On the Future of Publishing

dbw, digital book world conference, publishingThad McIlroy is an electronic publishing analyst and author, and the president of The Future of Publishing, where he provides in-depth coverage of the book publishing industry.

His most recent books are The Metadata Handbook (co-authored with Renée Register) and Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing.

Thad is also a speaker at DBW 2017, where he will give publishers some secrets they’re missing out on and break down how publishers can remain in a position of power.

We spoke with Thad about his sessions at DBW, as well as what he thinks the biggest issues in publishing currently are.

You’re the president of The Future of Publishing. Can you tell us a little about what you do there?

I consult with book publishers on new technologies. The challenge is to gain competitive advantage by adopting proven technologies faster than your competitors can.

In your view, what are the most crucial issues in book publishing right now?

Much more.

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