Industry Consolidation + Digital Transition at Digital Book World Conference
Industry consolidation, a hot topic of conversation amongst publishers, is on the docket at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, January 15 – 17, 2013, at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City. Now in its 4th year, Digital Book World convenes the world’s most influential publishing executives to discuss the business challenges posed to trade publishing by the digital transition.
“Unlike some of our competitors, this is not a conference about technology. It is about business,” says Digital Book World Conference Council Chair Mike Shatzkin of The Idea Logical. “And it is specifically about the business that has operated for a century depending on book retailers in shops to curate, present, and deliver the publishers’ output to readers.”
Even before the industry was buzzing over the surprise Penguin/Random House merger, Digital Book World had sessions in place addressing the topic of consolidation. On Wednesday, January 16, Brian Napack, former president of Macmillan who is now at Providence Equity Partners, will be discussing the now-changed publishing investment climate in an interview with Michael Cader of Publisher’s Lunch.
Analyst Benedict Evans, who tracks the big technology companies for Enders Analysis in London, will present Publishing and the Platform Wars: Big Tech Players, Their Strategies and How they Impact the Publishing Business. Evans will discuss the strategies of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft and how they relate to publishing. Shatzkin explains, “A frequently-cited motivation for the merger was to gain greater strength to negotiate with the tech behemoths, particularly Amazon, so Evans’ talk will be particularly useful in thinking about the new combination.”
In addition, two panel sessions are likely to touch on the topic of consolidation. On Wednesday, F+W Media Chairman & CEO David Nussbaum, whose company recently completed the acquisition of Interweave Press, will moderate a panel of CEOs called The CEO’s View of the Future. Mike Shatzkin and Publishers Launch Conferences partner Michael Cader will also offer observations on the topic of consolidation and other pressing issues facing publishers today in Looking Back, Looking Forward on Thursday.
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the keystone event in a week of conferences and workshops addressing trends and opportunities in a rapidly evolving digital world. The agenda includes topics as fascinating and diverse as transitioning to a digital workflow, building customer networks through social media, responding to trends and opportunities in a “gamified” children’s book market, and building successful author platforms.
More details may be found on Digital Book World at www.conference.DigitalBookWorld.com. Early discounted registration for this event has been extended to November 16th. Special group rates are also available for companies bringing 3 or more people to the event.
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