TOC Conference News & Coverage

bam book widgets: The future of publishing: thoughts from O ...

by Bruce Miller  Apr. 22, 2009
The future of publishing: thoughts from O'Reilly's Tools of Change Publishing Conference. Admittedly, I'm a traditional enterprise content management (ECM) guy with a genuine interest in the world of publishing. ... read more

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Doctorow's Law: Who Benefits from DRM? | Electronic Frontier ...

by Hugh D'Andrade  Apr. 20, 2009
In a reprise of his famous argument against DRM delivered to Microsoft executives in 2004, Cory Doctorow recently appeared before book publishers at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference to explain to leaders of the ... read more My DRM and ebooks talk from O'Reilly Tools of Change for ...

by Cory Doctorow  Apr. 16, 2009
Here's a talk I gave earlier this year at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in NYC, about the way that DRM gives distributors control over publishers and writers. This talk went down very well, and is the source of ... read more

The World of the Blog: O'Reilly Labs Finds Space for ePUB Bookworms

[The World of the Blog]
by Tim Brooks  Feb. 20, 2009
Announced during the The Tools of Change publishing conference in New York (Feb. 9 to Feb. 11), O'Reilley Labs have made support available for the Bookworm ePUB project. This will secure hosting resources and also encourage attention from open source developers for the ePUB potential. The most widely used aspect of… read more Socializing Location Awareness - "the New Black:" Interview with Chris Brogan

by Tish Shute  Mar. 14, 2009
I have been fortunate to attend a number of the key conferences this year. I am just back from ETech 2009 brimming with ideas and interviews for posts, and I am just catching up with publishing my interviews from Tools of Change 2009! At TOC I did an interesting interview… read more

creativebyline: Technology Pushes the Envelope of Traditionally Defined Publishing ...

Mar. 12, 2009
One of the themes mentioned by just about every keynote speaker at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference last month in New York was Digital Rights Management (or DRM). This is software that prohibits unauthorized copies ... read more

O'Reilly News Release: Tools of Change for Publishing Conference Shows Way to Digital Future

[O'Reilly News]
by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist  Mar 03, 2009  

Innovation Transforms How Readers Receive Content

Sebastopol, CA, March 2, 2009 - The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, held February 9-11, 2009 in New York City, highlighted the many dynamic possibilities ahead for publishers who embrace a digital future. At the heart of the world’s publishing capital, TOC showcased the tools, the business models, and the knowledge that publishers need to succeed in a changing landscape. The conference deciphered trends and technologies that can keep the industry profitable and more connected to readers.

In a time when naysayers question publishing’s very survival, TOC showed the industry how to flourish.

Featured keynotes included one by Tim O’Reilly, CEO and founder of O’Reilly Media, who gave conference-goers reasons to stay excited and optimistic about the future of publishing. Nick Bilton, who explores technologies for The New York Times R&D Labs, talked about the future of news. Bob Stein, executive director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, said books are no longer objects but instead are becoming places where readers and authors congregate. Other keynote speakers included Chris Baty of NaNoWriMo, Peter Brantley of Digital Library Federation, Neelan Choksi of Lexcycle, Cory Doctorow of Happy Mutants LLC, Jason Epstein of On Demand Books, Jason Fried of 37signals, Jeff Jarvis of, Sara Lloyd of Pan Macmillan, and Nina Paley of Nina Paley Productions.

read more Towards a Newer Urbanism: Talking Cities, Networks, and Publics with Adam Greenfield

by Tish Shute   Feb. 27, 2009
Much early thinking around ubicomp seems to have come from visionary architects and engineers but recently I was at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (publishing in the Digital Age) and I met several book futurists. It struck me how ubicomp from the perspective of the book created… read more

Society for Scholarly Publishing: O'Reilly TOC 2009: Breaking the Bindings of the Book

[Society for Scholarly Publishing]
by Bill Kasdorf  Feb. 20, 2009
This year's book-oriented O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) conference, held in New York City February 9-11, was a something of a watershed in the transition from the aspirational to the actual when it comes to digital publishing. In past years, TOC was mostly about what books might be, or could… read more

The Abbeville Manual of Style: Interview: Andrew Savikas of O'Reilly Media

[The Abbeville Manual of Style]
by abbeville  Mar. 03, 2009
Andrew Savikas is one of today's most prominent writers, speakers, and thinkers about digital publishing and the e-book revolution. As Vice President of Digital Initiatives at O'Reilly Media and Program Chair of O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing conference-a massive three-day industry powwow about publishing technology and business strategy, last… read more

