From podcast to hardcover bestseller. Scott Sigler surprised the publishing world in 2007 when his book, Ancestor, released by small publisher Dragon Moon Press, appeared on the Amazon bestseller list. It was already available on line as a free serialized podcast, where it had gained 10,000 fans. In fact, all of his work is available free, but fans still buy. In this talk, he chronicles the publishing of his fourth book, The Rookie, a sci-fi football story, and the possibilities for authors who maintain an on-line following.
Lili Cheng and her team at Microsoft's Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Lab take the challenge of making social networking more engaging while increasing productivity. Cheng, in this recording from the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco (May, 2010), demonstrates the various social networking tools developed at the Fuse Lab designed to create a worthwhile social experience.
Join best-selling author Steven Berlin Johnson as he discusses the changing face of online journalism, one in which citizen journalists and bloggers are news gatherers and information curators. Both journalists and techies alike are providing new ways to share and consume content, and creating rich relations between consumers and providers of information. Members of this new media are also required to wear many hats, from local news reporter to database administrator.
Instead of a conference call, it's a private podcast direct from The Conversations Network's Executive Director, Doug Kaye, to our Donors, Patrons and Benefactors. Topics include: an update on our traffic and membership, the state of SpokenWord.org, and our proposed plans for SpokenWord.org to become the open alternative to the iTunes podcast directory.
The first SpokenWord.org town-hall meeting conference call was held on August 27, 2009. Included in the discussion: a review of the most-requested new features, a discussion of the new APIs and new strategic directions for the site.
Jonathan Christensen is Skype's General Manager for Video and Audio. Listen in as he discusses the history of audio compression, the human voice and Skype's new audio codec to be released for free. Achieving higher quality sound at a more efficient rate included partnership with hardware and software manufacturers.
Doug Kaye joins Phil and Scott to discuss the recently launched SpokenWord.org, a free service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings. In addition to giving a basic description of the site, Doug also discusses the technical aspects of the project, including how it was developed and what kind of challenges he is facing now that it is operational.
People learning to read will soon be able to use a handheld device to practice their reading skills when trained teachers and the Internet are not available. Using inexpensive hardware, Literacy Bridge plans to provide Talking Book audio players/recorders in developing nations starting this fall, with a goal of selling them for $10 per device or less. Listen to Cliff Schmidt describe the Talking Book and the benefits it will bring to people in far-flung locations.
On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks with VisiCalc co-creator Dan Bricklin. They talk about one of the key challenges of capturing and publishing spoken-word audio: enabling non-experts to make good audio recordings. Discussed are tools and techniques for recording, and strategies for getting other people up to speed with them.
On the fifth anniversary of IT Conversations, founder Doug Kaye joins Phil to discuss the past, present, and future of both IT Conversations and the Conversations Network. He reviews the technical aspects of how shows are assembled and also assesses the challenges with trying to produce quality programming in a non-profit environment. He also discusses how the Conversations Network will continue to evolve in the future.