Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9, N.Y.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9,
Presents Strategies for the Digital Transformation of Publishing

DBW Conference

Registration Is Open for the Book Publishing and Digital Content Community’s Premier Event; Best Early-Bird Rates Expire Dec. 15

NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2015) – The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) returns to New York, March 7 – 9, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown. DBW 16 is the premier event (@DigiBookWorld – #DBW16) for book publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to thrive through and beyond publishing’s digital transformation. Registration and program details are available at (the best early-bird rates expire Dec. 15).

Digital Book World Conference + Expo — produced by F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company in partnership with Publishers Launch Conferences — is expected to gather more than 1,500 professionals from the book and digital content community. In addition, more than 100 noteworthy speakers will present on key topics.

At DBW 16 — the largest event worldwide dedicated solely to the business of digital publishing — attendees will learn how to stay nimble in the digital-driven, global content market and capitalize on every opportunity, with the help of digital media’s most innovative thinkers and influencers. Conference delegates will get valuable perspectives from both publishing leaders and visionaries from outside the industry.

Big Tech Is Changing the Publishing Ecosystem
“Our world is constantly being shaped by the big technology companies, so a primary focus at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo will be how those tech companies are shaping the new ecosystem of the book business,” explains Mike Shatzkin (@MikeShatzkin), DBW conference chair and founder of The Idea Logical Company. “And that doesn’t just mean looking to the obvious tech company, Amazon, which is almost every book publisher’s biggest trading partner. It means Facebook and Google, which have become perhaps the industry’s primary marketing mechanisms. And, of course, it also means Apple, which has become the second-leading ebook provider to Amazon.”

Shatzkin adds, “The industry has to keep innovating and adjusting as technology changes, so DBW 16 will present a variety of perspectives from leading influencers and change agents in technology, publishing and digital media, to drive the industry forward in the most practical, relevant and actionable ways.”

Focus on Transformation
Michael Cader (@PublishersLunch), founder of Publishers Lunch and Publishers, says, “While the ebook market on its own has matured, the transformation and remaking of publishing companies has not stopped at all, as digital innovations and efficiencies touch every aspect of the publishing process and define the market. The organizational shift continues, and businesses and professionals figuring out how to compete in today’s evolving marketplace should attend DBW 16 to discover ways to develop, build and transform their business alongside the rest of the industry.”

Shatzkin and Cader are DBW’s partners from Publishers Launch Conferences — two of book publishing’s most respected analysts of the industry’s digital transition.

The Industry’s Elite
DBW 16 attendees comprise a cross-section of the content industry’s who’s who, from presidents, CEOs, editors, marketers and publicists of large and small publishing houses, newspapers, magazines and digital-only media firms, to agents, authors, booksellers, librarians, technologists and others. All will learn from the leading influencers in digital media at DBW 16: prominent thought leaders, top executives responsible for developing their organizations’digital strategies, innovators who are bringing new ideas and new technologies to market, and those experts who are equipping the book and digital content community with key strategies.

DBW 16 Overview

Numerous Education Sessions, Workshops, Main Stage Presentations The DBW 16 agenda offers the most practical, relevant and actionable programming on what’s happening now — and in the immediate future — in the always changing digital publishing ecosystem. The conference will cover the most pressing topics, including: transformation; data and discovery; tech vs. content; a fresh look at ebook sales, the indie-publishing market and a fast-changing publishing business; understanding SEO in a global, local and mobile world; monetizing relationships with consumers; investing in tech; how digital has changed our culture; ebook pricing in a changing ebook marketplace; copyright; antitrust, tech and book publishing; rights in a globalized world; content marketing; the changing realities for authors; self-publishing; and the book buyer’s journey; among other relevant, strategy-focused topics.

The 5th Annual Launch Kids – This one-day symposium during DBW 16, on March 7, features top executives discussing the future of the children’s book publishing business. Launch Kids focuses on both traditional print publishers moving into the digital space and digital players partnering with established publishers; it also highlights new digital products, platforms and channels. Delegates will discover what parents and teachers are looking for in new learning and literacy products, how mobile devices and new technology are transforming how kids interact with content, and what that means for the marketing and development of new digital products for home and school.

The DBW 16 Expo – Attendees will discover some of the latest, most innovative, business enhancing products and services for the digital publishing industry. The DBW 16 expo hall is open two days, March 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 9 from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit to register (the best early-bird rates expire Dec. 15). Or e-mail to enquire about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting.

The New York Hilton Midtown is the official conference hotel for all DBW 16 sessions and lodging. Book lodging by Feb. 15, 2016 to lock-in the discounted hotel rate. Contact EventSphere, the official housing partner, at 877-416-9396 or email

F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company
F+W connects passionate, like-minded groups of people to share an ongoing exchange of information, ideas and inspiration. F+W is committed to providing the very best experience for its customers across its communities — digital media, writing, design, outdoors and lifestyle, among many others. The company offers exclusive events, online learning programs, research services, custom content, books and magazines (digital and print), curated kits and other services to its millions of customers worldwide. (

Publishers Launch Conferences
Publishers Launch Conferences is a comprehensive conference/education business that addresses the urgent needs of book publishing professionals around the world. The organization was founded by two highly-respected trade publishing veterans, Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch and and Mike Shatzkin of The Idea Logical Company. Publishers Launch works closely with established players and institutions throughout the publishing world, to transition to prosperity in the era of new technology, players and paradigms. (

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