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A Wrap-Up of Digital Book World 2016

A Wrap-Up of Digital Book World 2016

The 2016 Digital Book World Conference came and went this week and was a resounding success. All you have to do is search Twitter for #DBW16 to get a sense of how much tweeting and conversation was going on throughout the three-day event. It all started on Monday, with the Launch Kids Conference, Nielsen sessions, masterclasses...

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Digital Book World 2016 Wrap-Up

The 2016 Digital Book World Conference came and went this week and was a resounding success. All you have to do is search Twitter for #DBW16 to get a sense of how much tweeting and conversation was going on throughout the three-day event. It all started on Monday, with the Launch Kids Conference, Nielsen sessions, masterclasses...

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What Publishers Need to Know About Copyright

International and domestic changes in copyright law are constantly affecting the American publishing industry, which is why Digital Book World hosted a session at this year’s conference with representatives from the U.S., Canada and Germany to see how these changes intersect. From the U.S., there was Karyn Temple Claggett, associate register of copyrights and director of policy...

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How Publishers and ‘Hybrid’ Authors Are Working Together

In a time when authors have multiple avenues to publish their books, many publishers are finding themselves broadening their offerings to authors. And this trend has resulted in more “hybrid” authors who both self-publish and work with traditional publishers at the same time. During a discussion at Digital Book World 2016, Jane Dystel of Dystel...

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Female Publishing Leaders Talk Gender Equality at Work

In a discussion titled “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech” on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, female publishing executives discussed what it takes to grow their businesses while encouraging gender equality in all sectors of the business world. Moderated by Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications and INscribe Digital, the talk...

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Virginia Heffernan: The Internet Changed Literacy

During a presentation on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, author and journalist Virginia Heffernan shared her insights on how the Internet has changed our society’s perception of literacy and content, arguing that the way we read today has as much to do with physical books as it does with smartphones. “Content...

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How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing

“It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google at Digital Book World 2016. During a talk called “The Four Horsemen,” Galloway argued that these four companies are taking over the world and continually disrupting the publishing ecosystem....

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Michael Cader on a ‘Really, Really Complex Marketplace’

On the final day of the 2016 Digital Book World Conference, Publisher’s Lunch Founder Michael Cader started the sessions by giving a brief overview of how the book publishing industry collects sales data. The primary takeaway? There’s a lot of confusion, or, as Cader said, this industry has a “really, really complex marketplace.” Moreover,...

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4 Book Startups to Watch Out for in 2016

In a forum called “Launchpad: New Players, New Platforms, and New Propositions for the Publishing Industry” at Digital Book World 2016, four startup founders shared how their companies are changing how readers interact with content. Included in the discussion were Katie Palenscar of Unbound Concepts, Peter Kay of NCVRS, Chang Kim of Tapas, and...

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What Today’s Investors Are Looking for in Publishers

For investors dealing with content, it’s not enough for publishers to be digitally savvy. Rather, they should know how to engage an audience and leverage data to create products customers want. In a panel at Digital Book World 2016 that featured Wiley’s Jon Semel, Wicks Group’s Tom Kearney, Ingram’s David Rolin, and New York University’s Frank Rimalovski,...

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Audiobook Leaders Discuss Discoverability and Audible

Audiobooks have been growing at a fast rate. Libraries have seen an increase in downloads and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said that sales have gone up by 40 percent through the first nine months of 2015. At Digital Book World 2016, a panel including Troy Juliar of Recorded Books, Ralph Lazaro of...

Rodale

How Rodale Transformed Its Business in the Digital Age

“Our theme today is transformation at Rodale,” began Mary Ann Naples, former senior vice president and publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale Wellness, during her talk at Digital Book World 2016. “As an industry, we’ve been through a lot. How did Rodale, which is not a Big Five publisher, gain and keep a competitive...

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B&N CDO Fred Argir: ‘We Must Win the Mobile Experience’

In an interview session on day two of the 2016 Digital Book World Conference, Conference Council Chair Mike Shatzkin spoke to Barnes & Noble’s new chief digital officer (CDO), Fred Argir, about how the company is innovating and what he views as some of the company’s biggest challenges. As the retailer’s first CDO, Argir...

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Jonathan Taplin: Platform—Not Content—Is King

“Though I want to think content is king, I’m worried platform is king,” said Jonathan Taplin, University of Southern California professor and director of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, at Digital Book World 2016. “I think the fact that there will be five billion smartphones and mobile devices by 2020 gives content platforms extraordinary power.”...

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Finding Your Most Valuable Customers with Data

At Nielsen’s mini-conference at Digital Book World 2016, Vice President of Analytics & Insights Jo Henry taught participants how to find authors’ most valuable customers. She showed that analyzing demographics, values, discovery behavior and taste preferences will allow authors and booksellers to maximize profit. Henry said that one way to collect data is by...

Jellybooks

Andrew Rhomberg: How and Why We Measure a Book’s Audience

In his workshop at Digital Book World 2016 titled “Data-Smart Publishing,” Jellybooks Founder Andrew Rhomberg described the process by which his company measures reader analytics, and also explained why publishers should be paying more attention to this growing field. The problem, Rhomberg said, is that authors and publishers cannot effectively measure reader engagement. “We...

