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Old School Publishing in the Age of Twitter

Peter Miller, the director of publicity for Bloomsbury and the proprietor of the bricks-and-mortar shop Freebird Books in Brooklyn, barely survived his panel discussion at SXSW. “New Think for Old Publishers” got lambasted by the audience through a simultaneous Twitter discussion, claiming (among other things), "complete existential jackoff, zero meat" as attendees waitied for the "new thinking" from New York publishing.

In a clearly wounded but also funny response for Publisher's Weekly, Miller created a "what not to do at SXSW" list for next year's panelists, which includes not allowing yourself to be seen without a laptop. More interesting though is Miller's post on the Freebird Books blog, which gives a more detailed play-by-play of the now infamous panel, and raises really interesting questions about the role and nature of publishing in a world that's becoming increasingly do-it-yourself.

As an aside, panel moderator and
expert on new media, Clay Shirky, wrote this post on the fate of newspaper and magazine publishing the night before the panel. Also an interesting read.
Beth StaplesPublishing