The Reader, an if:book Australia symposium, was held on 28th April 2011. Technology is changing the book world fundamentally. Everyone in the industry—from authors to booksellers—faces exciting challenges and giddying uncertainty as traditional roles and processes are either supplanted or radically reimagined. But in the rush of discussion around containers, context, digital rights management, and geo restrictions, one important party is frequently forgotten.
The Reader focused on the future of readership in an environment where print is only one of many options for accessing texts.
There are many more readers in the world today than ever before. But reading is already in the process of becoming more active.
Readers can engage in new ways not only with authors and content, but also with each other. Readers may choose not only the format and container of their texts, but also its content and approach. Readers will have more power than ever to influence how texts are produced and made available, how much they will cost, what becomes successful, and even what is ‘published’ in the first place.
Featuring speakers from backgrounds in writing, publishing, technology, bookselling, libraries and reading itself, The Reader explored the changing culture that surrounds the book’s most important asset.