Reading Books On Pixels And Paper

Moderated by:
Max Fenton (
Mandy Brown (A Book Apart), Paul Ford (Activate), Allen Tan (New York Times)
Location: Astor Ballroom Level:
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With our canons on our phones, our highlights in the clouds, libraries that deliver to local branches, and every treasure just one-click and two-day shipping away— how are we making the most of these luxuries? What are the best features of books—on screen and on paper—and why does this moment feel so exciting as readers?

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Max Fenton

Max Fenton partnered on a web 1.0 consultancy in his teens, assisted artists in his twenties, and refocused on networked reading last year while sleeping on a mountain in India.

Online editor of The Believer and evangelist of A Book Apart, he reads the web voraciously and lives on Twitter as @maxfenton and @maxisreading.

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Mandy Brown

A Book Apart

Mandy Brown is a writer, editor, designer, and publisher. She is co-founder and editor for A Book Apart, a former contributing editor for A List Apart, and the editor of The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero. She previously served as Communications Director at Typekit and Creative Director at W. W. Norton & Company. At home in Brooklyn, she spends her days at Studiomates.

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Paul Ford


Paul Ford is a pioneering content specialist who has worked as a writer (NPR, Harper’s Magazine), archivist, and data architect. He is an advisor to multiple startups and a friend to all.

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Allen Tan

New York Times

Allen Tan is an interactive designer at the New York Times, the assistant editor of Contents Magazine, and the editorial coordinator of Codex. He lives in Brooklyn and on the internet as @tealtan.


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