I’ve been looking forward to this panel for a while. Author and prof Clay Shirky is an icon in the new-media punditry scene, and I’m keen to hear what he has to say not about newspapers, but books.
Again, I’m from the school that says the specific medium is unimportant, so the lessons here will be broadly applicable. Other panelists: John Fagan and Ivan Held from Penguin, Peter Miller from Bloomsbury Books and Deborah Schultz, a new media marketing consultant.
There’s a lot of Penguin types here, so they’re surely using this event to make a splash with some big interactive plans. Oops, nope, they’re apparently here to learn, one of them just said. (Update: The audience later yells at them for the misleading title: New Think for Old Publishers, and on Twitter someone calls it “audience-funded brainstorming”)
Update 2: Great exchange between disgruntled author in the audience (“publishers are like record labels — they’re no longer relevant”) and Shirky, who says “publishers are just a filter. And the internet means we’re not going from Filter A to Filter B, but from Filter A to Filters A through Z. So if the publisher filter doesn’t create good signal, it doesn’t deserve to exist”.
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