A Fresh Perspective on Digital Publishing

DBW14a_118Almost fresh out of college and just a year or two in to a digital publishing career is not what you expect to encounter when networking at Digital Book World. But if you talked to a whole lot of people and got lucky, you just might have met Maggie Hunt at DBW 2014.

Hunt was the winner of the Digital Book World 2014 Sweepstakes for an all-access ticket to the conference, related events, and $500 to help with travel expenses.

In this blog post, Hunt recalls her time at DBW and in New York, what she learned, and why it made her sick.

Much more.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Wal-Mart Vows to Compete with Amazon in Two Years (WSJ)
Fulfilling some predictions made at DBW 14, a Wal-Mart exec confirmed the retailer has a strategy in place to give Amazon a run for its money in the e-commerce business “within two years.”

Related: Wal-Mart to Buy Barnes & Noble?

Amazon Launches New Christian Imprint (DBW)
Amazon is hoping to tap the faith-based fiction and non-fiction market with the launch of Waterfall Press, a new imprint at its Brilliance Publishing unit.

Free Webcast: What Authors Want (DBW)
The latest results from the newest Digital Book World study are out: Some 9,000 authors told us what they think of publishers, self-publishing and more. Hear the results discussed by those who designed and administered the survey in this free webcast.

Related: What Advantages do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors?

Pubslush Adds Community-Building to Its Crowdfunding Services (DBW)
The crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to books now lets authors sharpen their brand profiles as part of the process.

Adobe’s New DRM Scheme (Good E Reader)
Adobe’s new digital rights management software for EPUB and PDF files is the most secure it’s ever made, according to the company.

Bricks-and-Mortar News (PW)
There’s an upbeat mood at the American Booksellers Association winter conference due to strong holiday sales.

Indian Ebooks in Tamil Sold in the U.S. (The Hindu)
Even as U.S. publishers are looking to international markets to power the next wave of digital growth, some international publishers are now selling ebooks with success in the U.S.

Related: Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy Says International Digital Growth Is the Next Frontier.

Soft Market in U.S. Drives Pearson Earnings Guidance Down (Pub Lunch)
The educational publisher warned of lower-than-expected earnings at the end of February due to tough market conditions in the U.S. education market.

OverDrive No. 1 (IT Business Net)
OverDrive has put out a press release touting that its app is the highest rated among library patrons among its competition.

Librarians Discuss Ebooks (DBW)
Join the American Library Association to discuss the latest with ebooks and libraries.


Photograph from Digital Book World copyright A. E. Fletcher Photography, 2014.

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