CMS Wire: Letting Publishers Experiment Online

[CMS Wire]
by Marisa Peacock  Feb. 26, 2009
Earlier this month, publishers from all over gathered at O'Reilly Tools of Change conference for publishers in New York City. What you might think would be a dismal, disheartened group, instead turned out to be inspired industry professionals.... read more Free e-books: Good or bad for sales? And can even pirated editions help at times?

by David Rothman  Feb. 25, 2009
Now, following up on that, publishers and others can sign up to learn when O'Reilly Media releases "A Rough Cut edition of 'Impact of P2P and Free Distribution on Book Sales,'" expected in the next several weeks. Alas, the report itself isn't free because of the considerable research required, and… read more O'Reilly Tools of Change (#TOC) Trip Report, Pt. 2

by April L. Hamilton  Feb. 25, 2009
Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the TOC conference, the main thing that has stuck with me is the fact that many-perhaps most-of the mainstream publishing staffers present at the Tools Of Change conference aren't truly ready to change.... read more Tim O'Reilly: Why Publishing Should Be Open

by Hugh  Feb. 25, 2009
O'Reilly Tools of Change 2009: Tim O'Reilly makes the argument for Open Publishing from Open Publishing Lab @ RIT on Vimeo. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment. The Ebook Difference ... read more

The Huffington Post: What About the Readers?

[The Huffington Post]
by Hugh McGuire  Feb. 25, 2009
I recently attended O'Reilly's Tools for Change in Publishing conference, a yearly gathering of publishers, technology providers, developers, thinkers, visionaries. The TOC conference is built around technology, with an objective to help "decipher the tools of change in this industry and help cut through the hype for a more profitable… read more Tools of Change 2009

by Edward Champion  Feb. 24, 2009
There will be one last (and extremely lengthy) post that will attempt to corral all of my remaining notes concerning Tools of Change, which will include the above panel that Kevin moderated.... read more

The New York Observer: Tim O'Reilly continues the themes of toc at The New York Times ....

[The New York Observer]
by Gillian Reagan  Feb. 23, 2009
Tim O'Reilly, the founder and chief executive officer of O'Reilly Media, Inc., a top computer book publishing company, and the open Web activist who defined Web 2.0 for a generation of entrepreneurs and developers, said the Times, and other newspapers, need to upgrade their Web sites to better serve their… read more For Authors, Self-Publishing 'Falling Into Place'

by 2/12/2008  Feb. 24, 2009
"When you do something new, it takes a long time to reprogram our society," says Bob Young, CEO, and he ought to know - as founder of "Red Hat," he was a pioneer in moving open source from software's fringe to the center.... read more What the future of news looks like to me

by Susan Mernit  Feb. 12, 2009
We had a good panel at TOC (Jeff Jarvis, Nick Bilton, Matt Thompson, Andrew Nachison, moderator and me). Much discussion of what news will look like in the foreseeable future, both on the revenue and the content/user experience sides. ... read more Lunchtime Links

by Mike Rankin   Feb. 18, 2009
Going to the O'Reilly conference was like going to Supermarket for Lunchtime Links. Grab a shopping cart and we'll see if we can sneak 15 items in the 10 Links or Less aisle. Check the labels for how many of our items have the magical "social" ingredient. "Social" is the… read more In Conversation With Bob Young From

Feb. 23, 2009
Welcome to episode #144 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast. This is a very special episode. I had the distinct pleasure of getting some time to chat with Bob Young - the guy behind, Red Hat and Linux Journal. We spoke during the O'Reilly Tools… read more Tim O'Reilly: Kindle needs open ePub-style standard to survive

by David Rothman  Feb. 23, 2009
"Unless Amazon embraces open e-book standards like 'epub,' which allow readers to read books on a variety of devices, the Kindle will be gone within two or three years." - Tim O'Reily in Why Kindle should be an open book, in Forbes.... read more TOC 2009 (Tools of Change, or Twitter-Optimized Conversation)

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by Alison Jones  Feb. 23, 2009
James has already spoken eloquently about many of the key themes of the conference, and the all-pervasiveness of Twitter, so here's a brief personal set of TOC takeaways from the slightly different perspective of an academic publisher (although one with significant non-fiction trade and business lists) and one which doesn't… read more

