‘Our Visions for the Future’: PageBreak Opens Early-Bird Registration

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The successor to the popular ‘Books in Browsers’ conference in San Francisco, October’s PageBreak has opened early-bird registration.

The PageBreak team, clockwise from upper left, is Peter Brantley; Julie Blattberg; John Chodacki; Andrew Savikas; Nellie McKesson; and Adam Hyde

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Brantley: ‘So Many Brilliant Ideas’
As you’ll remember, it was announced in March that a new publishing conference called PageBreak was being put together by Peter Brantley, in association with John Chodacki, Adam Hyde, Nellie McKesson, Julie Blattberg, and Andrew Savikas.

Brantley is the director of online strategy with the University of California Davis Library and the leading creative energy behind the Books in Browsers conference that was popular for many years with book industry players who follow contemporary innovative and exploratory thinking. The new program is designed by members of its organizing team to be focused on “our visions for the future.”

Now set at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club on Stockton Street in North Beach to run October 27 and 28—Frankfurter Buchmesse this year runs October 19 to 23—PageBreak has opened early-bird registration, while proposals for presentations are being accepted until August 1.

Standard tickets will cost US$400, beginning August 15. Until August 14, the early-bird price will be $300. Registration is available at Eventbrite here. There are also to be some tickets available at $150 for students, educators, and “early-stage start-up founders.”

McKesson: ‘What Started as a Conversation’

Although not yet ready to talk about specific elements of programming, Brantley is quoted in the new announcement, saying, “The official call for proposals has drawn so many brilliant ideas from all corners of the business.

“One can expect to see many speakers beyond the usual suspects, though there will be familiar faces on the stage, too.”

Here’s a list of topics that he and the planning team have offered:

  • GenZ and Millennial Media Behaviors: 2022 Immersive Media and Books Survey Data
  • Newsletters as Books / Newsletters as Platforms
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities of AI
  • Web3: Empowering and Rewarding Storytellers
  • Intellectual Property: Issues and Opportunities
  • Why Enterprise Publishing Should Be Part of Every CMO’s Marketing Strategy

In terms of the still-ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the team expects its protocols to evolve. Currently, the call for all attendees to be vaccinated and/or to test negative within 24 hours of attendance, with masking requirements to come, closer to the time of the event.

One of the best descriptions of the program’s intent is “to expand the boundaries of the term publishing by bringing publishers together with the wider world of the ‘people and organizations who publish things’ to address the question: ‘What is “Publishing” in 2022? And, how can we create new possibilities for publishing in the future?’”

PageBreak team member McKesson is quoted in the early-bird registration announcement, saying, “I know I really miss seeing colleagues and friends from the industry in a setting where we can talk shop and hear what others are working on and thinking about.

“It’s incredibly cool to see what started as a conversation about the future of publishing develop into this.”

The team is thanking the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Aspiration Tech for administering the program’s finances this year. Those interested in sponsorship can contact info@pagebreakconf.com.

Coit Tower in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. Image – Getty iStockphoto: YHelfman


More from Publishing Perspectives on publishing conferences is here, more on Books in Browsers is here, more on Tools of Change is here, and more on the work of Peter Brantley is here.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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