A promising discussion

Two weeks ago, BISG sponsored a one-day conference, “BISG NEXT: Publishing Crossroads”. Going in, the theme was billed as “Developing the 2020 publishing program”.

The BISG web site has a nice write-up of the event, one that initially appeared in Shelf Awareness. The BISG site also features a short list of take-aways that its director, Scott Lubeck, developed to close the meeting (made available as a pdf).

After the conference, Barry Graubart of Content Matters posted an interesting summary of his experience in one of the several break-out groups that met for the central part of the program. Of particular note are the assumptions that his team made about the publishing world in 2020:

It is fair to question these assumptions, and some may not come to pass between now and 2020. But for a day, at least, it was instructive and promising to join a discussion that made assumptions explicit and challenged some orthodoxies as part of an effort to solve our problems of the present.

About Brian O'Leary

Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, Brian O’Leary helps enterprises with media and publishing components capitalize on the power of content. A veteran of more than 30 years in the publishing industry and a prolific content producer himself, Brian leverages the breadth and depth of his experience to deliver innovative content solutions.

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