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BREAKING: O’Reilly Media Retiring the Tools of Change Conference and TOC Blog
May 2, 2013 | 10:15 pm

O'Reilly MediaEarlier today, O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly announced in a blog post that after seven years of hosting the Tools of Change for Publishing conference, a digital publishing event attended annually by many of the biggest names and most important members of the industry, the conference is being officially retired. Also folding along with the conference is the popular TOC blog, which, like its namesake series of events, is considered a crucial portion of most every digital publishing professional's media diet. The rationale behind the cancellation of Tools of Change seems largely to be one of financial priority. In the aforementioned blog...

At TOC, a Tempest of paradigm-challenging ideas on what an e-book can be and do
February 15, 2013 | 7:07 pm

Fabienne Riener, Chief Operating Officer of SourcefabricO wonder! How many goodly books are there here! How beauteous publishing is! I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) conference this past Tuesday and learned about a topic that captivates me: new forms that books are able to take when they are conceived as e-books. There is so much creative work being done in this area that I often want to hold it up to show those who think we are an industry in turmoil. An industry in transition, yes, but with many bright minds at work moving us in exciting new directions. Here’s a quick look at some highlights: Fabienne...

Our upcoming TOC 2013 coverage
February 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

Author Revolution Day O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing 2013O'Reilly's annual Tools of Change for Publishing conference just got underway this morning at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. And while we unfortunately weren't able to make it New York for the event's first day, we will be on the scene, tweeting and reporting live, throughout days two and three. Today's big TOC draw, of course, is the (day-long) event being referred to as Author (R)evolution Day, which may very well end up being considered a revolutionary event in and of itself; the focus is on independent authors and the swiftly-growing self-publishing scene. As the TOC site describes it,...

PDF is most popular format, PC is most popular reader for O’Reilly e-book customers
March 23, 2012 | 9:15 am

O’Reilly TOC general manager and occasional TeleRead contributor Joe Wilkert has a piece up on O’Reilly Radar looking at a survey O’Reilly recently conducted of its e-book customers, asking on what devices and in which formats they planned to do most of their e-book reading. Wilkert reports that the most popular non-PC e-reading device, with a 25% share, was the iPad—but 46% of those who responded said that their primary device for viewing O’Reilly e-books was their PC, and about half of the people who responded said PDF was their format of choice. When...

TOC webcast on digital bookmaking tools now available
July 6, 2011 | 8:09 am

Last week, we posted about a new Tools of Change webcast from Peter Meyers that looked at several ebook production tools currently available. If you missed it, the webcast is now archived and available for viewing after a free registration screen. If you're not a webcast kind of person, you might want to revisit the earlier post for a quick overview of the programs discussed, then take a look below at the slide deck he used: Digital Bookmaking Roundup-Peter Meyers View more presentations from Pete Meyers TOC Webcast Archive: Digital Bookmaking Tools (registration required) "Digital Bookmaking Tools Webcast:...

O’Reilly TOC covers e-book news; Sharp’s President talks about new e-reader
August 25, 2010 | 2:22 pm

sharpreader The O’Reilly Tools of Change blog has launched a new weekly column covering at e-book news. This week’s column looks at the Samsung E60’s UK release by WHSmith, the $70 price cut for the Aluratek Libre (from $169 to $99), the new Laser EB101 device in Australia, the Pocketbook announcement we covered earlier, and a couple of brief notes about the Blio and the new Sony Readers. One reader that isn’t mentioned in the O’Reilly article is the new Sharp device (pictured above). Sharp’s President Mikio Katayama becomes the latest electronics exec to trash-talk the iPad, claiming the...

Kaplan Publishing experiments with free e-books
August 25, 2010 | 10:15 am

Kaplan Publishing is going to give away 95 of its books as free iBooks editions for the week of August 24-30. Brett Sandusky, director of marketing at Kaplan, has a post at the O’Reilly Tools of Change blog about the giveaway, and about the marketing challenges that free e-books present. Advocates and enthusiasts of free e-books may be a little confused by this, given that it doesn’t seem exactly “challenging” to give an e-book away for free and reap the benefits that come afterward—after all, Baen has been doing it for over ten years—but Sandusky writes: ...

Ricoh Innovations adds e-footnotes without QR codes
July 12, 2010 | 5:08 pm

french rev 2 Last month, I mentioned Ubimark’s publication of a print edition of Around the World in 80 Days with “e-footnotes”—QR codes that can be scanned by a free iPhone app to turn into links to webpages with additional content. Now Tools of Change reports that Ricoh Innovations is set to allow publishers to do the same thing with no QR codes required. According to Jamey Graham, Distinguished Research Engineer at Ricoh, RI's technology is similar to that of QR codes, but uses the natural patterns of an object or a page as opposed to a barcode....

Kassia Kroszer’s observations on Tools of Change
March 1, 2010 | 1:15 pm

booksquare-logo[1] Kassia Kroszer at Booksquare has a great wrap-up of the Tools of Change conference, in which she talks about her own and others’ presentations, links to interesting blog articles, and shares some general thoughts on the state of the e-publishing industry at this point. There are far too many interesting observations to summarize, so I’ll just pick out a few to mention here. Early on, Kroszer points out that “all publishing is already digital”—insofar as manuscripts are by and large now submitted electronically, rather than as typewritten or handwritten pages. But publishers are still using an old-fashioned...

Final TOC Report: Keynote, The future of digital distribution and ebook marketing
February 24, 2010 | 3:04 pm

toccon-bug.gifTim O"Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly media. Challenge is not to build the coolest and most enhanced ebooks. The publisher will never be a winner in a technology race. Innovations do come from publishers, but that's not the heart of what publishers do. Publishers' job is to do for authors those things that authors can't do for themselves. Be creative, but remember what you really do. Which is often the boring stuff. If not good at those things then someone will take your place. It's not easy to be found in this new world. Big haystack. All of...

TOC Report: Keynote, 1,001 Arabian rights; digital publishing and its role in exposing non-English languages
February 24, 2010 | 2:35 pm

toccon-bug.gifRamy Habeeb, established first Arabic language ebook house. Arab publishing market behind western publishing, and its lessons also applicable to other emerging economies. 60,000 titles published every year. Arabic market is the size of the US. Problems: distribution is still very primitive, In Egypt, 80% of books only available within 5 kilometers of publishing house. Censorship is still a problem. Three kinds: on purpose, self censorship and unconscious censorship. No viable OCR solution available in Arabic. International standards are a problem. Nobody uses ISBN numbers. They have them but don't use them or any other international standard. Industry...

TOC Report: Keynote, Rethinking the role of funding academic book publishing
February 24, 2010 | 2:01 pm

toccon-bug.gifFrances Pinter, Bloomsbury Academic. Startup academic publisher. Publishing monographs in academia, an endangered species. 1980 sold 3,000 copies of typical monograph, now sell about 350. Challenge: how do we get to a point where we can sustainably publish long form monographs. (Discussion covers only social sciences and humanities) Academics still want independent verification of quality, editing, typesetting, curation, branding. Pressures on academic community: expanding academic ecosystem and need more publishing services, governments and foundation wants to see impact for research they are funding. Pressures on academic publishers: technology driven changes require investment in time of global...

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