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Mediabistro Circus Will Feature Two Publishing Leaders

mbcircus.pngOn May 20 at 92YTribeca in New York, Mediabistro Circus will feature two publishing leaders–part of a one-day conference focused on women in media and technology.

The program is entitled Visionaries and Provocateurs, and will feature Blurb CEO Eileen Gittins and HarperCollins associate publisher Debbie Stier.

Gittins will talk about “the passion that drove her to start Blurb, and thoughts on the impact that self publishing can have on authors, writers, and the publishing industry.” Stier will focus on “how [digital trends are] changing the way we communicate, and how it all applies to book publishing.”

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Digital Publishing Acrobatics

Publishers shouldn’t struggle into the e-book future alone. They can learn from the journalists, software developers, and other media workers who are building the online architecture for a digital world.

Last month at the Mediabistro Circus, PCMag.com executive editor Dan Costa grilled three digital experts about the future of print: Blurb.com CEO Eileen Gittins, Six Apart’s Anil Dash, and New York TimesRob Samuels. Discussion ranged from open source publishing to the future of books to the distribution of content.

That video offers a sample of the longer conversation. The complete Mediabistro On Demand video answers these questions: “What does it mean when books are no longer printed, but are distributed as software, and magazines kill print editions in favor of online-only content? Journalists are considered brands, and consumers can get content any way they want it — via eReader, iPhone app, or print on demand. What can writers and editors, marketing execs, and anyone associated with publishing do to stay relevant, and where is it all headed?”

The Revolution Will Be Customized

During the Mediabistro Circus, GalleyCat caught up with Eileen Gittins, founder of the on-demand publisher, Blurb.

In this video interview, Gittins shared her company’s newest project, The Obama Time Capsule–a customized book that allows readers to mix their own content alongside images from more than 140 professional photographers and essays from General Colin Powell, Joe Klein, Auma Obama and Arianna Huffington.

Here’s more from book’s release: “HP’s print-on-demand technology enables each copy of The Obama Time Capsule to be personalized with photos and text added by each book buyer. The book is then printed through Blurb’s global print partner network. Blurb’s innovation in the print-on-demand publishing market has helped drive the printed one-at-a-time model that is revolutionizing the way books are created and sold.”

Blogging Evangelist on the Future of Publishing

When newspapers began to make massive layoffs, Six Apart’s chief evangelist Anil Dash proposed what he initially called the Typepad Journalism Bailout Program.

Thousands of writers flocked to his blog network looking for answers in this confusing new media economy. GalleyCat caught up with Dash during the two-day Mediabistro Circus extravaganza for this exclusive interview.

Dash joined a future of publishing panel with PCMag.com executive editor Dan Costa led a discussion between Eileen Gittins (CEO of Blurb.com), and Rob Samuels from the NY Times. Our sibling blog FishbowlNY had an excellent report on the panel.