Reading and Writing Panels at SXSW
It’s almost the middle of March, and that means one thing to technology lovers: It’s time for South by Southwest (SXSW). The annual conference, held every year in Austin, TX, is a mecca for the most creative minds in emerging technology, music, and film.
Sure, the gathering is best known as a music festival for new bands on the independent music scene. But, book lovers take note: It’s also features panel discussions and other opportunities to learn about cutting-edge ideas in digital literature.
Don’t have a pass? Don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered. Below are overviews of this year’s panels on reading and writing in the digital age, as well as instructions about how you can follow the events from the comfort of your home computer.
2011 was a transformative year in the publishing business. Print sales fell as e-book sales went through the roof, marking a more permanent shift in consumer preferences for digital readers. Hear what leaders from Wowio, The Atavist, Penguin, Publishers Weekly and Creative Conduit have to say about what’s next for digital publishing and development.
To follow Sunday’s panel on Twitter, use these hashtags: #sxsw #pubmodels
In this panel discussion, editors from two top magazines, The New Yorker and Lucky, talk about the ways in which online publishing has affected content at their publications. They’ll touch on topics such as article choice, layout and editorial work flow. This is a must-follow for anyone interested how magazines are faring in the digital age.
To follow Tuesday’s panel on Twitter, use these hashtags: #sxsw #digmags
This discussion is definitely for techies. Digital book architect Peter Meyers will take on one of the most rapidly changing aspects of digital literature: page design. After a year of product releases that have included book soundtracks other add-on digital material, it’s clear that book design means more than typefaces and layout. Meyers will explore ways to shape digital content so that “ebook readers become ebook lovers.”
To follow Tuesday’s panel on Twitter, use these hashtags: #sxsw #smartebook