SXSW begins today. Wish I was there for one major reason: to chatter about the digitization of book publishing. Apple’s iPad launches next month (April 3) and according to Shelf Awareness and Forbes Magazine the iBookstore is more sophisticated and book-buyer friendly than once hoped. Moreover, B & N plans to release a 3rd party iPad application. (Mama say what?)
On top of that SXSW has some great panels that will chop it up about book publishing’s future. Because Apple is just the beginning…So since I have a deadline to turn in my manuscript (April 15,) so I can’t be there. I will be following the festival on Twitter #sxswi and hanging out on facebook when I take breaks. In the meantime, I would like to know your thoughts: What do you foresee about the publishing industry? What are the benefits of digitization?