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Electric Book Fair – June 21, 2014
Supermarkt, Berlin

Programme

The programme is divided into two areas: the main podium, Electric Inquiry, and smaller tables for expert talks in the Electric Café.

21:00-22:30

Football Word Cup: Germany vs Ghana

with: allen

Football Word Cup: Germany vs Ghana

21:00-22:30
with: allen

Electric Drinking with music (DJ to be announced) and screening of the World Cup match between Germany and Ghana.

20.00-20.30

Twitter performance “Tell me Little Stories” & YouTube Poetry by TRAUMAWIEN ARTCLUB

with: @MannvomBalkon (Twitter)Traumawien (Performance)Christiane Frohmann (Moderation)

Twitter performance “Tell me Little Stories” & YouTube Poetry by TRAUMAWIEN ARTCLUB

20.00-20.30
with: @MannvomBalkon (Twitter)Traumawien (Performance)Christiane Frohmann (Moderation)

Twitter-using publisher Ms Frohmann aka @frohmannverlag plays the friendly ethnologist. Twitter legend @MannvomBalkon will stop short of revealing anything about his principles, and instead tweet live in front of an audience for the first time: Frohmann will tweet live about @MannvomBalkon’s live tweeting. The subject of @MannvomBalkon’s tweets and @frohmannverlag’s metatweets shall remain under wraps until the Electric Book Fair.

TRAUMAWIEN ARTCLUB presents YouTube Poetry to round things off.


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@MannvomBalkon has been active on Twitter since September 2009. His first tweet went like this: “just signed in with twitter. never thought I would do that. anyway, how to twitter in German?”. He blogs at www.im-uebrigen.wordpress.com and works as a writer for television stations.


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TRAUMAWIEN was founded as a publisher for digital literature in April 2010 by Luc Gross, Peter Moosgaard and Julian Palacz. Their publishing activity can be described as experimental:18 print publications, augmented reality software development and several stand-alone projects.


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Christiane Frohmann is a cultural project manager, director of the Katersalon at the Berliner Volksbühne, publisher (Frohmann Verlag), radio editor (“Generator” and “Ladyland” produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and author.

19:45-20:00

External Observer

with: Kathrin Passig (Observer)

External Observer

19:45-20:00
with: Kathrin Passig (Observer)

Kathrin Passig wird als externe Beobachterin Eindrücke rund um die Electric Book Fair sammeln und diese am Abend kurz vorstellen.


Photo: Jan Bölsche

19.00-19:45

The New Twist: Revivals and Modifications in Literary Forms (Electric Inquiry)

with: Texten von Jamuna DeviPippa GoldschmidtGeorg Friedrich KammererGiwi MargwelaschwiliJohannes ThumfartAnne WaakLucy Renner Jones (Moderation/Transfiction)

The New Twist: Revivals and Modifications in Literary Forms (Electric Inquiry)

19.00-19:45
with: Texten von Jamuna DeviPippa GoldschmidtGeorg Friedrich KammererGiwi MargwelaschwiliJohannes ThumfartAnne WaakLucy Renner Jones (Moderation/Transfiction)

Literature published with CulturBooks, Verlag Das Beben, if ebooks, shelff, Verbrecher Verlag and Waahr.

 

 

Jamuna Devi: Love Me Later (if ebooks 2014)

Introduced by Dorothea Martin

 

 

Pippa Goldschmidt: Von der Notwendigkeit, den Weltraum zu ordnen (CulturBooks 2014)

 

Introduced by Zoë Beck

 

Georg Friedrich Kammerer: Alles Kaputtschlagen (Verlag Das Beben 2013)

 

 

Giwi Margwelaschwili: verfasser unser (Verbrecher Verlag)

Introduced by Jörg Sundermeier

 

 

Johannes Thumfart: Der Katechon (shelff 2014)

 

 

Anne Waak: Hartz IV und wir – Protokolle (Waahr/Marienbad 2014)


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Jamuna Devi, born in 1986, grew up in West Germany and Berlin, though never lived in Schöneberg's famous housing estate, the “Social Palace”. She has never been charged with GBH, is not in love with Amrit, rarely goes to the gym, but does, however, like a good round of billiards. She was invited to go to Johannes B. Kerner's place but never went and started a degree after doing an apprenticeship as a paralegals assistant. Her next plan of action: A collection of narratives about women, written by a woman from a man's perspective.


Photo: Chris Scott

Pippa Goldschmidt writes brilliant, funny, disturbing, quirky, precise and highly complicated stories about science and it's protagonists such as Robert Oppenheimer and Alan Turing, latent cross-level anti-Semitism and everyday life as a scientist. She recounts historical and science fiction stories about our world and about worlds located just a few millimetres next to it. Realism, hyper-realism, surrealism, gender-related subject matter, satire and subtle political statements are intelligently interconnected. Pippa Goldschmidt is an important voice in contemporary literature.


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Georg Friedrich Kammerer is currently finishing his degree in Film Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and is a regular performer in Berlin's English-speaking underground comedy scene.


Photo: Alexander Janetzko

Giwi Margwelaschwili was born in Berlin on 14.12.1927, the son of Georgian emigrants. His mother died when he was eight. His father taught Philosophy and Oriental Studies. In 1946 he and his son were kidnapped by the Soviet intelligence agency, NKWD. His father was murdered and Giwi Margwelaschwili detained in Sachsenhausen, before then being deported to Georgia. There he began teaching German. It was only in 1987 that he was able to leave and travel to Germany. Accompanying him were a myriad of novels and narratives in German that he wrote during his time as an emigrant. He lived in Berlin until 2011 and then moved to Tbilisi. He became a German citizen in 1994 and received an honorary grant from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is also the recipient of several prizes: In 1995 he was awarded the Literary Prize of the State of Brandenburg for his literary works, in 2006 he received the Goethe Medal and in 2008 was given the Federal Cross of Merit. He is a member of P.E.N, and his works include: “Muzal – ein georgischer Roman”, “Das böse Kapitel”, “Kapitän Wakusch” and “Der ungeworfene Handschuh”. A retrospective on Giwi Margwelaschwili was put out by Verbrecher Verlag in 2007.


Photo: Jörg Reichardt

Johannes Thumfart, born in 1978, studied Philosophy and Historical Sciences in Berlin and Paris. He received a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his doctorate on the Dominican friar Francisco de Vitoria. He was a research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy at FU Berlin between 2009 and 2010, guest researcher at Colegio de México in Mexico City in 2011, Lecturer at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 2012, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati since 2014. He writes for the taz, die ZEIT and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.


