Shirky: The only slide in the whole panel conversation: The internet is he largest group of people who care about reading and writing ever assembled in history.
Shirky: Getting 45 people to look and comment on your writing before it makes it to the printer fundamentally changes the content.
Shirky: the best feedback he's received on his book was from an IT guy who said "this is just the right size to hit my boss over the head with"
Shirky: finding stuff you didn't know you were looking for is still a problem
all the reasons you are writing long form, to create an idea, a story that lasts, etc. has nothing to do with delivery substrate -Clay Shirky
Shirky: Who's really gonna hate this? Who's really gonna be bored by this? As an author, I don't need to think about these people. The publishing house has really advanced knowledge about what's coming and what people in the world want to know about.
Shirky: what can we do to bridge the gap between what people who publish books know is coming and the people who don't know it exists?
Amazing the panel has devolved as soon as they openened it up. A stampede of angry people are standing up to offer tirades to the publishers on stage about this panel, their failings in grasping new media and failures to evolve. People here (the very ones responsible for the disruptive changes in media) are amazingly passionate about books but have huge pent up frustration against publishers. And no they are offering a lot pretty obvious sounding recommendations.
tips: "stop saying no to people who want to help promote your books, stop saying no to people who want to excerpt your books, give authors the tools and help to promote their own books through social media, build linkages to other media more.."
"when are you publishers going to come to jesus and give us a standard digital format? stop selling us the format, sell us the content, that's what we want"
"could you please get rid of the terrible typefaces and gold foil on the covers of your books" (much applause, laughter)