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Press Release: May 3, 2007

Leading Publishers to Share Innovative Ideas at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference

Keynote Presenters Include John Ingram, Jimmy Wales, Chris Anderson, Brian Murray, and Bruce Chizen

Sebastopol, CA -- The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference (TOC), will launch on June 18 - 20 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. The program includes sessions and tutorials from some of the most influential leaders in the publishing business, who will share their experiments, successes, and new business models from the leading edge of publishing.

Among the keynotes are presentations from John Ingram, vice chairman of Ingram Industries, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine; Brian Murray, group publisher of HarperCollins Publishers; Erin McKean, editor-in-chief of United States Dictionaries for Oxford University Press; Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe Systems, Manolis Kelaidis, Designer, Royal College of Art, and Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media.

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"The Tools of Change for Publishing Conference aims to explore and inspire advances in book publishing," explains Sarah Milstein, conference chair. "Many publishers are already pushing out the edges of the industry and finding new ways to do business. TOC will give them a forum for sharing their experiences and a place to learn from each other. We expect participants to leave the conference excited and energized--and ready to lead innovation in their companies."

Highlights from the program also include these speakers and sessions:

  • Bob Pritchett, Logos Bible Software: "Business Models that Guarantee Profitability in Publishing"
  • Kelly Gallagher, RR Bowker: "So Much Data. . . So Little Time"
  • Stephen Smith, Crossway Books and Todd Sotkiewicz, Lonely Planet: "Direct Sales: Lesson from the Shopping Cart"
  • Allen Noren, O'Reilly Media: "Beyond the Book: Online Content Distribution for Book Publishers"
  • Rikard Linde, Enklo AB: "Why Do People Pay for Things They Can Get Free?"
  • Derek Powazek, author and cofounder of 8020 Publishing: "The People Formerly Known as the Audience"
  • Lydia Varmazis, Adobe Systems, "How is Reading Evolving?"

While many publishers can see that technology is changing the ground on which publishing rests, few have the knowledge to recognize the true challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference will decipher the avenues for change in this industry and help cut through the hype for a more profitable future in publishing.

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Upcoming O'Reilly conferences:

  • RailsConf, May 17-20, 2007 in Portland, Oregon
  • O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, May 29-30, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • O’Reilly TOC Conference, June 18-20, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • Ubuntu Live, co-produced by Canonical, July 22-24 in Portland, OR
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention, July 23-27, 2007 in Portland, OR
  • O'Reilly Energy Innovation Conference, August 22-24, 2007 in San Francisco, CA
  • RailsConf Europe, co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central, September 17-19, 2007 in Berlin, Germany
  • Web 2.0 Summit, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, October 17-19 in San Francisco, CA
  • O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, March 3-6, 2008 in San Diego, CA
  • MySQL Conference & Expo, April 14-17, 2008 in Santa Clara, CA
  • Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, April 22-25 in San Francisco, CA

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