A couple of weeks from now (Friday, November 5th, at 9 in the morning, to be exact), I'll be hosting a conversation with Y.S. Chi and Kent Anderson at the Charleston Conference. I've known each of them for some time, and they are among the most experienced, thoughtful, and inquisitive people in publishing.
Y.S. is currently Vice-Chairman and CEO Science & Technology for Elsevier -- you know, that little outfit that produces ScienceDirect, Scopus, Embase, Engineering Village, etc. Before Elsevier he held several president and CEO positions at Ingram Book Group and was CEO and President at Random house.
Kent is CEO & Publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. He spent a decade with the New England Journal of Medicine, helping them move into the digital age, and before that ran periodicals for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He's the editor-in-chief of The Scholarly Kitchen (which you ought to be reading daily).
These guys know a lot. They spend most of their time trying to figure out where scholarly publishing is going.
I've told them I don't want prepared presentations. We're going to hang out on the stage, I'll ask them some questions to get things rolling, and then we'll turn it over to the audience.
We're going to have fun. What do you think I should ask them?