Digital Book World

Digital Book World is back online

By Dan Eldridge
February 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Digital Book World website has been down since at least 9:00 am EST this morning, for reasons unknown even to its editorial staff, from what we understand. But DBW’s IT team has been hard at work on the problem—whatever it was—for the majority of the day, and the site now seems to be [...]

Easy DRM For Self-Published Authors? Really?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 4, 2013 // 12 Comments

Well here’s a terrible idea. DBW just posted a press release about Edition Guard, which brings Adobe DRM to indie authors and small presses who want to sell books direct from their website. Have we learned nothing in recent years? DRM doesn’t stop piracy. It’s ridiculously easy to [...]

Would the death of Barnes & Noble also kill book discovery?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 31, 2013 // 15 Comments

Digital Book World posted an excellent article today about the Barnes & Noble elephant in the room at DBW 2013. The big takeaway from this article was this statistic: “According to the most recent Codex survey, online selling accounts for 61 percent of book sales, but only 7 percent of [...]

Free Webinar: The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks

By Dan Eldridge
January 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Our friends over at Digital Book World are partnering with PlayScience, a New York-based children’s entertainment and education research company, to produce a free hour-long webinar, The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks. The webinar, which will look at the e-reading habits of children aged two to [...]

Video Highlights from the 2013 DBW Conference + Expo

By Dan Eldridge
January 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

This year’s installment of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo came to a close two days ago, and not surprisingly, video highlights from the event have been popping up online all week long. Those of you with a bit of extra cash to spare (or, more realistically, a corporate account) [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses DRM revelations from Digital Book World

By Chris Meadows
January 30, 2012 // 6 Comments

An interesting thing about the latest post from publishing-industry observer Mike Shatzkin, highlighting what he feels were the most important points from the Digital Book World conference he helped run: it largely focuses on DRM. Aside from Matteo Berlucchi’s call for publishers to drop DRM [...]

Mike Shatzkin predicts publishing nine months from now

By Chris Meadows
April 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s blog posts are always worth reading, but his latest is particularly interesting. Frequently e-book prognosticators focus on the long-term, but Shatzkin this time tries to predict where the e-book industry will be in nine months, for the purposes of planning the panel schedule of [...]

Competition for reader attention heading up, says Mike Shatzkin

By Chris Meadows
January 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Publishing analyst Mike Shatzkin, back from Digital Book World, has an interesting piece on his blog looking at the effect that non-publishers getting into the publishing business could have other publishers. He talks about a discussion he had with a distinctly non-tech-savvy publisher of renown [...]

Publishers and agents differ on ‘fair’ e-book royalty rates

By Chris Meadows
January 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

EBookNewser has a report on an ongoing disagreement between publishers and agents as to the nature of a “fair” e-book royalty percentage. It seems publishers think that the percentage is 25%, while many agents think it should be 50%. This comes by way of a survey presented yesterday at Digital [...]

DBW panelists suggest children’s book apps need curating

By Chris Meadows
January 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

eBookNewser has some coverage of a children’s book panel from Digital Book World today. One consensus to come out of the panel is that children’s book apps lack curation to weed out the 90% of lousy apps to make it easier to find the 3,000 or so good ones. Whereas in the print world there are [...]

Digital territorial rights hot issue in Europe

By Chris Meadows
January 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

FutureBook has a look at the Digital Book World digital territorial rights panel that Paul also covered earlier today, going into a little more detail on some of the discussions between the posters and also bringing in some comments earlier in the day from Mike Shatzkin about the globalization of [...]

The challenges of running an e-book conference

By Chris Meadows
June 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s blog has an interesting essay about putting together an advisory council for the Digital Book World conference, and some of the challenges that come with running such a conference. One challenge has to do with knowing some change is going on or about to go on in digital [...]

Digital Book World announces a new community

By Paul Biba
February 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: F+W Media announced today the launch of its Digital Book World Community, a new industry resource for book publishers and publishing professionals offering educational and informational resources designed to help them successfully navigate the digital transition. The [...]

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