bigny logoTeleRead contributor Joe Wikert put forth a compelling vision of reader-generated hyperlinks within e-books—a feature you’d see only if you wanted it.

What do New York publishing pros think of his idea? If nothing else, someone with the Book Industry Guild of New York was intrigued enough to tweet about it. And that’s good, for BIGNY includes key people from some of the world’s biggest publishers.

Now, ideally, Joe’s proposal can be mentioned during a panel discussion titled “Publishing Technology Update: New Digital Directions.” The idea of reader-generated hyperlinks and other annotations within books is hardly new. But if you read Joe’s proposal, you’ll see he has added some wrinkles to give the process more structure.

Anyone can attend the March 8 event be at Random House’s headquarters at 1745 Broadway.


Moderator is Kathy Sandler, the Senior Manager, Content Applications and Digital Workflow Development, Penguin Random. Panelists, as described in a BIGNY news release, are:

• Sue Carlson (VP, Director of Production & Design, W.W. Norton) – went from being a traditional typesetter to re-tool Norton’s workflow to produce over 1200 trade and educational ebooks/year
• Cynthia Clark (Director of Digital Operations and Products, Elsevier) – content innovation and enriching the reading experience of the full-text STM article
• Daniel Cohen (Digital Strategist, Galvanized) – worked with over 40 magazines on content workflows and digital products, helped create Galvanized’s Apple Watch app
• Katherine McCahill (Senior Director, Digital Development, Penguin Random House) – works with Penguin Random House divisions to identify and develop mobile apps that provide a digital complement to their books
• Peter Milburn (Associate Director of Digital Product Marketing, Wiley) – helped lead the 200-year old publisher to partner print and digital in a direct-to-consumer division to 40% growth.

Registration information and more nuts-and-bolts details are here. The event begins 5:15 p.m. If you go to the speaker part only, the cost is just $5 (free to students). For a chance to enjoy refreshments and mix and mingle beforehand, the price will be $40 for BIGNY members and $60 for nonmembers. Membership information is here.

Over the past 23 years, BIGNY’s “annual charity softball game in Central Park has raised more than $385,000 to combat illiteracy on a grassroots level.”

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