More International Coverage: Bok Handel: En rapport fran framtiden

[Bok Handel]
by Lasse Winkler  Feb. 20, 2009
Det finns i den svenska forlagsvarlden en medvetenhet om att internet pa nagot satt kommer att paverka framtidens bokutgivning och att e-bocker kan bli en hit, eventuellt. Alla blickar vasterut mot USA.... read more

Livreshebdo: L'espoir par les readers

by Laure Guilbault  Feb. 11, 2009
Tandis que Jeff Bezos, le PDG d'Amazon, annoncait lundi a New York la sortie de son reader Kindle 2 aux Etats-Unis, les strateges de l'edition et aficionados des livres electroniques ont suivi avec devotion la conference TOC (Tools of Change for Publishing) du 9 au 11 fevrier.... read more

Publishing Trends: 5 Things We Learned About Teens at TOC

[Publishing Trends]
by Laura Hazard Owen  Feb. 20, 2009
At TOC on Wednesday afternoon, we attended "Youth and Creativity: Emerging Trends in Self-expression and Publishing," a session by Evangeline Haughney (Adobe) and Bill Westerman (Create with Context). They hung out with real teenagers in their homes to get a look at their creative processes.... read more O'Reilly Labs Finds Space for ePUB Bookworms

by William Pollard  Feb. 20, 2009
Announced during the Tools of Change publishing conference in New York (Feb. 9 to Feb. 11), O'Reilly Labs have made support available for the Bookworm ePUB project. This will secure hosting resources and also encourage attention from open source developers for the ePUB potential. The most widely used aspect of… read more

InformationWeek : The 'Un-Demise' of Publishing

[InformationWeek ]
by Chris Murphy  Feb. 20, 2009
I've been having interesting conversations about content and content management of late with consultant Russ Edelman, an enterprise content management veteran and recent first-time author. I found his thoughts on the recent O'Reilly Tools of Change Publishing conference worth sharing.... read more

InformationWeek: Tim O'Reilly Unplugged: The Kindle 2 And Transforming Industries

[InformationWeek ]
by David Berlind  Feb. 19, 2009
Last week, after shooting my video coverage of the launch of Amazon's Kindle 2 in NYC, I sat down with O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly who was producing the Tools of Change For Publishing Conference across town. The book publishing industry is currently going through a massive, and… read more Big Bad, Three Years Running, Or How to Solve a Problem Like DRM

by Kassia Krozser  Feb. 16, 2009
I'd like to note that Digital Rights Management has won the "Big Bad" title at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference for three years in a row! In today's market and economy, that's a major accomplishment. Congratulations to DRM for being the most hated aspect of digital publishing in 2009!... read more

Joe Wikert: Five Important Points About Twitter

[Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog]
by Joe Wikert  Feb. 15, 2009
I couldn't believe the Twitter activity throughout the TOC conference. It's one thing to marvel at the volume of tweets, but it's even more important to stop and think about the value that's created by that stream. TOC was a multi-track conference, which means sessions were run in parallel and… read more

Tracy Marchini: TOC Day 3 (Part 2)

by Tracy Marchini  Feb. 12, 2009
More notes from the TOC Conference! (Although many fellow conference go-ers had their laptops and iPhones ready to go, I decided to kick it old school and bring my trusty, yellow legal pad.)... read more

InformationWeek : Amazon To Offer Kindle eBooks On Other Mobile Devices. Will Tiny Lexcycle Survive?

[InformationWeek ]
by David Berlind  Feb. 18, 2009
While in New York City for the Kindle 2 announcement, I bumped into Choksi at a very crowded Zanzibar where Laurel Toby was running one of her famous Media Bistros to coincide with O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference (also taking place in NYC). Fortunately, I had my podcasting gear with… read more

Susan Mernit: Notes from the TOC conference

by Susan Mernit  Feb. 12, 2009
2009 TOC Conference, was an interesting experience for me. When I first heard about it,I thought the focus might be CMS and platforms, topics dear to my heart, but the focus is actually next generation book publishing and business models.... read more my tee oh see

by James Long   Feb. 17, 2009
I've had a full week now to digest my TOC experience in New York and hopefully I will manage to capture in this post the many points of real value that I gleaned from it.... read more

Kat Meyer: TOC-BEAT! (theBookishDilettante: The TOC Issue!)

by Kat Meyer   Feb. 17, 2009
So, all last week, I was all at TOC and stuff. And, it totally rocked! It was the best. Like a billion really cool kids from Twitter were there. And we like, hung out and stuff. And, like all kinds of stuff happened. I guess I could tell you about… read more

