Digital Book World: From Conference to Community

David NussbaumBy David Nussbaum, CEO, F+W Media, Inc.

These are incredibly exciting times to be a publisher as the hunger for good content is growing, and new technologies allow us to serve readers via numerous channels.  Books are being read in print and on the web; on computers, smartphones, and a variety of mobile devices.  Books are sold both in physical stores, and across web platforms.  Innovative applications are being developed to expand the potential of books beyond the static page into interactive multimedia experiences.

Blogs, television shows and online communities are becoming books; and books are leading to blogs, television shows and web communities. Writers are publishers.  Publishers are writers.  Bookstores sell online and offline.  Iconic technology companies are becoming booksellers.

And passionate communities are forming online, telling us exactly the kind of content they want to read, and in some cases, contribute.

We have more data, information, and feedback from readers than we’ve ever had before.

This can all be considered confusing.  Hazy.  The future can offer new opportunities, but it can also offer new threats every day.

And we at F+W Media, as book publishers ourselves, totally understand.   How can we not, we face all the same issues that you do.

Clearly there is need for our community to come together, to focus on the issues, to share wins and losses, to offer networking opportunities, and to be a watercooler/big tent for all to gather — in person, and virtually.

Thus, Digital Book World is born.

We urge you to join us in this great quest.  Come to our events.  Participate in our online activities.  Interact with your peers.

We believe in our industry and we believe in its future!

David Nussbaum is the CEO and Chairman of F+W Media, parent company of Digital Book World.

2 thoughts on “Digital Book World: From Conference to Community

  1. Ilya Kralinsky

    This article was fantastic … a fantastic spin on how technology has just removed the slush pile from agents and publishers and put it in the hands of the confused public so they can wade through eight million books by teenage girls who write about bad boy vampires suddenly wanting to be good after falling in love with them, or work by thirty year old men who spent ten years in their parents’ basement developing the language of the Wood Orcs for their pre-Medieval slash/kill/trek/slash/kill/trek/ throw-the-evil-ring-in-the-mountain-of-fire epic, all of which are different, “because … because … well, it just is.” This explosion of technology, while at first encouraging to long-time, self-disciplined writers, has thus far proven just as turbulent an ocean of garbage as writers faced before the Internet opened communication, only now we can receive rejections harder and faster while inconsequential crap by non-writers speeds to press. Now that the iPad has negated the need for a book light, online publishing can implement some sort of standard that will filter out the garbage and bring sterling writing to the fore with the publicity they deserve. I get the distinct intuition, however, that this will remain a quick and easy venue for the daft.

    Sorry for the cynicism. It’s been twenty years of honing, developing and trying.

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