Executives of the China Publishing Group completed their first week of professional development at Pace University. One of the week’s guest speakers was Mike Shatzkin (pictured left), founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company and co-founder of Publishers Launch Conferences.
Mr. Shatzkin overviewed what he sees as drivers of industry change, among them the unbundling of the value chain, the diffusion of publishing capabilities into organizations of all kinds, and the emergence of businesses that specialize in a particular genre, market, or capability.
Those themes echoed in the presentations of other speakers–Paul Levitz of DC Comics, Clare Toohey of CriminalElement.com, Rick Joyce of Perseus Books Group, Dan Blank of We Grow Media, Boris Hughes of HP, and Jason Epstein of On Demand Books.
The week ended with a lively tour of DC Comics (including the offices of MAD magazine) led by Pace M.S. in Publishing alumnus and professor, Thomas Di Mascio.