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What It Takes to Create Digital Learning Products for Kids

At a discussion at the Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Ashley Anderson Zantop of Capstone and CJ Kettler of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt talked about what it takes to create innovative digital learning products for kids. While both speakers agreed that kids prefer physical books over ebooks, they argued that kids actually prefer...

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Librarians Say Kids Prefer Physical Books

During the “I’m a Librarian – Ask Me Anything” panel at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, librarians and literacy advocates discussed kids’ preference for physical books, and the role of ebooks as supplementary reading material. The talk was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, president of The Book Report Network, and included...

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David Kleeman: Discovering Storytelling Possibilities with Technology

In a talk at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016 called “Children’s Global Media Landscape,” David Kleeman, senior vice president of global trends at Dubit, discussed how artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality are changing how kids consume stories. With smartphones and tablets allowing them to access limitless amounts of content, Kleeman argued...

Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah: ‘The Surprise Transformation in Our Industry’

In the opening session of today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and Publisher Dominique Raccah spoke to the innovations her company is making, as well as the greater trends in the children’s/young adult (YA) book publishing sector. “The surprise transformation in our industry,” Raccah said, “is the persistence of traditional...

Digital Book World 2016 Kicks Off

Digital Book World 2016 Starts Today!

Professionals from all over the publishing industry head to New York City today for the Digital Book World Conference + Expo. Now in its seventh year, the 2016 event showcases a variety of programming, including workshops, master classes, panels, Q&As and talks. Some of the most talked about sessions include Data Guy’s presentation and...

Digital Book World 2016 Kicks Off

Digital Book World 2016 Kicks Off

Professionals from all over the publishing industry head to New York City today for the Digital Book World Conference + Expo. Now in its seventh year, the 2016 event showcases a variety of programming, including workshops, master classes, panels, Q&As and talks. Some of the most talked about sessions include Data Guy’s presentation and...

Launch Kids

‘Launch Kids’ at DBW ’16 Looks at Children’s Book Publishing

‘Launch Kids’ at DBW ’16 Looks at Children’s Book Publishing and How the Industry Is Transforming for a More Digital Future Event Features Speakers from Disney Publishing Worldwide, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop and Tumblr, as Well as New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han, Among Others NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) — The 5th annual...

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Data-Smart Publishing: New Ways of Working for Publishers

The recent slowdown in ebook sales has led some publishing observers to pronounce that the digital publishing revolution is over. The truth is, this is indeed the end, but merely the end of the beginning of how ebooks and online tools will affect publishing. We have now entered the next wave of publishing’s digital...

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5 Questions with Dominique Raccah, CEO & Publisher, Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

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Personalized Content and New Revenue Streams

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

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5 Questions with Sanj Kharbanda, SVP, Digital Markets, HMH

Sanj Kharbanda is senior vice president of digital markets at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he manages the publisher’s digital marketing strategy, including for trade publishing, K-12 and consumer markets. At Digital Book World 2016, Kharbanda will be moderating a panel called “Standing Out in the Stacks: Marketing That Works.” We recently spoke to Kharbanda about...

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Why Ebook Pricing Is Elastic

Nathan Maharaj is the director of merchandising at Kobo, where he manages a team of digital booksellers across eight languages and more than a dozen countries. Maharaj is part of a panel at this year’s Digital Book World Conference titled “Elastic Ebook Pricing: Pricing in a Changing Ebook Marketplace.” Digital Book World recently released...

Data Guy

DBW Interview with Data Guy, Co-Founder, Author Earnings

Who exactly is Data Guy? We know he’s the numbers wizard behind Author Earnings—a collaboration between himself and self-published mega-author Hugh Howey. And we know that he’s anonymous. But that’s pretty much it. In the past two years, Data Guy’s Author Earnings reports have become an increasingly popular resource for authors, shedding light on...

A Look Forward and Back at Children’s Publishing

Digital Book World’s Launch Kids: Looking Forward and Back

February is a great time to talk about children’s books, in the aftermath of Toy Fair, Digital Kids, the MidWinter ALA and its accompanying Newbery, Caldecott and other awards, presented in January. While publishing for the adult market has its rewards and sense of community, children’s publishing has an infectious enthusiasm and sense of mission...

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Innovative Korean Technology at Digital Book World 2016

While many US publishers know Korea as a vibrant market for translations, it is also home to a growing number of innovative technology companies serving the publishing community—particularly in the areas of children’s books and educational titles. At the 2016 Digital Book World Conference + Expo, you will have the opportunity to meet with...

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Delivering High-Quality Digital Products & Services

Clay Stobaugh, EVP and CMO, is responsible for John Wiley & Sons’ marketing, communications and government affairs efforts worldwide. He leads Wiley’s revenue-driving marketing initiatives through key disciplines in the global “Marketing Revenue Center,” including customer experience, demand generation, CRM, sales enablement, social media, content marketing, digital commerce, digital analytics and SEO/SEM. Focused on...