"The whole TOC conference was remarkable." Tim Carmody, Wired

"I got lots from it, made good connections and thought [2011] was the best TOC yet. As far as I am concerned, it blows the other digital conferences out of the water." — Jeanne Weinkle, National Sales Manager, Bookmobile

"What a great group of people, and amazing spirit at TOC. Learned a lot, made new friends, and came away fired up about the future of publishing." — Steven Rosenbaum, CEO, Magnify.net

"At its best, Tools of Change reaffirms the promise of publishing, even as it challenges us to rethink the roles that publishers play. This year, you did a great job of blending the established and the new"—Brian O'Leary, Founder and Principle, Magellan Media

"This conference really is the bleeding edge of the industry. We're smarter just for having been in the building."Stephen Solomon, Eleven Learning

"Tools of Change in Publishing, a conference that's a sort of brainiac party at the intersection of publishing and digital innovation. Last year I called TOC a very full-brain conference because "both left and right brain perspectives are represented and explored." Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"TOC continues to focus on the rapid changes occurring in the publishing industry, attracts leading speakers, and provides a forum for vendors to exhibit their latest products. It has become one of the industry's leading events."Donald T. Hawkins, Unlimited Priorities

"[TOC is] a conference that prides itself on offering a view of the publishing industry through a wide-angle lens with an occasional microscope thrown in."Florrie Binford Kichler, ibpablog.wordpress.com

"Often at TOC the most memorable presentations seek to redefine what a "book" could be, and this year was no exception." Ron Hogan, shelf-awareness.com

"Indeed, despite a crowded calendar of digital conferences, this year's TOC sold out completely attracting 1,400 attendees, and the event's popularity, utility, and cachet only seemed to grow." Calvin Reid, Publisher's Weekly

"The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, a conference that shapes the future of publishing by gathering leading minds to interact and learn from each other." John Depree, believerspress.com

"This year's O'Reilly TOC Conference (Tools of Change for Publishing) promises another smorgasbord of writing and publishing visionaries."The Australian Writer's Marketplace

"Sold out once again, the TOC's blend of highly technical workshops, business case studies and more conversational panels focused on the new digital publishing paradigm—conducted by a range of digital professionals (and digital superstars)—just seems to work."Calvin Reid, Publisher's Weekly

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Why Decisions Need Data in Today’s Publishing World

www.publishersweekly.comMay 22, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT

Bit.ly’s chief scientist Hilary Mason was the featured speaker at the PW and TOC Publishing Executive Roundtable on May 22, and the key topic was “big data.”

Publishers intimidated by big data should think about “little data” first


Big data is an intimidating concept for publishers who don’t collect much info about their customers already. A first step is to think about “data-driven decision making,” said bitly chief scientist Hilary Rosen at a Tools of Change roundtable this morning....

TOC Bologna round-up


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TOC Bologna: Digital Kids' Publishers Try to Chart the Path Ahead

Publishers Weekly03/19/12

On the eve of the 49th annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair, an international crowd of just under 400 turned out for the second Tools of Change Bologna, an espresso-fueled daylong conference held Sunday at the Palazzo dei Congressi, on the fairgrounds. Apps vs. e-books? HTML5 vs. EPUB 3? Apple vs. Android? The questions were many, and the answers—discussed in four keynote addresses and nearly two dozen breakout sessions—perhaps fewer. Integrity of e-products, especially those intended for children, was a recurring theme (“Digital is just another format,” said Andrew Sharp of Hachette Children’s UK at one of the afternoon panels. “Hold true to your current ideals”), as was the array of digital options available to publishers, each with their advantages and disadvantages in terms of development costs, pricing, competition, and more...


2012 Bologna: focused and upbeat | The Bookseller


Random House UK Children's Books c.e.o. Philippa Dickinson said she was back in Bologna for the first time in five years. “It's great. The sun is shining, there are great books, everyone is very upbeat and we're having huge ...

TOC Bologna Report: The Business of Digital Content for Kids ...


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Bologna Children's Book Fair, Day 2: Prehistoric Publishers ...


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'One size does not fit all', Bologna TOC hears | The Bookseller


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SXSW 2012: Mini TOC Kicks Off Rainy Show with BookShout and Mobile Content

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O’Reilly Media held a kind of kick-off event for SXSW: a “Mini” Tools of Change Conference, featuring the kind of presentations seen at the full-size TOC, but on a much more relaxed and informal basis.

