Inaugural Wake the eBooks Festival, Thursday-Friday, April 23-24, 2015

Digital Publishing @ Wake is pleased to present the inaugural Wake the eBooks Festival, on ThursdayFriday, April 2324, 2015.

Hosted at the award-winning Z Smith Reynolds Library on the beautiful campus of Wake Forest University (in the lovely and lively town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina), the “Festival” strives to serve as a (too-rare) confluence of writers, readers, librarians, and publishers, all coming together to demonstrate both the fine art of content creation, and the (too-secret) science of content curation.

The Festival’s first half-day will feature the so-called Bookfeast, during which a new digital imprint, the Library Partners Press, will be officially “launched.” Throughout the Bookfeast, newly published independent authors will be reading from their selected works.  Any and all interested book-lovers are invited to attend this (first ever) Bookfeast, to learn about the Library Partners Press, to hear some uniquely talented voices, and to discover (and maybe feast upon) some newly published books.

Next up, a (mock) Rock Opera is planned for that Thursday evening, with the festival moving to a downtown venue and offering a comparatively revelatory reception atmosphere, including another too-rare chance to re-consider ebooks, this time via distinctly musical interpretations — where else will you get the chance to sing along to Woody Guthrie’s These Books Are Your Books?  (Don’t answer that…)

Then on Friday, and back at the library, the long-playing work (stay with us) of the conference continues with the so-called Freakout, short for “Saving Born Digital eBooks in Libraries,” and featuring traditional panels, presentations, discussions, breakouts, and important keynotes from regionally- and nationally-recognized ebook innovators, including:

  • Katherine Skinner, of Educopia, who will address how “…for centuries, memory organizations have dependably acquired, provided access to and preserved print books for future researchers, but now that books have transitioned from print-only to multimedia, many of those preservation relationships and workflows need to be re-assessed”; and
  • Mitchell Davis, of Bibliolabs, who will discuss how “…there are always consequences to every technology, and in the case of publishing, the consequence has been a flood of new books that no one can keep up with.”  Mitchell will describe and demonstrate Library Journal’s Self-E publishing program, designed to enable authors the chance to shift their risk profile when independently e-publishing ebooks; and
  • Steve Kelley, of WFU and NASIG fame, who will describe how, if you think about it, e-serials and ebooks were very likely separated at birth (at least insofar as the handling and management of their (formerly print) format is concerned) — or something like that.

For complete details, including some (standard) festival rules, the (obligatory) festival poster, and the (almost full) festival schedule, please visit the conference website:

And for even more information, or to RSVP directly, feel free to contact the festival organizers anytime:

Thank you, and welcome to the resistance.

NASIG is a sponsor for this event.

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