Photo: Sabine Hein

Anne Waak was born in 1982 in Dresden and lives in Berlin. She writes for various newspapers and magazines and is co-founder of Waahr.de, an online archive for literary journalism.


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Lucy Renner Jones studied German with W.G. Sebald at UEA, soon afterwards started a career as a fashion and reportage photographer in Barcelona, Hamburg and Berlin and returned to work with language and literature in the early 2000s. In 2008, she co-founded Transfiction, a collective of literary translators that are based in the Alte Kantine Wedding in Berlin, who also organize an event series called The Fiction Canteen. She is the author of two book-length translations, Lyric Novella (2010) and Death in Persia (2013), both published by Seagull Books and is currently working on the diaries of Brigitte Reimann. Her translation of Christian Schwägerl’s The Anthropocene (A Planet Shaped by Humans) will come out later this year. She writes book reviews for CULTurMAG and blogs at http://www.transfiction.eu/blog/

18.30-19.00

Electric Drinking
(Bar)

with: Stefan Adrian (Barkeeper/Author)Frédéric Valin (Author)

Electric Drinking
(Bar)

18.30-19.00
with: Stefan Adrian (Barkeeper/Author)Frédéric Valin (Author)

Real drinks after a hard day of discussing software and hardware. Stefan Adrian, a barman in Berlin, will mix one mini drink  for each guest – and read from his current publication, the rhyming, socially critical collection of recipes “Der Gin des Lebens. Drinklyrik” (mikrotext, 2014). Frédéric Valin brings with him further alcohol-related experiences and will also read.

 

Kindly supported by GRIN


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Stefan Adrian was born in Austria in 1975 near boarder with Hungary. Despite the next mountain and alpine valley being far away, he lived close by to the vineyards of the Pannonian Basin. As such, he first experienced alcohol at a young age, drinking sweet wine from the late harvest and less sweet wine diluted with lemonade. Since then, many things have taken a turn for the better, particularly his choice in tipple and the liquor he combines. Stefan Adrian has lived in Berlin since 2002, where he works as a barman and author. His current favourite cocktail: The Improved Tequila Cocktail. His latest publication comes in the form of e-book “Der Gin des Lebens” (mikrotext, 2014).
Born in 1982 in Wangen in Allgäu, with a youth spent between hills and church bells, Frédéric Valin took a detour to Berlin in 2003 and never found his way out. He studied German Literature and French out of desperation, worked on translations, wrote lyrics, taught French, organised art-related events and festivals, smoked, organised the reading stage “Read on, my dear” and wrote things down, including as an author with Spreeblick, Jungle World and the taz. Publications: “Sieben” (100.000 Euro Job. Verbrecher Verlag 2008), “Die Trennung” (Feigenblatt 2008), “Episoden” (Unterwegs. Wißnerverlag 2009), “Heimat” (Stijlroyal 2009).

17.30-18.00

Visualisation (Electric Café)

with: Zoë Beck (CulturBooks)Tomke Maria Dünnhaupt (Voland & Quist)Leif Greinus (Voland & Quist)Jakob Meiner (hey! publishing)Dorothee Werner (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels)

Visualisation (Electric Café)

17.30-18.00
with: Zoë Beck (CulturBooks)Tomke Maria Dünnhaupt (Voland & Quist)Leif Greinus (Voland & Quist)Jakob Meiner (hey! publishing)Dorothee Werner (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels)

Presenting digital contents without a bookcase – how does that even work? During this talk we’ll hear about new e-book start-ups, joint initiatives and story apps and look at the advantages and disadvantages of producing “digital first”.


Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Zoë Beck, born in 1975, learned to play the piano and studied literature. After working in various film and literature jobs, she now works as an author and translator. She has received many awards for her novels and short stories, including the Friedrich Glauser Prize. Her latest release with Heyne is her crime novel “Brixton Hill”. In Autumn 2013, she and Jan Karsten founded the e-book publishers CulturBooks and the website “Digital First”, a catalogue for digital first publications.


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Tomke Marie Dünnhaupt was born in 1991, grew up in Wilhelmshaven and has been a part of the Voland & Quist team since 2012. After a year abroad in Argentina and completing her Abitur, she completed a degree in Booktrade and Publishing Management in Leipzig. During her studies she maintained the blogging project “Verlage der Zukunft” (Publishers of the Future) and discussed the idea of an alternative commercial model for digital contents in her bachelor dissertation.


Photo: Robert Gommlich

Leif Greinus was born in Dresden in 1976. Following his Abitur and apprenticeship as a bookseller, he studied Publishing Management in Leipzig. In 2005, he initiated the reading stage Sax Royal in Dresden. He set up the festival Literatur Jetzt! in 2007 and was the Chairman of scheune e.V. between 2009 and 2013


Photo: Tobias Bohm

After being stationed at Antje Kunstmann and Textunes GmbH, Jakob Meiner began working as Programme and Marketing Director of digital publishers hey! Publishing in Munich.

Dorothee Werner was born in northern Germany and is a trained
bookseller. She studied Philosophy and German in Frankfurt and worked at
the university as a member of academic staff, before going on to work as
an assistant to the CEO of the German Booktrade Organisation, the
Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, in 2007. In addition to now
managing the CEO's office, she also oversees several departments,
including member services, literature and reading promotion, market
research as well as business development for fundamental and strategic
issues and Forum Zukunft.

17.30-18.30

German Alt Lit (Electric Inquiry)

with: Andreas BülhoffRichard DurajStefanie SargnagelJan SkudlarekChloe Zeegen

German Alt Lit (Electric Inquiry)

17.30-18.30
with: Andreas BülhoffRichard DurajStefanie SargnagelJan SkudlarekChloe Zeegen

Literature from the States has seen the development of a new stream a literature, in the form of alternative lit. Representatives of alternative literature don’t only write online and market their writing online, they also talk of today’s net as being a 24/7 contemporary space for parallel thoughts and experiences. Even in the German-speaking literary world, approaches to writing are increasingly being digitally inspired. Whether it is texts adopting computer-screen formats to flow on social media channels, or being composed using global chat language: Online literature made in Germany. And Austria!

