Peter Costanzo is the digital and archival publishing manager for The Associated Press. He is also an award-winning book producer and he teaches the “New Media Technology: Formats and Devices” course at New York University.
Peter is also a speaker at DBW 2017, where he will discuss new approaches to some old ideas in book publishing.
We spoke with Peter about his session at DBW, what he sees as the future ebooks, what the role of apps is, and much more.
You are currently the digital and archival publishing manager for The Associated Press. What does your role entail?
My primary focus is identifying topics that The Associated Press has reported on and then determining if there’s potential to present that coverage in book form. Such projects either end up as an informative biography, a personal memoir or a collection of stories, all written by current or former AP journalists.
Good examples of this are titles like Dwight D. Eisenhower, My Time with the Kings and Divided America. The AP’s corporate archive goes back to its founding in 1846, so I have access to an incredible wealth of articles, artifacts, video and photography for use within each book we publish. It’s a real privilege to be able to mine that content and work closely with those who’ve paid witness to pivotal moments in history and get to help tell those stories.
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