A few years ago, I wrote a post lamenting the lack of book people at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. Last year, as we know, a panel put together by a group of publishers missed its target, angering the audience. This year…wow, it’s a bookstravaganza.
I am so pleased to see so many book folk stepping up to show that, yes, there are cool things happening in the publishing industry. The Interactive festival has come a long way from its geekish roots. Held concurrently with the Film festival, the conference brings together the most creative minds in media, from Alternate Reality Gaming to traditional print.
But the magic doesn’t happen magically! There is a panel picking formula, and festival attendees vote on panels they want to see (said voting carries 30% of the weight in the process). Help your fellow book people by voting for the panels you’d like to see at this year’s SXSW Interactive festival!
And, if I missed a panel, please post it in the comments. Also, you’ll need to register to vote, but it’s quick and painless.
- Beyond Publishing: When Every Book is Connected to Everyone: Stephanie Troeth, Book Oven (Hugh McGuire, Peter Brantley, Andrew Savikas, Kassia Krozser)
- A Brave New Future for Book Publishing : Kevin Smokler, CEO BookTour.com (and a cast of geniuses)
- Book Publishing – The New Ecosystem: Maya Bisineer, Memetales (with Kat Meyer!)
- Romancing the e-Book: Publishing’s e-Volutionary Revolution: Deidre Knight, The Knight Agency
- Dinosaurs Dancing: Digital Experiments From Traditional Book Publishers: Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks and Michael Cader, Publishers Lunch
- The Novel in 2050: Richard Nash, Red Lemonade
- How I Learned to Love the DMCA: Zoe Hildren, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
- New Publishing and Web Content: Jeffrey Zeldman, Happy Cog Studios LLC, Lisa Holton (The Amanda Project, etc)
- Blood on the Bookshelves: How Publishing Can Survive: Adrian Hon, Six to Start
- Authors, Publishers and Social Media: Hug it Out: Tim O’Shaughnessy, LivingSocial
- Digital Accessibility on Ebooks and Phones : #$@^ Kindle: Brian Rowe, Freedom for IP
- The Rise of the Unbook: Christian Crumlish, Yahoo!
- Social Publishing: Why Reading is Cool Again: Trip Adler, Scribd
- Too Busy to Read? The Future of Books: Bradley Inman, Vook
- Can I Reserve This Book With My iPhone?: Cecily Walker, Vancouver Public Library
- Curating Cultural Content – Libraries Save Your Ass & Etchings: Jessamyn West, MetaFilter.com
- Reading ReInvented: Can You Steal this Book?: Jason Schultz, UC Berkeley School of Law
- Publishers Look To E-Reading to Reach Digital Consumers: Allen Weiner, Gartner, Inc
- Taming the Kindle: Guidance for Readers and Authors: Len Edgerly, The Kindle Chronicles, a weekly podcast about the Kindle
- Kindle 2020 : Matt Thompson, Snarkmarket
- Consumers are Ready for eReaders…But Will There Be Anything to Read?: Kevin Hamilton, IREX Technologies
- Give It Up for Free: Russell Reeder, LibreDigital