PageBreak Conference
October 27–28, 2022


What started as a conversation about publishing and conferences and innovation and community has evolved into the first-ever PageBreak Conference that will be held in San Francisco, CA, on October 27–28, 2022.

Questions the conference will address include:
  • What is “Publishing” in 2022?
  • What does innovation look like today?
  • What could or should publishing look like in the future?

According to the organizers, PageBreak attendees will explore what publishing is and can be. Building on the best of Books in Browsers and Tools of Change, PageBreak is a community-driven conference focused on sharing the ways that the publishing industry is moving beyond traditional models and embracing emergent technologies, workflows, and processes.

The intent is to foster a community of people who are excited about building change together, and willing to try new things.

The two-day in-person event will feature a combination of engaging talks and panels including:

  • GenZ and Millennial Media Behaviors: 2022 Immersive Media and Books Survey Data
  • Newsletters as Books / Newsletters as Platforms
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities of AI
  • Web3: Empowering and Rewarding Storytellers
  • Intellectual Property: Issues and Opportunities

PageBreak is focused on sharing visions for the future, and discussing what’s needed to get there.

Register for PageBreak here:
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Hear more about Readability in this session:

Thursday, Oct 27:  How AI Can Make PDF Useful Again

This roundtable discussion will cover the high-level state of the art and near-term prospects and challenges for AI/ML-based conversion of page-based publications into more usable and useful structured content, motivated by real-world examples and case studies.


Page Break - Bill McCoyBill McCoy has played major roles in the establishment of numerous industry-standard publishing standards including EPUB, PDF, OpenType, and PostScript. Most recently Bill served as director of the Publishing Activity at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He previously served as Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), founded and served as President of the Readium Foundation open source consortium, and was General Manager, Digital Publishing at Adobe Systems, and founder & CEO, PictureIQ Corporation.

Page Break - Lucy Lu WangLucy Lu Wang, Assistant Professor, University of Washington / Allen Institute for AI (AI2), is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her research focuses on how to build better AI and NLP systems for extracting and understanding information from scientific texts; for example, can we create systems that leverage up-to-date literature to help us make better and more data-driven healthcare decisions, or design document understanding models that can improve the readability of scientific texts for people who are blind and low vision. Lucy’s work on supplement interaction detection, gender trends in academic publishing, COVID-19 datasets, and document understanding has been featured in Geekwire, Boing Boing, Axios, VentureBeat, and the New York Times. Prior to joining the UW, she was a Young Investigator at the Allen Institute for AI, and she received her PhD in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education from the University of Washington.

Page Break - Zoya BylinskiiZoya Bylinskii, Research Scientist, Adobe Research, is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the interface of human perception & cognition, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction, with applications to image processing, graphic design, and readability. She received her Computer Science Ph.D. from MIT, and an Hon. B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Together with other founding members of The Readability Consortium, she is building the strategy and future for personalizing reading formats to the individual. (Learn more about Zoya’s recent research here.)

Page Break - Pamela BerkmanPamela Berkman, Manager, Collection Development, Benetech/Bookshare, has worked in the publishing industry for three decades at organizations ranging from the global education, learning, assessment, and certification company John Wiley & Sons to the independent nonprofit publisher North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, CA. Her roles have varied from manufacturing coordinator to senior production manager to acquisitions editor to traditionally published author.


Page Break ConferenceAbout PageBreak: Building on the best of Books in Browsers and Tools of Change, PageBreak is a community-driven conference focused on celebrating and sharing the ways people are moving beyond traditional models and embracing contemporary technology, workflow, and processes.

They seek to foster a community of people who are excited about building change together, and willing to try new things.