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About TOC

Experience TOC | Who Should Attend | TOC Endorsements |
| Program Committee |

Experience TOC

The TOC Conference will decipher the tools of change in this industry and help cut through the hype for a more profitable future in publishing. From authoring, editing, and layout to distribution and consumption, new technologies are changing all aspects of publishing. But which technologies are important? Which provide exciting business opportunities? And what are the strategic questions you need to consider in adopting new models? These questions and much more will be explored at TOC through:

  • Plenary and keynote presentations that frame the visions of publishing's future into a meaningful picture
  • Focused, expert-led breakout sessions covering both analysis and practical advice
  • Half-day tutorials that dive deep into necessary skills and tools
  • A relevant Exhibit Hall connecting attendees with the projects, products, and services shaping industry change
  • Networking events and hallway conversations designed to help all participants connect with like minds

Read the Reviews and Highlights from the June 2007 Conference (PDF).

Who Should Attend

Anyone who cares about books and publishing, including:

  • Book publishers of all kind
  • Senior editors
  • Marketing and production managers
  • Digital content managers
  • Publishing consultants from companies of any size
  • Authors and agents
  • Business managers in publishing
  • Librarians
  • Technologists with a passion for books/publishing
  • Information suppliers
  • Small consultancy firms
  • Anyone in the book supply business

TOC 2007 brought together representatives from companies and organizations like: Modern Language Association, Thomson Learning, MIT Press, Amazon.com, Nature Publishing Group, Zondervan, Springer, Book Industry Study Group, CrossRef, Stanford Publishing Courses, Digital Library Federation, McMaster-Carr Supply Company, Google, Presbyterian Church, Intel, Bowker, Harvard Business School Publishing, Rosetta Solutions, Tizra Inc., Friesens Corporation, Center for Citizen Media, SAS Institute, Inc., Booktour.com, SAS Institute, Inc., Random House, Sony Electronics, The New York Review of Books, Graphic Arts Center, HarperCollins, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Nielsen BookScan, Alfred A. Knopf, Lightspeed LLC, Center for Global Development, iRex Technologies, AuthorHouse, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Lonely Planet, IBM

TOC 2007 sponsors and exhibitors included: Ingram, Adobe, Mark Logic, Blurb, Copyright Clearance Center, eReader Outfitters, LibreDigital, Malloy, Microsoft Live Search Books, Qoop, Safari Books Online, SharedBook

TOC Endorsements

"TOC is not your typical publishing industry event...TOC is about more than just technology. It’s also about the new mindset that publishers need to survive in a world where the traditional media landscape is being transformed by digital convergence and rapidly evolving consumer expectations....This year’s TOC undoubtedly left publishers with quite a bit to think about. Publishers need to educate themselves about the digital world they’re living in, and develop their own plan of action. TOC has become a crucial first step in that process."—Kirk Biglione, Medialoper

"The quality of the presentations was excellent — I can’t remember the last time I went to an event where the standard was so consistently high."—George Walkley

"If you're interested in the future of publishing, TOC is the place to be."—Bob Pritchett

"TOC has emerged as the premier conference (possibly the only conference) designed to help book publishers come to terms with the range of technologies that are transforming their industry. "—Kirk Biglione

Best of 2007—Big Bad Book Blog

"If you’re involved in publishing, this is one conference not to miss."—Derek Powazek

"A festival of practical geekery"—Publishers Weekly

"A techie-meets-publishing idea extravaganza"—Marci Alboher, heymarci.com


"TOC has come along not a moment too soon...If you have any interest at all in the future of books and/or the publishing industry and you didn’t make it to TOC, well, you’ll just have to try harder next year"—Medialoper

"It's a big week and I suspect a much more relevant one these days than the recently held BookExpo."—Book Patrol

"Day two brought out the stars and visionaries of the digital publishing universe"—Publishers Weekly

"For a first time conference, TOC was a major success; and I’d be very surprised if the others in attendance don't agree that we are all looking forward to next year."—EContent Magazine

"The first TOC conference has ended and I have to say I loved it.....I've learned a lot about the industry I find myself in these days and I will be returning to the UK inspired and stimulated. Can't ask for more really."—EmeraldinSight.com

"Who would not want to attend a conference of this import, attended by such luminaries and discussing such fundamental issues for your industry?"—Eoin Purcell

"Finally, a conference I’m really looking forward to!"—Original Expression

Program Committee

Program Chair

Andrew Savikas
Andrew Savikas is the General Manager of O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change for Publishing division, which spreads the knowledge of publishing innovators in person, online, and in print. In addition to serving as Program Chair the TOC Conference, Andrew has led several Publishing Technology initiatives at O'Reilly, including the design and deployment of an open-standards-based XML content distribution platform.

He is a frequent speaker at publishing and content management conferences, a regular contributor to O'Reilly's "Radar" blog, and the author of "Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text". Andrew has an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, and a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois.

Committee Members

Peter Brantley
Peter Brantley is the Executive Director for the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a not-for-profit international association of large research and government libraries and allied institutions. He is a regular contributor to the O'Reilly Radar weblog in the area of publishing and new media, and serves on the program committee for the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.

Jeff Gomez
Jeff Gomez is the author of four novels, including the cult favorite Our Noise, which was published by Scribner Paperback fiction in America and Penguin in the UK. He is currently the Senior Director of Online Consumer Sales and Marketing for Penguin Group USA. Jeff has been involved in electronic books and the world of digital reading since the industry’s beginning in 1999, and he has also been a featured speaker and panelist at publishing industry events throughout America.

Allen Noren
Allen Noren is Director of Online Marketing at O'Reilly Media. He's been with the company since 1992 when one of his first jobs was to maintain the O'Reilly Gopher site. He was a founding member of the GNN team that built one of the first commercial web portals, and was part of the group that created Safari Books Online and SafariU. He is currently helping to drive O'Reilly's digital efforts.


Exclusive Diamond Sponsor

  • Ingram Industries

Platinum Sponsor

  • Cold Fusion Entertainment

Gold Sponsor

  • Copyright Clearance Center

Silver Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Antenna House
  • Appingo
  • Bookbank
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • HCL Technologies
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • itechne
  • LibreDigital
  • Lulu
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • Media Services Group
  • Microsoft Live Search Books
  • Near-Time
  • Qoop
  • RSuite
  • Value Chain International

Premier Media Partner

  • Publishers Weekly

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse.

Media Partner Opportunities

For information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences, contact mediapartners@oreilly.com.

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact confpr@oreilly.com.

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