Was DBW 2011 a Success? Survey Says…

"The right information, at the right time." Christopher Ferebee

“The right information, at the right time.” --Christopher Ferebee, Partner, Yates & Yates, LLP

The Digital Book World 2011 staff is still digging out from the literal and metaphorical snowstorm of the past week — (Thunder Snow?!? Really?) — but one of our top priorities was getting the attendee survey out for immediate feedback on the second edition of the Conference, a day longer and twice as large as 2010’s debut, to find out what they loved, liked, and thought needed to be improved.

Not surprisingly, the latter included the free WiFi access which frequently buckled under the weight of 1,200+ fully engaged attendees, as tweets were posted at such a fever pitch #dbw11 ended up as a top trending topic on Tuesday morning, before the breakout sessions split attendees into four separate hashtags. “The WiFi Curse,” as the NY Times referred to it last month, is a challenge all conferences face, but rest assured that we’re already looking into ways to improve it.

Technology challenges aside, though, the feedback we’ve received so far on the three-day program itself was overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve collected a sampling of the congratulatory comments that have come in so far.

[NOTE: All registered attendees received an email on Wednesday afternoon with a link to the survey and we encourage you to respond at your earliest convenience with any and all feedback, positive or negative. If you didn’t get the email, or would like to offer more detailed feedback, please contact Matt Mullin.]


“DBW11 was a terrific investment in my start-up publisher. It exposed me to best practices and big thinkers in a market that is changing faster than anyone outside that market understands.”

–David B. Schlosser, Publisher, Equinoctes Media

“I found the show well constructed, well planned, and full of useful information. My thanks to the organizers.”

–Gary Gentel, President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade

“DBW is a valuable resource for anyone working in or around the publishing industry. The right information, at the right time.”

–Christopher Ferebee, Partner, Yates & Yates, LLP

“The sessions were very informative, the structure was well organized and it was an excellent networking event.”

–Lisa Faith Phillips, Director of Digital Strategy and Development, Hachette Book Group

“The conference provided a good overview of where trade publishers are in the digital transformation and offered some excellent insights on the opportunities and issues that this transformation has wrought. It was two days well spent for me.”

–Richard Rhorer, Director of Digital Business Development, Macmillan Publishing

“It is a wonderful conference – packed with high quality sessions and excellent opportunities for networking.”

–Susan Kesner, Director, Rightsholder Experience, Copyright Clearance Center

“Digital Book World is the essential event for all of us finding our way through to the future of publishing and beyond.”

–Mary Ann Naples, VP Development, OpenSky

“Both useful and exciting – I came away charged with new ideas for our digital publishing”

–Andrew Franklin, Managing Director, Profile Books, London

“I went to DBW to learn more about the US Market and ebook publishing in USA. I’m working with publishers and bookstores in Canada and I discovered things are actually the same in both countries. Everything goes fast and we are all learning about this new world together. DBW was also the moment to meet partner Baker & Taylor. It was a great experience for me.”

–Martine Rioux, Digital Publishing Services Coordinator, Marque

“Digital Book World stands out as one of the most valuable professional conferences I’ve attended in recent years. Covering the gamut of issues that publishers are grappling with in the digital age, the conference left attendees with much to think about as they devise new, more flexible business models for the future.”

–Erika Heilman, Vice President, Editorial Director, Nicholas Brealey Publishing

“Digital Book World 2011 conference brought together a community of thought leaders and publishing industry stakeholders who are together creating opportunities, addressing technology and culture challenges and socializing best-practices that will ultimately definine the texture and shape of the ebook market and help evolve our long and passioned tradition of delighting and engaging readers.”

–Susan Adelmann, Director, Emerging Product Strategy, Follett Software Company

“The conference was everything I had hoped it would be. Extremely well run and informative.”

–Barney Saltzberg, Picture book author/illustrator, Inkless Publishing

“A bellwether”

–Lindy Humphreys, Director, Digital Assets & Publishing Technology, Abrams

“The conference was chock-full of information, stories, experiences and the buzz of digital book publishing which has taken on a new life with the advent of tablets. The doubling of attendees this year testifies to the need for this conference. Well-organized and executed.”

–Daniel Heffernan, VP Sales & Marketing, Advantage Computing Systems

“Great conference! The seminars I attended provided me great data which will certainly be helpful in developing our digital strategy.”

–Curtis Key, Director of Digital Publishing, Casemate Publishers

“Good information for all publishers, not just trade publishing.”

–Rosalie Donlon, Acquisition Editor/New Product Development, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

If you weren’t in attendance but following along on Twitter, feel free to let us know what you thought about the conference here in the comments.


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