Digital diary dates for 2012

Photo: Wolf Concepts' award-winning Caesar's Filofax ad (www.wolfconcepts.com).
Have you started filling in key dates for 2012 in your digital diary yet (read on for a list of ebookish events)?

I switched to using Calendar on the iPhone earlier this year and still miss my Filofax terribly. I am convinced that the act of physically writing an event into the diary ensures its details are etched into my memory too. Typing something in via a touchscreen doesn’t seem to have the same effect at all.

In fact, I’ve just read a blog post that explains why this is indeed the case very well, here on Lifehacker.com:

“With writing, you use your hand to form the letters (and connect them), thereby more actively engaging the brain in the process. Typing, on the other hand, involves just selecting letters by pressing identical-looking keys.”

The trouble is, the Filofax is too heavy to carry around everywhere, whereas the iPhone is always on hand. Sigh.

But back to key dates. There are already plenty of 2012 dates for digital publishing fiends to add to their diaries, written or otherwise. Here are just a few for you to ponder entering:

  • The Australian Society of Authors’ E-Exchange forum, February 18, Sydney, with other states to follow through the year.
  • Copyright Agency Limited member seminar and digital publishing guide launch, including guest speakers Mark Tanner (Google eBooks) and Sabine Heindl (NBN Co) February 23, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Perth Writers Festival, February 10-March 3.
  • Adelaide Writers Week, March 2-18, 2012
  • The Australian Society of Authors’ Creating and marketing an app, March 16, Sydney, with other states to follow.
  • Creating your own ebook workshop, March 23-24, Melbourne, with other states to follow.
  • Sydney Writers Festival, May 14-20.
  • Australian Publishers Association’s ebook essentials for editors seminar, June 5 (Sydney) and June 7 (Melbourne).
  • Australian Booksellers Association annual conference, June 17-18, Sydney.
  • Emerging Writers Festival, TBA June, Melbourne.
  • How to publish your ebook course, University of Technology, Sydney, Tuesdays, 6-8pm, from mid-year with dates TBC.
  • Australian Society of Authors’ How to publish your ebook – six-week course (identical syllabus to UTS course above), from July 4, Sydney.
  • Australian Publishers Association digital marketing seminar, July 5 (Sydney) and July 10 (Melbourne).
  • Byron Bay Writers Festival, August 3-5.
  • Melbourne Writers Festival, August 23-September 2.
  • Brisbane Writers Festival, TBA September.
  • Various must-attend if:book events, dates and venues TBA.

    I’ll try to keep this page (and my iPhone calendar) up to date as the year goes on, and hope to see you at some of these events.

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    Charlotte Harper

    Charlotte Harper is a Canberra journalist, blogger, editor and publisher who has worked in newspapers, magazines, books and online. She runs digital-first non-fiction publisher Editia and covered book industry developments at ebookish.com.au before joining Booku.com. A former literary editor of The South China Morning Post, Charlotte has also written about books and technology for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times. She once edited a mobile phone and gadget magazine, and is a published author, of a book about digital publishing – Weird Wild Web (Penguin Australia 1999).

    6 thoughts on “Digital diary dates for 2012”

    1. Hey Charlotte,

      If you’re not certain about e-calendars (as per above) why on earth are you a key communicator about e-books?

      I mean, they’re in the same domain, right?

      Max

      1. Hi Max, thanks for your comment. I do love writing about digital publishing and the future of the book, which combined with my experience as a technology writer and literary editor has led to me blogging/tweeting about them.
        Like many passionate readers and writers, I’ve long been conflicted about digital developments in publishing. I love Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, blogs and smartphone and tablet apps, but I worry about the impact they’re having on newspapers and journalism. Gadgets like the iPad and Sony Reader have changed my life, but I’d be devastated if they indirectly led to the closure of my favourite bricks and mortar bookstores and book publishers, and to the eventual demise of the household bookcase.
        The Filofax/e-calendar dilemma is another example of me feeling torn between the old world and the new, and wondering whether one has to cede to the other.
        I don’t think it’s necessary to be 100 per cent committed to digital or print, and indeed I think it’s valuable to examine the benefits of each in these changing times. Don’t you?
        Are you an e-calendar or physical diary type? Why?

    2. Hey Charlotte,

      If you’re not certain about e-calendars (as per above) why on earth are you a key communicator about e-books?

      I mean, they’re in the same domain, right?

      Max

      1. Hi Max, thanks for your comment. I do love writing about digital publishing and the future of the book, which combined with my experience as a technology writer and literary editor has led to me blogging/tweeting about them.
        Like many passionate readers and writers, I’ve long been conflicted about digital developments in publishing. I love Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, blogs and smartphone and tablet apps, but I worry about the impact they’re having on newspapers and journalism. Gadgets like the iPad and Sony Reader have changed my life, but I’d be devastated if they indirectly led to the closure of my favourite bricks and mortar bookstores and book publishers, and to the eventual demise of the household bookcase.
        The Filofax/e-calendar dilemma is another example of me feeling torn between the old world and the new, and wondering whether one has to cede to the other.
        I don’t think it’s necessary to be 100 per cent committed to digital or print, and indeed I think it’s valuable to examine the benefits of each in these changing times. Don’t you?
        Are you an e-calendar or physical diary type? Why?

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