In response to changes in both city regulations as well as federal regulations, we are moving Digital Book World entirely online. Elements of Digital Book World's program have now been incorporated into DBW Global, taking place September 16. Register for DBW Global here.


A worldwide online event

Wednesday, September 16

9:00 AM - Welcome

Bradley Metrock (Executive Producer, Digital Book World)


9:10 AM - 9:40 AM DBW 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Minorities In Publishing: A Fireside Chat

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

Moderated by Bradley Metrock

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Andy Hunter (CEO, Bookshop)

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

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

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

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

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

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

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Richard Smith (Senior Product Manager, ProQuest)

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

The Data In The Distribution: Managing Complexity In Publishing

Maurice O'Connor (CEO, Vearsa)

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

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

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

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Libraries vs. Publishers: The Fight No One Needs

David Burleigh (Director of Brand Marketing, OverDrive)

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Fireside Chat: The State Of Literary Agencies

Jeff Kleinman / Steve Troha (Folio Literary Management)

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

2000 Ebooks In The Norwegian Market: Leveraging Backlist Across Geographies

Bokbasen AS / Allvit

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Jamie Perkins (Veterinary Clinician, University of Arizona)

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

The Power Of Social Media Influencer Marketing

Mallory Hyde (Marketing Specialist, Sourcebooks)

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Publishing During A Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Rod Elder (EVP North America, Virtusales)

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

NaNoWriMo's Impact On An Evolving Publishing Industry

Grant Faulkner (Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month)

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Conversational Publishing: Storytelling Through Voice Assistants

Amy Stapleton (CEO, Chatables)

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Next-Generation Audiobooks: Trends In The Marketplace

Michele Cobb (Publisher, AudioFile Magazine)

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Jane Friedman

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM


4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Rakuten Kobo

5:00 PM - 5:20 PM

Vesuvian Media

5:20 PM - 5:40 PM


5:40 PM - 6:00 PM

DAISY Consortium

6:00 PM - 6:20 PM

Springer Nature

6:20 PM - 6:40 PM

New Society Publishing / Canopy Planet

6:40 PM - 7:00 PM