Following last year’s controversial “New Think for Old Publishers” panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival, five publishing experts tried to host a more productive panel at this year’s event.
Today’s “A Brave New Future for Book Publishing” featured: Booksquare.com’s Kassia Krozser, BookTour.com’s Kevin Smokler, HarperStudio’s Debbie Stier, Tor.com’s Pablo Defendini, and Vook’s Matthew Cavnar. This GalleyCat editor is stuck behind a desk in NYC, but we collected the most procative Tweets from the interactive audience in Austin.
Publishing Perspectives wrote: “Smokler says future bookstore is a POD machine, coffee pot and armchairs. Sounds like a hip Kinkos, but a charmless bookstore.”
Agent Kate McKean wrote: “Publishers do not have the rights to create new content around a book willy nilly. Sounds cool, but not legal/practical.”
Debbie Weil tweeted one of the more dramatic points: “‘The future editor will be a producer and director’ from @booksquare.” Craig Mod replied: “I’m hoping the editor of the future first and foremost just keeps doing great f***ing editing.”
Rusty Shelton wrote: “Two names that keep popping up at #futurebook panel: @garyvee and Seth Godin. We’re certainly seeing the rise of a new kind of author.”
Will Entrekin wrote: “Lots of #futurebook talk, of eds as producers, of distribution, of channels. Where’s talk of better writing, better stories, fewer celebs?”
If you want to read more, check out mediabistro.com’s SXSW coverage.