Chris Brogan: My Advice to Publishers at the OReilly Conference

by Chris Brogan  Feb. 12, 2009
I spoke about how social software impacts publishing at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City. The audience was diverse, engaged, skeptical.... read more

Galley Cat: Plastic Logic Unveils Space-Age Reader

[MediaBistro/Galley Cat]
by Jason B   Feb. 13, 2009
Lit-blogger Edward Champion explored the new device at the O'Reilly Media Tools of Change conference. Even though the device hasn't hit the market yet, the company has inked deals with Financial Times and USA Today.... read more

Smashwords: Tools of Change Conference Notes

by Mark Coker  Feb. 17, 2009
I just returned late last night from the O'Reilly Media Tools of Change conference in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for VentureBeat, and then these past two times as a speaker.... read more

Live Journal: Friday confessional

[Nice Mommy~Evil Editor/Live Journal]
by Nice Mommy~Evil Editor  Feb. 13, 2009
Anyway, rather than the rather massive page of links I normally give you, I'm going to link you to some things from the conference I attended this week, the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City. Really, it was a fabulous conference and it for exceeded my expectations.… read more

School Library Journal: TOC: A Tipping Point for Books

[School Library]
by Lauren Barack  Feb. 17, 2009
Without a strong grasp of the way users engage information, publishers and librarians stand to lose their audience. That was the message driven home by presenters at the recent O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference - where publishers, new media professionals, and librarians, among others, converged in New York… read more

Book Calendar: O''Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (Part 3)

[Book Calendar]
by Compume  Feb. 16, 2009
I spent half a day on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. The conference opened with a number of keynote speakers. ... read more O'Reilly Tools of Change 2009: It's All About You : Media

by Pamela Slim  Feb. 11, 2009
The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference kicked off in New York, and it's filled with big thinkers trying to figure out the innovative ways technology can save books. GalleyCat has the video of founder ... read more

Get Known Before the Book Deal: "Twips" from Chris Brogan at O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change for Publishing Conference 2009

[Get Known Before the Book Deal]
by The Writer Mama  Feb. 16, 2009
The first session I attended at TOC 2009 was a Tutorial with Chris Brogan. Brogan spoke about the importance of attention, trust, and getting in front of people. His objective as a blogger is to be helpful.... read more

O'Reilly Tools of Change Articles Link

[TOC news]
by Andrew Savikas  Feb. 15, 2009
Here's the link to each and every article published in the free O'Reilly book from the Tools Of Change Conference.... read more

Podiobooks: Recapping Tools of Change 2009

by Evo  Feb. 15, 2009
The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference was held in NYC last week, and had no official representation. I have a strong suspicion that won't be the case next year. These people seem to speak ... read more I Have No Affiliation - Wrap-up of TOC09

by mb  Feb. 15, 2009
O'Reilly Tools of Change: PlasticLogic Demo from Open Publishing Lab on Vimeo. And man there was a ton of people there. Over a thousand.But it was people that weren't there - the readers - that dominated on Tuesday. ... read more

IT Conversations: O'Reilly Media Tools of Change Conference

[IT Conversations]
by Ken Brooks  Feb. 08, 2009
In this excerpt from the O'Reilly "Tools of Change" conference, Mr. Brooks discusses how publishers must not only review the publishing processes, but also focus on process centric activities, all within the context of improved ... read more

Tech Leader: Tools of change: News from ebooks

[Tech Leader]
by Arthur Attwell  Feb. 12, 2009
The annual O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference has just closed in New York and as usual it was a digital-publishing feast. Though I didn't get to go myself, the flood of blogging and tweeting that came ... read more

The Harper 10 Take-Aways From the O’Reilly TOC Conference

[The Harper]
by Debbie Stier  Feb. 13, 2009
I spent the early part of the week at the OReilly Tools of Change conference. I can attest that despite all of the bad news in book publishing these days,... read more

The Publishing Contrarian: eBooks Nudge Print Books Closer to Shelf Edge. Digital Book Publishing Wave Gathering Momentum!

[The Publishing Contrarian]
by Lynne Scanlon  Feb. 13, 2009
I say that because the three-day O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC2009) in NYC this week was all about digital publishing and I could smugly raise my hand when a keynote speaker polled the audience ... read more Bookworm ePub Reader Gets Boost From O'Reilly

by K Dawson  Feb. 13, 2009
O'Reilly announced recently that they are now hosting Bookworm, an online ePub reader. ePub is composed of three open standards (OPS, OPF, and OCF) that allow users a great amount of flexibility without any lock-in.... read more

The Book Oven: Where Is the Reader in All This?

