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Overdrive’s Digipalooza conference to be held in Cleveland this year


From the press release.  It looks like it will be quite interesting:

Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the world’s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending.

“Hundreds of librarians and publishing professionals from the US and Canada joined us for OverDrive’s second Digipalooza in 2008, but much has changed since then, with the introduction of new eBook reading technology,” said Shannon Lichty, manager of library partner services at OverDrive. “eBook usage at many libraries has doubled in the past few months with the introduction of our mobile apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, as well as increased adoption of eBook readers and tablets. Digipalooza is a unique chance for our library partners to share experiences with fellow librarians, Team OverDrive, and publishers.”

“Digipalooza is my GPS for navigating the bumpy road of digital library world. Practical and forward-thinking librarians share best practices while OverDrive staff provide background and answer questions,” said Sarah Redman, adult services librarian at Capital Area District Library in Michigan. “The conference is essential for librarians who work with OverDrive at any level, giving us opportunities to discuss trends and share ideas for creating robust digital media catalogs.”

The Digipalooza conference features vital sessions for librarians, including:

  • Managing the eBook Explosion: New Challenges and Opportunities for Your Library
  • Publisher Roundtable and Library Lending Dialogue
  • Going Mobile: The Latest Devices and Apps
  • The Digital Lending Library: Maximize the Value of the ‘Virtual Branch’

A full program and activities schedule is available at http://www.digipalooza.com/Program.aspx.


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Digital Book Printing Forum to be held in NYC


From the press release:

Interquest, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, announces Lulu.com founder and CEO Bob Young will headline its annual educational forum on trends and opportunities in digital book manufacturing.

According to Interquest president Gilles Biscos, “Self-publishing is one of many important trends digital printing has enabled in book publishing, so we are excited to have Bob share his unique insights and experiences at Lulu with our attendees. We’ve also assembled a stellar lineup of leaders from all sectors of the book publishing industry for this year’s event. They’ll address a full range of topics that are actively shaping the twenty-first century book printing business.”

Bob Young will kick off the 2011 Digital Book Printing Forum with the opening keynote address. Prior to founding Lulu in 2002, Young co-founded Red Hat, the open-source software company that provides a standard platform for hardware and software vendors to certify their technology. Young was named one of the “Top 50 Agenda-Setters in the Technology Industry in 2006″ and ranked fourth as the “Top Entrepreneur in 2006″ by Silicon.com.

Following the keynote address, Interquest will present key results from recent research it has conducted in digital book printing. A panel of leading book printers will then present their experiences, applications, and challenges in digital book manufacturing and explain how recent technological developments are helping them enhance their solutions. Speakers include Chris Greene, president and CEO, Frederic Printing, a Consolidated Graphics Company; Rick Dunn, VP manufacturing, Hamilton Books; Jim Robinson, VP of operations and administration, Harlequin Enterprises; and Mike Collinge, president, Webcom.

Following lunch, executives from leading digital printing systems vendors will update their companies’ strategies, developments, and recent successes in the book market.

A panel of experts will focus on challenges and developments related to workflow, paper handling, finishing, and substrates. Speakers include Bruce Watermann, senior VP of print operations, Blurb; Adi Chinai, president, King Printing; and Johan Laurent, business manager, Standard Finishing Systems.

In the final session of the day, publishers will share their experiences with digital book printing as well as their views on synergies between eBooks and printed books and the impact of new digital printing technologies on their business.

The 2011 Digital Book Printing Forum will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis New York in midtown Manhattan. See www.inter-quest.com.


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CENTRAL CITY — The 2011 Nebraska Christian Dinner and Benefit Auction will be March 25 and 26 in the Nebraska Christian Schools auditorium in Central City.
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New York City Digital Show and Tell to be held tomorrow

logo.gifTomorrow the Book Industry Study Group and Sourcebooks are hosting this event in New York. You can find out about it here According to the site:

During NYC Digital Show & Tell attendees will “Speed Date” up and coming projects related to e-books, e-readers, digital books and digital content.

… Eight demonstrators will elevator pitch their innovative digital project to a small section of attendees for 5 minutes, strictly timed. Once time is up, the demonstrators will rotate groups until all attendees have had the chance to view all projects. Once the rotation is complete, another eight demonstrators will take the floor.

When all’s said and done, attendees will have “dated” up to 16 exciting new projects!

TeleRead will be there and will report to you on any of the interesting presentations.