Joe Grimm, Detroit Free Press recruiting and development editor and Poynter columnist, pinged me with a conference tip.
Book publishers will meet next week in New York to attend the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference.
While the book world works differently from news, it faces some of the same issues: declining sales, competition from bloggers, the need for alternative delivery methods, and questions about creating community.
Several sessions could be worth your time:
- Lessons From Online Science Publishing. In many ways, science writers have been the first to leap online. The session looks at mistakes, lessons and applications to other publishing genres.
- Audience as Authors: Creating, Managing, and Sustaining a Community of Contributors
- Gadgetopia II looks at the way new consumer electronics are changing audience interaction.
- Books as Conversations is a discussion about the possibilities for developing communities as created by online publishing.
- Blogs as Books, Books as Blogs features author Amy Cohen, Jeff Jarvis, Scott Karp of Publish2 and financial writer-commentator Michelle Leder of footnoted.org.
And if anyone is attending, post a comment and let us know what you learned.