[The Book Oven]
by Hugh McGuire  Feb. 13, 2009
I'm back from TOC and still mulling over the problems, and maybe some solutions to problems in the publishing business. There are lots, but a fundamental problem seems to be that most publishing houses have never had much to do with their readers. Their clients, traditionally, have been book stores.… read more

Joseph Bachana's Blog: Web Content Management Systems | DPCI

[Joseph Bachana's Blog]
by J Bachana  Feb. 12, 2009
Blog,Anatomy of a Content Platform (Presentation at O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference)... read more

Book Calendar: O'Reilly Tools of Change For Publishing (Part 2)

[Book Calendar]
by Book Calendar  Feb. 13, 2009
O'Reilly Tools of Change For Publishing (Part 2). I just found this image interesting and did not know what to make of it. O'Reilly Tools of Change For Publishing (Part 2). The second part of the conference I attended was a talk by ... read more

Boing Boing: Hard data on ebook piracy versus sales - slides from O'Reilly

by Cory Doctorow  Feb. 12, 2009
One of the absolute highlights of the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York this week was Brian O'Leary (Magellan Media), Mac Slocum (O'Reilly), and Chelsea Vaughn (Random House) presenting a panel called ... read more

The Meet the book bloke who made it big on the Web

by Wendy M  Feb. 12, 2009
In a chance meeting at a London show in 1997, Tim O'Reilly explained the secret of his burgeoningly successful publishing business: "I publish books people have to buy." That remains one of his company's guiding principles, along with publishing in areas where the company can offer "significant unique value."... read more

Publishers Weekly: TOC: The Digital Future Is Confusing and Inspirational

[Publishers Weekly]
by Calvin Reid  Feb. 12, 2009
O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change conference returned to New York City with its unique combination of headsplitting technical details and visionary futurism. Book publishing at the TOC serves as both hero and goat-the unlimited potential of unleashed digital content sadly suppressed by the industry's tentative response to the evolving digital… read more

SF What I Learned on Twitter Today

by Suzanna Stinnett  Feb. 11, 2009
It's no secret I'm a follower of Tim O'Reilly, who actively shares his thoughts about all sorts of interesting things on the microblogging site called Twitter.... read more Tools of Change Notes: XML in Practice

by Mike Rankin   Feb. 11, 2009
Bill spoke about XML Models for books. He gave quick-hit looks at several XML schema for describing book content: ISO 12083, TEI, NLM, DocBook, DITA, and DTBook. He described how there often is no easily identifiable target schema for most publishers because "books are messy," meaning they are often more… read more

The Gilbane Group: Winds of Change at Tools of Change

[ The Gilbane Group]
by Bill Trippe  Feb. 12, 2009
O'Reilly's Tools of Change conference in New York City this week was highly successful, both inside and outside the walls of the Marriott Marquis. The sessions were energetic, well-attended, and-on the whole-full of excellent insight and ideas about the digital trends taking a firm hold of nearly all sectors of… read more TOC 2009 The Future of News - Yes We Will Have News!

by Robert Ivan  Feb. 12, 2009
If we accept that media will never return to its pre-Internet form, what lies ahead for news? How will we use current and future digital tools to craft and disseminate information? What lessons can publishers of all types learn from the news industry's digital transition? A panel of media experts… read more

Publishing Trends: TOC: The Narrative Is Changing

[Publishing Trends]
by Laura Hazard Owen  Feb. 12, 2009
On the final day of TOC, Tim O'Reilly gave his keynote, following on the heels of the inventive Nick Bilton from the NYT's R&D labs. (Bilton created the interactive website for David Carr's book.) Much of what he discussed was focused on the topic that was subsequently addressed at the… read more The Coolest Gadget I Saw At TOC 2009 - Readius

by Robert Ivan  Feb. 11, 2009
The coolest gadget I saw at the 2009 O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing event wasn't even on display. It was an actual working Readius! Back in September 2008 I interviewed Igor Smirnoff, Director of Strategic Development for on metaprinter. In that interview he mentions the Readius and shares… read more

