As many of you are undoubtedly already aware, TeleRead’s previous editor, the inimitable Paul Biba, resigned from his position early last week in order to pursue other opportunities. A cross-country motorcycle tour is apparently in Biba’s future, and frankly, we can’t think of a better reason to break the proverbial shackles of a non-stop, round-the-clock blogging gig such as this one.
In fact, all of us here at NAPCO‘s headquarters in Philadelphia would like to wish Paul the very best in whichever future endeavor he chooses to pursue. I, for one, am well aware of the fact that I have some very big shoes to fill as I go about the process of taking TeleRead into the next stage of its evolution. After all, Paul was nothing if not a staunch and passionate supporter of independent publishers and new-to-the-game writers. And there’s no doubt that he had his finger on the very pulse of the eReading and ePublishing scenes during his time here at TeleRead.
If we’re lucky, perhaps Paul will agree to write the occasional post for us as he motors his way from one coast of the country to the other. I, for one, would be fascinated to find out exactly how readers in various out-of-the-way American outposts feel about the issues and controversies surrounding the world of electronic reading today. I’d also love to hear about Paul’s future adventures, and about the electronic reading that will almost certainly accompany them. If you’re out there, Paul, let us know what you think.
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Incidentally, it has occurred to me that some of you might be curious to know a little about my own background, so I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you just a bit about myself: I currently work as a managing editor for a number of different print publications produced by NAPCO’s Consumer Technology Publishing Group. I’m fairly new to the company, however; I’ve only been here for a little over a month.
Prior to being brought onboard at NAPCO, I worked full-time from a home office as a freelance journalist. Throughout my career, I’ve covered everything from international travel and independent music to commercial real estate, entrepreneurship, and of course, the very wide world of publishing. I’ve also worked with a fairly large number of publishing companies over the years, helping them to produce everything from alt-weeklies to glossy magazines to online publications, and nearly everything else in between. I once spent a summer working for an English-language magazine published for backpackers in Istanbul, Turkey, for instance. And when I went so far as to publish my very own print title—a short-lived magazine covering independent travel culture—it was recognized as one of the best new titles of the year by the Utne Reader‘s annual Independent Press Awards.
I mention all of this, by the way, not to toot my own horn, but rather to point out that the challenges facing the publishing industry today are challenges I take very seriously, and think about quite often. After all, I’ve had a lengthy and satisfying career in the publishing field thus far, and I have no intention of switching gears anytime soon, regardless of the often frustrating changes that are currently taking place.
It’s probably also worth mentioning here that the sorts of issues that have been discussed and debated on TeleRead over the past few years are exactly the sorts of issues I want to continue thinking about, and writing about. And yet at the same time, there are undoubtedly dozens of other directions in which we can take the current discussions surrounding eReading and ePublishing, and I plan to explore a good many of those directions in the coming months. I hope you’ll join me—and I hope you’ll assist me—by leaving a comment whenever you feel strongly about a particular post.
I’d also like to invite all of you to email me directly with any comments, concerns, suggestions, news tips, press releases or anything else you feel might add to the ongoing discussion that has been built here by Paul, and by contributor Chris Meadows, and of course by David Rothman, TeleRead’s founder. My address is deldridge at napco.com. And for those of you who’d like to follow me on Twitter, where I’ll almost certainly be publishing TeleRead-related tweets in the near-future, I’m @YoungPioneers.
And again, a huge thanks to the both of you, Paul and Chris, for the hugely valuable contribution you’ve already made to this community. I suspect I won’t be the only one keeping a close eye on your future endeavors. And to everyone else: I’ll see you online!