Has push come to shove yet? How publishers are reacting to disruptive forces from the social web

Report from the Semantico Digital Publishing Symposium on Publishing and the Social Web – Part Two

Disruption is happening unevenly across publishing. Where the commercial threat is most intense is also where we see the greatest ferment of evolutionary change in online business models. Winners and losers are not always easy to spot yet among the general fallout, but a clear message emerges: innovate or die.

This was one of the key findings of the second Semantico Symposium, held recently in London to discuss the impact of social media on publishers and information providers. An invited audience of publishing industry leaders debated the issues under Chatham House rules, covering the following three themes:

  • Trends and drivers
  • Disruptive effects
  • Strategy options

It was a stimulating event with a high calibre guest list, delegates attending from organisations including Bloomsbury, CABI, CourseSmart, Harper Collins, Informa, ITHAKA and the Royal Society of Chemistry. To do justice to the discussion, we’re reporting it over three blog posts. This post is on the theme of disruptive effects.
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