revisited: where are we now?
University College London, 11 May
2011, 10.00 to 17.00
The uptake of e-book readers has suddenly
proliferated and 2010 has proved to be a milestone year for a consumer led boom
in e-books and e-readers. Amazon reported that sales of Kindle editions of
paperbacks have outstripped paperbacks in the US for the first time and the
Apple iPad has also become ubiquitous for anyone wanting a general purpose
notepad, leading to any number of imitations, many of which can serve as very
effective reading devices. Moreover, all are coming with increasingly high
levels of connectivity, moving them into the realms of general purpose
computing. Whilst there are few figures that illustrate this growth, the sheer
presence of these technologies on the street suggest that portable eBook readers
have finally arrived.
What does that imply for publishers, libraries, and
booksellers etc., all of whom are again being threatened by an emerging business
model? E-books and E-content 2011 will return to its traditional theme of the
e-book and explore these technologies, the associated services and the possible
impact on the traditional businesses of publications and their exploitation.
Should libraries start supplying e-books as downloads as some are? Should
publishers seek out new formats and markets for publications? Where does it
leave library suppliers? And what about academia, where every student may soon
have an electronic notepad and fail to understand why their course material
isnít already in e-format.
Speakers will include Hannah Perrett,
the Director of Digital Partnership Sales at Cambridge University Press,
Martin Palmer from Essex County Library, Jude Norris from
Dawson Books, Dr Sian
Harris, the Editor of Research
Information, and a speaker from the public library and
industry e-book supply company Overdrive.
James Macfarlane of
Easynet Solutions will cover the process of e-book production, standards and
e-reader issues whilst Nickey Whitsed, Director of Libraries for the
Open University will look at how they are using e-readers in an academic
context and in particular she will talk about and demo the OU's interactive
e-books for iPad.
Thus the team of expert speakers will address these
critical questions interspersed with open discussions on futures and industry
impact. The meeting will be chaired by Nick Canty of UCL and who was most
recently Publishing Director of the academic press of a major professional
institution and John Akeroyd, Research Fellow at UCL.
As always the
event will be of interest to all professions associated with the information and
digital publishing sectors, including publishers, librarians and
Registration fee: £110 per
Venue: The Gustave Tuck lecture
theatre, with registration and reception in the South Cloisters. Both venues are
in the Wilkins Building, Gower Street.
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