Literary Kicks: Morning In E-Bookland

[Literary Kicks]
by Levi Asher  Feb. 11, 2009
My second day at O'Reilly's Tools of Change electronic book publishing conference kicks into high gear in the early afternoon with Kassia Krozser's "Smart Women Read eBooks" panel. It's fascinating to hear from Malle Valik of Harlequin that this romance publisher has long ago figured out how to profit from… read more Heavy Iron At Tools Of Change

by Morris Rosenthal  Feb. 11, 2009
The final day at Tools of Change made me wish that O'Reilly used some sort of dynamic scheduling, where attendees could vote for which sessions would fill which slots, and where my vote was the only one that counted. As it turned out, there were three presentations in each of… read more

eBooks I: Business Models and Strategies, O'Reilly TOC

[No Shelf Required]
by Sue Polanka  Feb. 10, 2009
The O'Reilly Tools of Change conference is underway in NYC, with many presentations and discussions about ebooks. One that caught my eye was a panel discussion of eBook business models and strategies. The presenters were: Michael Smith (International Digital Publishing Forum), Kenneth Brooks (Cengage Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins Publishers), Cynthia… read more

Vancouver Sun: Curled up with a good e-book reader lately?

[Vancouver Sun]
by Mitch Joel  Feb. 12, 2009
Amazon is not the only company making the news in the past few days in terms of the digitization of the publishing industry. This column is being written from the 16th floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. From Monday through Wednesday this week, O'Reilly Media (the company… read more

Kathryn Cramer: Tools of Change Conference on Flickr

by Kathryn Cramer  Feb. 11, 2009
Cory Doctorow discusses the problems of business models which involve DRM; photo by Kathryn Cramer.Photos from the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference going on in NYC on Flicker Duncan Davidson's photos Cory Doctorow's photos my photos. ... read more

Doyce Testerman: Compiling notes from the Tools of Change conference - doycetesterman

by Doyce Testerman  Feb. 11, 2009
My Twitter page is drowning under a tweetstorm of posts from people at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference. It's really amazing how, with so many people posting snippets from each talk, you can actually get a ... read more

Book Calendar: Book Calendar: Daily Thoughts

[Book Calendar]
by Book Calendar  Feb. 09, 2009
I am ready to go to the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. It starts with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. . This is the conference with the earliest start I have ever been to. ... read more

Publishers Weekly: ReadHowYouWant Has Big Ambitions

[Publishers Weekly]
by Edward Nawotka  Feb. 11, 2009
In its first year in business, large print publisher ReadHowYouWant has made 500 titles available in a variety of formats from that make them accessible for the visually impaired. The company offers book buyers the option to choose from six different font sizes, ranging from 16 to 24. They are… read more Is This What a Kindle Killer Looks Like?

by Mike Rankin   Feb. 11, 2009
One of the coolest things I saw and held at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference was the Plastic Logic Reader. As I played with it, two words came to mind: Kindle Killer. Yes, I know you won't be able to buy a Plastic Logic reader until 2010. Yes, I… read more Tool of Change Notes: The Business of eBooks

by Mike Rankin   Feb. 09, 2009
Today I partook of two half-day tutorial sessions. These are my amplified notes from the morning session on eBooks: Business Models and Strategy. There's not much InDesign info here, but it's good background for what's to come tomorrow with Adobe, Quark, et al.... read more

Publishers Weekly: Stein Calls for Redefinition of Book in TOC Keynote

[Publishers Weekly]
by Edward Nawotka  Feb. 11, 2009
Bob Stein, executive director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, opened Tuesday at O'Reilly's Tools for Change conference calling for a redefinition of the book. In a talk entitled "A book is a place..." Stein argued that the traditional conception of a book as an object "used… read more

ReadWriteWeb: O'Reilly Challenges Proprietary eBook Standards With Bookworm

by Frederic Lardinois  Feb. 10, 2009
It is only Tuesday, but it has already been a good week for eBook fans. Yesterday, Amazon released the newest version of its Kindle eBook reader, and today, O'Reilly announced that it will now host Bookworm, a popular open source eBook reader and management system, as part of its O'Reilly… read more

Teleread: Tools of Change Twitter Tidbits

by Chris Meadows  Feb. 10, 2009
A full report on the Tools of Change conference will likely have to wait until Paul Biba and David Rothman get back to their computers. But here are a few tidbits I picked up from following #TOC on Twitter:... read more

Publishers Weekly: Plastic Logic Annouces Partnerships for Forthcoming eReader

[Publishers Weekly]
by Craig Morgan Teicher  Feb. 10, 2009
Plastic Logic, a new company that plans to launch a new eReader device in 2010, announced its first content partners at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference today. The company has signed agreements with Ingram Digital for e-book distribution, LibreDigital for electronic newspapers, and Zinio for magazines, as well as… read more

