A landmark Special Edition of Digital Book World, now moved to idyllic Arrington Vineyards, will be a historic gathering.​

Sip wine, gather with the brightest across the wide world of publishing, sharpen the saw, and take a breath after the heavy year we've all had so far.

Digital Book World will follow all CDC guidelines for events.

Monday, September 14

8:30 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - Welcome

Bradley Metrock (Executive Producer, Digital Book World)


The Evolving Role Of The University Press

John Donatich (Director, Yale University Press)

Gianna Mosser (Director, Vanderbilt University Press)


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM DBW 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Minorities In Publishing: An Honest Discussion

Jennifer Baker (Managing Editor, Penguin Random House; Host, Minorities In Publishing)

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

David vs. Goliath: Taking On Amazon, For The Sake Of Booksellers

Andy Hunter (CEO, Bookshop)

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee / Networking

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Professional Development in Publishing: How To Ensure The Next Generation Is Accessible, Diverse, And Impactful

John Warren (Director & Assoc Professor, George Washington Univ)

11:30 AM - NOON

Bite-Size Books: What Publishing Looks Like When Time Is Short

Andrew Savikas (President, getAbstract US; Chairperson, BISG)


1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

How The Growth Of The Wide World Of Publishing Has Evolved The Modern ISBN

Richard Smith (Senior Product Manager, ProQuest)

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

The Data In The Distribution: Managing Complexity In Publishing

Maurice O'Connor (CEO, Vearsa)

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Streaming The Story: Bringing New Media To Children's Literature

Shannon Bex (Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer, Vooks)

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Go or No-Go: Using Data To Drive Decisions On Publishing Technology Projects

Lindy Humphreys (Associate Publisher, Digital Publishing, Abrams Books)

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Libraries vs. Publishers: The Fight No One Needs

David Burleigh (Director of Brand Marketing, OverDrive)

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Break / Networking / Bar Opens

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Fireside Chat: The State Of Literary Agencies

Jeff Kleinman / Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

2000 Ebooks In The Norwegian Market: Leveraging Backlist Across Geographies

Bokbasen AS / Allvit

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Amazon Alexa, Multi-Touch Books, and the Future of Higher Education

Jamie Perkins (Veterinary Clinician, University of Arizona)

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

The Power Of Social Media Influencer Marketing

Mallory Hyde (Marketing Specialist, Sourcebooks)

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM

Publishing During A Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Rod Elder (EVP North America, Virtusales)

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

NaNoWriMo's Impact On An Evolving Publishing Industry

Grant Faulkner (Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Read more about the DBW Awards, including how to nominate, here

Tuesday, September 15

A Deeper Dive: Voice Tech + AI In Publishing

9:00 AM Mimosa Station Open


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Conversational Publishing: Storytelling Through Voice Assistants

Amy Stapleton (CEO, Chatables)

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

State Of The Union: Voice Tech & AI In Modern Publishing

Bradley Metrock (CEO, Score Publishing; Host, This Week In Voice)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Voice Tech As A Force Multiplier For Audiobooks And Podcasts

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Next-Generation Audiobooks: Trends In The Marketplace

Michele Cobb (Publisher, AudioFile Magazine)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

[PANEL] Actionable AI: What Publishers Can Do Today With The Technology

Wednesday, September 16

DBW Global: A Worldwide Online Event

Included in DBW 2020 registration; otherwise register here 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Jane Friedman


Rakuten Kobo

Vesuvian Media




DAISY Consortium

Springer Nature


New Society Publishing / Canopy Planet

Many more