What’s the Buzz: SXSW Wants You…to Vote on Possible Publishing Panels

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By Hannah Johnson

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Well, it looks like publishers are having another go at next year’s South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas next year. The festival is currently accepting panel suggestions for the Interactive conference, and the good news is that a number of panels have been suggested by people in the book industry. You can find a good list of those panels, from Richard Nash andĀ  Kassia Krozser, or browse the list on your own. Plus, you can vote on your favorites. Let’s hope the book publishing panels in 2010 go better thanĀ this year

Floating around a couple of blogs (here and here) is the news that Sony is bringing a Digital Reader for comic books to its handheld gaming device, the PSP (Play Station Portable). Sony has partnered with several comic book publishers, including Marvel, to bring content to its gamer/comic-reading audience. Engadget serves up the original press release and a video about the new Digital Reader. Right now, there are no specific plans to bring books in the open epub format to the PSP, but publishers should keep their eyes on this, especially considering just how many kids you see glued to their PSPs…on NYC subways, in restaurants, pretty much anywhere.

Lastly, I heard about this free, new tool that converts PDFs into Word documents. How many times have you all wanted to do this?

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Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the Publisher of Publishing Perspectives. Before joining PP in 2009, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York.