Richard Nash Interview at O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference


An excellent video snapshot of some of the common arguments arriving at the intersection of traditional book publishing and digital influence.

Some choice quotes from this short interview:

“[We can create} self-organizing, self-perpetuating, self-selecting communities around a reading/writing platform that allows people to discover like-minded people across the planet.”

“I want our communities to not always be so self-evident or narrowly defined by genre in the ways that we have understood that in the past because one of the things that the web allows us to do is free ourselves from limiting our choices to, say, 20 genres… allowing for unlimited hybridization, cross-pollination and increased narrative specificity for writers and audiences.” [Words in italics are mine – a DJ Cranbury remix of Richard Nash.]

“On the internet nobody knows your gay knitting dog.”

Thank you, Richard.  Well done.

Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.

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