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5 Questions with Lorraine Shanley, President, MPI

Lorraine Shanley is the president of Market Partners International, a consulting firm that specializes in traditional and digital publishing in the US and internationally. Her expertise includes market research, development and planning, multi-channel marketing, distribution and fulfillment, and executive search. Shanley has chaired the Launch Kids Books + Media conference for Digital Book World...

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Sleeping Through a Revolution

Jonathan Taplin is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. He began his entertainment career in 1969 as tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973, he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets, which was...

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5 Questions with Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

Susan Ruszala is president of NetGalley, an innovative and easy-to-use online service for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators. NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. At Digital Book World 2016, Ruszala will be participating in a...

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DBW Interview with Mike Shatzkin, Conference Chair, Part 2

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is right around the corner, taking place March 7th-9th in New York. And to find out more about some of the programming that’s scheduled, as well as some insight into the state of the book publishing industry, we sat down with Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical...

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The State and Future of Digital Audiobooks

Erica Lazzaro is general counsel and director of publisher services for OverDrive, a global digital media distributor. She leads OverDrive’s licensing, content acquisition and business development efforts, helping booksellers and publishers worldwide find success with multichannel digital distribution. Lazzaro also works closely with OverDrive’s executive team on strategic relationships and has negotiated agreements with...

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DBW Interview with Mike Shatzkin, Conference Chair, Part 1

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is right around the corner, taking place March 7th-9th in New York. And to find out more about some of the programming that’s scheduled, as well as some insight into the state of the book publishing industry, we sat down with Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical...

Playster

DBW Interview with Philip Keezer, CEO, Playster

Playster, which bills itself as “the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform,” came out of beta in December, entering the ever-changing field of ebook subscription services. What distinguishes Playster from similar efforts, though, is that “inclusivity” the company touts: users can bundle ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and games all under one service. With Playster...

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5 Questions with John Ingram, CEO, Ingram Content Group

John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been leading the successful transformation of the company for some time now. And what was once primarily a book wholesaler has become a comprehensive, innovation-driven company that, founder and Ingram’s father, E. Bronson Ingram, may not recognize. John Ingram will be one of the...

Pentian

DBW Interview with Enrique Parrilla, CEO, Pentian

Last year, Digital Book World wrote about a Spanish crowdfunding publisher called Pentian. From that piece: In the Spanish-speaking world, one digital publishing company has disrupted the traditional publishing process by creating an online platform that combines full-service self-publishing with crowdfunding. This platform allows authors to present their projects, lets backers pledge and support...

Booktrack

DBW Interview with Paul Cameron, CEO, Booktrack

Booktrack is one of the more unique e-reading platforms out there, allowing for the combination of music and sound effects with ebooks to create an immersive experience for the reader—something of a movie-style soundtrack. The site went live in August of 2011, and since that time, the platform, to some extent, has divided critics....

Epic!

Ebook Service Epic! Is Netflix for Kids

Epic!, an ebook subscription service for children 12 and under, launched less than two years ago, but it has already achieved a major milestone: more than 10 million books read. The company, which works with more than 100 American publishers—including HarperCollins, Macmillan and National Geographic—also announced that it has added more than 500 Spanish...

Rodale Wellness

DBW Interview with Mary Ann Naples, Publisher, Rodale

Mary Ann Naples is SVP, Publisher of Rodale Books, which publishes all things health and wellness. Before taking the helm at Rodale, Naples held a variety of positions that informed her approach to steering the publisher, including nearly a decade of editorial work, more than a decade of being a literary agent, and a...

Simon & Schuster Creates New Global Ebook Strategy Position

Recognizing the global growth of ebooks as well as the significant U.S. ebook market, Simon & Schuster has created a new senior-level position dedicated to developing the publisher’s worldwide ebook business. Doug Stambaugh will fill the role as vice president of global ebook market development and strategy. He will report to Simon & Schuster...

Three Ways to Use Amazon to Sell More Books

For many publishers, Amazon is the No. 1 place where their books are sold. The massive online retailer is thought to have about two thirds of e-book sales market share and is considered the largest bookseller of any kind in the U.S. Here are three ways to maximize sales on Amazon.