Digital Book World 2019, 10-12 September I Nashville, Tennessee

Reading books with the use of technology

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The Digital Book World 2019 is all set to showcase a cutting-edge, hand-selected curation of speakers and companies pioneering every facet of publishing. Visitors to the fair will find insights that can power up their game as they take their books through more people for better understanding and use of technology.

So far, participation has been confirmed by the National Book Foundation, Audible, Penguin Random House, The US Copyright Office, LSC Communications, Foreword Reviews, Virtusales, Tapocketa, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Amazon’s Alexa team, The Motovun Group, The University of Michigan, Mike Shatzkin, BISG, Microsoft, Hachette, Kickstarter, The Fisher Company, The DAISY Consortium, Firebrand, Capstone, Talaera, Simon & Schuster, Southwest Airlines, The House of Anansi Press, Human eSources, Innovation and Tech Today, Scenarex, Orna Ross and ALLi, The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, Books + Publishing, FutureProof Content, Novel Effect, Vearsa, Readerbound, Earplay, Dosdoce, Klopotek, Simon Fraser University, The Writer, Overdrive, Books International, Macmillan, and many more. The gathering is aimed at the world of publishers.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Indian Printer and Publisher’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

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