Work Note: Talk from the #ebf14 (German)

Here’s the video of a talk I gave with our client Elisabeth Ruge at the Electric Book Fair 2014 in Berlin.

The Electric Book Fair in Berlin was an event for the independent publishing scene. Together with our client Elisabeth Ruge, I gave a talk (in German) about reading in the 21st century. Elisabeth and I used our different backgrounds to look at three possible trends from the perspective of literature (Elisabeth) and technology (me). We believe that these two perspectives most come together for the future of publishing.

Work Note – Literature and Technology at the Electric Book Fair 2014

Johannes joined forces with our client Elisabeth Ruge for a talk about reading in the 21st century.

Our work relationship with our client Elisabeth Ruge is based on our mutual fondness of literature and interest in the effects of technological progress. So when the opportunity arrived to give a talk together, we chose to use our dualism between literature and technology as the format.

Last Saturday, the digital indie-publishing scene got together at Supermarkt in Berlin-Wedding for the Electric Book Fair. Elisabeth Ruge and I (Johannes) talked about ‘Reading in the 21st century’ making the case that we’re reading more then ever. We looked at different aspects like the serialization of novels, customized/algorithmic novels and social reading with her providing the historic/literary perspective and me talking about the technological facets. Our main examples was once again Wattpad, which for me remains one of the strongest signals for what reading (and thus writing) might become in the near future.

Our goal was to show that one can’t really separate those two sides or, to be more precise, that one shouldn’t to be successful. From what I can tell, the talk was received well.

Here are three (German) articles that cover our presentation:

Elisabeth and I will host a workshop at the Epublish Congress in November.