Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Libraries and eBooks and sxswLAM

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Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Libros digitales para todos/eBooks for Everybody

    by Alvin Hutchinson and Martin Kalfatovic

    12% of U.S. adults currently own an e-reader; Hispanics are the largest demographic in that group with 15% owning an e-reader. Though there are many Spanish-language options available for this reading community, mainstream offerings still cater to a largely English language community. Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), as part of its efforts to move beyond page image presentation of library content, is making a focused effort to bring quality, scholarly and other materials in Spanish to the e-reading community. With a grass-roots effort to identify appropriate materials, SIL hopes to build a space where there are "Libros digitales para todos".

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Monday 12th March 2012

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Making eBooks Smarter: Responsive Page Design

    by Peter Meyers

    Some ebooks are print edition replicas, some are overstuffed mediafests. Neither fulfill one of screen publishing’s biggest promises: adapting content to meet readers’ needs. The digital page can do much more than its “dumb” static counterpart. Possibilities range from memory-coaxing character summaries embedded “beneath” the digital canvas to continuously streamed in updates. Join author Pete Meyers (“Breaking the Page”, O’Reilly) for a lively group chat. He’ll kick off with a fast-paced tour of digital document design principles and best practices. From there he’ll help attendees compare modern readers’ most pressing needs to the kinds of just-in-time services digital books can deliver. Together we’ll swipe away the notion that digital book design is just about picking fonts or adding video. It’s about shaping content on an infinite canvas so that ebook readers become ebook lovers.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Capitol View North, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol