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Feeling Rudderless with the Loss of O’Reilly’s TOC? Consider This
May 10, 2013 | 9:37 pm

Tools of ChangeMuch conversation and virtual space has been devoted over the last week to the announcement by O’Reilly that they are discontinuing the Tools of Change conference. The announcement stunned many, and lamentation abounded at the loss of what had been, for many, a forum for hearing new ideas and, equally important, an arena for networking and maintaining significant ongoing professional connections. As the producers of the Publishing Business Conference & Expo, one of the events in the same space as TOC, we have long respected our colleagues at O’Reilly. It might be expected that we would jump into the fray and exclaim...

Morning Links: Google Books Appeal, the Death of TOC
May 9, 2013 | 9:14 am

Morning Links"Fair Use" Takes Centre Stage at Google Books Appeal (Paid Content) Businessman Closes Product, Community Enraged! The Death of Tools of Change (Scholarly Kitchen) Smashwords Releases Data from eBook Sales Study (Good e-Reader) The Year of the Bookstore (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) Kindle Daily Deals: Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour (and 3 others)  ...

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...

How to build you very own Little Free Library
April 10, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Little Free Library I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who've Built Tiny Libraries On the Side of the Road, or something like that. But according to the last edition of O'Reilly Media's TOC Today newsletter (which you really, really should subscribe to if you don't already get it), tiny libraries are now a 'thing.' That is, a trend—or to be more specific, a quickly growing...

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...

Weekend Roundup — Tips for self-publishers, and other must-reads
February 3, 2013 | 10:28 am

Tools of Change is Almost Here (Good E-Reader) Australian Bookseller Mary Ryan's Opens New eBook Kiosk (The Digital Reader) How EBook Readers Shop and the Importance of Sampling (The Creative Penn) Dan Blank and Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, Book Publishing, and Today's Author (The Book Designer) Kindle Daily Deals: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (and 3 others) ...

Buy Once, Sync Anywhere: Could it really be that simple?
December 4, 2012 | 8:23 pm

The UK-based startup known as ValoBox has been in business for a little over a month now—it launched just a few days before Halloween of this year. To explain the basics of the company's business model in layman's terms, it essentially offers two different digital reading services that seem fairly compelling, at least at first glance: It sells e-books on a 'pay-as-you-go' system, allowing readers to purchase, say, a single page or a single chapter of a book. And it makes those books available to read via a Web browser on your computer, your tablet, your smartphone ... anything with a browser, really....

Registration Now Open for O’Reilly’s 2013 TOC Conference
October 17, 2012 | 3:47 pm

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a publisher in possession of a rich future must want to attend TOC. Publishers and everyone who wants to master the forces transforming the publishing world can collaborate on the future of books and reading at O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. TOC returns to New York City February 12-14, 2013, and registration has opened. Chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert have announced an extraordinary program, with featured speakers including: > Evan Williams, The Obvious Corporation > Maria Popova, Brain Pickings > Jeff Jaffe, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) > Hugh McGuire, PressBooks/LibriVox/lambik > Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto > Travis Alber, ReadSocial and BookGlutton >...

First “Mini Tools of Change” conference this Wednesday in Portland
July 25, 2011 | 8:14 am

O'Reilly Media is trying out a new smaller, traveling version of its hugely popular Tools of Change conferences, called miniTOC. The first one takes place in Portland, Oregon this Wednesday the 27th, and will explore current trends in digital publishing from a local perspective: miniTOC Portland provides an opportunity for Portland's publishing and tech luminaries to share how they are forging ahead in the publishing/tech/content space. The best and brightest of PDX's art, business, craft and technology leaders will be gathered for a day of collaboration and connecting around their shared love of the bookish. If you're in the area and want...

New series of webcasts from Tools of Change
May 27, 2011 | 9:22 am

Screen shot 2011 05 27 at 9 22 19 AM Received the following email from O'Reilly and thought it would be of interest: We're starting a series of TOC webcasts that I hope you'll share with your readers. They start next week, andJoe wikert just announced them at're calling this new TOC webcast series SneakPeeks, and they'll offer a pre-release look at some of the best publishing tools, platforms and technologies that are about to hit the market.Our first SneakPeek takes place next Tuesday, May 31st at 1PM ET / 10AM PT and features segments from the following startups: 24symbols, Valobox, Appitude, Active Reader and OnSwipe. Space is limited, so be sure to register now at to take part...

Margaret Atwood’s TOC Keynote now live
February 22, 2011 | 10:03 am

Atwood's talk was funny and charming, as were her delightful hand-drawn illustrations. Recommended viewing. ...

Screencast of Brian O’Leary’s talk at TOC: Contest first – a unified field theory of publishing
February 21, 2011 | 2:58 pm

Here is O'Leary's talk. It is also covered in my Tools of Change notes. While the talk is a bit "jargonish" (I'm still not quite sure what "context" is) at least to those, like me, who are not in the industry, and the slides are certainly confusing, his overall points are extremely well taken. It's worth your time to listen to it. Context first: A unified field theory of publishing from Brian O'Leary on Vimeo....

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