By 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!