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.

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