Margaret Atwood provided a keynote at TOC called, “The Publishing Pie: An Author’s View” Margaret admitted she is not a high tech person, but delivered her genuine, humorous keynote from the heart. She shared much of her experience with publishing, showing us rare pieces of her previous work, including her first book of poetry from 1946, Blue Bunny. Â She was 6. Â Her story of selling/signing one of her first books, The Edible Woman, was a treat. Â She was set-up in the men’s department of a large department store, near the jockey shorts and socks. Â Margaret said most of the men ran away, she sold only two copies.
Unfortunately, the live feed went out twice during the presentation (I was in the overflow room), so I missed much of “the publishing pie,” but I’ll be sure to watch it on the O’Reilly site.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.Â Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and networkÂ Â about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.Â While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries.Â I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians→
Your job as a publisher is to do things for authors that they can’t do for themselves.
Remember what you really do, it may not be the cool/sexy stuff, it’s the boring stuff and you have to be good at those things in this era. Â If not, someone else will take your place. Continue reading TOC – Tim O’Reilly Keynote→
TOC -Â Rethinking The Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing – Frances Pinter (Bloomsbury Academic), Feb. 24
Creating quality content is not without cost. Â Frances discussed publishing monographs in academia, which is an endangered species. Â print runs for academic books have been on a major decline. She focused on the SS and H (Social Science and Humanities) where the book form is still preferred over journal articles (unlike the sciences). Â She offered a very interesting proposition to support an open access model for academic monograph publishing, supported by library budgets. Â I hope Frances presents this to library audiences, because it’s worth thinking about and considering. Â Libraries want open access, have declining budgets, and like to collaborate. Â Her model addresses all of these factors. I’ll try to get her slides or check with her about an audio interview. Continue reading TOC – Rethinking the Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing→
AR is often confused with visual search like google goggles or Nokia point & find, Ricoh iCandy, or kooaba interactive print. (i.e.google goggles, it’s confused b/c a person can take a a picture of a book cover and then the search engine actually brought back results. The publisher didn’t do anything in this instance).
Ignite offers individuals 5 minutes to speak about a particular topic or to promote a product. Â At TOC a series of speakers participated in ignite. Â A selection of summaries are below.
Erin with Smartwords from wordnik – get and share information about words; digital words know things (where they are, where they came from, who created them, who they are hanging out with, etc); ask a word about themselves and they can answer you’ll have a closer experience b/t readers and the content/devices; the words have to be smart; a standard, enabling powerful APIs – smartwords.wordnik.com – email them with ideas on what can be published in this open standard Continue reading TOC – Ignite (5 minute sessions)→
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