I’m pleased to see that, while I’ve been hard at work flanneuring around the Online Marketing Show (more of which later), the Internet seems to have become the hot topic of the week for publishers, with not one but two events at University College London. So here’s a last-minute heads-up to anyone in the London area who fancies a bit of midweek discussion about publishing models, e-books and the Internet:
1. Publishing and the Internet: Connecting with an Online Audience – Society of Young Publishers, Wed 27 June, 18.30-20.00
From the flyer:
This month we take publishing and the internet, one of the hottest publishing topics of current times, and throw open the discussion between our expert speakers and audience. Are e-books as big a threat to books as the ipod has been to music? How differently are publishers engaging with a generation of increasingly savvy internet users? And where does the ever-struggling high-street retailer fit into this new, uncertain bookselling formula?
Speakers confirmed:Fionnuala Duggan, Director of Random House Group Digital; Jason Hanley from Google’s Booksearch Program; with Claire Warwick, Programme Director for the MA in Electronic Communication and Publishing.
2. Models in Flux: Books and Journals – Centre for Publishing, Wed 27-Thu 28 June.
All of us involved in the information chain and especially scholars instinctively think of books and journals as the main way that knowledge is mediated by us and to us. We are therefore concentrating on communication using these means. They are constructs that have served us well for centuries and continue to do so. This conference, planned to be the first of an annual series, questions the sustainability of the old models of content delivery as well as the old business models themselves.
I sadly can’t make either event – but if you go, do let us know what you thought!