David Rothman

David Rothman
Writer-Editor, TeleRead.org

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I founded TeleRead.org – devoted to e-books, digital libraries and related topics. We’re an influence in our little niche. TeleRead advocated OpenReader, which in turn helped spur the IDPF to release the ePub standard.
I’m also author of The Silicon Jungle (Ballantine), The Complete Laptop Computer Guide (St. Martin’s), and four other nonfiction books. In December 2008, Twilight Times Books will publish electronic and paper editions of The Solomon Scandals, my Washington newspaper novel—a mix of suspense and satire on D.C.‘s oft-bizarre ways. Among the formats? ePub.
My interests include e-book devices and related hardware such as OLPC’s sharp-screened XO-1, e-libraries, copyright, business models for E, digital divide issues, the DRM debate, and, of course, format standards. I consider both traditional DRM and the Tower of eBabel, as I’ve dubbed it, to be lit- and sales-toxins in most cases. One possible DRM-related compromise might be social DRM.

I’ve been writing about e-books since the early 1990s and am the author of the TeleRead chapter of Scholarly Publishing: The Electronic Frontier (MIT/ASIS), where I call for a well-stocked national digital library system carefully integrated with schools and libraries—-and the popularization of book-friendly hardware. TeleRead-related articles have also appeared in the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report, among other places.

Sessions

General
Location: Broadway North (6th Floor) Level:
Mark Coker (Smashwords, Inc.), Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), April Hamilton (April Hamilton), David Rothman (TeleRead.org), Russell Wilcox (E Ink)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 8 ratings)
eBooks, written off just a few years ago as a massive failure, are on the rise again. According to the latest industry data, ebooks are the fastest growing segment in an otherwise stagnant trade book industry. This panel discussion, moderated by Mark Coker, will cover the latest trends in the ebook business and provide publishers with actionable strategies to profit from the rise of ebooks. Read more.
Sponsors
  • 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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