Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements – O’Reilly webinar summary

July 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Dana Newman and Jenny Bent presented at the O’Reilly webinar, The Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements.  My interpretation of the content is below; best efforts were made to ensure accuracy. Follow the comments on Twitter at #TOCCON.  Kat says the slides will be on slideshare and a recording will be available in […]

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TOC – Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age Panelists:  Laura Baldwin, O’Reilly Media and Phil Ollila, Ingram Laura – reality of our biz, print and retail is still the bulk of the business. Print erosion cost, shipping costs, printing expenses, safety stock, operating capital are all factors in the profit/loss of publishers. Strategically they wanted to […]

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TOC – Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries?

February 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries? Ruth Liebmann, Random House, Micah Bowers, BlueFire Reader, Katie Dunneback, Librarian and Consultant Katie set the stage with a broad introduction to libraries.  The people inside give the libraries meaning. Libraries develop relationships with their customers and advise […]

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TOC – Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age Panelists:  Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven Media, (Moderator), Bob Carlton, Kirkus Reviews, Ron Charles, Washington Post, Sarah Weinman, Publishers Marketplace Some of the questions addressed in the discussion were:  What are the biggest challenges to literary reviewing?   So many books, so many critics – how do readers sort through […]

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TOC Keynote, Making the book truly accessible, Jim Fruchterman, Benetech

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

Jim Fruchterman wants to make the book truly accessible and feels we have a good start, but a long way to go. Bookshare is the largest online library for people with disabilities, they download more than 1 million books per year. His service only serves about 1% of the population, and they turn away so […]

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TOC Keynote- Kevin Kelly, Wired

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

What Technology Wants, Kevin’s new book.  He says it’s the last paper book he’ll write because he is learning so much about digital publishing. Kevin’s keynote discussed “What’s Next” in his view and he offered 6 trends (verbs), screening, interacting, sharing, accessing, flowing, generating. Screening – screens everywhere, we are moving from people of the […]

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TOC – Publisher CTO Panel, the future of ebook technology, TeleRead

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Summary of Tools of Change session, reprinted in full from Teleread.com by Paul Biba Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)Moderated by: Abe Murray (Google, Inc. ) Savikas: first foray in 1987. Stared with cd books and online books in 2001, which was first substantial digital presence. Wish is that […]

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TOC – EPUB 3 Update

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

EPUB 3 update panel included Robert Kasher (Book Masters), Keith Fahlgren (Threepress Consulting Inc.), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions) EPUB 3 was just announced this morning by the IDPF.  The final draft of standard being readied for release at BEA 2011.  http://idpf.org/epub/30 – public release of standard here, ready for comment, looking for lots […]

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TOC – Accessible Publishing Practices

February 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Can you afford not to consider accessible publishing practices?, presented by Dave Gunn, Royal National Institute of Blind People. Dave commented on how TOC last year had no mention of disabilities and was appreciative of the discussions already happening this year.  More info on accessible publishing here:  rnib.org.uk/ebookguidance Dave provided an overview of accessibility and […]

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TOC – Digital Textbooks Panel Summary

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Panel discussion on eTextbooks in Higher Education:  Practical Findings to Guide the Industry.   Panelists included Jade Roth, Curtiss Barnes, Nick Francesco, David McCarthy, Jacob Robinson, and Susan Stites-Doe.  Panelist names/titles are available on the conference website. Notes are my own interpretation and my best attempts were made to ensure accuracy. Some overview data:  15% […]

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