Charleston in 2012 welcomes two of the real experts on the amazing way in which eBooks are being transformed, not in the academic sector but in the consumer sector. Peter Brantley and Mike Shatzkin will tell us how it is in the same way as they fluently tell a wide audience on blogs and lists. Books as vehicles of content are no longer as we know them - neither in form or functionality. Indeed can the word "book" really describe what readers are consuming? Where do apps fit in? What about enhanced e-books? Most Charlestonians work in the academic sector either as librarians, vendors or publishers but they also live in the wider world. What is the future of the eBook and how might it impact on our day jobs? Are there going to be major changes on the way for academic librarians, aggregators and publishers as they struggle to invent new ways of working to handle new forms of content or will our sector still stick to what are more or less print equivalents at least for the immediate future? The moderator Anthony Watkinson (University College London) will guide the conversation and seek input from the floor.
NOTE: Overflow seating is available for all plenary sessions in the Francis Marion Colonial and Gold Ballrooms.