With the main Digital Book World conference less than a week away — Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 — many of our featured speakers come straight from the latest headlines. Whatever the final disposition of the Perseus distribution companies, it will alter the distribution landscape, and the long-term transformation of Ingram Content Group as told by John Ingram is highly relevant. Barnes & Noble will report earnings tomorrow, and recently made headlines for renewed hints about their new store prototype, along with the rollout of Sourcebooks’ customized Put Me In the Story to over 200 stores. We have both BN’s new chief digital officer Fred Argir and Sourcebooks ceo Dominique Raccah presenting. USC professor John Taplin just sold a book on his keynote SLEEPING THROUGH A REVOLUTION theme to Little, Brown (and fellow keynoter and academic Scott Galloway likely isn’t far behind with a book version of his own Four Horsemen).
Keynoter as part of our Transformation theme Mary Ann Naples is transforming herself into Disney Books Group publisher later in March. Data Guy recently revised his methodology for calculating the data behind Author Earnings and at DBW he will present brand-new findings specifically for publishers — preceded by Michael Cader reviewing Why (Almost) Every Headline About Industry Data Is Wrong. And as we report elsewhere in today’s Publishers Lunch, on Monday we’re likely to learn whether or not the Supreme Court will hear Apple‘s appeal of their ebook antitrust case or the company will go ahead with a $400 million payout to spent on ebooks, while multiple DBW speakers address the publishing-related antitrust investigations underway in Europe and other issues around the big tech companies everyone must work with. And the timely, business-relevant content goes on and on from there!
If you’re planning on attending, make sure to register this week to avoid higher on-site pricing, plus you can still get a significant discount with our Publishers Lunch registration page. New options let you select one, two, or three days of DBW. “Day Zero” offers your choice of our very popular new Mostly Marketing Masterclasses, the return of always-successful dedicated day of Launch Kids, and more; there’s a wealth of two-day packages; or the Total Access Pass provides the best value for three full days of education.