On October 18 and 19 in Boston, a nonprofit group known as the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will be presenting a forum that will take a close look at the “key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints,” according to the forum’s page on the NISO website.
The name of the forum: The E-Book Renaissance, Part II: Challenges and Opportunities. If you happen to work in the digital content field yourself—especially if you’re an e-book publisher or a librarian who works closely with e-books—this seems like the type of event that could very well be worth the cost of travel and admission.
But if attending in-person is out of the question, you can still participate virtually: NISO just announced that a Live Stream of the event is being made available. And regardless of whether you attend in-person or remotely (via the Live Stream), you’ll also be given access to a recording of the event, which should work well for those of you who can’t spare the time during the work week.
From the NISO website, here’s a brief description of the topics that’ll be discussed during the forum:
E-books have existed in the library landscape for over a decade, but it is only in the last few years that their use has shifted to finally become the game-changer that all have anticipated for so long. Availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, current and future access, and usage of e-books all require content providers and libraries to change many of their existing processes and develop new ways to do business. Amidst this confusion is a wealth of opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.
The NISO Forum, The E-Book Renaissance, Part II: Challenges and Opportunities will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. Participate in the community discussion for advancing e-book development, distribution, and use.
The early-bird registration fee of $450 ends on October 5, after which fee rises to $525. (Student admission is $200.) For access to the Live Stream and the recording only, the fee is $299, or $130 for students.