Talk: The Future of Publishing

Empowering people to work collaboratively on projects they love … and e-books 🦄

A pegasus, because an over-extended digital publishing metaphor always impresses.

October 2, 2010 | Flair Symposium | Austin

Part of the 2010 Flair Symposium held at the Harry Ransom Center, this was my very first talk. Mary Virginia Swanson invited me to participate and for that I’ll always be grateful to her as it was not only a lovely event, but also opened my eyes to the idea that this was the kind of thing I could do. The theme of the symposium that year was “Shaping the History of Photography” and the panel I was on was focused on Photographic Publishing.

My first foray into public speaking suffered some from my misguided desire in the slides and script to come off as more clever than necessary, and were video available, you would have seen me shaking like a leaf as I doggedly and not always successfully worked through script. Still, it’s not half bad.

My vision for the future of publishing was twofold. The first half of the talk focuses on the collaborative publishing process model that was core to the way I was running (or trying to run) Hol Art Books. The second half focuses on the democratizing and expanding possibilities of e-books.

Ten years later, both ideas remain sound if not also fully realized.

Other Speakers/Participants

  • Mary Virginia Swanson, author and photography consultant
  • Jace Graf, owner, Cloverleaf Studio
  • Keith Carter

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