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Literary Press Group
MaRS Discovery District
Do you work with ebooks? Do you dream of using technology to its full potential rather than trying to re-create print books digitally? Come join talented ebook developers for some lively discussions of design, standards, and best practices. ebookcraft is a one-day conference dedicated to ebook production—if you're looking for a mix of practical tips and forward-thinking inspiration, you won't want to miss it.
This year's event will be on Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Toronto at the MaRS Discovery District.
You can also register for optional ebook production workshops taking place the day before ebookcraft on March 30, 2016. They won't be hands-on, but they'll be in-depth explanations of ebook production techniques such as CSS, handling images, and more.
And this new year, a design competition for ebook developers! Learn more about So You Think You Can Code.
All Canadian-owned and -controlled publishing firms are eligible for the Association of Canadian Publishers' Professional Development Subsidy Program, which covers a portion of airfare, accommodation, and registration fees. Click here to download an application (PDF), or contact Inna Shepelska at the ACP for more information.
ebookcraft is organized by a committee comprising professionals from the ebook production community alongside staff from BookNet Canada and eBOUND Canada.
Laura is an ebook developer and the principal of Brady Type. She consults on workflow, tools, specifications, and production best practices. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.
Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
Jenny is your favorite kind of book nerd. In her nearly 20 years in book publishing she has acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction for print and digital publication, and as Manager of Digital Assets for Harlequin she is responsible for text file coordination, ebook production and distribution, and metadata creation and maintenance for over 300 print and ebook titles per month. In her spare time she laments the decline of the Oxford comma and creates spreadsheets for everything.
Mary Alice Elcock
Mary Alice joined BitLit as VP Content in 2013. Prior to that she worked as Sales Coordinator for D&M Publishers and as Key Accounts Manager for SpiceBox Books. She received her Masters in Publishing from Simon Fraser University in 2008. She has spoken at BEA and Tech Forum and regularly guest lectures at SFU.
Penguin Random House Canada
Monique started coding in middle school, making fansites for her favourite books and wondering if this code-and-books thing was a "thing you could do". Now she makes ebooks of her favourite books as a Production Coordinator at Penguin Random House Canada, where she’s responsible for ebooks of all stripes. She's passionate about crafting fantastic reader experiences with ebooks and is an avid reader of poetry, cookbooks, and mysteries. If someone knows a book that is all three of those at once, please let her know.
Joshua, the Director of Outreach and Education at Firebrand Technologies, is dedicated to helping publishers around the world create better books. In addition to heading up training and outreach efforts within Firebrand, Joshua serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches at publishing conferences year-round. He also leads the development of FlightDeck, the most robust EPUB quality assurance tool available.
Shannon is in the business of selling ebooks. She is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization enabling Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital marketplace. Prior to eBOUND, Shannon was Manager of Publisher Operations at Kobo, Inc. Shannon carries around a tote bag emblazoned with a pictorial description of the concept of metadata, and she's always secretly hoping that someone on the subway will ask her about it.
Lauren’s love for her part-time bookstore job successfully derailed her from a life as a forensic scientist and thrust her into a career that has seen her at a literary agency, chain & independent bookstores, a literary event series, and a non-profit representing professional writers. At BookNet, Lauren is responsible for a mixed portfolio that includes planning & programming for the ebookcraft and Tech Forum conferences. Outside of work, Lauren spends much of her time volunteering with community groups large and small, currently serving as Administrative Director at Small Print Toronto, a non-profit she co-founded that offers literary workshops & programs for kids, as well as volunteering regularly at Habitat for Humanity GTA build sites.
Zalina travelled a perilous route through journalism and marketing for non-profit organizations to arrive at her current role as Community Manager at BookNet, where she was finally able to combine her three loves: books, marketing lingo, and donuts. She also helps organize the adult book club for Story Planet, a non-profit storymaking centre dedicated to helping young people discover and develop their voices, where her favourite part is thinking up snacks to match the book.
In Krista's past lives, she was a graphic designer, a game conference planner, and a Kyoto explorer. After deciding to turn her passion for literature into a career, she interned for House of Anansi, Simon & Schuster Canada, and P.S. Literary Agency before joining BookNet as their Marketing Associate where she can put her perfect storm of skills to good work – you've probably seen her memes recently. When Krista isn't dreaming up content and creating GIFs, she's devouring YA novels and participating in one of many nerdy fandoms.
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