Chloe Zeegen: “Literature” is a word strongly associated with the industry that grew around the printing press. “Narratives” or “Storytelling” better relate to our lives online. And online narratives – profiles, feeds, statuses, images, graphics, private messages, emojis, link, clips, juxtapositions and so on – are the most dominant form of creative expression today. The future of “fictional” online narratives lies in tapping into this creativity via tools built to suit the virtual world, rather than those simply carried over from the physical one.


Photo: Nils Romahn

Andreas Bülhoff was born in 1987 and grew up, lived, studied and currently works in Berlin. His publications appear in randnummer, S T I L L, ]trash[pool und der Anthologie Westfalen, sonst nichts? (2013). His current role is that of Text Editor for photography and literature magazine Der Greif.


Photo: Valentin Gienger

Richard Duraj was born in Poland in the 80s and now lives and writes poetry in Berlin.


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Stefanie Sargnagel was born in the “slums of Vienna” in 1986, studied painting at The Academy of Fine Arts and works in a call centre. The girl with the red beret, who enjoys visiting alehouses and chain smokes, published the her debut novel featuring a collection of Facebook status updates called “Binge Living. Call-Center-Monologe” (Binge Living. Call Centre Monologues) in 2013. The novel, published with deredelsteiner dahimène edition, was an independent publishing debut from the Viennese publisher. In 2014, a new assortment was released through mikrotext, entitled “In der Zukunft sind wir alle tot” (In the Future we are all Dead).


Photo: Sebastian Stolte

Jan Skudlarek, born in 1986 in Westfalia, has lived in Berlin since 2010. He has been awarded several prizes and grants. He works as an Editor at S T I L L - Magazin für junge Literatur und Fotografie.


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Chloe Zeegen, born in Watford (UK) in 1980, describes herself as a “post-internet artist”. After graduating in Philosophy and German at the University of Oxford, she worked as an art manager in London. She moved to Berlin in 2012. The same year she began experimenting with Facebook and Twitter as artistic platforms and started her interactive, multimedia project “Chloe Zeegen is a self-styled Facebook star”. This project formed the basis for her current texts, which first appeared on Facebook. The short story “Let me take you to the park” was published in the first issue of STILL magazine. She published “I love myself ok?”, a trilogy set in Berlin, with mikrotext in 2013.

17.00-17.30

Reading in the 21st Century
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Elisabeth Ruge (Elisabeth Ruge Agentur)Johannes Kleske (Third Wave)

Reading in the 21st Century
(Electric Inquiry)

17.00-17.30
with: Elisabeth Ruge (Elisabeth Ruge Agentur)Johannes Kleske (Third Wave)

What would it be like if the 21st century was the century of reading? What would it look like? What would have to happen for it to take place? What would it be like if, for example, in 20 years time Wattpad was the predominant model for the consumption – and the production – of literature? A completely speculative look at the future.


Photo: Stefan Nimmesgern

Elisabeth Ruge co-founded Berlin Verlag in 1994, before becoming solely responsible for its management in 2005. The Berlin Academic Verlag, founded as an imprint, works according to the principle of open access and with creative commons licenses. She established Hanser Berlin in 2011 and founded Elisabeth Ruge Agentur at the beginning of the this year. She is penning her first book “Drei Frauen” (Three Women).


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Johannes Kleske is a trend scout and strategy consultant. He regularly discuses topics such as the future of work and trends for the management of tomorrow, most recently at Republica and X.Days in Switzerland. Since 2010 he has run Third Wave alongside Igor Schwarzmann. Third Wave is located in Berlin and is a futurology and business consultancy, specialising in observing new developments in digital technologies and their effects on human behaviour. They advise clients such as Deutsche Telekom, MTV and Deutsche Postbank on how to better understand these developments and how to adapt accordingly.

17:00-17:30

The Designed Text (Electric Café)

with: Jürgen Siebert (FontShop AG, Board of Management )

The Designed Text (Electric Café)

17:00-17:30
with: Jürgen Siebert (FontShop AG, Board of Management )

At present, the e-book remains publishers‘ unloved child. This isn’t down to e-books lacking in technical or typographical quality, but instead due to the old-fashioned business model used by publishers. And because they don’t like e-books, it is often the case that “bad e-books” are sold at the same price as print books. The fact of the matter is that both digital typography and displays have never been as good as they are today. In fact, they are far superior to what is used in print media. And when the two come together – elaborate digital text face, plus neat CSS code and a retina display… on top of the comfort of digital reading/marking/quoting/bookmarks – who’s going to want to read a normal book?


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Jürgen Siebert (57) studied Physics in Frankfurt am Main. After completing his diploma in 1985 he first worked as a science journalist (incl. for the FAZ) and technical writer. A year later he co-founded design magazine PAGE and remained at its helm as Chief Editor until 1991. This was followed by a move to Berlin and FontShop, where he was involved in the development of the FontFont font library, FontBook, FUSE, the TYPO conference and the Font blog, amongst other projects. Siebert has been the Marketing Director of FontShop AG since the end of 2001.

16.00-17.00

Go World! International Hangout (Electric Inquiry)

with: Julie Etienne (Moyen-Courrier)Albatros Rexhaj (Libreria Elektronike)Angela Wachuka (Kwani Trust)Cecilia Espósito (los proyectos)Nikola Richter (Moderation/mikrotext)

Go World! International Hangout (Electric Inquiry)

16.00-17.00
with: Julie Etienne (Moyen-Courrier)Albatros Rexhaj (Libreria Elektronike)Angela Wachuka (Kwani Trust)Cecilia Espósito (los proyectos)Nikola Richter (Moderation/mikrotext)

Digital publishing is a global topic. Emerging markets such as Kenya are already experimenting with mobile methods of payment, and in 2013, the independent Argentinian literature industry organised the first Feria del Libro Digital in Buenos Aries. In Kosovo, the national library is digitalising contemporary Albanian literature and handing this work over to a non-profit publishers. And two publishers hailing from the French e-book market, who specialised in American literature, have just moved over to Berlin. Everything is on the move. The challenges are different, but local approaches in new contexts can provide food for thought. Albatros Rexhaj and Cecilia Espósito will speak via web call and Julie Etienne and Angela Wachuka will be attending in person.

 

Julie Etienne: Being a digital-only publisher in France at the moment means trusting that new reading habits are going to appear in the near future. We are convinced that the digital medium is ideally fitted to the literary genre we publish, which has been generally overlooked by the French publishing industry. But for now, the market is very small, as buying an e-book is still not as convenient as it should be. It’d also be good to be part of a network of like-minded publishers, but we haven’t found that yet.


