Interviews

Dr. Sven Fund is the Managing Director of De Gruyter, and a lecturer at Humboldt University. He has published on open access as well as the digital transformation of the publishing industry, and can look back to an outstanding career in several large publishing houses.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: Will New Media decide the fate of publishers, or will the printed book stay predominant?

Sven Fund: The advent of digital media for the first time ever show, how diverse the use of books is and in fact has always been. For sure, printed books will not disappear, as vinyl has not disappeared from music lovers’ collections. I would estimate that depending on the type of title ebooks will saturate at around 40%-50%, printed books making up for the rest. Continue Reading…

Janneke Adema is a Research Fellow in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University and an outstanding expert on the topic of open access. She has conducted research for both the OAPEN Foundation and for the DOAB project, and is one of the authors of the OAPEN report Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the HSS (2010) and the DOAB User Needs Analysis (2012). Together with Pete Woodbridge, she has co-edited a living book on Symbiosis published with Open Humanities Press (2011).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: You did a research on publishing models concerning open access books in the humanities and social sciences. What is the biggest obstacle for open access at the moment?
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Tariq Goddard studied philosophy at King’s College London, as well as Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick and the University of Surrey, and is now an award winning writer. Since 2008, he and his wife run Zero books, as well as an organic herb farm. Zero Books have published over one hundred titles in areas ranging from philosophy and politics to poetry and fiction. They currently have over forty titles in production.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: When starting with Zero books in 2008 you decided to jettison an office and work online with an electronic database. What was the reason for this decision and how does this affect your work as a publisher? Continue Reading…

Henry WarwickHenry Warwick, Ph.D., is an artist, composer, writer, and assistant professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, and is a research fellow at the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson.  Originally from Edison, New Jersey, he has lived in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. An active artist in a variety of media, his visual art work is in a variety of collections both private and corporate.
His music can be downloaded for free at his website, kether.com. His most recent record, “Something Borrowed” is available at auricular.com. His book, “The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library” is available through the Institute of Network Cultures, http://networkcultures.org/. Since 2007, he has lived in Toronto with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Elizabeth.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What is the impact but also the potential of piracy in our society?
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lovink.geertGeert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and digital publishing strategies. He is also a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee).

Hybrid Publishing Lab: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research? Continue Reading…

blaesi.christophAs a professor for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and and permanent visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi is teaching in the fields of digital publishing and book economy. His research covers among others semantic technologies, text and publishing structures, trend analysis of the book market and the effect of media convergence on the book. Recently, Christoph Bläsi has worked in particular on the (non-)interoperability of ebook formats and format standards as well as on the self-conception, the theories and methods of publishing studies.

Hybrid Publishing:  The increasing supply and demand of e-books in the book industry results from new development in technology. How does this affect the way society perceives the cultural role or value of a book? And what challenges arise from this phenomenon for booksellers and publishers? Continue Reading…

pold.soerenSøren Pold is Associate Professor of Digital Aesthetics at the Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus University, and leads the research programme “Humans and Information Technology” which is part of the interdisciplinary research centre Participatory Information Technology. He is an expert in the fields of in digital and media aesthetics, electronic literature, net art, software art, creative software, urban interfaces and digital culture and has a strong interest in interface criticism as a research perspective.

Hybrid Publishing: How important is the impact of the interface for our handling of knowledge, and should libraries pay more attention to media aesthetics? How could this change the role of the library?
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We proudly present the speakers of the Post-Digital Scholar Conference! birchall.clare
This interview series will give you a first impression of whom you will be seeing at the conference and with what topics they are concerned with.

Dr Clare Birchall is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of North American Studies at the King’s Collge London. Her research is mostly concerned with the relationship between secrecy and transparency in the digital age. She is one of the editors for the online journal Culture Machine; an editorial board member and series co-editor for the Open Humanities Press; and part of the team behind the JISC-funded Living Books about Life series.

Hybrid Publishing: What topics are you currently concerned with in your work or research, anything that relates to the conference? Continue Reading…

mercedes-bunz-christian-heise-future-bookAn interview on the future of the book with Dr. Mercedes Bunz and Christian Heise, who are researchers in the Hybrid Publishing Lab and part of the EU project Innovation Incubator at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Continue Reading…

Geert LovinkIn todays blogpost for the interview series with our tandem partners we speak with Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, HvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is also the founder of Internet projects such as nettime and fibreculture.

Julia Rehfeldt: Can you tell us something about your field of research and what you are currently working on at the Hybrid Publishing Lab? Continue Reading…

Marcus HauerAs part of our interview series with our tandem partners we are speaking this time with Marcus Hauer a consulting designer, who is currently helping with new products and design of the Hybrid Publishing Lab.

Julia Rehfeldt: Marcus Hauer, can you introduce yourself and tell us what you are currently working on?
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Picture NishantToday we are starting with a new format for the blog of the Hybrid Publishing Lab. There will be an interview series with our International Tandem Partners giving an insight on their current work, interest and cooperation with HP. First up is our Tandem Partner Dr. Nishant Shah, Research Associate at Common Media Lab and Hybrid Publishing Lab. He is the co-founder and Director-Research at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India.


Julia Rehfeldt
: Dr. Shah, can you introduce yourself briefly und tell us what you are currently concerned with in your research?
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