The pandemic which is currently shaking the world is triggering deep changes in the way the cultural industry, and the publishing industry in particular, are functioning. A digital ocean is rising, which may well not flow back. As a consequence, the digital innovations discussed at the Digital Publishing Summit during the past few years have great chances to become mainstream; our community must therefore proceed in learning and partnering during these difficult times, with a focus on the effects of the pandemic on the publishing industry.
The two days of conferences, panels, workshops and meetups we had since 2016 are this year transformed into a set of “à la carte” online interactions, in partnership with FGSR, IPDA and FANDE, the organizers of Readmagine in Madrid.
This Online Edition of the Digital Publishing Summit and Readmagine is a free event. It is also much more than a set of independent webinars.
It is composed of several elements:
- An event application which helps participants managing their attendance to the different sessions and mimics (as much as possible) interactions between attendees of a real-life event.
- Content published in advance via the even app, so that participants can “be aware” of the context of each session they are interested in.
- Live streaming sessions during the event (15 to 20 sessions, one hour each), with textual interactions between the panelists and the audience.
- Recorded sessions for those who missed a live session.
- Debrief sessions after the event, i.e. interactive sessions targeting the publication of a position paper about an important topic discussed during one or more sessions.
The main topics discussed in June during the combined events will be:
- Consumer trends under the coronavirus effect
- The future of the book sector after the coronavirus crisis
- Situation and challenges of the subscription model for cultural and entertainment content
- The raise of the Audiobook sector
- Optimization of publishing workflows
- Certifying ebook accessibility
- Evolution of the Reading Experience
We can already announce the following speakers:
- Michael Tamblyn, CEO at Kobo Rakuten
- Brian O’Leary, BISG
- Olivia Valentine, Senior Analyst at GlobalWebIndex
- Rüdiger Wischenbart, Wischenbart Consulting
- Veronica Reyero. Antropología 2.0
- Erik Wikberg and Alexandra Borg, Stockholm School of Economics
- Liisa McCloy-Kelley, Penguin Random House
- Cristina Mussinelli, Fondazione LIA
- Jens Tröger, Bookalope
- Hadrien Gardeur, De Marque
- Daniel Weck, EDRLab
- Richard Orme, DAISY
- Andrew Rhomberg, Jellybooks
Sponsors are more than welcome to this online event, as they bring to EDRLab a part of the subsides the lab needs to develop open-source software tools and open standards for the publishing industry.
A second part of Readmagine 2020 and the Digital Publishing Summit 2020, called the Boutique Edition, is planned during the last week of November in Madrid, subject to the possibility to travel in Europe during the fall. This one- or two-days meetup will be the opportunity to conclude on the position papers written during the debrief sessions, and to participate in hands-on workshops on software and tools presented during the online sessions.
Several EDRLab members have submitted the idea to present in webinars the current evolution of their products. We’ll accommodate that desire via the organization of a set of webinars in May, with a planning promoted via the even app of the Digital Publishing Summit. Stay tuned.