Book Industry Study Group Appoints New Executive Director

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The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. As of August 1, Jeff Abraham has replaced Frank Daly, who had served as executive director since spring 2001. In a prepared statement, BISG noted that "Jeff Abraham’s publishing background and experience will bring seasoned management skills and business development capabilities to the organization." Charles Benante, BISG chair, commented, "We are excited about leveraging Jeff’s past accomplishments and look forward to him managing the many new programs we will launch this season."

Abraham’s background includes experience in the publishing industry and beyond. Most recently, he was a senior executive with AirSphere, a provider of technical solutions to aviation support companies. His publishing experience includes founding Optimedia Ltd., an electronic publishing service.

This month, BISG published the latest edition of Book Industry Trends, and all BISG members will receive copies as a benefit of membership. The publication can be purchased by nonmembers. Book Industry Trends 2002 is prepared for BISG by the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration.

In addition, BISG has announced that the 2001 Consumer Research Study on Book Purchasing, prepared by Ipsos Book Trends, for BISG, ABA, and Vista International will be available to BISG members this month and available for purchase by nonmembers in September.

In related news, BISG announced that it would be establishing the Book Industry Study Group Foundation, which will sponsor research projects, conferences, workshops, training seminars, and other educational programs. In the coming months, the foundation will be working to organize a conference on industry statistics and a 2003 study on the reading habits of different segments of the U.S. population.

BISG is a not-for-profit research and technology standards organization. Its members come from every sector of the publishing community. For more information, visit