Photo: Pierre Antoine

Julie Etienne has translated into French works by Harmony Korine, John Giorno, JT Leroy, Lisa Lerner, Lydia Millet, Brian Evenson, and David Foster Wallace. She did new translations of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Othello for stage director Gwenaël Morin, and is currently at work on a new translation of King Lear. In 2013, along with Elodie Perrin, she started Moyen-Courrier, a digital publishing house dedicated to narrative nonfiction. Moyen-Courrier's titles are 30-60 pages long, and for now  have all been translated form the English. 


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Albatros Rexhaj, born on 26 December 1975 in Prizren, lives in Prishtinë, Kosovo. He was nominated Writer of the Year at the Pristina Annual Book Fair, June 2013. In January 2013 Albatros Rexhaj founded “Libreria Eletronike”, the first electronic publishing house in the Albanian world, which, only during 2013, published 95 e-books. Albatros Rexhaj is has 344.300 registered fans in his official fan page www.filozofiaurbane.com. He writes a weekly opinion-editorial in the daily TRIBUNA.


Photo: Jerry Riley

Angela Wachuka is the Executive Director of Kwani Trust, a Nairobi-based publisher and literary network focused on contemporary African literature. Since 2003, the Trust has published a variety of journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cutting edge academic papers & creative non-fiction by writers including the award-winning Binyavanga Wainaina, Chimamanda Adichie & Yvonne Owuor. The Trust additionally provides training opportunities for literary artists and curates literary events and has been awarded literary prizes including the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. In 2010, the Trust was awarded the Prince Claus Award for "establishing a dynamic platform for new voices in African Literature."
Angela joined the trust in February 2008 and has since overseen the growth of grant & earned income by 65% and 40% respectively. Previous to this, Angela worked for the BBC’s African News and Current Affairs Department, on the Focus on Africa and Network Africa Radio Programmes, as well as the quarterly Focus on Africa Magazine. Angela holds a BA in Anthropology & Law from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). She was an Arts Management Fellow at Devos Institute at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from 2011-2013, and is currently working towards the establishment of a multi-platform publishing space.



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Cecilia Espósito runs the Argentinian digital publishers los proyectos and is the Co-ordinator of Digital Publications for publishing group Santillana.


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Nikola Richter studied German, English and Comparative Literature in Tübingen, Norwich and Berlin, and ran one of the first online literature magazines (schriftstelle.de) between 2001-2003. She is an author, freelance editor and cultural and literary curator, most recently for the conference series “Netzkultur/Net Culture” (Berliner Festspiele/bpb). In Spring 2013 she founded the digital publishers mikrotext for short digital reads, such as essays, short stories, new journalism and so-called web literature. This included a reflection by Alexander Kluge on the digital consumption of culture and the Facebook status posts of young Syrian author Aboud Saeed, the “Syrian Bukowski” (ZDF/Aspekte).

16.00-17.00

Shared Knowledge is More Knowledge (Electric Café)

with: Martin Fröhlich (PaperC)Kristin Narr (Moderation/Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory e.V.)Jakob Adolph (K.lab Berlin)

Shared Knowledge is More Knowledge (Electric Café)

16.00-17.00
with: Martin Fröhlich (PaperC)Kristin Narr (Moderation/Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory e.V.)Jakob Adolph (K.lab Berlin)

The e-book is also slowly catching on in the areas of knowledge and education. All kinds of technical possibilities exist to prepare learning materials digitally for joint usage. But which models are they based on? Providers of digital contents used in academia and schools exchange views on their strategies and experiences regarding knowledge co-operation and knowledge transfer.

 

Martin Fröhlich: According to one Chinese proverb: When a storm comes, some people build windmills, while some build walls. Up until now, publishers have failed to establish a counterbalance to Amazon. This dependency on revenue from Amazon is now especially being felt by large publishers, who are coming under pressure because Amazon is able to exploit it’s position as the publishing industry Goliath. Were they to not have the upper hand, Amazon would negotiate more sensitively. The time has come for publishers and service providers to sit down at the table and to find a model that is fit for purpose, rather than continuing to go it alone. A long-term solution must come from sharing knowledge – something that is beyond the scope of books. The solution must be a lasting one. Together, we must raise the bar.

Organised in co-operation with Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory


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Martin Fröhlich is a new generation entrepreneur. Following his studies in International Management in Berlin and time spent at Siemens, he become self-employed. As a fresh and daring entrepreneur, he founded the company PaperC and is today an Managing director in the field of marketing.  He is passionate about thinking differently and tackling new ideas, putting this into practice as a lecturer in Starting & Founding Businesses at a number of different universities. In addition, Martin is an active business angel in companies such as Upcload, NIIU, Kochmamsell, Crowd-Angel etc.


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Kristin Narr is a media education specialist who looks at the media activity of adolescents and how they adopt media. She works at the Institute for Communication in Social Media (ikosom) in the subjects areas media competency, young people and the internet, e-participation and open education. At Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory e.V. she is responsible for education and media competency.


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15.30-16.00

Electric Battles
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Kaspar Dornfeld (RATTENREITER Verlag)Andrea Nienhaus (Designer)Daniela Seel (kookbooks)Thorsten Nesch (Author)

Electric Battles
(Electric Inquiry)

15.30-16.00
with: Kaspar Dornfeld (RATTENREITER Verlag)Andrea Nienhaus (Designer)Daniela Seel (kookbooks)Thorsten Nesch (Author)

Adopting the style of a British debating contest, two sides to a topic will be argued: Author Thorsten Nesch publishes his books aimed at young adults both with Rowohlt and as a self-publisher. As such, he classes himself as a “hybrid author”. Arguing against this is author and publisher Daniela Seel, who supports a classic concept of authorship and sees it completely necessary for the author to be connected to a publisher.

Auftritt von Thorsten Nesch mit freundlicher Unterstützung von epubli

Daniela Seel: Why play the roles and possibilities off against each other? As an author and publisher at kookbooks, I am independent, paper-oriented, a bibliophile, self-publisher, indie author, hybrid author, editor, organiser, coach, service provider for others… I see kookbooks not so much as a publishers in the classical sense of the word, but more as a defender of poets. More important than the prevailing forms of data media are, in my opinion, the networks, communities and infrastructures one builds up and uses to communicate, work and liaise.

