John Ingram on the State of Publishing

John Ingram on the State of PublishingJohn Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been leading the successful transformation of the company for some time now. And what was once primarily a book wholesaler has become a comprehensive, innovation-driven company that, founder and Ingram’s father, E. Bronson Ingram, may not recognize.

John Ingram will be one of the main stage speakers at Digital Book World 2016 in New York from March 7th-9th, where he will be interviewed by Founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company, Mike Shatzkin.

We recently spoke with Ingram about what the company is doing differently, what he will be speaking on at DBW16, and what he’s most excited about in today’s publishing world.

Much more.


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