Publishers Weekly Discussion Series is designed to explore the future of book publishing and address hot-button issues with leading experts in the field. Each panel will be moderated by a PW editor and will look at the challenges and opportunities facing the publishing industry. Space is limited, so early sign-up is advised.
February 10, 2015
8:30 – 11:00

Random House Auditorium, 1745 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
Coffee and pastries 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Panel discussion 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The "Bookternet": Building Reading Communities Online
Presented by PW and BookRiot

One could argue that community around books has always existed in many forms -- book clubs, author readings, salons, and writing groups to name a few, but the web has added a whole new dynamic to bookish interaction. A host of online tools has enabled people throughout the world to share, discuss, and create in and around books.

To paraphrase Tumblr's Rachel Fershleiser, the Bookternet " your dream publishing party, but you're invited no matter who you are or where you live. You just come on in, and there's The New Yorker, and there's Knopf, and there's Neil Gaiman, and there's your favorite lit mag and your favorite bookstore, and you can discover them, and they can discover you."

In this first-ever PW/BookRiot partnered event, well-known denizens of the Bookternet will discuss:

  • Why technology is not the end of reading

  • Who makes up the Bookternet, and what kind of impact is this continually evolving community having on the business of books?

  • How to find your community of readers, writers and passionate publishing folks on the Bookternet

  • Tips and tools for getting the most out of book-related technology
  • Panelists:
    Rachel Fershleiser heads publisher outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was Community Manager at Bookish and Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books. You may also know her from her soup zine Stock Tips or her TEDx talk Why I <3 the Bookternet.

    Kevin Nguyen is the Editorial Director at Oyster. He writes about books regularly for Grantland, and has also been published online in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and The Millions. Previously, he ran the Best Books of the Month feature at Amazon and founded The Bygone Bureau.

    Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the director of content and community engagement for Riot New Media Group, running Book Riot and Prior to joining RNMG, Rebecca wrote about books, publishing, and the reading life at her popular literary site The Book Lady's Blog for four years. She is also a cofounder of the Bookrageous Podcast and sits on the advisory board of James River Writers.

    Clive Thompson is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired. He also writes for Fast Company and Mother Jones, and appears regularly on many NPR programs, CNN, Fox News, and NY1, among others. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better.

    Kat Meyer
    is the Director of Events + Community Engagement for Publishers Weekly. Her professional background includes 20 some odd (it's all a blur) years of community management, event curation, editorial, marketing and social media experience working for a number of diverse regional, national and international media companies. Former Conference Chair for O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change, and Frankfurt Book Fair's CONTEC Frankfurt, Kat thrives on enthusiastically directing traffic at the intersection of storytelling and technology.

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