Digital Book World expands from one major conference to two

Company registration enables entire company to attend

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Digital Book World
Digital Book World has expanded from one major conference to two

Digital Book World West (DBW West, 12-14 July, Seattle WA) joins Digital Book World 2021 (13-15 September, Nashville TN) and represents DBW’s first major expansion into a second in-person conference within the US.

Recognizing companies are now looking at how to convene employees, teams, and business units together that may not have met for over a year, both of these events have a new option – the company registration – which enables the entire company to attend.

Register for DBW West here

Register for Digital Book World 2021 here

In addition, DBW FM and DBW AI, the two virtual events which debuted in 2020, have now expanded to slates of ten dates each, in which industry pioneers and leaders will share knowledge and insight. These virtual events are free and open to the entire industry.

Register for DBW FM here

Register for DBW AI here

DBW Global returns as a worldwide virtual conference highlighting publishing and technology thought leadership and best practices across two entire days.

Taking place on 16 and 17 September 2021, DBW Global is $99 (approximately Rs 7,300), or free to DBW West or Digital Book World 2021 attendees.

Register for DBW Global here

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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