By Hannah Johnson
In a blog post today, Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media announced that the company will discontinue its Tools of Change for Publishing conferences, the first of which was held in 2007. The reason for this? O’Reilly wrote: “we realized that a conference was no longer the best vehicle for us to contribute to publishing’s forward movement.”
TOC conferences took place in New York City, Frankfurt, Bologna and Buenos Aires, along with mini-TOC gatherings in the United States and Canada. The brand was focused on digital publishing, startups and self-publishing. Read Publishing Perspectives‘ entire coverage of TOC events here.
O’Reilly stressed that his company would continue “pushing forward the reinvention of the publishing industry” even as it bids farewell to the Tools of Change conference and blog:
“TOC was a great ride, and we’ll miss many things about that annual gathering of the future-positive publishing community. Ideas and connections from TOC will continue to inform our work and, we hope, yours. I especially want to thank TOC program chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert for the passion, creativity, and commitment they brought to their work. I wish them well, and am confident that they’ll continue to help shape the publishing industry’s future.”