AfterTV: The future of the physical book

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In a podcast recorded this week for AfterTV, our CEO answers some tough questions posed by host Andrew Keen. Eileen talks about democratizing publishing, why people want to publish books, and why writing a book is so transforming.

 AfterTV: The future of the physical book

Among some of the highlights:

“There’s an audience for every book that has been produced or will be produced.” – Eileen

“As the world becomes more virtual, you tend to appreciate things that are physical.” – Eileen

And as Andrew observed, “… you are driving a cultural reformation, for better or worse, of the book.”

It’s a long interview, but well worth the listen. You might even hear hints of things to come at Blurb.

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  1. Thanks for the link. The guy has a fairly acerbic interviewing style, but you rose above it, Eileen.

    By Marc
      February 2, 2007 – 7:33 am   Permalink
  2. I enjoyed the interview while staring at a slideshow of my favorite pictures on Flickr “slurped” by a tool I downloaded last night. Technology is revolutionary to extents that go beyond the small examples that Eileen talked about.
    Thank to the Internet I found myself able to reach destinations that I had never previously even imagined possible. I came to the US to study first and to work now as a web application developer. I found the best friends and ultimately the most interesting persons in my life (beside family and close friends from before). I found a way to express my ideas and to share them with others. I learned about photography, music, technology, and everything sparkled in my mind… I published and shared my pictures online and found a job that is about the Internet itself… and now I can even write and publish and sell (!!!) a book…
    What a wonderful world we live in… isn’t it?

      February 2, 2007 – 11:18 pm   Permalink
  3. It’s not surprising that he was acerbic in his interview of Eileen. If you look at the description of Keen’s book on Amazon, you see that he has an agenda.

    >Our most valued cultural institutions, Keen warns in THE CULT OF THE AMATEUR–our newspaper, magazine, music, and movie industries–are being supplanted by an avalanche of amateur, user-generated free content.

    A clarion call about the frightening consequences of the Web 2.0, THE CULT OF THE AMATEUR concludes with concrete solutions for how we can counter the havoc we are unleashing on our economy and society.

      February 3, 2007 – 10:53 am   Permalink

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