Paperight: TOC Startup Showcase Finalist

Why haven’t copy shops been able to legally print books for years?

We wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know our TOC Startup Showcase Finalists a little bit better before the big showdown in NYC. Since the three winners of the showcase will be presented on Valentine’s Day, and as the showcase itself is not unlike a startup speed dating session, we decided to stick with the matchmaking theme and asked each of our finalists to complete a personality profile. We’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks in the countdown to TOC NYC.

Our first profile is from Paperight founder and CEO, Arthur Attwell.

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Author (R)evolution Day Friday Tweet Chats Start This Week

Join TOC speakers and other bookish techy tweeps January 25 at 4pm ET for #ARDay Friday tweet chat

Starting January 25 and continuing through February 8, Kristen McLean (@BKGKristen) and I (@KatMeyer) be hosting #ARDay twitter conversations featuring speakers from Author (R)evolution Day.

This Friday’s #ARDay tweetchat topic is “The Benefits of Bookish Community Participation and Building” and features Allen Lau, Mark Jeffrey, Jesse Potash, and Rob Eagar. They’ll be available to answer your questions, hear your thoughts, and tackle the topic of community from every possible angle they can cover in 140 characters or less!
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TOC 2013 Start-up Showcase semi-finalists announced

Online voting is now open and ends soon

This year we’re having the publishing community help us determine the 10 finalists who will come to TOC in New York to show off their product/service. Starting today, an online voting site will be open to the public. Voters will have until Friday, January 11th to cast their vote and help us choose the 10 finalists who will be invited to NYC.

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TOC to Host W3C eBook Workshop

CFP deadline is December 10

Among the many exciting events taking place during TOC this year, we’ll be hosting the W3C’s first eBook workshop, “eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards – A W3C Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform.”

The workshop – organized in partnership with IDPF and BISG – is free, but is limited to 80 registrants (with no more than two attendees per any one organization).  To be considered for participation, attendees are required to submit a position paper explaining their perspectives on a workshop topic of their choice (see for workshop topics) by December 10. Participants should have an active interest in the area chosen, ensuring other workshop attendees will benefit from the their presence in the discussion. Click here for more information on the CFP.

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What to expect at TOC NY 2013

The brainiac party at the intersection of publishing & digital innovation

Next year’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC) lands in NYC February 12-14, 2013. We’d love to see you there! I’m writing to encourage you to register by Thursday, November 8, to get the best price on registration.

My co-chair Joe Wikert and I are focused on one goal: to intelligently blend proven publishing tools and techniques you can put to work immediately with forward-looking insights that will help you plan for the future. We want these three days to be the most useful, mind-broadening, and fun, work-related days of 2013 for you.

Joe and I are developing a program that melds the practical with the inspiration we all need. Ev Williams will tell us about his new post-Twitter venture, Medium. Jennifer 8. Lee’s panel on a digital-first business model will be an eye-opener for us all. BrainpickingsMaria Popova plans to explore “curating in a world of abundance.” Henry Jenkins will share insights about “spreadable media.”

And that’s just a small taste of what you’ll find at TOC 2013. Check out the agenda to see for yourself.

As in previous years, the action may start with the official agenda, but that’s not where it ends. TOC’s “hallway track” offers unrivaled opportunities for networking with fellow attendees, exhibitors, and speakers during the sessions, meals, breaks — and, of course — at TOC’s legendary parties.

Preview the program, and register by Thursday November 8, 2012 to reserve your spot at publishing’s most significant annual gathering — and to save up to $400.

Hope to see you in New York February 12-14!

TOC NY 2013 Call for Proposals deadline extended to September 17

The TOC NY 2013 Call for Proposals (CFP) was originally scheduled to close September 6, but in the past few days we’ve spoken with a number of potential speakers, eager to submit, but not sure if they were hitting the right note with their proposals. Many have asked for extensions, as well as some more info on what we’re looking for. So, we are providing both.

