What’s new in the ebook world? Well, a lot. Ebooks are everywhere and they’re making big news. In an effort to help publishers and readers alike keep track of all that is new in ebook news, MediaBistro recently unveiled the eBOOKNEWSER – an e-centric companion blog to their popular GalleyCat blog, AND this week MediaBistro is launching a conference completely devoted to ebooks – the eBook Summit.
That’s a lot of e!
Wanting to know more about these E-vents, I cornered Jason Boog, editor of GalleyCat, and managing editor for the eBookNewser, to find out find out what’s behind MediaBistro’s interest in the world of ebooks.
KM: What prompted MediaBistro’s interest in the ebook space?
JB: We’ve been reporting on eBooks all year, and GalleyCat has really grown as we focused on digital issues. Watching eBook readership expand, mediabistro.com wanted to tap into this timely issue and foster conversation about the future–so our events and teaching teams built this amazing conference.
KM:What’s the deal with the eBook Summit?
JB: The summit is a two-day conference about the future of digital publishing–I helped choose speakers and develop some of the content. In my new job, I’ll have a chance to work even more closely with the events and teaching teams for the conference.
The summit will talk about all the digital issues facing publishing–from Google Books, to different e-reading devices, to social networking and publicity to reading demographics to the agent’s role in the future.
Here’s the complete program:
Here’s the complete list of speakers and moderators, it’s kind of amazing how many people are coming out:
The idea is to make the summit a mediabistro tradition, and continue to interact with the digital community the summit will create. I’m hoping to start holding semi-regular parties where publishing types, writers, and readers can get together and talk about these issues.
Here’s the first party, if everything goes well, we should have more of these in the future:
KM: What differentiates the eBook Summit from TOC and Digibookworld? What is the angle is MediaBistro taking with this conference?
JB: Mediabistro’s audience spans the media industry. eBooks are turning the publishing industry into a multimedia business. The eBook Summit brings together people from all facets of media who are interested in electronic publishing to brainstorm how they can work together to produce the next phase of content.
We put the most creative and influential leaders in the field together–from literary journals to Google to publishing executives–and we will let them have a conversation. And, as always, mediabistro.com events feature plenty of quality networking time. For two days attendees can mingle with the eBook leaders and become a part of the eBook conversation.
KM: What has response to the conference been like?
JB: The response has been phenomenal. We’re expecting 300 people, a remarkable number for a first-time conference in the middle of a recession.
KM: What topics will MediaBistro’s eBOOKNEWSER cover?
JB: We’ll put a GalleyCat stamp on eBook news–the same warm tone, focused, and frequent reporting that senior editor Ron Hogan developed over the last four years. We’ll bring all the digital news our traditional publishing audience expects, but we are hoping to broaden the GalleyCat audience as well. We’re looking to reach the sea of underrepresented writers in digital space, from eBook writers to eBook pioneers at small presses. Socially-networked writing sites like Protagonize, Fictionaut, Scribd, and fan fiction hubs are booming–but nobody has covered these fascinating communities. We’ll be there every day.
Check out the eBOOKNEWSER here. They’ve already got a lot of great posts up, including today’s very interesting: “An Agent Weighs In on Random House’s Claim to Backlist eBook Rights.”