Tickets for in-person Digital Book World 2020, taking place September 14-15 in Nashville, are now SOLD OUT.

Tickets for DBW Global, the worldwide online event taking place September 16, are available here.

Tickets for Digital Book World 2021 will go on sale July 1 at 8 AM Central and will be available for purchase here at

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.

Read Digital Book World's response to Apple discontinuing iBooks Author​, software which has unique ties to the revitalized and now essential Digital Book World conference

Hotel prices are at historic lows all over the city of Nashville during Digital Book World 2020 in September. Recommended hotels include the Hampton Inn Nashville/Franklin (Cool Springs), Hyatt House Nashville/Franklin (Cool Springs), and the Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville/Franklin.

Monday, September 14

8:30 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - Welcome

Bradley Metrock (Executive Producer, Digital Book World)


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM DBW 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Minorities In Publishing: An Honest Discussion

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

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Andy Hunter (CEO, Bookshop)

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Coffee / Networking

10:50 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