Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Future of the Book

Post Kindle DX musings
I've had some interesting comments and feedback from my musings on the Kindle DX. I'm also hearing of some of the bigger schools and smaller polytechnics here in New Zealand are at a very early reconnaissance stage around using the Kindle DX as a text repository. So definitely something to follow.

Local moblile telco?
However, it still needs a mobile telco to complete the triage of content, connectivity. Would be good to hear at least a glimmer of interest from the local candidates on this? Perhaps I might raise it with my name sake at the launch party of the Telecom NZ next Wednesday!

Martin Taylor
All of which makes this upcoming conference, June 24th and June 25th, The Future of the Book, all the more interesting. The text below comes from the organisers, the NZ Digital Publishing Forum.

The Forum Director is Martin Taylor whose track record in New Zealand publishing needs no introduction from me. We have talked and corresponded on a number of the topics the conference is looking to surface.

Libraries and Digital Books
One of these exchanges came from his tongue in cheek blog post that public libraries should not lend or even stock e-book s. Actually, I'm not even sure it was tongue in cheek. You can follow the post, and the response, including mine, here. In the meantime, herewith the detail of the conference:

Future of the Book Conference: June 24/25th, 2009 Auckland
" The Future of the Book
The future of the book is digital, mobile and global
. The changes sweeping this US$100 billion global industry ― and increasingly newspapers and magazines too ― promise the biggest change in how we read since the invention of the printing press. This major conference explores their impact on New Zealand and the new opportunities opening up globally for smart media and technology players.
  • Features top international keynotes to engage senior decision makers from publishing, technology, education and the creative sector.
  • A special Future of the Book in Education stream highlights global opportunities in e-learning
  • A Digital Rights Marketplace, running alongside, will open up a vast amount of content to innovative new digital media applications.
  • The Networking Lounge and Product Showcase provides a place to come and do business.

The Future of the Book conference will give New Zealand organisations the tools and partnerships to engage in the emerging consumer and educational markets for digital content.

Who Should Participate

  • Publishers – consumer, trade and educational across a range of media
  • Technology providers
  • Content providers looking for technology partners
  • Developers looking for content partners
  • E-Learning providers
  • Retailers, libraries, suppliers and service providers
  • Investors
  • Anyone who can help build an internationally competitive digital publishing industry based in New Zealand

The Future of the Book conference is organised by the Digital Publishing Forum, an industry group formed by book publishers, authors and their copyright licensing agency. The Forum's aim is to accelerate the growth of digital publishing in New Zealand. A key part of this is exposing this rapidly emerging global opportunities to new, as well as existing, players.

For more information, visit For details on conference speaking and sponsorship opportunities, contact Martin Taylor, Forum Director on +64-9-529-9573 or .This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Pete said...

Could this maybe, possibly mean that New Zealanders will finally be able to go into a shop somewhere in the country and buy an e-book reader? Neither Sony's devices nor the Kindle are currently available to NZers through normal channels (I know the iPod has a kind of e-reader functionality, but it's not the same). I just want to be able to download a range of selected public domain titles from a service like Project Gutenberg and not have to clutter up my shelves.

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