Data Trends, Design Thinking and the Current Publishing Challenges

DBW, digital book world, data, authors, publishing, booksThe DBW Conference attracts some of the biggest names in the industry each year to take the stage as keynote speakers. And for 2017, we’ve lined up five professionals whose experience and expertise cover a wide range of issues and subjects.

John Sargent is the CEO of Macmillan Learning and Executive Vice President of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. He is responsible for the Macmillan higher education business as well as managing the global trade business.

Sargent had previously run the US operations of Holtzbrinck, including all the US trade companies, the Macmillan Higher Education group, St. Martins Scholarly and Reference, Hanley & Belfus medical publishers and Scientific American.

Sargent’s keynote will address the challenges facing publishing professionals at all levels as they struggle to reposition their skills and knowledge for success in a post-digital world.

Much more.


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PWC Sees Stable Future for German Book Market (Pub Perspectives)
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‘No One’s Making Money on Facebook’ (Digiday)
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