SDSU Publishing Fair presented by Poetry International 3/19/12
This is going to be a bit of a shorter post, just sort of a summary of thoughts presented by the panel. The panel was composed of five representatives, including members from Cooper Dillon Press, Calypso Editions, and City Works Press.
The fair was put on as a congregation of small, local presses. It was exciting to see different organizations run by undergraduates, graduate students, and people who love literature. One of the most interesting points of the panel was how quickly the talk devolved into discussions about markets and in particular, e-books. Among the most interesting thoughts (no accreditation because I’m not sure who was talking), was the idea that e-books don’t replace actual books. Most of the people buying e-books are readers already; thus, they buy real flesh and blood books because they love reading. In this light, e-books are more a convenient companion to the paper book.
Another interesting idea (again no accreditation) is that the e-books as we see them now are a very primitive form of what they’re going to be in the future. There’s a lot of cool things you can do with technology; people who work in digital poetics and media as visual artists and writers can attest to that. E-books as they are now are essentially fancier PDF files. But they have the potential to be completely interactive, with sound and voice components, differences in color, etc. One person even brought up how cool it would be if the text faded off an on the page or changed colors. Now that is an entirely different beast than we’re seeing now. The technology isn’t there at the moment to support that, but it will be. And when it does, in my opinion, e-books will be even less competition to regular books because they will have evolved into something completely different. It’s like the difference between theatre and film or film and photography- they have the same roots, but now they’ve gone their separate ways and become mediums all of their own accord. They’re each supplementary to the overall artistic experience that is part of culture and society as we know it.
Participants (in no particular order):
Alchemy: Journal of Translation
Brick Road Press
San Diego JCC Literary Series
Museum of the Living Artist Literary Series
San Diego Poetry Annual/ Garden Oak Press
Haiku San Diego & Haiku Society of America Anthology
Black Crow Reading Series
I have a copy of the iBook Author and it has interesting capabilities at its early version. I have hundreds of e-books, but still enjoy text books and manuals in book form, but someday I’ll get used to scribbling in electronic format. My new iPad Retina screen is so easy on my old eyes, my poor KB Kindle feels like the old broom on the brand-x commercial – I can hear the music.
Thanks for your posts, valuable information to my eyes.
oh don’t forget some readers will read to you, or play music in the background..
Happy reading whatever your preference!
Remember we can’t judge a book by its format 🙂
David in Maine USA
Very Good Info. Shannon
Thanks for it