Driven by the Internet, technology is fundamentally transforming publishing. Creation, development, production, distribution, and consumption have all been touched by the changes and challenges that have accompanied the greatest shifts in publishing since the printing press. Which technologies are important? Which provide exciting business opportunities? And what are the strategic questions you need to consider in adopting new models?
O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing conference connects the people, companies, and organizations asking and answering the questions that will define the future of publishing. (TOC is a nod to the term publishing vets will recognize as referring to the Table of Contents of a book—a deliberate choice signaling our intent to set the agenda for the future of publishing.)
Now in its fifth year, the O'Reilly TOC Conference features:
TOC brings together publishing professionals of all kinds, including:
TOC 2010 brought together representatives from companies and organizations like: Adobe, American Bible Society, American Booksellers Association, Apple Inc., Association of Canadian Publishers, Barnes & Noble.com, Beacon Press, Publishers Weekly, BookIndustry Study Group, British Standards Institution, Cambridge University Press, Cengage Learning, CFA Institute, Christian Book Distributors, Chronicle Books, Cisco Systems, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, DC Comics, Department of State, DK Publishing, Duke University press, EffectiveUI, Elsevier, Emerald Group Publishing, Ernst & Young Electronic Publishing Services Inc., F+W Media, Fidelity, Frankfurt Book Fair, Georgetown University Press, Globe Pequot Press, Google, Inc., Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., Harper Collins, Harvard University Press, Hewlett Packard Co., Huffington Post, Ingram Content Group, Intel Corp., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Kaplan Publishing, Lonely Planet, Loyola Press, MacMillan, Magazine Publishers of America, Mark Logic, Marvell. McGraw-Hill Professional, Microsoft Press, New Harbinger Publications, New York Public Library, Nielsen BookScan, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin Group US, R R Bowker, RAND Corporation, Random House, Safari Books Online, SAS Institute Inc, Scientific Publishing Services, Simon & Schuster, Sony Electronics Inc., The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Post, The New York Times, Thomas Nelson, Wiley Publishing Inc., and Yale University
TOC 2010 sponsors and exhibitors included: Ingram Content group Inc., Qualcomm, Copia, Impelsys, Innodata Isogen, Adobe, Aptara, Baker & Taylor, Blackboard, Bowker, codeMantra, Connotate, Google, HP, LibreDigital, MagMe, Malloy, Mark Logic, oXygen XML Editor, Chuckwalla, Foxit Software, Jacquette Consulting, Jouve North America, The Media Services Group, PubServ, Safari Books Online, Semedica, Virtusales, Vitrium Systems, and Smashwords.
"This conference really is the bleeding edge of the industry. We’re smarter just for having been in the building." —Stephen Solomon, Eleven Learning
"A conference that’s a sort of brainiac party at the intersection of publishing and digital innovation." —Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"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
"Tools of Change is one of my favorite conferences because it brings together over 1000 publishing professionals for three days of workshops, presentations and keynotes about the future of publishing, and digital publishing in particular. I love the conference as much for the opportunity to interact with other publishing pros as I do for the information imparted there." —Angela James, Carina Press
"Arguably the world's most important event for publishing innovation." —BOOK SA – News
"...it was well worth it. I love Tools of Change in Publishing because it is, most of the time, a very appealing balance between theoretical, creative thinking and direct, practical application. It’s a full-brain conference." —Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"All in all, I loved TOC 2010. I signed up for next year before I left the conference center." —Debbie Stier, HarperStudio
"A good conference challenges you to stretch your thinking, and on this count the O'Reilly conferences I've attended (TOC, Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo) have never disappointed." —Mark Coker, Smashwords
"As was the case last year, my head is exploding. The presentations were excellent. They covered all the current issues and gave us a glimpse of the future. I am always surprised by who doesn’t show up at this conference. (If you are in book publishing and don’t attend this conference, you are putting your company and your career at serious risk.)" —Michael Hyatt, Thomas Nelson Publishers
"The conference's mission is to help those who create content — whether books, newspapers, or magazine publishers — embrace the new technologies of this fast-changing industry. It's no surprise — the conference sold out." —Rhonda Abrams, USA Today
"...the show's combination of accessible brainy competence and visionary, science fiction-like projections just seems to pack them in." —Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly
"Tools of Change in Publishing was brain candy of the finest order for me...If you’re interested in digital publishing, curious about the technology and the software being developed to meet the demands of a changing industry, from the publishing of digital books to the reading thereof, this is, to put it in gross understatement, a big opportunity." —Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"With more attendees than last year, TOC honed in on the pulse of web publishing, beating steadily and heartily, as ever." —Marisa Peacock, CMS Wire
