Atavist: On the Front Lines of Digital Publishing

Friday, January 3, 2014: 8:50 AM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North (Marriott Wardman Park)
Charles Homans, Atavist
I'll address what we’ve learned so far from the Atavist’s forays into digital publishing—and, more personally, about what navigating this world is like for someone coming from a traditional ink-and-paper background—and how these lessons may be adaptable or useful for historians. That discussion will include consideration of how digital publishing is evolving, how tablet-oriented publishing differs from what’s characterized digital publishing in the Internet era so far, and the pros and cons of this evolution for those of us in mass-market and academic publishing who are engaged in producing lengthy, involved work. Finally, I'll consider how the new distributional models of digital publishing might change (or at least augment) the way scholarly research is produced and disseminated.