This is only the second week of 2017 but things are already moving so fast. We are prepping for our visit to Digital Book World (DBW) 2017 next week, in, where else, New York City! As the product manager for eBooks, this is one of my favorite conferences to attend. Besides the fact that I love the excitement of being in NYC, DBW is truly a great venue for anyone who needs to be in the know about trends in the publishing industry. DBW is packed with talks from publishing leaders and entrepreneurs on many aspects of the digital content publishing. I find the fascinating content presented always so thought-provoking. So I thought I would share some of my program selections and why.
DBW State of the Union for Production, Distribution & Operations by Bill Kasdorf. Bill is the track captain (new format from DBW this year in case you are wondering what track captain is). The topic is on “key events and issues of the past year and alert you to rising trends that will make a difference in 2017.” I am eagerly anticipating whether the trends I noticed in 2016 aligned with his.
As eBook product manager, I find that there is no better fitting topic than this one from David Burleigh from Overdrive, titled “The Digital Decline: What’s really happening? What’s Next?” I am looking forward to a discussion on eBook decline and the growth in audiobooks.
On Wednesday, this caught my eye: “Taking Control of The Channel: Native Retailing, Agile Global Print, & Vendor Managed Inventory for Book Publishers,” by Ron Martinez (Aer.io), Tara Catogge (Quarto Publishing Group USA), Gareth Jarrett (Taylor & Francis Group), and Marcu Woodburn (Ingram Content Group). With a giant like Amazon, are publishers a passive participant or can they still build sales channels for new content?
I am glad to see the audio books being discussed at DBW this year in the session “Essential Insights Into The Future Of Audiobooks.” by Michele Cobb (Audio Publishers Association), Amanda D’Acierno (Penguin Random House Audio), Ron Formica (Tantor Media), Ralph Lazaro (Findaway), Erica Lazzaro (Overdrive), and Lorraine Shanley (Market Partners International). I’m looking forward to the varying opinions that this diverse group is sure to inspire.
As a member of the Readium Foundation I will also be joining other members for a meeting to get an update and discuss future work in EPUB 3.
While I know it’s a big show and we will all be busy, I still hope we get a chance to chat. Happy DBW 2017.