Digital Book World 2018 announces first speakers and program structure; Super Early Bird passes go o
First of all, if you missed the announcement of Score Publishing's acquisition of Digital Book World and the corresponding guest column on what to expect from the new DBW, check those out first.
Over the next few months, we'll have many announcements of exciting programming, exhibit hall additions, and features of Digital Book World 2018.
Here are the first of those announcements:
FIRST KEYNOTES LANDED: Data Guy (and his infamous spider logo, pictured above) returns to
the Digital Book World stage to provide more of his unique insights on the state of digital publishing. Meanwhile, the co-founders of Novel Effect - the young company that just received $500,000 in investor funding on ABC's Shark Tank - also take the main stage to tell their story and share their technology, which is one of many glimpses of the future of publishing that will be on hand at DBW.
In an additional coup for Digital Book World 2018, one of the world's foremost experts on podcasting, Nick Quah - editor and publisher of the famous Hot Pod newsletter - will deliver a keynote on the state of podcasting and how podcasts are essential in the marketing of modern books, as well as in many cases, valuable in extending the core experience the book provides. This is a can't-miss for anyone doing anything in publishing.
THE NOVEL EFFECT INTERACTIVE READING ROOM: The first space of the new, re-imagined Digital Book World Exhibit Hall is taken, and it belongs to Novel Effect, which will set up their one-of-a-kind Novel Effect Interactive Reading Room for attendees to use. Come on in, and try out Novel Effect's interactive, voice-first technology which complements the human reading experience...only at Digital Book World 2018!
FAKE NEWS, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, AND MORE CURRENT TOPICS: Digital Book World 2018 will not shy away from the important topics which affect the industry. This begins with our announcing a panel on Sexual Harassment in Publishing that promises to be eye-opening, along with
a separate main stage panel on the impact fake news, and all of the term's various interpretations, has on publishers and content creators attempting to tell their stories. The fake news panel has two contributors confirmed - contributing editor for Mother Jones and digital publishing strategist Denise Clifton, as well as journalism educator and storytelling innovator Michael Hernandez.
BREAKOUT TRACKS ANNOUNCED: Six breakout tracks have been announced for Digital Book World 2018, including Marketing Book World, Education Book World, Legal Book World, Production Book World, Data Book World, and the first track to be claimed by a sponsor, New Media Book World, sponsored by VoiceFirst.FM. Sponsors for all breakout tracks will be announced in the coming weeks.
SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE; EXHIBIT HALL INFORMATION FORTHCOMING: Passes to Digital Book World 2018 are now on sale, via ticketing partner Eventbrite. Information regarding the Digital Book World Exhibit Hall, for prospective exhibitors, will be made available beginning Monday, December 4. An estimated 40 booths will be made available, sold first come, first served, at rates comparable to previous years of Digital Book World.