What’s the Buzz: Seth Godin on Publishing; Nabokov Edits Kafka; Online Conferences a Trend?

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By Hannah Johnson

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What's the BuzzLast week, I found out two things: 1) there is a “Digital Publishing Group” on Meetup.com, whose goal is to “educate, inspire, and empower publishing professionals to take advantage of the digital space”, and 2) Seth Godin gave a talk to this group in New York City last Thursday. The Twitter activity during the event offers a great overview of Godin’s main arguments (follow the tweets at #digpub), although the tweets after the event indicate that some people were upset by what Godin said. GalleyCat’s Ron Hogan posted some great video clips here.

Chad Post (via Boing Boing and several other blogs) posted a cool photo of a page from Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, which shows edits and a sketch of the insect by Vladimir Nabokov. I kind of like what Nabokov suggests!

Online conferences are coming into vogue in publishing right now. Tools of Change will host its own online conference on October 8, and Book Business Magazine just announced a Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo, which takes place on October 29. While online conferences don’t offer the same network-building potential that face-to-face interaction does, the price is hard to beat. The TOC conference is $149 and the Publishing Business conference is free!

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.