"The whole TOC conference was remarkable." Tim Carmody, Wired

"I got lots from it, made good connections and thought [2011] was the best TOC yet. As far as I am concerned, it blows the other digital conferences out of the water." — Jeanne Weinkle, National Sales Manager, Bookmobile

"What a great group of people, and amazing spirit at TOC. Learned a lot, made new friends, and came away fired up about the future of publishing." — Steven Rosenbaum, CEO, Magnify.net

"At its best, Tools of Change reaffirms the promise of publishing, even as it challenges us to rethink the roles that publishers play. This year, you did a great job of blending the established and the new"—Brian O'Leary, Founder and Principle, Magellan Media

"This conference really is the bleeding edge of the industry. We're smarter just for having been in the building."Stephen Solomon, Eleven Learning

"Tools of Change in Publishing, a conference that's a sort of brainiac party at the intersection of publishing and digital innovation. Last year I called TOC a very full-brain conference because "both left and right brain perspectives are represented and explored." Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"TOC continues to focus on the rapid changes occurring in the publishing industry, attracts leading speakers, and provides a forum for vendors to exhibit their latest products. It has become one of the industry's leading events."Donald T. Hawkins, Unlimited Priorities

"[TOC is] a conference that prides itself on offering a view of the publishing industry through a wide-angle lens with an occasional microscope thrown in."Florrie Binford Kichler, ibpablog.wordpress.com

"Often at TOC the most memorable presentations seek to redefine what a "book" could be, and this year was no exception." Ron Hogan, shelf-awareness.com

"Indeed, despite a crowded calendar of digital conferences, this year's TOC sold out completely attracting 1,400 attendees, and the event's popularity, utility, and cachet only seemed to grow." Calvin Reid, Publisher's Weekly

"The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, a conference that shapes the future of publishing by gathering leading minds to interact and learn from each other." John Depree, believerspress.com

"This year's O'Reilly TOC Conference (Tools of Change for Publishing) promises another smorgasbord of writing and publishing visionaries."The Australian Writer's Marketplace

"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

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Tips for First Timers at TOC

If you are new to TOC this year, we'd like to welcome you and offer you a few tips to help you get the most out of your time at the conference. If any TOC veterans have some additional suggestions, please leave a comment below.

  • Join and use the Attendee Directory. The attendee directory was created to help connect attendees with one another. Make sure you create your profile (including your bio) and put a picture up so others can recognize you in-person. Then you can search through the list of attendees and create a list of people you would like to meet.
  • Participate in the hallway track. One of the best parts of TOC is the groups of people in the hallways having conversations with one another—think of them as informal networking sessions. You will get a lot more out of the conference if you start conversations with people outside of the session rooms. Don't be shy! Take advantage of the opportunity to find out what others are doing, what challenges they face, and what successes they've had in their organizations. Introduce yourself whenever possible and make it a point to chat with others.
  • Bring plenty of business cards. You'll be meeting a lot of people and handing out your business cards is an easy way for others to get your contact information.
  • Attend all the networking events. They give you the opportunity to mingle in a more informal setting. See the list of TOC events »
  • Chat with others at your lunch table. Ask them which sessions they plan to go to or which sessions they've liked the best so far. If you missed one of the sessions everyone seemed to like, leave a comment on that session's page on the TOC website and ask the speaker to please post their slides/presentation files.
  • Go to a Roundtable Session or two. These are more intimate, smaller groups of people, and are great way to chat with other people interested in the same topics as you. Roundtable Information »
  • Talk to the speakers after their presentations. Our speakers put a lot of time and energy into their presentations so any kind of feedback you have for them is always appreciated. And as influencers in this industry, they are a valuable source of information too. You can either give feedback in person at the session or online by leaving a comment on the speaker's session detail page. Speakers are notified via email when someone makes an online comment about their sessions and will often respond.
  • Visit the booths in the Exhibit Hall. The TOC exhibitors are an important part of the publishing ecosystem. They’re not only showing off the latest and greatest products and services, but they are good resources of information and many times great at connecting people to one another.

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  • Impelsys Inc.
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  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com

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