If all goes well, tomorrow I will be attending Big Money’s Untethered conference, all about publishing on tablet media. I haven’t received a registration confirmation despite being a media partner, woe is I.
I think (I hope anyway) that they’re defining “tablet” to its broadest definition to include not only iPads but also smart phones, digital reading devices, and the like, because if it’s all iPad, all day, that’ll get boring in a hurry.
But the focus on publishing should be interesting, particularly since the speakers include Sarah Chubb, CEO of Conde Nast, Brian Murray, the CEO of HarperCollins, and Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO, Simon & Schuster.
The topics will include discussions of newspaper and magazine use of tablet technology, and a session at 11am titled, “Will the iPad Kill Off eReaders and Other Tablets?” with folks from Barnes and Noble’s Digital Products division, IRex (Didn’t they just file for bankruptcy?) Spring Design and Sony Electronics. Good thing I’m not on the panel, because my answer to the title question would be, “Uh, no.” I find reading on the iPad to be visually uncomfortable, but I’m very curious how the conference as a whole approaches the question not only of publishing on a tablet but reading as well.
From the “Potentially Rich in Iron-y” department there’s a panel with Paul Aiken, the Executive Director of The Author’s Guid titled, “Roadblocks and Headaches,” with the following line in the description:
“…who owns the customers in this new digital world?”
Say it with me now: 0_o?
The CEOs of different publishing houses are on a panel together at 4pm titled “The Future of Book Publishing” that promises to discuss “How are the economics of this industry changing in the tablet era? Who ultimately will control pricing, distribution and profit margins?”
I can only hope that conversation is related to my ownership as a consumer!
So, help me out, as I compile my traditional conference wrap up: predict the Untethered Drinking Game! What will be the most commonly used words in the presentations tomorrow? Bring it on – we’ll see how close you are to the actual conference. I’ll be tweeting along from the conference (@smartbitches) or you can follow the #unteth hashtag for more tomorrow. If I get in. Otherwise you’ll see a lot of angry Sarah on Twitter, until I go find some noodles to soothe me.