"What a great conference. TOC was the perfect mix of big picture and focused tech. Thanks for an inspiring three days." —DC Denison, The Boston Globe
"O'Reilly's Tools of Change conference in New York City this week was highly successful, both inside and outside the walls of the Marriott Marquis. The sessions were energetic, well-attended, and—on the whole—full of excellent insight and ideas about the digital trends taking a firm hold of nearly all sectors of the publishing business. Outside the walls, especially on Twitter, online communities were humming with news and commentary on the the conference. (You almost could have followed the entire conference just by following the #toc hash tag at Twitter and accessing the online copies of the presentations.) But if you had done that, you would have missed the fun of being there. There were some superb keynotes and some excellent general sessions." —Bill Trippe, The Gilbane Group
"The O'Reilly #TOC conference is great. If you want to discuss business-as-usual, go to another conference. This one is about the future!" —Michael Hyatt on Twitter, President & CEO of Thomas Nelson
"The great thing about a conference isn't that you may hear one brilliant person that will change your point of view, that's for children of all ages seeking a guru, it's that you can listen to and meet dozens of professionals in your field who all have a little piece of the puzzle to contribute. After you're back home, you can put all those pieces of the puzzle together and pretend that you came up with this great new idea working in a vacuum. Without having yet attended, I can declare that the true tools of change at the Tools of Change conference will be the people, not the technology." —Morris Rosenthal
"I continue to believe that there's no better place than TOC for publishers to make sense of the changing face of the industry." —Kirk Biglione, kirkbiglione.com
"Significantly, within the book world, O'Reilly is known as a technological leader." —David Rothman, TeleRead
"With all the bad news permeating the publishing world, it will be a welcome change to be immersed in the technology and the vision of people focused on future of publishing." —Mike Rankin, Publicious.net
"I love everything O'Reilly does (I was just reminiscing about one of their early books) and will be attending most of Tools of Change…It's a big agenda, the timing is right, and I will certainly be filing a report or two from this conference." —Levi Asher, Literary Kicks
"TOC has quickly become the leading conference on publishing technology; it has filled the hole left by the demise of the lamented Seybold conferences." —Bill Rosenblatt, Copyright and Technology
"While the economy is bad and companies everywhere are looking to cut expenses, TOC is one of those events that's just too important for publishers to miss." —Kirk Biglione, MediaLoper
"The quality of the presentations was excellent—I can't remember the last time I went to an event where the standard was so consistently high." —George Walkley, Life as a beta geek
"As I sit here trying to sift through my experience of the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference that I just attended for three days I realize how much information was shelled out. To think, I not only listened to three days worth of conversations about the digital media but followed every person who was using twitter at the conference getting all of their opinions and links out to reference sites, it is no wonder my head is buzzing." —Tim Middleton, BookNet Canada Blog
"What impressed me the most about this conference was the clear sense of purpose...and the strong point of view..." —David Stack, Digital Media
"…the weather in New York City last week was atrocious, yet O'Reilly Media's TOC conference was sold out—packed to the rafters with publishing industry insiders. That's an obvious sign that TOC is not your typical publishing industry event…Publishers need to educate themselves about the digital world they're living in, and develop their own plan of action. TOC has become a crucial first step in that process." —Medialoper
Andrew Savikas is the VP of Digital Initiatives at O'Reilly Media and is the Program Chair for O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. He blogs at toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O'Reilly Radar blog.
Andrew leads the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O'Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O'Reilly books. He sits on several boards, including Safari Books Online, the Book Industry Study Group, and the International Digital Publishing Forum, and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press.
Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He speaks frequently on digital publishing and ebooks, and is also the author of Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text.
Kat Meyer is hopelessly addicted to the world of book publishing, having spent many numbers of years gathering editorial, production and marketing experience working for all manner of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and a few more she can't recall the names of.
Kat is currently rather happily employed by O'Reilly Media as Community Organizer and co-Chair for the Tools of Change for Publishing conference and community, pursuing her obsession with ebooks and other digital booky things. Prior to joining O'Reilly, Kat rocked it as Chief Content Wrangler for Next Chapter Communications, a social media consultancy, where she crafted campaigns for clients including: SourceBooks, NetGalley, AllRomanceE/OmniLit, Adaptive Blue, the University of Arizona Press, Poisoned Pen Press, BookSwim, and numerous other publishers, authors and digital media organizations.
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