Digital Book World in Nashville, 2-4 October 2018

Inviting publishers to an annual digital book event


Digital Book World (DBW) will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from 2-4 October 2018 at the Music City Center. The event invites publishers large and small, traditional and nontraditional, and technology companies which serve all of them such as Amazon, Intel, Princeton University, Southwest Airlines, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House.

The event which is gaining in popularity, is expected to attract three times the audience of the previous year. More than 70 exhibitors from around the world will showcase products, services, ecosystems, and tools for modern publishers.

Bradley Metrock, DBW 2018 executive producer and the chief executive officer of Score Publishing, said, “In a world where every company is a publisher, and every individual has the ability to deliver a print or digital book, uniting publishing insight with technological vision is fundamental to the advancement of storytelling. When you have tech giants like Amazon and Intel on the same program as publishing stalwarts like Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House, you end up with insights and guidance you won’t find anywhere else.”

Six breakout tracks—Data Book World, Education Book World, Legal Book World, Production Book World, Marketing Book World and New Media Book World — serve as mini-conferences within each area of publishing expertise. Organizations from Princeton University to Southwest Airlines will discuss their publishing operations, as part of these various tracks.

Walt Mossberg, credited with pioneering modern, consumer-focused technology review and commentary, will deliver the keynote address. Mossberg is writing a book about the combination of breakthrough technology and the people responsible for it, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2019.

“Humankind relies on storytelling, and technology and publishing now work together to deliver it,” Mossberg commented. “I am very much looking forward to discussing this at Digital Book World.”

Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review editor, and Karen Wickre, former corporate communications for Google and Twitter, will deliver speeches at the event. In addition, pre-conference workshops will cover podcasting, developing Alexa skills, and applications of blockchain in publishing.

A few grammatical corrections were made to this article on 19 June 2018 at 933am IST.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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