May 16, 2022

Introducing PageBreak: A New Generation Conference

Many thanks to infoDOCKET friend Peter Brantley for allowing us to share the full text of an email message that was sent earlier today.

I am thrilled to announce a new generation publishing conference, PageBreak, taking place on October 27-28, 2022 (after FBM) in San Francisco, CA.

The PageBreak team – John Chodacki, Adam Hyde, Nellie McKesson, Andrew Savikas, and myself – believe it is time for our community to gather and share what we have learned over the last five years. Our goal is to expand the boundaries of the term “publishing” by bringing publishers together with the wider world of the “people and organizations who publish things”
to address the question: “What is ‘Publishing’ in 2022? And, how can we create new possibilities for publishing in the future?”

Building on the best of Books in Browsers and Tools of Change, PageBreak is a community-driven conference focussed on celebrating and sharing the ways people are moving beyond traditional models and embracing contemporary technology, workflow, and processes. We seek to foster a community of people who are excited about building change together, and willing to try new things.

PageBreak will feature a combination of short talks intermixed with ample opportunities to meet in an “Unconference” style to generate ad-hoc topics, presenting our thoughts, questions, and insights. We’ll address the hard problems, feature case studies, tool round-ups, elicit people’s visions for the future, and discuss what’s needed to get us there.

We welcome your suggestions for topics, but the following list should give you a sense of what we are contemplating:

  • BookTok/Bookstagram
  • NFTs / Identifiers
  • Can AIs author books?
  • Newsletters and Subscriptions
  • Enterprise Publishing
  • PRC – publish, review, curate
  • Rapid Processes
  • Books becoming courseware
  • Controlled Digital Lending applications
  • Retrospective- “Where are they now?”
  • Interactivity (e.g. NYT labs)
  • Talking about books on Discord
  • Are digital rights forever?

This will be a lean conference with minimal registration fees.

Organizations interested in sponsoring PageBreak should contact us to discuss the range of possible contributions.

Please let us know if you have any questions! We are so looking forward to seeing you (in person) this fall in San Francisco!!

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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