 

Thorsten Nesch: A writer is termed a hybrid author when their books are published in a traditional publishing house in addition to being published by the author themselves. Just because publishers haven’t published my novels for various reasons (“topic already done by the Americans”, “too much suspense”, “too much like something out of a film”… extracts from my rejections), doesn’t mean that I stop believing in my stories. It just means I have to publish them myself – like I did before I became a full-time author. Then it’s up to the readers. The positive reviews and the fact that these novels were also translated into English backs up where I stand on the matter.

 

Whether or not an e-book requires a cover is “decided” by second position ping-pong: Kaspar Dornfeld (Rattenreiter Verlag) considers cover designs superfluous to electronic publishing. Andrea Nienhaus (Communications Designer, involving designing covers at mikrotext) sees this completely differently.

Kaspar Dornfeld: Forget about book covers… when producing e-books! As is the case with many problems in the e-book industry, questions as to the worth, sense, even the nonsense of a cover, find themselves at the root of many a dispute. For some, the cover should attempt to stray as little as possible from the classic book cover. For others, the more different it is, the better. Taken from: rattenreiter.de/page/vergesst-die-buchcover (in German)


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Kaspar Dornfeld studied Film Direction, Film Editing and Sound Design in Berlin. He has been writing scripts for more than 15 years and now also writes prose. Alongside working as an author, he is joint Managing Director of publishers RATTENREITER, where his responsibilities include the production of e-books and audiobooks.


Photo: Philipp Dümcke

Andrea Nienhaus works as a communications designer for clients in the non-profit and cultural sectors. She designs the covers and produces the digital publications for publishers mikrotext. Since 2013 she has taught Business Communications at HTW Berlin.


Photo: Robert Nock

Daniela Seel, born in 1974 in Frankfurt am Main, works as a poet and publisher in Berlin. In 2000 she founded KOOKread, the literary arm of artist network KOOK (now: KOOK e.V.), along with authors Jan Böttcher, Alexander Gumz, Karla Reimert and Uljana Wolf. With book artist and illustrator Andreas Töpfer on board, kookbooks – Labor für Poesie als Lebens (lab for poetry as life form) was formed in 2003. Following “ich kann diese stelle nicht wiederfinden” (kookbooks 2011), she began working on “was weißt du schon von prärie” (kookbooks 2015). There should be (a)synchrony, (counter)movement, persuasion and contradiction, suspense. Elastic tracks expanding from the ears. Grinding, Shuffling, Creaking and Squealing. Fluid syntax, plasticity. And gaps. Imbalances, where erosion can be seen.


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Thorsten Nesch, born in 1968 in Solingen, lived in Canada between 1998 and 2003. His novel “Joyride Ost” was nominated as the best debut German-speaking book for young readers. He has received national and international funding, grants and prizes. This year he was awarded the working grant available to authors from Nord Rhein-Westphalia for his book “Der Drohnenpilot”. The laudatory speech given by the jury of the Hans-im-Glück Prize 2012 described him as “a narrative stoke of luck in current German-speaking literature”. He publishes with classic publishers as well as self-publishing with epubli and neobooks. His latest novel is titled “Buster, König der Sunshine Coast” (Rowohlt 2014).

14.30-15.00

Genre: Literature for the Masses
(Electric Café)

with: Sarah Khan (Author)Helmut Pesch (Bastei Lübbe)

Genre: Literature for the Masses
(Electric Café)

14.30-15.00
with: Sarah Khan (Author)Helmut Pesch (Bastei Lübbe)

In the world of e-books, nothing sells better than fiction – that’s the way it is and that’s just how we like it. The main fiction genres include fantasy, horror, erotic, science fiction – which make up the mainstay of what readers purchase (as is also the case in print). So, the time has come to stop bashing genre and to start getting a better understanding of it.

Helmut Pesch: There is no significant difference in the way genres are classified when it comes to print and e-books, even if there may be some shifts in terms of their value and saleability. The fact that genres are increasingly being blended together presents challenges in terms of semantic coding. Within entertainment literature, authors who are self-publishing are increasingly writing genre titles, something that presents a growing problem for publishers.

Sarah Khan: From what I have observed, as well as banal genre literature, a lot of unintentional inventions and unintentional humour can be discovered – this includes comment culture, which is an essential part of the digital reader experience. One might read certain things with the sole intention of pontificating about them with others later. This is especially true of stimulation – sexual desire, fear, romantic feelings. One might have a good laugh about it now, but reading things that resemble caricatures – half-finished, broken-off stories, constant repetition and excessive hyperbole – could have a normative effect. Free books in particular are downloaded a lot and are commented on. The question is, do these books ultimately lead to a greater demand for well-written works – or is this level of quality/zero grade perfectly sufficient for interactive e-reading?


Photo: Barbara Dietl

Sarah Khan a writer and author living in Berlin. Her publications from 2013: “Dr. House” (diaphanes booklet), “Der Horrorpilz” (mikrotext) and the second, extended edition of her literary collection of reports “Die Gespenster von Berlin. Wahre Geschichten” (Suhrkamp). In 2012 she received the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's Michael Althen Prize for Criticism. She is an expert on many topics relating to literary prose genres, from horror to erotic.


Photo: privat

Dr. Helmut Pesch has worked at Bastei Lübbe since 1984 and has overseen the editing of authors such as Ken Follett, David Baldacci and Wolfgang Hohlbein. Pesch, who has a doctoral degree in English Studies, is the author of bestseller “Elbisch” (Elvish) and has worked as the E-Publishing Programme Manager at Bastei Entertainment since 2012.

14.30-15.30

Meta Meaning: Big Data
(Electric Inquiry)

with: René Kohl (kohlibri.de)Sandra Schüssel (http://www.mvb-online.de/)Georg Rehm (DFKI, W3C Büro Deutschland/Österreich)Christian Damke (Moderation/GRIN)

Meta Meaning: Big Data
(Electric Inquiry)

14.30-15.30
with: René Kohl (kohlibri.de)Sandra Schüssel (http://www.mvb-online.de/)Georg Rehm (DFKI, W3C Büro Deutschland/Österreich)Christian Damke (Moderation/GRIN)

Does “big data” make any sense to content producers without a “content context”? How can we extend this term to our products and contents and use the fact that these – in contrast to washing machines, for example – deliver big data, when it is apparent that we currently still fail to use “small data”?

René Kohl: Big data has yet to get going in book retail: It would be interesting, for example, to match someone’s personal profile together with reading interests and book content.

