing the same physical space, and to sharing ideas, during our show!