The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book

The Book Conference and the International Journal of the Book aim to build community and publish knowledge around the ideas expressed in the Conference Themes, and the statement of Scope and Concerns.


You can participate in, and support this community at a number of levels.

Book Conference Community

Past participants of the Book Conference and people who have expressed interest in the conference or subscribed to the conference newsletter, receive regular email updates. Community members are also welcome to send news items to We are also investigating the possibility of setting up an online discussion group.

Book Conference Collaborations

If your conference, journal or association works in a related area, we will support you in return for you supporting us (a ‘contra’ arrangement, involving no direct charges). We can add links form our website, mention you in our Book Conference 2004 Community email newsletter and include your brochures in our conference bags. In return, we would request you support us by providing similar exposure for the Book Conference 2004 - by placing an advertisement in your journal, a mention in your newsgroup, or a link on your website, for instance. To establish collaborative relationships, please contact us at

Supporters of the Book Conference

We also seek financial supporters for the Book Conference. This could include major sponsorship with prominent positioning of your logo on conference websites, programs, banners and the like. Or it could involve minor sponsorship where we also provide you with a table at the conference venue, the opportunity to place brochures in the conference bags, and advertising space in the Journal.

Hosting the Book Conference

We always interested in the possibility of establishing relationships with universities, research institutes or other organisations which may wish to host the Book Conference 2004 one year. We’re looking for host organisations who have a genuine interest in the field, and who are prepared to offer intellectual support (suggest themes for the year, invite keynote speakers and participate in the International Advisory Boards for the Conference and the Journal). Ideally, the venue should be located in a place where people to which want to travel during a holiday period, and to which they might be able to bring their partners and families.

The conference provides substantial international exposure for the institution in which it is held. We request that hosts provide the venue at no charge, or at a nominal charge. In return, we promote and run the conference at no financial cost to the host institution, and take all financial risk. We also offer the host institution a block of free registrations for faculty/staff and graduate/postgraduate students.

By way of background, Common Ground is an not-for-profit publisher, conference manager and research organisation based in Australia. We are an independent company that works on projects in conjunction with universities and other organisations. We have been in the conference business since 1989, and provide a substantial and sophisticated web presence along with a small, dedicated team which develops, promotes and co-ordinates the management of the conference itself.


As a group of people, Common Ground has an active interest in the academic, political and social areas addressed in our conferences. We aim to provide a forum for people to come together to share ideas, and are truly committed to creating an environment that is informative, challenging, credible and enjoyable for all involved.