 


Photo: privat

René Kohl is the owner of online bookstore (www.kohlibri.de), blogger and bookseller (www.renekohl.com) and networker (speaker for AK ECOM, a working group for e-books and e-commerce in the bookselling trade). He has spent nearly 20 years working in various capacities to revise the interface between books and the internet.


Photo: Petra Gass

Sandra Schüssel (38) ist ein Medienmensch. Nach ihrem Studium der
Germanistik, Journalistik und Politik in Leipzig machte sie Station in
der Redaktion von wissen.de (Bertelsmann) in München. Danach arbeitete
sie als Online-Redakteurin und Projektmanagerin beim
Karrieredienstleister Staufenbiel in Konstanz und Frankfurt sowie bei
der schottischen Tageszeitung „The Scotsman“. Bei der MVB Marketing-
und Verlagservice des Buchhandels GmbH stieg sie als Redakteurin Media
Developement ein und betreute Print- und Online-Relaunches, bevor sie
vor eineinhalb Jahren die Leitung der neu gegründeten Abteilung
Produktmanagement übernahm. Ein Arbeitsschwerpunkt derzeit ist der
Aufbau des Metadatenbank VLB+, mit den Unterprojekten
„Datenqualität“, „Digitale Vorschauen“ und
„Rezensionsdatenbank“.


Photo: privat

Dr Georg Rehm is an academic and scientist at the The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. He runs the German/Austrian office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is the Project Manager of the EU-sponsored network of excellence META-NET, which comprises of 60 research centres in 34 countries. The aim of META-NET is to produce innovative research results in the area of language technology (particularly machine translation) and to look at how this can be transferred into industry, as well as applying for additional funding at a European and national/regional level (working closely with the European Commission in Luxembourg). Academic and Scientific background: Degree in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science and Linguistics; Doctorate in Computational Linguistics.


Photo: GRIN

Christian Damke has been the Managing Director of GRIN Solutions since
2013. In just a few easy steps, GRIN Solutions makes it possible to set
up a online digital publishers, while mapping all the classic publishing
processes. New publishers such as Dotbooks, Mikrotext, CulturBooks and
Hey Publishing have already used GRIN Solutions to great success. Damke
was previously Managing Director of fee-based e-book library Skoobe,
which he developed and brought to market in 2010. Skoobe is one of the
most highly-rated and downloaded book apps for smartphones and tablets.
Prior to this, he worked in business development for the Random House
publishing group and as a development worker on a reconstruction project
in Honduras. Outside of work he enjoys spending time in the mountains
and sailing.

14.00-14.30

A New Kind of Publisher
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Jürgen Schulze (Null Papier Verlag)

A New Kind of Publisher
(Electric Inquiry)

14.00-14.30
with: Jürgen Schulze (Null Papier Verlag)

Jürgen Schulze runs Null Papier Verlag, a one-man digital publishers, and is Germany’s first publisher of literary e-books. Here he will talk about how he founded the publishers and his strategies (giving away vs. selling, content in the public domain), and will give the audience a glimpse into the world of publishing.


Photo: privat

Jürgen Schulze was born in Essen in 1971 and now lives in Neuss, just outside of Düsseldorf. He is a qualified economist and worked from 1996 as a web programmer before founding publishers Null Papier in August 2011. In March 2011 he ordered himself an original Kindle from the States – this was at the time when Amazon were implementing the KDP programme. He then went ahead and digitalised an edition of Max and Moritz from this own bookshelf, which was available to purchase online just several hours later. What followed was a number 1 title on all major sales platforms and a portfolio of over 200 titles by first-time, living authors. During his thirty years of working in the publishing business he has sold nearly 1.3 million e-books.

12.30-13.00

Creativity Unleashed. New Approaches to Copyright
(Electric Café)

with: Christoph Endell (Rechtsanwalt)Valie Djordjevic (iRights.info)

Creativity Unleashed. New Approaches to Copyright
(Electric Café)

12.30-13.00
with: Christoph Endell (Rechtsanwalt)Valie Djordjevic (iRights.info)

Appropriate remuneration and creative commons, remixing and the stealing of images – the internet and digitalisation have got copyright in a frenzy. It’s actual intention is to support authors in earning money through their works. For lots of creatives – mainly those working digitally – it instead acts as a barrier. What problems do they face with the current copyright laws and how can these be solved? Christoph Endell offers spontaneous legal advice and Valie Djordjevic gives an insight into new ways of thinking when it comes to copyright.

Christoph Endell: A few typical questions are as follows: What are licence agreements and how can I design one? Remix culture vs copyright protection – what is permissible and what isn’t? Opportunities and risks of open licences in commercial practice. How do I protect my intellectual property within a digital context? 


Photo: Die Hoffotografen GmbH

Christoph Endell is a lawyer at the Lubberger Lehment chambers in Berlin. His fields of expertise include copyright and media law. He teaches Copyright and Design Law at Berlin's University of the Arts (UdK) and at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK Hamburg). His book on protecting creative rights (“Kreative Rechte schützen”) was published by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft in 2013.


Photo: privat

Valie Djordjevic is the Edtior of iRights.info, a web portal focusing on copyright law in the digital world. She works as an author, lecturer and speaker and her interests lie in the social and cultural effects of the net, literature and the net, gender politics and the information society.

12.00-12.30

The Book with Seven Seals: E-Book Marketing
(Electric Café)

with: Charlotte Reimann (Kerber Verlag)

The Book with Seven Seals: E-Book Marketing
(Electric Café)

12.00-12.30
with: Charlotte Reimann (Kerber Verlag)

The social web offers self-publishers and publishers numerous creative opportunities to build their brand and stage e-books. It is possible to link digital books, to give them away, to build them their own website and to keep readers informed as to their development and marketing. Based on best practices, we would like to discuss the role played by social media, content marketing and meta data in the visibility and turnover of e-books.


Photo: Arlett Mattescheck

Charlotte Reimann works for Kerber U as Project and Social Media Manager and writes about e-books, online marketing and the future of publishing on her blog charlotte-reimann.de.

12.00-13.00

Piracy. Between Fine Art and Free Weapon
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Lars Sobiraj (Moderation/tarnkappe.info)Luc Gross & Bernhard Bauch (TRAUMAWIEN)Sascha Lazimbat (Digital Media Consultant)

Piracy. Between Fine Art and Free Weapon
(Electric Inquiry)

12.00-13.00
with: Lars Sobiraj (Moderation/tarnkappe.info)Luc Gross & Bernhard Bauch (TRAUMAWIEN)Sascha Lazimbat (Digital Media Consultant)

Sometimes business does exactly the same thing it resents pirates for doing: It makes e-books available free of charge. Sascha Lazimbat will illustrate the various legal options for distributing e-books for free, from lending them to giving them away. The fact that consumers are continuing to read e-books illegally does not come as a surprise to Lars Sobiraj.