I can’t say for sure what speakers and topics will make it onto the TOC 2013 program, but in addition to the general topics/tips/etc on the CFP page, I can also offer some of the criteria our fantastic program committee will be appying in evaluating proposals and building out the program.

If you are submitting a proposal (and I hope you are) —

FOCUS ON THE ATTENDEE EXPERIENCE: TOC is devoted to helping publishers and others in our industry create the best possible user experience for their audience. As a conference, TOC is no different – we want to create unparalleled experiences for our attendees. We want presentations that not only make the most of the live and communal nature of a TOC conference setting, but demand it. In other words, what will attendees experience in your session that they aren’t going to get from reading a blog post, watching a video, or attending any other conference/in-person event?

GO BIG: Do not shy away from more advanced content. One of the most common attendee requests last year was for more advanced level information

BE ORIGINAL: Another common attendee request last year was for more unique information. If it’s a well-trodden topic, let us know the unique angle or approach you will be providing when presenting it at TOC 2013.

LET US KNOW YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF: Let us know why you are uniquely qualified to speak on the topic you are proposing. Maybe it’s your unparalleled passion for the subject at hand, or maybe it’s your professional qualifications (even better if it’s both), but please do toot your own horn to make it clear to the program committee you can deliver the goods.

GET ENGAGED: Our audience always ALWAYS says they want to see more engaging presentation formats. If you have played it out in your mind, and concluded that a straight lecture or panel of talking heads is the best format for your presentation, okay. But, REALLY? Come on. Even if it’s just making sure you leave time for, and encourage audience Q+A, make an effort to introduce some interactivity into your presentation. TOC is live and in person – take advantage this setting!

IT’S OKAY IF YOU ARE NOT A PROGRAMMER OR ANALYST, AND HAVE NOT BUILT A ROBOT: Yes we love our consumer data. We crave publishing programming miracles, and fantastic shiny gadgets, and we seriously can not get enough on designing artisanally for the multiple-screened world in which we live. But, it’s just as likely we want to hear from you if you have other things in mind.

IOW, the fantastically fun and quirky community that is TOC is NOT just about technology, data, and/or people who like to analyze everything endlessly. We are a diverse community of people working together to discover the ways forward for publishing. Data and programming are part of that. Sales channels and marketing research are also. And designers and indexers. Not to mention authors, and readers, and people who work to bring them together. Yes, sometimes shiny steals the show, but we want to make sure everybody gets their voice into the TOC mix.

For more pointers about submitting to us, check out our esteemed O’Reilly colleague Ed Dumbill’s (Chair of OSCON and Strata) smart post over on the O’Reilly website outlining his essential rules for conference development. He says everything there that I would say, only with a British accent.

So, we’ve given you more time (till September 17), and more tips — now you really have absolutely no excuse for not submitting a proposal. 🙂

TOC Debate: Amazon vs Apple

TOC Debate: Amazon vs Apple

Joe Wikert takes on Kassia Krozser in the first TOC Debate webcast.

Which ebook platform is mightier? Find out when Team Bezos (Joe Wikert) takes on Team Jobs (Kassia Krozser) in a free webcast on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 am PT.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

Lots of launches this week Google ebook store, Amazon web-based Kindle, Figment, and Open Bookmarks BMXL and Open Wiki

In the latest Bookish Techy Week in Review: Google ebook store opens; Seth Godin plays with the Domino Project; Kobo launches Reading Life; and IA unveils a new browser-based book reader.

TOC hosting publishing startup showcase

Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.

TOC's first Publishing Showcase will give you — and your business — a chance to get in front of hundreds of potential users and investors. Submissions are due by Jan. 10, 2011.

Announcing TOC Bologna

Announcing TOC Bologna

O'Reilly teams up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for TOC Bologna in March of 2011

TOC Bologna, a one-day conference being held in conjunction with the Bologna Children's Book Fair, will focus on digital and mobile technology.