IBPA LogoFirst introduced at the 2011 London Book Fair, the “Great Debate” made its North American debut earlier today at the 27th Annual IBPA Publishing University! Four leading industry pundits argued for and against the resolution: “Authors and readers are all that matter. Publishers will soon be irrelevant.

Taking their sides were Rudy Shur, Publisher of Square One; Richard Nash, founder of Cursor, and named by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World; Daphne Kis of SheWrites.com, longtime publisher and new media advisor; and Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, and named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “Eight Stars of Self-Publishing”

Moderators were Susan Danziger, CEO of DailyLit, and Michael Healy, Executive Director of the Google Book Rights Registry.

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