Lars Sobiraj: TorBoox is admittedly not at the fore of the e-book game, however it far from being out of the danger zone. Why are more and more internet users reaching for free or cheap illegal alternatives? The fight against one large host in Germany in 2013 lead to the emergence of several smaller ones. While they may not be conspicuous to the public eye, that does not make them any less dangerous. Quite the opposite. The question now stands: How can those involved in piracy return to being consumers? 

 

The group TRAUMAWIEN takes a creative approach to the topic of piracy: Luc Gross reports on the e-book project “Kindle’Voke Ghostwriters”, which took place in Summer 2012. Bernhard Bauch will give an exclusive on the Perl programming language used by ghostwriters, looking particularly at epub and covers.


Photo: privat

Between 2000 and 2002, Lars Sobiraj wrote around 100 articles for various computer magazines. Between April 2008 and October 2012 he held the role of Chief Editor at IT portal gulli.com. The main topics found in his 1,000 plus contributions are data protection, copyright, internet politics, the internet and technology. The video interview series DigitalKultur.TV has been running since Spring 2012, a project he manages with Cologne-based author and journalist Moritz Sauer. Sobiraj has now been working on a freelance basis for several months, with clients including heute.de, ZDF Hyperland, Golem.de, torial, Dr. Web and various other web portals. In April 2014 he launched his own news blog Tarnkappe.info.


Photo: Foto: privat

TRAUMAWIEN was established in April 2010 by Luc Gross, Peter Moosgaard and Julian Palacz as a digital literature publisher. It is involved in experimental publishing projects. For instance, the Amazon Kindle direct publishing platform was automatically flooded with e-books, which were laid out as re-hashed classical dramas made up solely out of Youtube comments. The campaign, which lead to the publishing of thousands of titles on Amazon within the space of just a few days, received positive reviews from the M.I.T Technology Review and the Süddeutsche Zeitung and lead to a life-long ban on any Amazon accounts that may have been connected to the project.


Photo: Fotostudio Charlottenburg

Sascha Lazimbat is a digital media consultant. He founded the digital distribution companies A2 Electronic Publishing and Zebralution, and was the Managing Director of Business & Corporate Development at Warner Music Central Europe and Head Of Music & Video at Vodafone D2 GmbH.

11.30-12.00

The In-built Buyer: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing for E-Books
(Electric Café)

with: Ines Zimzinski (CrowdFans)

The In-built Buyer: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing for E-Books
(Electric Café)

11.30-12.00
with: Ines Zimzinski (CrowdFans)

Never has it been so easy for authors to sell their books. However, many projects and innovative ideas often fail because of financial obstacles. With crowdfunding, they can now finally be realised. The advancement of e-books can go ahead with the support of a large number of people. This talk will go into detail about crowdfunding, financing and how to market project and business ideas; members of the audience will discover how they themselves can implement a successful crowdfunding campaign.


Photo: privat

Ines Zimzinski is a Sales, Creative and Feel Good Manager. She has been involved in the crowdfunding scene for 3 years and has successfully supervised a whole host of projects. She now runs her own platform on which creatives can get their projects funded using the power of the masses. She is passionate about self-publishing and would like to offer self-publishers the same opportunities with CrowdFans as those offered by the big players. For this reason she set up audiobook publishers hoerbuchmanufaktur-berlin.de in co-operation with 52 North Studios.

11.00-11.30

Realtime Publishing: E-Book Sprint
(Electric Café)

with: Susanne Eiswirt (newthinking)

Realtime Publishing: E-Book Sprint
(Electric Café)

11.00-11.30
with: Susanne Eiswirt (newthinking)

In 2013 newthinking created their first publication in a SPRINT-process. To launch re:publica 2013 a coffee table book comprising of 30 articles was then released. The contents of “Open Everything” were collectively put together by over 40 authors over the course of 3 days, reflecting the fact that SPRINT favours a short-term dynamic and mechanisms such as barcamps and brainstorming sessions. We want to see this process being expanded and developed further. To this end, we would like to present our concept, exchange ideas on it, share experiences and await fresh impetus.


Photo: privat

Susanne Eiswirt is responsible for external communications at newthinking. Prior to this studied Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Media Studies at the University of Bielefeld. In 2013 she accompanied SPRINT in producing “Open Everything” and actioned another magazine SPRINT in the role of project manager. In her spare time she is involved as a member of the digital society Digitale Gesellschaft e.V., who support a digital civil rights movement.

11.00-12.00

Coming Together: Digital Single Market in Europe
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Armin Talke (Staatsbibliothek Berlin)Jan Karsten (CulturBooks)Volker Oppmann (LOG.OS)Falk Steiner (Moderation)

Coming Together: Digital Single Market in Europe
(Electric Inquiry)

11.00-12.00
with: Armin Talke (Staatsbibliothek Berlin)Jan Karsten (CulturBooks)Volker Oppmann (LOG.OS)Falk Steiner (Moderation)

How is the cross-boarder dissemination, marketing, utilisation and accessibility (archiving) of electronic publications structured in Europe? Which legal, fiscal and technical obstacles are publishers up against – and what can be done from a political, publishing and legal point of view? A discussion on the framework conditions for the e-book as a European cultural asset.

 

Volker Oppmann: In the digital industry, book retailers, libraries and the domestic bookcase have conflated to become large “cloud libraries”, collating content and data about their users as well as the books (e-books) themselves. These cloud-based digital libraries are thus much more than the sum of their individual parts – they become mankind’s central knowledge and data storage devices and systemically important infrastructures in terms of general public interest. As a society we are in the midst of handing over both our digital cultural heritage as well as our personal details to big corporations. We are of the opinion, however, that our digital cultural heritage and our personal details should belong to society and not to individual businesses, who dictate global market conditions and subvert cultural establishments.  

