DBW 2020 ‘Special Edition’ in-house gathering sold out

DBW Global virtual program on 16 September 2020

Digital Book World 2020 'Special Edition'

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.

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.

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