25th August, 2023

Mike Shatzkin

Mike Shatzkin has had a 60-year (so far) career in the book publishing business, starting on the sales floor of Brentano’s 5th Avenue bookstore in 1962. Starting in the early 1990s, he was one of the industry’s thought leaders on ‘digital change’, including the purchasing of books online (then in its infancy) and in digital (ebook) versions (which didn’t yet exist).

He was a founder of the Digital Book World conferences and he has spoken at publishing events all over the world. Decades of his speeches and blogs are on his company website, Idealog.com. Since 2016, Mike has also been a climate change activist. A website he co-founded is ClimateChangeResources.org, the foremost aggregator and curator of climate information and action on the web. His passion in that regard is in expanding the use of nuclear power to reduce the greenhouse gases that cause global heating. He is a lifelong resident of midtown Manhattan.

SPN general manager Tim Coronel will be interviewing Mike in NYC, to be broadcast on Friday’s Industry Day of the conference.


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