Monday, August 17, 2009

ALPSP International Conference 2009 > Mobile

Thursday 10 September 2009

Publishing To Mobile Devices

Chair: Leon Heward-Mills / Publisher / Thomas Telford Ltd

Ubiquitous wi-fi broadband and handheld devices that can store terabytes of data are just around the corner, or so we are told.
  • What impact will this have on scholarly and professional publishers?

  • Are academics crying out for scholarly content applications for the iPhone?

  • How do we get our content directly to practitioners working in the field?

  • What do you need to do to stay in the game?

This session will explore the likely impact of these rapidly developing technologies, report what publishers and technology companies are doing and offer practical advice on how publishers of all sizes should be responding.

Speakers >

George Lossius / CEO / Publishing Technology
Philippa Scoones / Web Publishing / Director / Wiley-Blackwell

Mary Hemming / CEO / Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.

Carol Norquay / Editor / Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.


Friday 11 September 2009

It’s Never Been A Better Time To Publish Scholarly Books

Chair: Toby Green / Head of Publishing / OECD

Publishing scholarly books has traditionally been hard work. Libraries facing squeezed funding have sometimes sacrificed their book collections in order to fund their serials acquisitions. The web goliaths of Amazon and Google can not be ignored and the advent of Google as an eBookseller presents both threats and opportunities.

But speakers in this session will explain that book publishing is undergoing a renaissance. eBooks are facilitating the emergence of new business models: bundles on subscription; rental & purchase eBook vendors; open access monographs; linkages to journals, datasets etc. eBook readers and mobile devices are potentially significant new distribution channels.

Meanwhile, advances in digital printing and print on demand technology have revolutionised the economics and cost structures of physical book production allowing low or zero inventories, and better delivery times.

So less capital is tied up, barriers to entry are lower and customer service is better. Taken together these mean new ways to build audiences for books on sustainable business models. There’s never been a better time to talk about books – join us at this session (and we won’t talk about XML – that’s a promise).

Speakers >

Joachim Engelland / Director / Joachim Engelland Consulting

Frances Pinter / Publisher / Bloomsbury Academic


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