Welcome to the 66th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts.
Sadly, this marks the last episode with Rafat Ali as co-host and our last episode of the year.
In the new year, Mediatwits will be revamped as more of a weekly roundtable discussion moderated by Mark Glaser.
But our last show is a fascinating one, an in-depth discussion on the state of the book publishing business, the future of print books and how e-books might evolve.
Our guests are O’Reilly’s Joe Wikert, Movable Type Management’s Jason Allen Ashlock and BiblioCrunch CEO Miral Sattar. How can traditional book publishers and literary agents survive in a digital future, and will print books become endangered?
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Joe Wikert is General Manager, Publisher, & Chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O’Reilly Media. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons in their Professional & Trade division.
Jason Allen Ashlock is a co-founder of Movable Type Management, a literary production company that fosters storytelling across platforms, devices, territories, and generations.
Miral Sattar is founder and CEO of BiblioCrunch, a platform that matches authors and publishers with quality, award-winning professionals to get new books and apps to market. She has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched digital initiatives.
Highlights from the Show
0:30: Rafat signing off as co-host, but will be back when possible
2:00: Update on Rafat’s startup, Skift, serving the travel world
3:30: Rafat’s and Mark’s e-book habits vs. print
5:20: Rafat’s Museum of Lost & Broken Kindles
Roundtable: Beyond the Book 2012
7:00: Special guests Joe Wikert, Jason Allen Ashlock, Miral Sattar
9:20: Wikert: O’Reilly uses DRM-free e-books, builds community
10:20: What is role of publisher with rise of self-publishing?
12:10: Ashlock: Literary agents will continue what they’re doing, but need to become “radical mediators”
15:20: Sattar: Our BiblioCrunch service helps guide authors with a concierge service
17:30: Wikert: Publishers will need to have more brand recognition
20:10: Ashlock: Print was the default mode, but now digital is the democratic space
22:10: What is the future for the e-book format? Will more multimedia come?
23:20: Wikert: HTML5 will win the day
25:10: Sattar: Cookbooks are perfect for including video with e-books or any how-to books
26:30: Ashlock: Children’s books and cookbooks both require more interactivity, even in print
27:10: Great events coming up: Digital Book World; Tools of Change; Book Squared; Indie Recon
Sorry, but e-readers aren’t dying at PaidContent
Ebook sales projection, 2012, second update at Rocket Bomber
Ebook lending vs. ownership at TOC blog
Amazon: Kindle E-Books Sales Overtake Print at Guardian
New York Times launches ebook programs with Byliner and Vook at PaidContent
Digital Book World conference
Tools of Change for Publishing conference
Author Revolution Day conference
Indie ReCon online conference
Be sure to vote in our weekly poll, this time your preference of print or e-books:
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and fiancee Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+