Monday, July 7, 2008

Susan Chehak Presentation on the Future of the Book

Susan Chehak. It's 11:45 AM, and I'm sitting in on a very interesting presentation by Susan Chehak. She's talking about the past, present, and future of books and publishing. Since she's written a number of books, it was interesting to get her insights on this topic. Susan's presentation today provided a holistic picture and context. Having just written a book myself, I listened to her presentation with trepidation, but her story had a happy ending.

The Super Book. A while ago, a friend sent me a link to a blog by Osha Gray Davidson titled TheBookIsDead. He had developed some really neat ideas about what he called "The Super Book" which described ways to use today's technology to create a modern version of the book.

The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book. Sherman Young recently published a book with the title The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book and started his own TheBookIsDead blog.

New Distribution of Books. The Sacred Texts Archive is an example of how books are being redistributed digitally either in DVD format or on the Internet for free. There are some advantages to the DVD, so I ordered one several years ago when the smaller collection fit on a CD ROM. Now, I can upgrade for a fraction of the $100 price.

Free Music. Susan gave an example of how some artists are providing free music to introduce people to their music. A while ago, I created a free music resources page, which is still a bit limited, but the idea has intrigued me. How many more things will be added to the list of items we can get for free?