The idea of the e-reader came to Bob Brown after watching his first "talkie" (movie with sound). In 1930, he wrote a book on this idea and titled it The Readies, playing off the idea of the "talkie". In his book, Brown says movies have outmaneuvered the book by creating the "talkies" and, as a result, reading should find a new medium: "A machine that will allow us to keep up with the vast volume of print available today and be optically pleasing".
Laura Brady brings a decade’s experience in digital publishing, and even more in trade publishing across Canada. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. Laura is also a board member at the Accessible Books Consortium. In her spare time, she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays.
Brendan Ouellette is the digital project manager at Annick Press, a publisher of books for toddlers to teens, where he oversees digital marketing and the production of ebooks, audiobooks, and metadata.
Nick Hilton manages digital production and the distribution of print and digital formats for Coach House Books and oversees the publisher’s metadata systems and website. He is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.
Nick has worked in digital production workflows, ebook conversion services, and editorial management roles with Canadian Scholars’ Press and the University of Toronto Press prior to joining Coach House Books. Nick has taught content management for the publishing program at Centennial College. He is CPACC certified and he is a strong advocate for accessibility in ebooks.
Kate Edwards is Executive Director at the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), a national trade association representing more than 120 independent, Canadian-owned book publishers.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, and Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing program, Kate’s work includes the full range of ACP activities, including advocacy, communications, professional development, and collective marketing. In addition to eBOUND, she sits on the boards of the Book and Periodical Council and Work In Culture.
With 15+ years’ experience in publishing and book sales, Margaret brings a deep understanding of the book business to the table.
As a Sales and Marketing leader in the publishing industry, Margaret knows what it takes to get books into the hands of readers. She previously worked in sales, marketing and buying at Dundurn Press, Literary Press Group, Firefly Books, Chapters/Indigo, Stoddart and Wiley Canada.
She works in collaboration with leadership in public services to provide direction and support for the provision of services to branches. She also provides direction for the selection, delivery and circulation of all EPL's physical and digital collections. Prior to her current position, Sharon held the position of Manager, Collection Management and Access where she was responsible for planning and leading the provision and delivery of system-wide, centralized collections.
Sharon holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta, and started her career as Automation Services Librarian at Yellowhead Regional Library. Later positions included Associate Director, then Acting Director of John M. Culaenaere Public Library in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She joined EPL as Branch Manager in 2009.
Monique Mongeon is the Project Manager of SalesData and LibraryData at BookNet Canada and the instructor of Digital Publishing and Production at Ryerson University's Chang School.