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We thought it would be interesting to bring the technology and publishing worlds together to talk about the impact of e-books on publishing. We’ve invited some of the leading voices in e-books and publishing to our next bunker event entitled, “Author to Audience: Disintermediation in Publishing.”

In the span of just six months, e-books have gone from an interesting curiosity to what many think is the future, as well as the eventual cause of death for big publishing. No doubt, Apple’s iPad and a revamped Kindle lineup have accelerated the momentum of this large-scale shift towards digital publishing, as both the technology and publishing worlds watch consumers go from paper to digital at an eye-popping rate.

At GigaOM and GigaOM Pro, we thought it would be interesting to bring these two worlds together to talk about the impact of e-books on the publishing industry. We’ve invited some of the leading voices in e-books and publishing to GigaOM’s offices next Wednesday, Aug. 25 for our next GigaOM Pro bunker event entitled, “Author to Audience: Disintermediation in Publishing.”

What will we be discussing?  Two major themes will drive the conversation:

  • The Future Publishers: Who are the future publishers in the age of digital publishing?
  • Book as a platform: How does the changing definition of what a book is impact the author, publisher and audience and create new opportunities for the industry.

We’ve assembled a wonderful lineup of speakers to share their views with the audience, including:

  • Bradley Inman – CEO, Vook
  • Trip Adler – CEO, Scribd
  • Zeke Koch – Director of Product Management, Digital Publishing, Adobe
  • Mark Coker – CEO, Smashwords
  • Nathan Bransford – Agent, Curtis Brown
  • Simon Wood – Anthony Award winning mystery author
  • John Warren – Member of Board of Directors, Media & Policy Center Foundation & Marketing Director, RAND Corporation Publications

If you would like to attend, we have a few remaining tickets left to this free event in San Francisco, so register now!. If you can’t make it to the event, GigaOM Pro subscribers can watch the live-stream or wait and catch the video archives, as well as the exclusive wrap-up analysis of the event by one of GigaOM Pro’s own analysts.

So please join us in person or at GigaOM Pro Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 9:30 a.m. PDT!

  1. Is it just me or is the conspicuous absence of anyone from the traditional publishing world intentional?
    Wish I could be there…

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    1. @Martin – Don’t think we didn’t try :)

      Actually, we do have a publisher representative in John Warren. Rand publishes books and John is a well known speaker on the topic of eBooks and publishing.

      We will have other parts of the value chain as well, such as the book agent viewpoint with Nathan Bransford, and of course the author viewpoint with Simon Wood.

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  2. [...] may also be interested in attending our half-day GigaOM Pro bunker on August 25th, entitled “Author to Audience: Disintermediation in Publishing.” There are just a few tickets left for this free event, so register today. GigaOM Pro [...]

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  3. Did you ever make a write up of this? Couldn’t attend myself.

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    1. Dan – the video archives can be viewed here: http://pro.gigaom.com/2010/08/publishingbunker/

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