Buenos Aires Book Fair Embraces Tech, Preps Who’s Who List

Publishing Perspectives03/08/12

“International” is a moniker that every book fair in the region adds to its name, even if it’s held in a town of less than 50,000 souls in an obscure corner of this vast continent..

At Last, They See: E-Books 'Democratize' Publishing -

NPR Weekend Edition


by Lynn Neary

Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to e-books. This past week in New York, however, the Tools of Change digital publishing conference attracted entrepreneurs and innovators who are more excited by, rather than afraid of, the future. ...

The Tools They Are a Changin - Publishing Perspectives


The Tools They Are a Changin': The Ins and Outs of TOC NYC. Read more by Edward Nawotka February 21, 2012. Are things changing in publishing all that fast? Perhaps not as fast as in previous years. By Edward Nawotka. O'Reilly's Roger ...

It’s Half Time in Publishing and We’re Changing Forward Fast: Notes on the 6th Annual Tools of Change Conference (Part 1 of 2)


By Eugene G. Schwartz
Where does a publisher go for the latest in process, for a view of the future and to map a path for getting there? This year’s three-day 6th annual TOC conference provided an immersive opportunity to do so. It was at once a celebration...

Libraries, Tech-Smart Authors, and the Coming Digital Apocalypse

www.publishersweekly.comFebruary 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM EST

Whatever else can be said about Tools of Change, O’Reilly Media’s traveling road show on publishing and technological change, it seems to come along just when a concentrated dose of discussion—or perhaps muted confrontation—is needed. Over the course of the three-day conference in New York City, February 13–15, there were timely presentations on libraries and e-books, the bewildering evolution of copyright in the digital era and the related role of digital piracy—not to mention a parade of authors, whose books and entertaining presentations served to illuminate some of the most contentious issues in media and business culture.


The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference was held last week in New York City. It was certainly evident at the conference that everyone involved was feeling the effects of eReaders, ebooks and apps and all were struggling to learn and adapt. Read more: http://technorati.com/business/article/changes-ebooks-are-bringing-to-the/#ixzz1n8GO0Rnl..

The Future of Reading, From Avant-Garde Poetry to Sportscenter

www.wired.comFebruary 15, 2012 3:13:05 PM PST

We're reading everywhere, not just in books and magazines or on e-readers and tablets.

The view from down under - Workflow: ePub


http://www.futurebook.net/content/view-down-under. Sometimes it's handy to have an older sibling who is going through the rites of passage just a little before it's your turn.… Read More.

TOC 2012: LeVar Burton, Libraries and The Bookstore of the Future

www.publishersweekly.comFebruary 14, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST

O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference returned to New York with a typical high profile slate focused on publishing innovation driven by technology and a new vision of just what publishing can mean.

TOC 2012: Executive Roundtable Debates the Way Ahead

www.publishersweekly.comFebruary 13, 2012 9:00:00 PM PST

O’Reilly Media executives were hoping for a lively dialogue between panelists and the audience at the first-ever Tools of Change executive roundtable held at Random House's New York City headquarters Monday.

Taking on Apple with industrial-strength e-textbooks - Apple 2.0 ...


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ePUB 3.0 Resources Coming Out of TOC - ePUBSecrets


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How Library Power Users Help Publishers - GalleyCat


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TOC: Digital Publishers Should Look To Poetry & ESPN For Ideas ...


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Inkling Takes On Apple iBooks With a New Tool for Publishers


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Inkling Releases 'Breakthrough' e-Book Authoring Tool | Mobile ...


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Publishers need to expand digital backlist, says Bilbary founder ...


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Tools of Change Conference, Day 2 | American Libraries Magazine


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Tools of Change Conference, Day 1 | American Libraries Magazine


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Taking the Tactical Approach: Tools of Change and Publishers Weekly’s Executive Roundtable

feedproxy.google.comFebruary 17, 2012 1:00:23 PM PST

Tools of Change co-hosted a TOC Executive Roundtable with Publishers Weekly on Monday that was attended by about seventy industry insiders.  Moderated by John Kilkullen, formerly of Nielsen and IDG, it began with Magellan Media Founder, Brian O’Leary, offering a thoughtful argument for the industry to tackle the large issues confronting publishers in a large [...]

Preview: O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference (TOC) (Feb. 13-15, New York)


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O'Reilly to Host First Ever eReader Petting Zoo at TOC 2012 ...


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