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International Conference on the Book

Book Conference 2009

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Welcome to the website of the Seventh International Conference on the Book. In 2009, the Conference is to be held at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland from 16-18 October 2009. Plenary speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners.

This is a conference for any participant in the world of books - authors, publishers, printers, librarians, IT specialists, book retailers, editors, literacy educators and academic researchers. All are encouraged to register and attend this significant and timely conference. Accommodation options are also available.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. For those unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual participation is also available.

We encourage all presenters to submit written papers to The International Journal of the Book, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants may also submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All Conference participants who have finalised their registration will receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.

If you would like to know more about this Conference, bookmark the Book Conference site and return for further information - the site is regularly updated. You might also wish to subscribe to the Conference and Journal Newsletter.

For all inquiries, please contact the Conference secretariat.

Background

International Conference on the Book

The Book Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The Conference was held in Cairns, Australia in 2003; Beijing, China in 2004; Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK in 2005; Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2006; Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain in 2007 and the The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA in 2008. The 2009 Book Conference was provide a forum for participants in the book publishing industry, librarians, researchers and teachers from around the world to discuss the past, present and future of the book, and with it, other key aspects of the information society, including publishing, libraries, information systems, literacy and education.

The International Journal of the Book

Conference participants can submit papers to The International Journal of the Book, before the Conference and up until one month after the Conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees’ reports.

For those unable to attend the Conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the Journal, as well as the option to submit papers to the Book Journal.

For more information about the Journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.

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