Digital Book World (DBW) 2020 ‘Special Edition’, taking place from 14 to 16 September 2020, both as an in-person conference for two days and a one-day virtual event, recently sold out the in-person segment of the conference at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tenn. The virtual program, DBW Global, will take place on 16 September 2020 (registration still open). Digital Book World is the annual gathering of the wide world of publishing, which brings together the innovators, experts, and newsmakers of the publishing industry.
DBW 2020 ‘Special Edition’ will feature some of publishing’s most influential leaders, including representatives from Amazon, Abrams Books, Beat.no, Bookshop, Bokbasen AS, Book Industry Study Group (BISG), Chatables, DAISY Consortium, Folio Literary Management, George Washington University, The Hot Sheet, National Novel Writing Month, New Society Publishers, OverDrive, Penguin Random House, ProQuest, Rakuten Kobo, Springer Nature, Sourcebooks, University of Arizona, Vearsa, Vooks, Virtusales, and Vesuvian Media, among others.
“DBW 2020 will be a landmark event for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that it marks the return of in-person industry gatherings,” said Bradley Metrock, executive producer of Digital Book World. “We’ve moved this year’s program to the idyllic, open-air Arrington Vineyards, as a fun and experiential way to convene and take a deep breath after the heavy year we’ve all had so far. That in-person event is now sold out, but our online program, DBW Global, is still open to registrants.”
The DBW 2020 keynote presenter – Jennifer Baker, managing editor at Penguin Random House and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast – will lead an honest discussion on the challenges that continue to confront minorities in publishing.
DBW 2020 ‘Special Edition’ highlights include,
Publishing During a Pandemic: Lessons Learned
Libraries vs. Publishers: The Fight No One Needs
David vs. Goliath: Taking on Amazon, for the Sake of Booksellers
Next-Generation Audiobooks: Trends in the Marketplace
Amazon Alexa, Multi-Touch Books and the Future of Higher Education
Go or No-Go: Using Data to Drive Decisions on Publishing Technology Projects
Professional Development in Publishing: How to Ensure the Next Generation Is Accessible, Diverse and Impactful
Bite-Size Books: What Publishing Looks Like When Time Is Short
How the Growth of the Wide World of Publishing Has Evolved the Modern ISBN
Streaming the Story: Bringing New Media to Children’s Literature
Actionable AI: What Publishers Can Do Today with the Technology
DBW 2020 ‘Special Edition’ will also feature the DBW Awards, the Publishing Hall of Fame, and a special reception – all of which will take place at Arrington Vineyards. Arrington Vineyards, owned by country music superstar Kix Brooks, boasts a first-class “wine country experience” with award-winning wines – all set amongst the picturesque rolling hills of middle Tennessee.