Threepress will be fully represented at Tools of Change 2011. Keith Fahlgren will be part of the panel All About EPUB3. I’m not speaking this year but I’m attending; a relief for me as I’m really looking forward to spending the time listening rather than rehearsing.
The following is a list of talks that I’m either planning on attending personally or recommend, based on topic or speaker:
This year’s workshop program is really strong. Attendees will not be disappointed by any of:
- EPUB Finishing Touches with Joshua Tallent.
- Standards in Flux with Bill Kasdorf et al.
- Designing iPad Apps with Jennifer Brook, William Couch, and Craig Mod. Craig’s thoughts on digital books are worth the price of admission.
- Two of my favorite people are presenting Metadata Boot Camp: Laura Dawson (now with Firebrand) and Adam Witwer (O’Reilly Media).
- I’m quite interested in HTML5: A Workshop for Publishers as it’s given by the author of the HTML5 Google Pac-Man, though I haven’t met him.
- Is There Such a Thing as a Good Business Model for Publishing These Days? with Louis Rosenfeld (Rosenfeld Media, LLC), John Oakes (OR Books)
- Value-Added Apps: A Conversation with Top App Makers on How to Create Apps with Craft, Care and Polish with Neal Hoskins (WingedChariot), Gus Balbontin (Lonely Planet), Anil Dash (Activate), Michel Kripalani (Oceanhouse Media), Pete Myers (BirdsInTheHand, LLC). This is a really strong lineup.
- Data-driven Marketing and Product Development with Emily Sawtell (McGraw-Hill International Publishing Group), Brett Sandusky (Kaplan Publishing)
- Bookselling in the 21st Century with Kassia Krozser (Booksquare.com), Lori James (All Romance/OmniLit/ARe Cafe), Jenn Northington (WORD), Kevin Smokler (Booktour.com), Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo (Greenlight Bookstore), Malle Vallik (Harlequin Enterprises Ltd)
- All about EPUB3: An Update with Robert Kasher (Book Masters), Keith Fahlgren (Threepress) and others to be announced.
- eReading Survey Findings and Research: A Look behind the Numbers with Sarah Weinman (DailyFinance), Matthew Bernius (Open Publishing Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology), Kelly Gallagher (RR Bowker), Peter Hildick-Smith (Codex-Group LLC), Jennifer Manning (Nielsen)
- From Startups to Publishing Companies Ripe for Expansion: What Are Investors in the Publishing Sector Looking For? with Jeff Shelstad (Flat World Knowledge), Linda Holliday (CEO Semi-Linear, Director New York Angels), Mark Jacobsen (O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures), Stephen Koenig (Interweave), Brian Rich (Catalyst Investors), Rick Richter (Ruckus Media). I run a publishing startup, so I may be more interested in this than you.
- What Do eReading Customers Really, Really Want? An In-depth, Research, and Data-driven Exploration of Reading Behavior, Content Consumption, and Consumer Attitudes Toward eReaders and Multifunction Devices with James Cathey (Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc. ), Michael Tamblyn (Kobo). Any talk with Michael Tamblyn is worth attending.
- Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-win for Publishers AND Libraries? with Heather McCormack (Library Journal Magazine), Katie Dunneback (East Central Library Services), Ruth Liebmann (Random House, Inc.), Micah Bowers (Bluefire). This is a topic I’m particularly interested in right now.
- Open, Webby Book Publishing Systems with Hugh McGuire (LibriVox.org/Iambik.com/BookOven.com), Kirk Biglione (Oxford Media Works), John Maxwell (Simon Fraser University). All of the cool kids will be in this session.
- What’s in HTML5 for Publishers? with Philippe Le Hegaret (W3C).
Do not be caught schmoozing in the Exhibit Hall during these keynote speeches:
- The Condition of Music by James Bridle
- Making the Book Truly Accessible by Jim Fruchterman (Benetech)
- Context First: A Unified Field Theory of Publishing by Brian O’Leary. I have seen this talk and it is one of the best presentations in publishing you will ever see.