Theme 1: Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future

On the changing processes of textual production and distribution from past to present, and the impacts of digitization, the internet, and e-book readers on the future of publishing. Considering the changing roles of publishers, editors, and designers, as well as changes in the workflow from author to reader. Examining issues and concerns of specialty publishing (trades; scientific, technical, medical; university presses).

  • Typography and typesetting: past, present, and future
  • The printed book: from letterpress to print-on-demand
  • Roles of authors, editors, publishers, designers
  • Bookstores: past, present and future
  • e-Book readers and mobile devices
  • Computer-mediated writing processes
  • Open source, open access, self-publishing, as well as “specialized” forms of publishing
  • Multilingual publishing: Unicode, machine translation and other tools of the global publishing trade
  • Multimodal texts: books with animation, video, audio or dataset
  • Marketing and distribution of books, e-books, journals, textbook

Theme 2: Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning

Reading and writing and changes in these processes over time. Redefining literacy and exploring new strategies for literacy education.

  • From reader to ‘user’: interactivity and navigation in books
  • Creative writing: so what’s creativity, and how is it taught?
  • Writing for children in an era of competing pleasures
  • Learning to read and write
  • Distance learning: old challenges and new opportunities
  • The textbook as a medium of instruction: past, present, and future
  • Multiliteracies: multimedia and multimodal texts in learning environments
  • Literary critiques and analyses

Theme 3: Books and Libraries

On the book as an object and artifact the changing role of the book. Consideration of the form, structure, and processes of libraries, archives, multi-media resources.

  • The changing role of the library
  • Librarians’ work today
  • e-Books in libraries
  • Metadata and resource discovery
  • Indexing and cataloguing in the electronic age
  • Manuscripts, rare books and archival practices