Rory O Connor

This year our Publishing Business Virtual Conference kicked off with a keynote by Rory O’Connor, blogger, filmmaker, journalist and author most recently of “Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media” (City Lights).

In keeping with his habit of posing challenges, the keynote addressed the question: “Can Publishing Really Be Replaced by a Button?”

What were you doing on Sept. 13? No matter. We here at the Publishing Business Group were putting on another installment of the Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo. Whether you were online with us or not, you can now, starting today, access all 12 book, magazine and technology sessions from the conference, plus two keynotes—from Globalvision’s Rory O'Connor and the New York Times’ Charles Duhigg—on demand. Any time you want.

Who needs publishers anymore, right? With all that great new technology for print and ebooks, are we just becoming obsolete?
Well I sure hope you’re all standing up and shouting “NO WAY!!!” But the fact is, we do have adjustments of one sort or another to make, and some of us are struggling to figure out how to remain relevant in a changing world.

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