I’m not sure what day of the conference it is but I think Thursday is day 2. I came in on Tuesday to attend the RT Bookcamp unconference. I attended two sessions. First a session about social reading with Patrick Brown, the community manager at Goodreads; Callie Miller, blogger and literary fiction reviewers; and Ami Greko of Kobo. There was much discussion and debate about inter-book discussions. Are readers interested in having discussions inside books (like in the margins)? Are inter book discussions a distraction? Do they take a reader outside of their reading experience? There were no answers given, just discussions.
Another session was led by author Jeannie Lin who asked about readers and reading. This became a discussion about the benefits of digital reading and the drawbacks of digital reading. There were some that suggested that the lack of physical books could erode the educational advantages for children. There were other comments about how digital reading has opened doors for them. There were a lot of differing opinions and it was interesting to hear a number of points of view.
I cornered (literally) Patrick Brown after the unconference to talk about Goodreads. There are new changes coming including genre centric pages which I am excited about. You will be able to sign up for updated information from Goodreads based on your favorite genres.
Ellora’s Cave hosted a Bollywood party and gave away these shawls with coins to tie around your waist. I got an orange one. I actually loved this party favor. Instead of hiring strippers or bringing in the cave men, Ellora’s Cave had an LA Bollywood dance troupe entertain the crowd and after performing, the dancers came onto the dance floor and taught some dance moves. It was a great party and there was a ton of positive energy there. I think this conference is night and day different from the infamous Philadelphia one. I haven’t seen a ton of readers so I don’t know if that is in decline but overall, there is much much less emphasis on man titty and far more emphasis on books and fun. (not that man titty and fun are mutually exclusive).
I’ve taken a bunch of pictures: