Seminars to show NZ book publishers how to get started in digital publishing

A series of seminars next month will give New Zealand publishers insights into how digital publishing is changing the book industry. The seminars are the first in a series planned by the newly-formed Digital Publishing Forum, a group set up by book publishers, authors and their copyright agency to accelerate the development of digital publishing in New Zealand.

The one day interactive workshops will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from 31 March to 2 April 2009. They will provide publishers with an introduction to digital publishing and insight into what is happening internationally and in New Zealand. This background will feed into an open forum where participants will help shape the agenda for an internationally competitive digital publishing industry in New Zealand.

Among the background sessions and topics covered will be:

  • The rise, and fall, and rise of eBooks
  • A look at the global strategies of major consumer and educational publishers
  • A case study from a successful New Zealand publisher
  • Digital publishing production and distribution

As well as targeting book publishers, the seminars are likely to be of interest to any media professionals looking for ideas to pursue paid content publishing models on the web or in emerging mobile markets.

More information and registration details can be found on the website of the New Zealand Digital Publishing Forum.

Disclosure of interest. Martin Taylor is the director of the Digital Publishing Forum.

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