Audio Publishing Conference Held in Conjunction with BEA in Washington, D.C.

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announces its innovative programming for its 2006 Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC). APAC, held this year in conjunction with BEA, will take place on Thursday, May 18, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

This year's conference focuses on looking beyond the traditional audiobook industry and spotlights digital production, new technologies, and insights into the satellite radio industry. "As our industry continues to grow, this conference will look toward the future of audio publishing," said Mary Beth Roche, Audio Publishers Association's president. "These sessions are one-of-kind and focus on the increasing need to understand emerging technologies."

New technology is changing the audio publishing industry by the season. How can our industry capitalize on new advancements and enhancements in the field? John Colucci, and Roberto Mighty, Independent Producers; and Andrew DaPuzzo, Sonopress will teach the conference participants about file formats for podcasts, options and applications for enhanced CDs and other new trends in audio recording including archiving issues and recording standards.

Stefan Rudnicki, Skyboat Road Company, Dennis Kao, Time Warner Audiobooks, and other industry leaders will discuss the growth and broadening of audio. In addition, the panelists will explore new methods of producing spoken word content. This session will focus on the market for podcasting, live performances, original contents, and other creative ways to broaden the audiobook industry.

Satellite Radio is taking off and becoming common-place for consumers in their cars, homes, and offices. This format's many listeners and channels provide an opportunity for marketing audiobooks. In addition, the extensive programming provides competition with audiobooks for listener's valuable time. Join experts from the leading satellite radio companies including Kevin Straley, XM Satellite Radio; Jeremy Coleman, vice president, Talk Programming, Sirius Satellite Radio; and audio publishers for an interactive panel discussion on the risks and rewards of this new media outlet.

From records to cassettes to CDs and now to MP3 players, the audiobook industry is no stranger to change. Once again, change is in the air, fueled by technology, to new advances for the future of audio. Listen to leaders from publishing and other media industries as they discuss the role of publishers, territories, international rights, and copyright protection in the digital world. The panel, featuring Marshall Phelps, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Microsoft, and Denise I. Moroz, former vice president and anti-piracy counsel at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), will show how companies and various industries are adjusting and developing new business models to adapt to the new realities of the next generation of audio.