Podcast: Media in Transition 6: “The Future of Publishing”

Tue 9 Jun 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | 1 Comment | Posted by: Gavin

A couple of weeks ago Gavin was on a panel on “The Future of Publishing” with these fine people:

Gavin J. Grant, Small Beer Press
Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Robert Miller, Harper Studio
Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book
Moderator: Geoffrey Long, MIT

MIT has posted audio of the whole thing online here.

ETA: And now you can, erk, watch the whole thing here.

These were the panel questions to kick things off:

the future of publishing

How has the rise of new publishing and promotion technologies affected how titles are acquired, produced and publicized?  How have your experiments with new technologies and practices made conducting business easier, and how have they made conducting business more challenging?

Is all the transparency afforded by having agents, authors and publishers openly blogging and Twittering really a good thing?  How has maintaining an open public face helped or hindered your work?

One of the great challenges facing is e-books is that e-book adopters are largely required to choose between print and electronic versions, or to pay for both.  What is the state of the e-book?  Is it really the Next Great Thing for publishing, what are the challenges standing in its way, and what is being done to address those concerns?  How are e-books changing the way that you do business?  What will it take for e-books to succeed?

We’ve seen an explosion of new forms of storytelling in recent years, from video games to mobisodes to webisodes to alternate reality games to augmented reality systems to cell phone novels and what is apparently being called “hint fiction”, Twittered tales in under 25 words.  How are authors, agents and publishers evolving to incorporate all of these different forms of storytelling, including transmedia storytelling, and how are your businesses evolving to incorporate those changes?  What’s next?


One Response to “Podcast: Media in Transition 6: “The Future of Publishing””

  1. Edward Gauvin on June 25th, 2009 3:59 pm

    Interesting early reflections on advertising, narrowcasting, and Kalpa Imperial that make me ponder how best to promote translations… Later on, I confess to multitasking and sort of losing track of who was who, besides Gavin with his convenient accent and Jennifer (“our returns system arose after the last depression”), but the idea of version fixity being a thing of the past is, apart from any publishing ramifications, one of personal obsession… certainly it has always been true of translations, which are said to date faster than their sources.

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