Book Conference, 2006

Welcome to website of The Fourth International Conference on the Book. In 2006, the conference is to be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2006. This conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book and its surrounds — including the past, present and future of publishing, libraries, information, literacy and learning in the information society. Main 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. A range of travel, tour and accommodation options is also available.

Participants are also welcome to submit a presentation proposal either for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, 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.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers to The International Journal of the Book, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the journal. All registered conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal when registration is finalised. 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.


The Fourth International Conference on the Book

In the context of today’s rapid developments in information technologies, the book is indeed old medium of expression. Do the new media (the internet, multimedia texts and new delivery formats) represent a threat or an opportunity? What is the book's future, as a creature of and conduit for human creativity? These are the key questions that will be addressed at the 2006 Book Conference.

This conference will address the provocative suggestion that, rather than being eclipsed by the new media, the book will thrive as a cultural and commercial artefact. More than this, the information architecture of the book, embodying as it does thousands of years' experience with recorded knowledge, may well prove critical to the success of the new media.

Following the success of our 2003 Conference, held in Cairns, Australia, the 2004 Conference, held in Beijing, China and the 2005 Conference in Oxford, UK, the 2006 Book Conference will 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.

Our partner in this conference is Emerson College renowned for its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in communication, communication sciences, journalism, visual and media arts, performing arts and writing, literature and publishing. The faculty includes nationally recognized scholars as well as professionals who work in these fields.

Boston is one of the great publishing cities of the world. It also has some of the world’s greatest libraries, including Harvard’s Widener Library, the Boston Public Library (one of the few public libraries listed as a major research library by the ALA); the J.F. Kennedy Library (which holds the Hemingway Papers) and the Boston Athenaeum, a private library founded in the 1830s, just ten minutes away from Emerson College by foot.

Emerson College is situated on Boston Common, on the famous Freedom Trail, an urban footpath that wanders through ‘revolutionary’ Boston.


The International Journal of the Book

Presenters have the option to submit papers to the Book Journal, 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, virtual registrations are available. This provides participants access to the electronic version of the journal, and also the option to submit papers to the Book Journal.

For more information please visit the Publish Your Paper page.

Who Should Attend

  • Publishers: trade, educational, academic/reference.
  • Librarians.
  • Academics, research students and teachers with an interest in creative and technical writing, literacy, publishing and editing, printing, epublishing, elearning etc.
  • Academics in the fields of management, social sciences and education/training.
  • IT professionals with an interest in epublishing.
  • Authors who seek to have their craft and creativity firmly positioned in the complementary worlds of books and new media.
  • Educators with an interest in educational publishing and elearning.

Conference Organisers

  • Common Ground


Images: courtesy Emerson College website