Edinburgh ‘Disruption in Publishing’ Conference, 20 June 2014

So that’s it for this year… Described by one attendee as “an insanely great publishing meeting” ! Thanks to all our wonderful speakers: Cory Doctorow, Ian Ritchie, Timo Hannay, John Gilbey, Jan Velterop, Mark Hahnel, Michelle Brook, Rachel Willmer, Brennan Dunn, Peter Armstrong. And our best wishes to Jenny Todd, who couldn’t make it on the day because of a car accident, hope all is well! Here’s the links to the talks: Welcome to the conference Joanna Young, the Scientific Editing Company SESSION 1: Access: Open Publishing in a Digital World Chaired by Graham Steel Publishers: saviours of science Timo Hannay, Digital Science Publishing in the future: is the Global South leapfrogging? Jan Velterop, AQnowledge Free Our Research Michelle Brook, Open Knowledge Foundation SESSION 2: Analytics, Tools & Technology Chaired by Jo Young Before the Web, and After the Hype Ian Ritchie, Coppertop Open Data: Viva La Revolution Mark Hahnel, Figshare Project Management Of The Future John Gilbey SESSION 3: Publishing: what are the new creative rules? Chaired by Jo Young What’s the price of an ebook? Rachel Willmer, Luzme Information doesn’t want to be free: 3 laws for creative success in the digital age Cory Doctorow SESSION 4: Future: What Does the Future Hold for Publishing? Chaired by Rachel Willmer Lean Publishing: Why In-Progress Publishing is the Future, and the Past, of Publishing Peter Armstrong, Leanpub How I Sell A Book for $249: the magic of tiered pricing Brennan Dunn Panel Session: Timo Hannay, Jan Velterop, Michelle Brook, Mark Hahnel, John Gilbey, Peter Armstrong, Brennan...

Edinburgh Publishing Conference, June 2014, with Cory Doctorow

“Disruption in the Publishing Industry” Friday, 20th June Business School, University of Edinburgh http://edinpubconf.net Following the success of last year’s Edinburgh Publishing Conference, we’re running it again with a exciting set of speakers. To name but three: Cory Doctorow, Ian Ritchie and me! Cory Doctorow: award-winning writer, journalist, activist. His talk at O’Reilly’s 2013 “Tools of Change” conference was one of the highlights, and we’re delighted to have him as our main speaker. Ian Ritchie CBE: Ian’s company Office Workstations Ltd was doing hypertext before most of the rest of us had even heard of the Internet. As a director of Northern Venture Trust plc and a member of the advisory board for Pentech Ventures, he’s been involved in innovative growth companies, and now acts as Chairman for iomart, CAS, Blipfoto, the Interactive Design Institute, and more. And his enduring claim to fame is turning down Tim Berners Lee, when he came asking for a hypertext browser for his new invention “the world wide web”! Rachel Willmer: I run the ebook search site, Luzme. Everyone is clamouring for more data about what people buy and what the price of an ebook should be; I’ll be sharing some real world experience based on what I see my users doing. Real data about the prices people are paying for their ebooks. Please see the http://edinpubconf.net website for details of the other great speakers we have lined up for you. The ticket for the one-day conference is only £149, with an Early Bird rate of £99 available through April. I look forward to seeing you at #EdinPubConf...

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