Armin Talke is a solicitor at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Within this role he is responsible for collecting foreign legal materials and rendering them accessible – irrespective of the medium. Aside from this, the lawyer advises the institution on typical library legal matters, which principally includes issues to do with copyright and internet law. As head of a digitalisation project, he is involved in the digital conversion of legal “cultural heritage” from the 19th century. He is a member of the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA.
Jan Karsten, born in 1973, studied American Studies and German at university. He is co-editor of the online supplement CULTurMAG. Since Autumn 2013, he and Zoë Beck have run e-book publishers CulturBooks in addition to the website “Digital First”, a catalogue for first-time digital publications, which launched in Summer 2014.
Volker Oppmann was born in 1975 and studied German and Scandinavian Studies in Bonn and Bergen, Norway. His first experience in publishing was in Hamburg at Rogner & Bernhard in 2002. In Autumn 2007 he founded Berlin's independent publisher ONKEL & ONKEL. In Autumn 2008, under the label textunes, they became the first providers of e-book apps to the German market. Oppmann was responsible for the digital division at Thalia between Autumn 2011 and March 2013. In May 2013 he set up the association LOG.OS Förderverein e.V.
Falk Steiner, born in 1981, is a journalist living in Berlin. As an
internet policy correspondent in the German capital, he mainly reports
on various challenges concerning policy, the economy and society. After
completing his studies in Political Science in Bonn and Berlin, he began
working as a journalist for various media outlets, including Heise
publishing house (c't), der Spiegel, die Zeit, die tageszeitung (taz)
and der Tagesspiegel.

10.30-11.00

Spoilt for choice: Pros and Cons of Different Formats
(Electric Café)

with: Elisabeth Alexander (Ring eBooks)Tina Giesler (type:area)Fabian Kern (digital publishing competence)

Spoilt for choice: Pros and Cons of Different Formats
(Electric Café)

10.30-11.00
with: Elisabeth Alexander (Ring eBooks)Tina Giesler (type:area)Fabian Kern (digital publishing competence)

Multimedia-based reading is already part of our daily internet usage. But when does it make sense to produce multimedia enhanced e-books?On the one hand it is important to encourage and preserve the act of reading as an end in itself. On the other hand, the challenge of applying different media, transferring information in an alternative way and broadening the reading experience is also an enticing one. And what about standards? Producing epub3 in particular means getting an expensive technician involved, or even several. If the final product isn’t yet fully up and running, many people will decide to launch their own app. Epub has developed its strengths in using simple text, focusing on non-fiction and series: It is in this area that authors and publishers underestimate the possibilities offered by epub as an interconnected format supporting hypertext. 

Elisabeth Alexander founded Berlin-based Ring eBooks with Scott Alexander in 2012. Her publishing house and service studio specialises in enhanced e-books.
Tina Giesler has always lived in two worlds. After attending technical college where she gained a general qualification, she went on to study Physics, Geography, Education Studies and German at university, graduating in Geography and German. She financed her studies by working as a web designer. Following an internship at publishers Patmos Verlag, she spent two years working as a digital producer at Zentrale Medien GmbH, where e-books were first produced in Germany. She then learnt LaTeX and became both self-employed and a mother, before going on to work as a digital and print booksetter. She occasionally blogs.
Fabian Kern is a freelance consultant and trainer for digital publishing, focusing on e-book production and the application of web technologies within the publishing environment. He is an advisor at the Academy of the German Book Trade, lecturer at LMU in Munich and technology specialist in the AKEP e-book workgroup at the German Booktrade Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels).

10.30-11.00

Keynote: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: The Past, Present, and Future of the Business of Culture
(Electric Inquiry)

with: Richard Nash (Byliner)

Keynote: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: The Past, Present, and Future of the Business of Culture
(Electric Inquiry)

10.30-11.00
with: Richard Nash (Byliner)

While the cultural establishment views books as a bulwark against change, the book has in fact been the primary revolutionary agent of the last five hundred years, socially and economically. To properly prepare ourselves for the years to come, therefore, it is critical to understand the many ways in which books have instigated radical social change, so that we can harness its power in concert with new technologies—e-books and beyond—to create more viable and sustainable business models for the future, not just for digital publishing, but for all cultural endeavor.

 

This talk will be held over Skype

Richard Nash (http://about.me/nash) is VP of Partnerships at Byliner. Previously he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. He left in 2009 to found Cursor, now an open-source community publishing project and to run Red Lemonade as a pilot for the Cursor project. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World. From 2011 to 2013 he was Head of Partnerships and Content for the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and in 2013 the UK’s Bookseller magazine picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing.

10:30-21:00

Match Making: Reserve a Slot
(Bar)

with: allen

Match Making: Reserve a Slot
(Bar)

10:30-21:00
with: allen

The Electric Book Fair even has an exclusive meeting place for face-to-face discussions: At one of the tables at the bar. You can register for a thirty minute appointment via this Doodle link. Each half hour slot can only be booked by two people. So if you are up for a surprise, make an appointment and wait and see who you are paired with. 

10.00-10.30

The 'digital us'. Collaboration instead of competition. Welcome from the EBF team.

with: Nikola RichterChristiane FrohmannAndrea NienhausFabian Thomas

The 'digital us'. Collaboration instead of competition. Welcome from the EBF team.

10.00-10.30
with: Nikola RichterChristiane FrohmannAndrea NienhausFabian Thomas

Welcome from the Electric Book Fair team.

Nikola Richter studied German, English and Comparative Literature in Tübingen, Norwich and Berlin, and ran one of the first online literature magazines (schriftstelle.de) between 2001-2003. She is an author, freelance editor and cultural and literary curator, most recently for the conference series “Netzkultur/Net Culture” (Berliner Festspiele/bpb). In Spring 2013 she founded the digital publishers mikrotext for short digital reads, such as essays, short stories, new journalism and so-called web literature. This included a reflection by Alexander Kluge on the digital consumption of culture and the Facebook status posts of young Syrian author Aboud Saeed, the “Syrian Bukowski” (ZDF/Aspekte).
Christiane Frohmann is a cultural project manager, director of the Katersalon at the Berliner Volksbühne, publisher (Frohmann Verlag), radio editor (“Generator” and “Ladyland” produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and author.
Andrea Nienhaus works as a communications designer for clients in the non-profit and cultural sectors. She designs the covers and produces the digital publications for publishers mikrotext. Since 2013 she has taught Business Communications at HTW Berlin.
Fabian Thomas studied German and American Literature in Bonn and Munich. Between 2010 and 2012 he was responsible for projects at TUBUK, an online platform for independent publishers. He works in Berlin as a freelance editor and blogger in the fields of culture and literature. He edits The Daily Frown, das Magazin für Musik Literatur Alltag. In 2013 he co-founded the digital publisher shelff.

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