W3C Publishing Summit 2017

How Web Technologies are Shaping Publishing Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

November 9-10, 2017
San Francisco

The web is the universal publishing platform. Join us for the first-ever W3C Publishing Summit and learn how web technologies are shaping publishing today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Publishing and the web interact in innumerable ways. From schools to libraries, from design to production to archiving, from metadata to analytics to AI, from New York to Paris to Buenos Aires to Tokyo, we will show how web technologies are making publishing more accessible, more global, and more efficient and effective.

You'll learn about things you should be doing now to improve your products and processes; developments coming soon that you need to be aware of; and what is coming next in web publications, EPUB, mobile, and the overall Web Platform that can support your workflows on everything from today's browsers, tablets and smartphones to tomorrow's environments.

The W3C Publishing Summit will be co-located with W3C’s main annual meeting, TPAC, so attendees will have the opportunity to network with Web developers and technical experts, including access to a solutions showcase demo area.

Register now to secure your seat at what is expected to be a sell-out event.

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"The Open Web Platform and its technologies have become essential to how content is created, developed, enhanced, discovered, disseminated, and consumed online and offline.  I hope you will join us at the W3C Publishing Summit, which will be a key opportunity for conversation and learning around the many current and future issues in advancing publishing and the Web"

Jeff Jaffe, CEO W3C


Jake Archibald


Laura Brady

Brady Type / #eprdctn / ebookcraft

Ken Brooks

Macmillan Learning

Micah Bowers


Judy Brewer


Marcos Caceres


Julian Calderazi


Virginie Clayssen


Garth Conboy


David Cramer

Hachette Book Group

Romain Deltour


Ben Dugas

Rakuten Kobo

James English

New York Public Library

Iris Febres

Emerson College

Yasushi Fujita

Founder and CEO, Media DO

Jeff Jaffe


Rick Johnson

VP Product and Strategy, Ingram/VitalSource

Bill Kasdorf


George Kerscher


Laurent Le Meur


Thad McIlroy

The Future of Publishing

Nellie McKesson

Programmer and Artist

Cristina Mussinelli

Associazione Italiana Editori

Liisa McCloy-Kelley

Penguin Random House

Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

Abhay Parasnis

CTO, Adobe

John Prabhu

SPi Global

Kristen Ratan

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

Florian Rivoal


Tzviya Siegman


Jen Simmons



9 November
Day One - Thursday

09:00 – 09:10 am
Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Jaffe - CEO, W3C
09:10 – 09:40 am
Keynote: The Future of Content
Abhay Parasnis - CTO, Adobe
09:40 – 10:00 am
Content, Platforms, and Publishers: The International Perspective
Ben Dugas - Rakuten Kobo
10:00 – 10:30 am
Digital Publishing in Asia, Europe, and Latin America
Yasushi Fujita - Founder & CEO Media DO,
Cristina Mussinelli - Italian Publishers Association,
Laurent Le Meur - EDRLab, Julian Calderazi - DigitalBe
10:30 – 10:50 am
10:50 – 11:10 am
Publishing@W3C Update
Tzviya Siegman - Wiley, Rick Johnson - VitalSource
11:10 – 11:40 am
Accessibility in Publishing and W3C
Judy Brewer - W3C; Romain Deltour, George Kerscher, Avneesh Singh - DAISY
11:40 – 12:00 pm
Panel discussion: Browser/web developer perspective on publishing and the Open Web Platform
Jake Archibald - Google, Marcos Caceres - Mozilla
Moderator:  Garth Conboy - Google
12:00–12:20 pm
New Developments in W3C Important to Publishers
Jeff Jaffe - W3C
12:20 – 01:20 pm
01:20 – 01:40 pm
The Fantastic Journey of Reading Systems:
eReader Past, Mobile/Browser Present, VR/AR Future

Micah Bowers - Founder & CEO, Bluefire
01:40 – 02:00 pm
Educational Publishing Today:
Print + Platform + Personalization

Ken Brooks - COO, Macmillan Learning
02:00 – 02:20 pm
Reading and Beyond
Liisa McCloy-Kelley - Penguin Random House
02:20 – 02:40 pm
02:40 – 03:10 pm
User-Centric Ebook/Web Production
Laura Brady, Iris Febres
03:10 – 03:40 pm
Modern CSS
Jen Simmons - Mozilla
03:40 – 04:10 pm
Print Quality Layout via CSS
Dave Cramer - Hachette Book Group, Florian Rivoal - Vivliostyle
04:10 – 04:30 pm
Digital Projects at NYPL
James English - NYPL
04:30 – 04:50 pm
France's Mass Digitization Project
Virginie Clayssen - Editis
04:50 – 05:00 pm
Closing Remarks

10 November
Day Two - Friday

09:00 – 09:30 am
Keynote: The Arc of Knowledge
Tim O'Reilly - Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media
09:30 – 09:50 am
Automating Publishing Workflows
Nellie McKesson
09:50 – 10:10 am
Building a Shared Open Infrastructure for Publishing
Kristen Ratan - Coko Foundation
10:10 – 10:30 am
Digital Preservation as a Foundation of Open Content Creation
Maurice York - University of Michigan Library/Publishing
10:30 – 10:50 am
10:50 – 11:10 am
Publication Metadata: The Next Generation
Thad McIlroy
11:10 – 11:30 am
Data and Analytics for Digital Content
John Prabhu - SPi Global
11:30 – 11:50 am
Closing Remarks


The W3C Publishing Summit will take place 9:00-5:00pm Thursday November 9 and 9:00-noon on Friday November 10. Registration will include lunch on Thursday and coffee and snack breaks on both days.


Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, California, USA, 94010
Phone: +1 650 347 1234
Directions and parking
Business casual suggested

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

NOTE: Rooms at the Hyatt were sold out for these dates as of 14 July. W3C has reserved a limited number of additional guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport Hotel.

Travel agents suggest TPAC attendees book as early as possible to avoid expensive and undesirable flight/hotel options.

NOTE: if also attending TPAC please register for TPAC first to receive the applicable discount code.

Pricing Early-Bird
(through 6 October)
General $399 $499
W3C Members $299 $399
W3C TPAC attendees $199 $299


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SPi Global logo
Apex logo

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Bill McCoy for sponsorship opportunities.

Program Committee

Luc Audrain

Hachette Livre

Paul Belfanti

Ascend Learning

Julian Calderazi


Dave Cramer

Hachette Book Group

Leslie Hulse


Bill Kasdorf


George Kerscher


Liisa McCloy-Kelley

Penguin Random House

Bill McCoy


Cristina Mussinelli

Associazione Italiana Editori

Leonard Rosenthol


Tzviya Siegman


Mateus Teixeira