Publishing Trends: 10 Things We Learned From Chris Brogan at TOC

[Publishing Trends]
by Laura Hazard Owen   Feb. 10, 2009
Yesterday, PT attended Chris Brogan's "Blogging and Social Media" tutorial at Tools of Change for Publishing 2009. Brogan is a social media/community-building super blogger--check him out here. His panel wasn't a lecture or traditional speech; rather, it was a conversation with the audience. He jumped from topic to topic; showed… read more

Los Angeles Times: Book bits: Tools of Change, no more Collins, more on Kindle 2

[LA Times]
by Carolyn Kellogg  Feb. 10, 2009
The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference is underway in New York City. Trying to follow the discussion via Twitter proves, more than anything else, that everyone's favorite 140-character social media destination has limits. It's easy enough to fit in buzzwords, but the breadth and complexity of what, for… read more

InDesignSecrets: Blog Archive - Tools of Change Notes: Keynote

by Mike Rankin  Feb. 11, 2009
Mike's notes from the Keynote at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference 2/10/09. I'm not saying I agree with (or even fully grasp) all of these ideas, but I find them fascinating to think about. Part 1: A Book is a Place... read more What Scares Publishers Today

by Morris Rosenthal  Feb. 09, 2009
Today was the long session day at Tools of Change, with all day tracks in E-books, Print on Demand, XML and Social Networking/Community building. I believe the idea is to present a fairly comprehensive picture of what steps a publisher who is new to one of these technologies needs to… read more

Publishers Weekly: TOC Conference: Using Social Media to Build Book Audiences

[Publishers Weekly]
by Calvin Reid  Feb. 11, 2009
An afternoon panel at the TOC focused on book distribution and social networking captured the convergence of user-generated content, highly engaged and connected online communities and print-on-demand technology. The growth of social media-sites like facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others-and their ability to aggregate huge numbers of consumers around a range… read more

George Walkley: Tools of Change - Scanning Print

by George Walkley  Feb. 10, 2009
I'm going to be posting a series of notes from the the 2009 O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in New York. Later on I'll be publishing my notes from the various keynotes and seminars I've attended today. ... read more

French TOC Coverage: Selon Hachette, les ebooks representeront 10% du marche du livre dans 2 ans

Feb 10, 2009  English Translation: According to a study which should leave soon, the market of the ebooks should weigh 500 million dollars in 2011, that is to say a growth of 38% per annum. The ebooks will account for 10% of the total market of the books in 2011, according to Stephanie van Duin, Directeur Business Development at Hatchet, with conference TOC2009.... read more

Kathryn Cramer: Tools of Change Conference, Day 1

by Kathryn Cramer  Feb. 10, 2009
I arrived at the Tools of Change conference about 10:30AM, just after the morning break. The program had already been going on for about 2 hours. I hadn't decided what sessions to attend today, so this morning, I ducked into Eric Severson's Intro to XML, and then caught the end… read more

Teleread: Cory Doctorow rails against DRM at Tools of Change conference

by Chris Meadows  Feb. 10, 2009
One nice thing about a widely-attended technology event these days is enough people tweet about enough points of what was said and done that it is possible to get a pretty good idea of what went on just by following the Twitter stream.... read more Plastic Logic announces eReader content partners and open publisher platform

by Barb Dybwad  Feb. 09, 2009
Overshadowed perhaps by certain other big news in the electronic reader space today, an upcoming competitor in the eReader market announced its content partners today. Plastic Logic announced at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference in New York that it's signing on with content aggregators Ingram Digital for eBooks, LibreDigital… read more

Tish Shute: Smart Phones - The Gateway Toy In Everyone's Pocket

[Tish's Posterous]
by Tish Shute   Feb. 09, 2009
This week I am at O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. There is a passionate bunch of people in the publishing field interested in social tools here. Many are working in very traditional companies and some are hacking out new trails. And I have already met a couple of… read more Tools of Change

by Levi Asher   Feb. 10, 2009
It's fitting that O'Reilly's electronic book publishing technology conference Tools of Change is happening at the Marriot Marquis in swirling Times Square, still the publishing bellybutton of this city, with the New York Times toiling down the street, Conde Nast fretting across the block, Simon and Schuster, Time Inc. and… read more

Plastic Logic Selects LibreDigital to Deliver Digital Publishing Content to New eReader

by Heidi Johnson  Feb. 10, 2009
At the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, LibreDigital, Inc., today announced that Plastic Logic has selected LibreDigital ePublishing technology to serve published content to the new Plastic Logic Reader. As part of the agreement, major publishers of newspapers, magazines and other media can deliver their content to the… read more

