Book Conference, 2007

Welcome to the website of The Fifth International Conference on the Book. In 2007, the conference will be held in in Madrid, Spain, from 20 to 22 October 2007. 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 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.

We encourage all presenters to submit written papers to The International Journal of the Book, a fully refereed academic journal. Virtual participants may also submit papers for consideration by the journal. All conference participants who have finalised their registration will receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal. 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 newsletter

For all inquiries, please contact the conference secretariat.


The Fifth 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 2007 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, the 2005 Conference in Oxford, UK, and the 2006 Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the 2007 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.


The International Journal of the Book

Conference participants can submit papers to The International Journal of the Book, 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, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the journal, as well as the option to submit papers to the Book Journal.

For more information about the journal 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
  • Government of Spain, Ministry of Culture

    Government of Spain

  • CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Spanish National Research Council)

    MEC_CSIC_sin   Consejo Superior de IC