Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

A preview of the 2012 Boston Book Festival

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This Saturday, October 27, the fourth annual Boston Book Festival takes place in Copley Square, Boston. If you’ve never been, the festival is a place where authors, illustrators, journalists, filmmakers, and more come together to share ideas about books and the book publishing industry.

The events, which include panels, readings, seminars, talks, and how-to workshops, will appeal to anyone (of any age) perpetually drawn to libraries and bookstores. Best of all, almost all of the events at BBF are free. Just a few require advance ticket purchase, with prices ranging from $10 to $15.

Of the more than forty-five events planned for this year, I’ve pulled out a few that may be of particular interest to you, dear readers.

Why picture books matter

What: A discussion led by three children’s book authors on the continued relevance of picture books in the age of video games, iPads, and the Internet.
Where: Boston Common Hotel, Hancock Room
When: 2:15 p.m.

Self-publishing with Blurb

What: A demo on ebook and print book creation for writers interested in self-publishing their work. Blurb, a company that specializes in printed photo books as well as ebooks, is offering this tutorial on its creative suite. The event is free, but only section two (3:30 p.m.) has space available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Where: Boston Public Library, Abbey Room
When: 3:30 p.m.

Future of reading

What: A panel of digital reading experts proffers opinion on the future of reading in an increasingly digital world. Questions to be probed include: “Will books on paper survive? Will all libraries be digital? Will kids, fed a steady diet of iPad apps, even read books? How will authors be compensated in a digital world?”
Where: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall
When: 4:15 p.m.


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