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5 Ways to Redesign Your Career in Publishing

Authors and publishers have been working in an environment of constant change for the last several years. New tools and technologies keep popping up. New sales options and strategies arise. Data has become important even to those without backgrounds in statistics. There’s always something new to learn, and many people have found themselves taking on...

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6 Insights into the Changing Role of Agents in 2017

A panel of literary agents met at Digital Book World 2017 for a lively discussion about the issues and concerns surrounding agents today. The panel had expertise in a range of genres and target audiences, and included Ginger Clark, Brian DeFiore, Regina Brooks, Laura Nolan and Christy Fletcher. John Mutter moderated. Here is a snapshot of...

books, ebooks, sales, publishers

The Impact of Pricing on Book Buying Behavior

A panel of publishing price strategists converged at Digital Book World 2017 to discuss how pricing affects consumer behavior. Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO of Codex Group, offered some insights that can be gleaned by acknowledging that for consumers, reading a book doesn’t always equate to buying a book, as consumers have a range of opportunities...

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Micro-Publishing: An Inside Look at Goosebottom Books

You’ve probably heard of indie publishers, but have you heard of micro-publishers? Author Shirin Bridges, owner of Goosebottom Books, calls her company a micro-publisher: a professional publishing organization that brings together a flexible workforce to produce a small number of highly targeted books. Because of the nature of micro-publishers as small, custom organizations, no...

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5 Questions with George Kerscher, CIO, Daisy Consortium

George Kerscher is the chief innovations officer of Daisy Consortium, as well as a senior advisor for global literacy at Benetech, and president of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). George is a recognized international leader in document access, as well as an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by...

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5 Questions with Amanda D’Acierno, SVP, Publisher, PRH Audio

Amanda D’Acierno is a senior vice president and the publisher of Penguin Random House Audio, where she oversees both adult and children’s audio publishing. She is a longtime advocate for audiobooks, having led innovative efforts to spread the word about audio through regional and national awareness campaigns. Amanda is also a speaker at DBW...

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5 Questions with Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO, Codex-Group

Peter Hildick-Smith is the CEO of Codex-Group, where he leads book audience strategy research through large sample, quantitative pre-market testing. Prior to founding Codex, Peter was the chief marketing officer for GE Capital Global Consumer UK, and the SVP of customer management for GE Capital Retail Financial Services North America. He also served as...

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Study Finds Cloud-Based Piracy Protection Drives Increase in Sales

Thanks to years of digitization efforts throughout the publishing industry, ebooks are now widely available and the cost to readers to access them is lower than ever. Digital reading is here to stay. A notable consequence of this trend, however, has been the explosive rise in online piracy—a challenge that many publishers have struggled...

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5 Questions with DBW 2017’s Scott Manning

Scott Manning is the CEO of Scott Manning & Associates. For more than 30 years, Scott has created and implemented public relations campaigns for a wide variety of authors and literary organizations. His experience includes special events planning and media placement via long-standing contacts with print and online journalists, book reviewers and broadcast producers....

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How to Invent Your Future in 2017

Back in 2001, I had the good fortune to work for a software startup where I gained a valuable insight into how different levels of working professionals view the future. I was receiving some intensive sales training from the CEO, who had spent many years leading B2B sales for one of America’s largest software...

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5 Questions with Writers House’s Julie Trelstad

Julie Trelstad is the director of digital rights at the literary agency Writers House, where she manages the agency’s self-publishing program and helps clients with online marketing. She previously held positions at John Wiley & Sons, The Taunton Press, Readers Digest and Sterling Publishing, and started her own publishing venture, The Plain White Press, which...

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5 Questions with Sara Nelson, VP, Executive Editor, HarperCollins

Sara Nelson is a vice president, executive editor and special advisor to the publisher at Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. Before joining the publisher, she was the editorial director for books and Kindle at Amazon, the books editor at O, Oprah’s magazine, and the editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly. This year at DBW 2017, Sara...

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5 Questions with DBW 2017’s Kempton Mooney

Kempton Mooney is the senior director of research and analytics at Nielsen Book, where he provides market information and research expertise for companies with strategic initiatives in the book market. Prior to Nielsen, he held positions at Abrams, Random House and Hachette, working in sales, inventory, operations, and strategic planning. Kempton holds a masters...

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5 Questions with DBW 2017’s Susan Ruszala

Susan Ruszala is an experienced business consultant specializing in go-to-market strategies for new businesses and business lines. As the former president of NetGalley, Susan transformed the business from a failed start-up to a successful, well-established and growing B2B subscription business operating internationally. Susan is a frequent and well-known speaker within the industry, and is also...

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DBW’s Ted Hill on ‘Beyond the Book’

Beyond the Book is a podcast hosted by Chris Kenneally of Copyright Clearance Center that explores issues facing the information content industry and helps creative professionals realize the full potential of their works, while encouraging respect for intellectual property and the principles of copyright. In today’s episode, Kenneally speaks with Ted Hill, conference chair...

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5 Questions with The Future of Publishing’s Thad McIlroy

Thad 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...

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5 Questions with Cliff Guren, Founder, Syntopical

Cliff Guren is the founder of Syntopical, a consulting company that provides strategic planning and business development support to publishers and technology companies developing content-driven products and services. He’s also held senior management positions at industry-leading companies such as Apple, Asymetrix, Quebecor, Microsoft, Skiff (a Hearst-funded start-up) and Bluefire Productions. Cliff is a recognized...

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5 Questions with DBW 2017’s Dana Kaye

Dana Kaye is the owner of Kaye Publicity, Inc. and author of the book, Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales. Dana is a frequent speaker on social media, branding, and publishing trends, and her commentary has been featured on websites like The Huffington Post, Little...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Bookstr

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Bookstr. What does your company do?...

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5 Questions with Ken Brooks, COO, Macmillan Learning

Ken Brooks is the chief operating officer of Macmillan Learning, and before that he was senior vice president of global supply chain management at Cengage Learning. Ken is also a recognized and proven expert in aligning operational execution for competitive advantage, and has been instrumental in driving industry standards. Ken is a speaker at...

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5 Questions with DBW 2017’s Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, an essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS,...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Written Word Media

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Written Word Media. What does your...

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6 Questions with DBW 2017’s Peter Costanzo

Peter Costanzo is the digital and archival publishing manager for The Associated Press. He is also an award-winning book producer and he teaches the “New Media Technology: Formats and Devices” course at New York University. Peter is also a speaker at DBW 2017, where he will discuss new approaches to some old ideas in...

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Big Data, Big Trouble

Equal parts mathematician and political activist, Cathy O’Neil has calculated the impact of algorithms on society. For the most part, she says, big data adds up to big trouble. When it comes to human activities, algorithms are expected to be models of objectivity, owing to their basis in mathematical formulae and reliance on enormous...

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Meet the 5 DBW 2017 Keynote Speakers

The 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...