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.

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

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.

Open question: Do you trust market research surveys?

A deluge of recent ebook and ereader research raises a host of methodology questions.

As the publishing industry is inundated with statistics about user behavior, how do we determine if the reported numbers are accurate, and whether they are meaningful?

TOC 2011 preliminary program announced

Featured speakers include Margaret Atwood, Ben Huh and Kevin Kelly.

We've just unveiled the initial list of workshops, sessions, speakers, and events happening at TOC 2011 in February. In addition to traditional book publishers discussing their experiences from the trenches of change, TOC also brings in ideas from the wider global ecosystem.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

Contrarian views on ereading's merits, Google Editions still MIA, and new interactive apps from Lonely Planet and Gourmet.

This week we noticed: the Chronicle of Higher Ed worrying about ereading's effects on youth, while a Harris poll suggested ereaders read more; fall showed up but Google Editions did not; the ECPA doesn't do a lot to protect privacy in the cloud; certain libraries are lending things they probably shouldn't be; and TOC Frankfurt is just around the corner.

A New Take on the Coffee Table Book

In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, Kramer comes up with the brilliant idea for a coffee table book with fold-down legs that makes it into a little coffee table–a coffee table book COFFEE TABLE book. Hilarious. Today I receive a press release from the folks over at Sideways announcing, "Sideways Takes the Coffee Table-Style Book to the iPad." Huh,…

TOC Announcement

The Tools of Change site will be undergoing some reorganizing and streamlining over the next few weeks – the hopeful result of which will be a much better experience for the TOC community. Among the changes – we'll be shutting down the TOC Ning site on August 30. For those of you who have active blogs via the Ning site,…

The Tragic Death of Everything

Death makes for good headlines, and those of us in the publishing world have been reading a lot of headlines lately about the death of everything from print, to bookstores, to ereaders, to publishing itself. What up with all the declaring everything dead all the time?Recently over at the Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a lovely list of all the…

Reminder: TOC 2011 RFP Open Until September 9, 2010

The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, happening February 14-16, 2011 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, is an inclusive meeting ground for exploring the options, a gathering place for collaboration, and an unparalleled opportunity for in-person inspiration. At TOC, stakeholders from across the book publishing and tech industries will share ideas, engage in lively debate, and…