The Future of the Book, Open Seminar at CTA - 19/11/07

The Future of the Book
From the Perspective of an Institutional Publisher

Presentation by Dirk Koehler, Head of Publishing – WORLD BANK

Publishing or the process of production and dissemination of information is a key activity for development organizations aiming at increasing information availability in Southern regions.
Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works such as books. With the advent of digital information systems and the Internet, the scope of publishing has expanded to include electronic resources. The book is not anymore the only final outcome of the publishing activity but one step in a complex chain of information which is currently under mutation. Additionally, the mutation is not only about the Media but about its “use” and there is a growing demand for literature based on mix Media.

To understand these mutations, it is worth describing what makes a book, what is the current trend transforming its process of production and how the market is evolving. Development publishers, indeed, have to adapt their strategies to face the difficult challenge of integrating continuous demand for published material in a sector where public funding is certainly not increasing. Eventually all these mutations impact the future of the book and it is worth giving a thought as this conditions the way we try to make this world a better place.

Main threads of the presentation
• What makes a book (print, audio, ebook, etc.)?
• What is changing in how a book is written, edited, and reviewed and what is the impact of Web2 technology?
• What is changing in how a book is produced?
• How are the markets changing and what is changing in how a book is "read"/used
• How does this impact the future of the book?

Open seminar:
Monday 19 November 2007 - 10h30- 13h00
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation
Agro Business Park 2, NL 6708PW Wageningen
The Netherlands

Free entrance
Please let us know if you wish to attend either by mail at or by phone 0031 317 467 175.

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