We’re really excited today to announce that publishing all-star Theresa Horner is joining our team as our first Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals. She’s a highly respected veteran of the publishing world, having served as VP of Digital Content at Barnes & Noble, where she worked on the Nook e-reader and as a senior director at HarperCollins. For years, she’s been at the forefront of the massive changes that new technologies have brought to the publishing industry, and we’re thrilled to have her joining our team.
To introduce you to Theresa, we sat her down for a quick interview:
Scribd: What’s the most exciting change you’ve seen in retail and publishing in the past five years?
Theresa: The ability for authors and writers to share and sell their own content to mass audiences is one of the most impactful developments in publishing I’ve seen in the last five years. The growth of self-publishing has truly changed the business model as well as the breadth of content available to readers of all genres.
S: What’s been your most memorable day on the job?
T: My first job in publishing was at Doubleday Books. I was in the kitchen getting coffee when in walked Jacqueline Onassis who at the time was an editor there. I’m rarely without words but that moment I didn’t even know where to look. I’ve met and worked with many incredible editors and authors since then, but that moment stands out the most.
S: Where do you think digital publishing is headed?
T: It’s still early days for digital publishing. To date, digital books are essentially replicas of print books. I think there is a lot of room for experimentation as content creation tools improve, and as we work through how to incorporate social, geo-location, and data-driven experiences into storytelling.
S: What excites you most about Scribd?
T: What I love about Scribd is that you can discover and consume a vast array of content, regardless of format. Most of us read all day long, but we read different types of content: documents, books, comics, newsletters, white papers, and more. To have a service that allows a reader to consume all this content in one place without having to purchase piecemeal is a huge advantage.
S: What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
T: It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario.
S: Salty or sweet for mid-day snacks?
T: I am not that particular when it comes to snacks, but I tend to the salty rather than the sweet. A bag of Sun Chips is in more jeopardy than a cookie, but the cookie doesn’t stand a chance if there aren’t any chips.
S: Do you recall the first digital book you ever read?
T: When I first started in digital books I was reading from a second generation Palm Pilot. Back then, the common refrain about e-books was that no one could read a long book on a tiny screen. So I loaded up something stupidly long – I think it was War and Peace – to prove that you could indeed read a long book on a small screen. I’m not sure I finished it, but if I didn’t it’s not because the screen was too small.