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Last minute notice: “Whatever is to become of books?” Saturday, September 17, 2011

Date: Sep 9, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Whatever is to become of books?

Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

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Sojournposse will soon be hosting another Inspiration Room event at The London Design Festival 2011 on 17 September at University College London. The theme, “Whatever is to become of books?”, addresses the future of books as the placeholder of ideas in the digital age. Now that we consume information online and in downloads, what would happen to storytelling? Are we ready for a life without books? The seminar will pool contributions from book publishers, designers and multimedia storytellers.

Featured in this video clip is “Homer”, a book scanner constructed by digital anthropologists using a digital camera, a recycled box and a piece of glass from Poundland shop powered an open source software used by Google Books and a laptop. This digital nod to the Gutenberg press is used to scan the King James I bible, marking the 400th anniversary of the completion of the authorised version in 1611. This is in line with the festival’s main showcase at St Paul’s Cathedral.

This event is backed by Department of Anthropology, University College London, in support of the masters programmes targeted at the design, creative and advertising communities: MSc Digital Anthropology, MA Material & Visual Culture, and MA Materials, Culture & Design. 

Venue: Department of Anthropology, UCL, 14 Taviton St, WC1H 0BW, London. Contact: info@sojournposse.com. Twitter:@sojournpossef8.

Looks like a very cool event.  We’ll try to post about it after the fact as well.

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10.15am – Registration.

Sojournposse Multimedia Presentation: Whatever is to become of books? 
Presenting multimedia showcase on the changing landscape of books by Sojournposse storytellers and photographers.

10.45am – Is this the Gutenberg machine of the 21st century? Presenting project Homer. By inventors of the Department of Anthropology, University College London.

11.00am – SESSION 2 – THE MEDIUM
Theme: Whatever is to become of books? Paper books vs digital books.
Discussion topics: Digitisation of books is necessary to facilitate knowledge transfer.  The consumers’ attachment to printed books. The rising trend of photobook appreciation among photographers and storytellers. T
raditional storytelling experience enhanced by digitality.

Speakers: Dr. Aquiles Alencar-Brayner (The British Library)Teresa Pereira (Blurb Books) Angus Phillips (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies)Matt Johnston (Photo Book Club)Moderator: Zarina Holmes, creative director Sojournposse. 

10-minutes Q&A session with audience.

Chocolates by Paul Wayne Gregory Chocolates. 

The Comics Grid multimedia presentation.

Theme: How to tell stories today via the digital medium. 
Discussion topics: Social media breaks down the traditional barriers in publishing. Digitisation could compromise content integrity, and also leads to issues relating to copyright and plagiarism. Bloggers vs mainstream media. What is the new narrative? 

Speakers: Sam Syed & Jacob Nordström (Mag+). Emilia Spitz & Linda Uruchurtu (The Ballet Bag)Marcus Gilroy-Ware (Not On The Wires). Fiona Swarbrick (NUJ Books & Magazine Division)Moderator: Kevin Biderman, Digital Anthropology, University College London.

10-minutes Q&A session with audience. 

Chocolates by Paul Wayne Gregory Chocolates. 


Supporting 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project

This event is also done in support of the innovative 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project, to help the victims of the Japanese quake in March 2011. You can purchase the iPhone app here or on iTunes. £1 will be donated to the 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project. “Whatever is to become of books?” is a non-profit event.

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Call for speakers: World e-Reading Congress, May 15-17 2012 London

Date: Sep 6, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

The World e-Reading Congress 2012 is dedicated to equipping book, newspaper and magazine publishers with the intelligence and strategic insight to overcome the commercial, partnership, retail and distribution challenges inherent within the transition to digital.

The World e-Reading Congress 2012 will focus on:

  • Accelerating in to the digital space
  • Determining the economics of innovation
  • Finding new markets for digital content
  • Harnessing new distribution channels
  • Driving consumers to the point of sale …and many more topics…

» Download a prospectus for more information – Download the E-Reading Prospectus

Share your experience – join the global publishing community and digital stakeholders: Contact Rebecca Mantle for more details: Rebecca.mantle@terrapinn.com

The conference agenda is currently being finalised and we’re interested in hearing from pioneering publishers and solution providers with specialist experience, to join our world-class speaker faculty.

The speaker line-up already includes:

  • Ravi Dhariwal, CEO, Times of India
  • Santiago De La Mora, Director of Print Content Services, Google
  • Farzad Jarmal, Digital Director and Group Internet Controller, Northern & Shell
  • Oscar Grut, Managing Director, Digital Editions & Group General Counsel, The Economist
  • Gerd Leonhard, CEO, The Futures Agency
  • Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, Director, Digital Product and Consumer Technology, Pearson PLC

Publishers attend The World e-Reading Congress to:

  • Leverage the booming device market as a tool to compel buy-in
  • Balance the economics of eBook acquisition, production and investment strategies
  • Overcome threat posed by volume, speed and efficiency of aggregated content
  • Profit from the widespread demand for English language/translated content in the global market
  • Deliver customizable and engaging opportunities to advertisers that will bring return
  • Engage strategies to make content engaging and discoverable

To discuss speaking opportunities in more detail please contact by end of business 16th September:
Rebecca Mantle, Project Director
+44 (0) 207 092 1194

New Book Media listing for World e-reading Congress here

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