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E-books revisited: where are we now?
E-books and E-content 2011
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 Steve Burrows from the Digital Reading Europe team
within Sony Europe, 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 Johanna Brinton from the public library and
industry e-book supply company OverDrive.
James Macfarlane of Easypress will cover the process of e-book
production, standards and e-reader issues whilst Nicky Whitsed, Director
of Library Services 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 in the Centre for
Publishing 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 booksellers.
Registration fee: £110 per delegate
Registration form: click HERE to download the registration form.
Venue: The Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, with registration and reception
in the South Cloisters. Both venues are in the Wilkins Building, Gower
Map link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/ucl-maps/map2_low_res
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