ReadTheSpirit: 363: Tools of Change: Hundreds of Media Pioneers Look into Our Future

by David Crumm  Feb. 10, 2009
Tools of Change 2009 - a nationwide gathering of top publishing professionals - opened in New York City just off Times Square on Monday morning with a startling look at the horizon for all of us who produce valuable information.... read more

At TOC: Bookworm Online EPUB Reader Now Part of O'Reilly Labs

by Andrew Savikas  Feb. 10, 2009
Regular readers know we're big fans of the Bookworm online EPUB reader. With Bookworm, you upload and organize your ebooks, and can read them online as well as a variety of mobile devices (iPhone shown below). It's open source, and built on top of well-documented and supported frameworks and standards:... read more More Ebooks Available for the iPhone/iPod touch

by Adam C. Engst  Feb. 09, 2009
Although's new Kindle 2 ebook reader is garnering most of the headlines in the ebook world at the moment, I think a pair of mobile-related announcements from Google and Safari Books Online may make more of a difference for the future of ebook reading.... read more

At TOC: Video from Yesterday's Kindle Announcement

[TOC Publishing News: News from the Future of Publishing]
Feb 10, 2009  

Courtesy of Phil Torrone at, here's video from yesterday's Kindle announcement:

At TOC: A Different Way of Doing Booth Books

[TOC Publishing News: News from the Future of Publishing]
by Andrew Savikas  Feb. 09, 2009
At most of our conferences, we sell books from our booth, and last year's TOC Conference was no exception. This year we're trying something a bit different -- including a way to browse those books virtually: Test drive the Espresso Book Machine. Near the O'Reilly booth we've arranged a very… read more

Safari Books Online Goes Mobile

by Allen Noren  Feb. 09, 2009
Like much of the publishing world, I'm eager to hear about Amazon's latest version of the Kindle. But that's not the only news today. I'm sitting here at TOC and talking to John Chodacki from Safari Books Online and, with a smile on his face, he's showing me beta version… read more

I Know a Secret...

by Joe Wikert  Feb. 09, 2009
...but I can't share it just yet. I've been beta testing a great new service on my iPhone and it's scheduled to be publicly announced at O'Reilly's Tools of Change (TOC) conference this week.... read more

Booksquare: Too Much Awesome, All In One Panel (A Guest Squeefest from SB Sarah)

by Sarah Wendell  Feb. 06, 2009
Next Tuesday at the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference, Kassia put together the most excellent panel ever in the history of the world. (Oh really? No -O'Reilly!) Smart Women Read eBooks, an examination of ebook technology and the savvy female reader, will feature Kassia, who deserves the people's ovation and… read more

InDesignSecrets: And Now For Something Completely Different

by Mike Rankin  Feb. 06, 2009
No tips or tricks this time out. Just a heads up that next Monday and Tuesday I'll be posting InDesign-related news and tidbits from the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. Tools of Change is a conference on emerging trends in digital publishing. It is organized by O'Reilly Media,… read more

At TOC: Drawing for Pre-loaded Sony Reader Signed by Tim O'Reilly

[TOC Publishing News: News from the Future of Publishing]
by Andrew Savikas  Feb. 09, 2009
Though much of the ebook buzz today has been around Kindle and Plastic Logic, the Sony Reader has a real following, and the company's new touch-screen version is by far the most elegant-looking reader I've come across (check out this session on Wednesday for a look at the device landscape).… read more

Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: O'Reilly's Tools of Change (TOC ...

[TOC news (via Google blog search)]
by Joe Wikert  Feb. 08, 2009
I've been counting down the days for this one and tomorrow it will finally be here. I'm talking about O'Reilly's TOC conference, which starts bright and early tomorrow in NY with a series of tutorials. I'm heading there tomorrow ... read more

Computerworld: The Coming eBook Revolution

[TOC Publishing News: News from the Future of Publishing]
Feb. 07, 2009
Last week I linked to a phenomenal piece over on ArsTechnica on the future of digital books (and in the process neglected to thank Peter Brantley for the link). Today Mike Shatzkin (a co-author on the StartWithXML Report) passed along a pointer to another great article, this one from Computerworld's… read more
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Ingram Industries
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • DPCI
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • LibreDigital
  • Lulu
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • Media Services Group
  • Quark, Inc.
  • ReadHowYouWant
  • RSuite
  • Safari Books Online
  • Smashwords, Inc.
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Verso Digital

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