Tools of Change 2013: Win Your Way In

Tools of Change for Publishing Conference Logo This year, like last year, Smart Bitches is a media partner for the 2013 O'Reilly Tools of Change in Publishing Conference. As part of my media sponsorship, I agree to talk about the conference – and attend, which makes the talking about it a lot easier – while sharing what I learn while I'm there. There are a couple of sessions I'm very much looking forward to (more on that in a moment) and usually there's at least one new digital reading device, app, or program each year that seems impossibly neat (or just impossible).

As part of my media sponsorship, I also have a code to give away for complimentary admission. Tools of Change for Publishing can be an expensive conference, especially for an individual, but with the coupon, one winner will have admission to the Tools of Change conference. Woo! The conference will be held February 12-14 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. 

First, data and details: the admission code does not include sessions that are not included in the basic conference fee. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years of age and in all likelihod reading something to enter. Airfare and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the winner. Current value of the conference code is $1,295.00. You can see the conference schedule and hotel information at the Tools of Change website.

I've said before that Tools of Change is a “right brain/left brain conference.” It's a mesh of creativity and technology, and planning and possibilities for publishing. Each year I've gone, there's been sessions I think about and reference for months afterward. This year, there are two sessions I'm very curious about. 

Barbara Genco has presented pieces of the data collected by Library Journal's Public Library Patron Research. This year she's giving a keynote titled The Library as Ebook Discovery Zone: More Lessons from *Library Journal's* Public Library Patron Research. The presentation description says it will include “key insights into library patrons’ rapid, enthusiastic adoption of the ebook format. Despite the “friction” created as many major publishers impose limits on libraries’ ability to acquire or lease content for sharing, demand continues to grow and compelling links between patron borrowing and patron buying endure.” I tend to love data-filled presentations, especially ones about readers, libraries, or how book readership changes, even though I can't hold a number in my head to save my life or my shoe collection and have to write them down immediately. I'm curious about this one in particular because I've noticed the digital book promotion at my own local library – and the “friction” that develops as publishers try to limit digital library lending tends to make me grit my teeth and long for a frozen fish with which to dispense some sense and sensibility.

The Production of Books in England - 1350-1500 I'm also looking forward to the keynote from Alexandra Gillespie, who is an Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Print Culture and the Medieval Author (Oxford, 2006) and she co-edited The Production of Books in England, 1350-1500 (Cambridge, 2011). (Don't you love how academic books are over $100 each?) She studies the history of bookmaking: “her research is concerned with the changing technologies and the dynamic business of medieval book production; it spans more than a thousand years—beginning with the earliest surviving parchment and papyrus books of the second century AD, up to the first century of printing in Europe.”

Did the nerdgasm gerbil in your brain just start jumpspinning on the curiosity wheel like mine? I'm going to be all 0.0 at this keynote, I think. History and how books changed people? We never talk about that, sheesh. /sarcasm. 

Are you interested in attending Tools of Change (perhaps to see what the nerdgasm gerbil in your brain can do)?

To enter to win, have a look at the schedule, and tell me which session you'd most like to attend, or what you'd most like to learn from attending Tools of Change in Publishing. Winner will be selected by random drawing at 3pm eastern on Thursday 17 January. Good luck! I hope to see you there! 

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    Sarah Wynde says:

    I would find it hard to resist “What Readers Want: Goodreads tells all” (name mangled slightly because its early and pre-coffee and I apparently couldn’t hold the full thing in my head for the minute it took me to open a comment window on my iPad.) But plenty of other sessions looked interesting, too!

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    Catherine says:

    I’m an academic librarian, so I’m interested in the sessions about making academic publishing more accessible. But as a public library user, also interested in more conversation about e-books in public libraries. And as a big UX geek, making digital books more user-friendly. So, all of it :)

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    The what readers want session looks good and I’ve got to admit the nerd gerbil in my head is sort of into the whole medieval books thing.

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    Laraamber says:

    I would love to read Print Culture and the Medieval Author and The Production of Books in England, 1350-1500 if only they were available for the Kindle…

    (and decently priced)

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    saturdays_child says:

    This conference looks fantastic. (They should really have it in Los Angeles. For a fee of $49.)

    I’m going to pin Wednesday’s Lean Publishing talk as my favorite. I’m a UX geek as well, and really curious about how the currently private iterative cycles of editing work when they become public.

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    Sara Hale says:

    Hands-on Workshop: Creating an Intuitive eBook for Tablets Using HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery Mobile looks really interesting. But there are so many cool sessions I’d want to go to!

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    hapax says:

    Gadzooks, what a nifty conference.

    Both of those keynotes sound terrific.  And if I could talk my library into paying my airfare and hotel bill, I *should* probably attend the one about how libraries can use publisher metadata;  but durnit, I’m a font geek, how could I not put the one on creating beautiful digital typography on top?

  8. 8

    it’s actually in NY and so am I—it’s rare that i’m here when the conferences are. lol

    The ones that look interesting to me are the one about book sprints and the one about the medieval authors.

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    Aliza says:

    As a cataloger, I should be most interested in the publishers’ metadata one, but as an avid reader, “The Elusive ‘Netflix of eBooks’” sounds really interesting.  Of course, the digital typography one sounds really cool, too.

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    Brooke says:

    There is so much to be interested in! I would be really interested in the two sessions you highlighted, as well as the World From Another View session about small publishers and going global.

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    H.J. Harley says:

    There’s so much to love about this conference…and let’s not forget the pizza. Head over to Hoboken NJ to grab a slice while you’re there. I’ll buy. What? I’m a Jersey girl above and beyond anything else :P

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    Sarah – although it goes against self-interest, I think several comments might have been deleted yesterday. I left two after HJ Harley, and they didn’t show up … I can’t imagine more than 11 people don’t want to win this!

    In case you can’t retrieve my earlier comments:

    The wonderful Mr. Richland is attending TOC for his nerdy e-reader job, so this giveaway is perfect. I want to attend Author (R)evolution Day on Tuesday. On Valentine’s Day, after going to “Dear Editor: Conversation in an Electronic Age,” I would join Mr. Richland, who I’m guessing will be at “Reading Books on Pixels and Paper.” Maybe I’d slip him my business card and room number … woo-woo, Hot Date at TOC! (Sorry if that’s all TMI).

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    SB Sarah says:

    You’re right – my spam filter was seriously nomming on comments the past day. Sorry about that- everyone should be all clear now!

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