The Changing World of eBooks
Charleston in 2012 welcomes two of the real experts on the amazing way in which eBooks are being transformed, not in the academic sector but in the consumer sector. Peter Brantley and Mike Shatzkin will tell us how it is in the same way as they fluently tell a wide audience on blogs and lists. Books as vehicles of content are no longer as we know them - neither in form or functionality. Indeed can the word "book" really describe what readers are consuming? Where do apps fit in? What about enhanced e-books? Most Charlestonians work in the academic sector either as librarians, vendors or publishers but they also live in the wider world. What is the future of the eBook and how might it impact on our day jobs? Are there going to be major changes on the way for academic librarians, aggregators and publishers as they struggle to invent new ways of working to handle new forms of content or will our sector still stick to what are more or less print equivalents at least for the immediate future? The moderator Anthony Watkinson (University College London) will guide the conversation and seek input from the floor.
NOTE: Overflow seating is available for all plenary sessions in the Francis Marion Colonial and Gold Ballrooms.
Director, Bookserver Project
Peter is the Director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not-for-profit library. He was previously the Director of the Digital Library Federation, a non-profit association of research and national libraries. He has worked in senior information technology management roles at the University of California; the New York University Libraries and Press; Rapt, a startup firm focusing on advertising optimization, acquired by Microsoft; and the mass market... Read More →
Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company
Mike Shatzkin is a veteran of five decades in the trade book business, having worked at every point in the value chain that stretches from writer to reader: author, agent, packager, editor, production director, sales director, and marketer. He has worked with the biggest companies in the industry and fledgling startups and his clients have included publishers' most important trading partners among retailers and wholesalers as well. For the past 20 years Shatzkin has led industry thinking about... Read More →
Senior Lecturer, University College London
Anthony Watkinson is the Principal Consultant at CIBER Research and is an associate of Oxford Brookes University and an honorary lecturer at University College London. He is a director of the Charleston Conference, a member of the editorial board of the Charleston Advisor and co-organiser of the Fiesole Retreats. He also consults for the Publishers Association and organises events and writes for the International Association of STM Publishers. He spent forty years working as a senior publisher... Read More →
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