Books Not Dead

Headed to SXSW Interactive? Concerned about the future of books, magazines, and websites? Attend “New Publishing and Web Content,” a panel I’m hosting on the creative, strategic, and marketing challenges of traditional and new (internet hybrid) book publishing and online magazine publishing, and how these fields intersect with content strategy and client services.

Joining me in a thoughtful exploration of new and old business models and creative challenges will be people who’ve spent a decade or two butting up against and reinventing these boundaries:

As moderator, my job will be to let these geniuses speak, to occasionally lob the right question to the right genius, and to help field your questions from the audience.

If you work in web or print publishing, or just care about the written word, please join us at 5:00 PM Central Time in Ballroom A.

(What else am I doing at SXSW Interactive? Here’s my schedule so far. I also hope to see some of you at OK Cog’aoke II, SXSW Interactive’s premiere karaoke event and best party, hosted by your friends at Happy Cog.)

8 thoughts on “Books Not Dead”

  1. Wow, Virginia, that’s some news!

    From “Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally” by MOTOKO RICH, New York Times, February 21, 2010

    Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books?

    A psychology book as seen on DynamicBooks. Macmillan plans to start selling 100 titles in this fashion in August.

    In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks, which will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks and customize them for their individual classes. …

  2. if only all moderators actually had these skills:

    As moderator, my job will be to let these geniuses speak, to occasionally lob the right question to the right genius, and to help field your questions from the audience.

  3. Do you know if this session will be recorded in any way? I can’t get to SXSW but am very interested in this topic, and what these people have to say about it.

  4. I would love to be able to see this recorded somehow. It’s an interesting subject. My sister-in-law studied book-binding at a Boston crafting school and she’s incredibly passionate about the possibility of digital publishing replacing traditional print.

    Loved your short interview in the Austin Chronicle, and the idea mentioned of print and digital media informing each other is something i’d love to spend time exploring.

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