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Be Not E-fraid

In his National Book Awards acceptance speech this week, biographer T. J. Stiles thanked everyone in a book’s traditional production chain, from the agent to the bookstore clerk. Stiles concluded with an note of apprehension: “The advent of the eBook is fooling some into thinking that these people are not necessary anymore.”

As the digital publishing industry grows over the next few years, publishers, authors, and readers need to reconcile these fears about the future. Earlier this week, GalleyCat writers and readers mingled at the eBook Summit preview party, trying to start a more productive conversation about the future of eBooks.

In this special video feature, eBook Summit speakers like Movable Type Literary Group agent Jason Allen Ashlock and Electric Literature co-founder Andy Hunter shared advice for reaching new digital audiences. Visit the Summit Facebook page to continue the conversation. (Special thanks to AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven for that excellent headline.)

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