The first programming information for our seventh annual Digital Book World conference has been posted, and early registration is open now, with the best pricing available now through November 9. Held in New York at the Hilton Midtown, please note that after six years of conferences in January, our timing has shifted a little later and DBW 2016 will be held on March 7 – March 9.
Among the already-announced keynotes, and as a theme during all of DBW 16, we’ll be highlighting transformation throughout the business. John Ingram will talk about transformational change while maintaining a core business, as what was a physical wholesaler has remade itself as a technology services and supply chain company; while Mary Ann Naples discusses the evolution of Rodale Books, where hot-button tactics include content marketing, community engagement and direct sales are well-embedded in the company’s DNA.
For the first time on an industry stage, we will feature the man known as “Data Guy,” the tech and data wizard behind the Author Earnings web site. DG will provide useful insights into important “known unknowns” about the ebook sales landscape — including self-published and Amazon Publishing titles — while also showing how creative data hacks can help expand our understanding of the business.
Reaching further beyond the usual publishing conference cast, we will showcase presentations from Rand Fishkin, the co-founder of MOZ and leading expert on search optimization, focusing on the opportunities in social and mobile; entrepreneur and NYU business school professor Scott Galloway‘s provocative contextualization of the Four Horsemen who dominate the internet (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) and how we all can live in their world; and USC media professor Jon Taplin‘s unified theory of content and digital change, “Sleeping Through the Revolution” — with many more still to come.
Breakout sessions will include many more instructive transformation stories; a separate sequence of Pivots & Progress reports from start-ups still building their businesses; a packed track of sessions on the latest in digital marketing, analytics and data; and much more.
As usual, the main DBW conference is spread across two days (March 8 and March 9) and the entire event kicks off with our fifth annual full-day Launch Kids event on March 7 — focusing on the special issues, initiatives and opportunities across children’s publishing, which is still the leading growth area in the trade world. Launch Kids regularly draws hundreds of people from across the children’s publishing and digital worlds for a fascinating and packed day. Soon we’ll be announcing a lot more programming for what we’re calling Day Zero at DBW — including another half-day conference and a roster of expert sessions — all of which are available through the best-value “Total Access Pass” ticket option.
Produced from the start by FW Events and Publishers Launch Conferences (our partnership with Mike Shatzkin), Digital Book World has established itself as the marquee event for the present and future of trade publishing, drawing over 1,500 people from around the world. Since we first joined in this venture, we’ve had one bedrock condition — that our readers always have access to the best available price on tickets. The secret to every book fair and conference (and pretty much any event these days) is that the vast majority of people formally register at the last minute, even though they spend months blocking out the time and making plans to attend. Yet everyone always wants the best “friends and family” discount price.
Holding your ticket now is the best way to lock in the best price on DBW tickets, and using our coded registration page for Lunch readers will give you best discount on individual tickets.(Please contact the FW sales team for information on company/group pricing.) Buying early will save you hundreds of dollars over the just-before-the-show prices. But even if you are not ready to purchase tickets, please remember that DBW 2016 switches from January to early March, so put us on your calendar.