Friday, May 05, 2006

Conferences, Conferences Everywhere

This will be a brief post. I'm in the middle of another spring thunderstorm. You'll recall a similar storm two weeks ago knocked out my power and water heater and floodeded the front half of my house. I'm taking no chances on losing my computer tonight.

First, a call out to Jeanne Laws and Marie Tuhart, two of my writing buds, who are attending a conference in Milpitas (San Jose), California, this weekend. Have fun and be safe!

While we're talking about conferences, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) will be holding a day-long conference in two weeks on Thursday, May 18, at the Washington Convention Center. This is being held in conjuncton with Book Expo America (BEA). The APA brochure reads: "This year's conference focuses on going beyond the traditional audiobook industry and looking toward digital production, new technologies, and providing insights on the satellite radio industry."

Today's Publishers Weekly included an article on the conference, saying, "The program 'Publishers' Tools for New Technology' introduces emerging nuts-and-bolts issues of file formats for podcasts, the options and applications for enhanced CDs, as well as recording standards and archiving concerns."

Among the workshops is a panel on "New Opportunities and Challenges in Satellite Radio." The panelists include executives from the two largest satellite radio companies, XM and Sirius. Satellite radio now offers both competition and opportunities for audiobooks. That panel should be interesting.

Another panel will focus on "Unique Opportunities in the Children's Audiobook Market."

I'd love to attend this conference along with publishers, retailers, librarians and narrators.

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