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PW Show Daily, Day 1, May 24

PW Show Daily, Day 1, May 24

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The morning session at this year’s Digital Book 2011, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s annual conference, held in conjunction with BookExpo America, was highlighted by Kobo v-p Michael Tamblyn’s announcement of a new $130 e-ink touchscreen reading device coming from Kobo in June. The audience at the packed event was also treated to a smart and mildly contentious discussion  between the panelists on the publishers’ round table—Dominique Raccah, Evan Schnittman, and Richard Nash—as they surveyed their own experiences grappling with the changes sweeping over an industry in transition to digital delivery.But it should be no surprise that the scope of the morning sessions included the growth of e-book sales; the proliferation of devices to read them; enhanced e-books; apps; and the viability of placing advertising in them both. Copyright in the digital age, of course, and the parallel growth of self-publishing and the relevance of legacy book publishers in this new era were also discussed. Tamblyn’s announcement of Kobo’s new device—a black and white e-ink touchscreen available at an unprecedented price point—was a vivid follow-up to a presentation he made surveying the recent explosive growth of e-book sales in general and the staying power of e-ink devices in particular. The publishers round table featured a big publisher (Macmillan/Bloomsbury’s Schnittman); a midsize publisher (Sourcebooks’ Raccah); and a small indie press (Cursor/Red Lemonade’s Nash), offering perspectives on the growth of digital delivery from each particular viewpoint. And while Raccah and Schnittman tended to agree—although not on every issue—it should come as no surprise that Nash generally disagreed with them both. Raccah cited market shares for different kinds of print books (adult trade, 42%; kids’ books, 25%) and said it seemed unlikely that e-books could overtake those figures; Schnittman seemed to agree. Nash acknowledged that he didn’t have “the data,” but urged the audience not to be swayed by “projections” aimed at a volatile, dynamic, and fast-changing e-book market that is also characterized by falling prices. And while Raccah and Schnittman both offered pessimistic assessments on the future of enhanced e-books (“We’ve essentially created enhanced DVDs and we can’t sell them,” Schnittman said) and even apps, Nash suggested that enhanced e-books were more about preserving high price points than adding value. But Raccah wasn’t having it. “We didn’t do this to save pricing,” she said. “We did it to blow up the book as we know it. It’s exciting, but we still haven’t found a good mechanism to do it. We’re still working on it.”
IPDF Digital Book 2011: The Year of the E-book
By Calvin Reid
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 Publishers Weekly’s Show Daily
 is produced each day during the 2011 BookExpo in New York. The
Show Daily
 press office is in room 1C02.
 PW 
’s booth is #4234.
Day
 
1
Tuesday May 24, 2011
ALL THE BUZZ ON BOOKEXPO AMERICA
www.bookexpoamerica.com
Rosato: ‘Optimism
Mid-Monday morning found BEA Events director Steve Rosato looking both dapper and busy, and taking meetings in the Show Management office on the fourth floor, high above the ongoing setting up. For him, it was the third day of a book show that for many had not yet begun. His impressions of the event so far: “A definite mood of optimism. In recent years, it was everyone waiting for the next shoe to drop. That started to change last year, with people concluding, ‘You know, that was pretty good.’ This year they are coming expecting to do  business.” Of the BEA itself, he says, “We are past having to prove ourselves.” Rosato says that he was thrilled to see the IDPF panel “packed,” and though the conference sessions on Monday got off to a slow start (“people were out late last night perhaps?” he quips), they were more crowded toward the noon hour. Rosato was aware of the complaints about the scanning of badges at the entrance to panels and press office: “We are assuring people that we aren’t selling any information. We just want to know how the panels are doing. Who’s coming? Is a panel for librarians full of  booksellers? We need this kind of feedback to keep improving the show and the show’s focus.”
 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
TUESDAY, MAY 24,
2011
2
BEA SHOW DAILY
 
DAY 1
MEETING AND EVENTS
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
 International Rights and Business Center 
8–9:30 a.m.
Children’s Book and Author Breakfast: Brian Selznick, Sarah Dessen, and Kevin Kenkes, with Julianne Moore as emcee. 
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 Exhibit Hall 
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
 Big Ideas at BEA Conference (22 panels) beginning with “You Bought Your E-book Where? Digital Books and Brick & Mortar Bookstores” (9:30–10:30 a.m., room 1E14) and ending with “Translating Italy” (3:30–4:30 p.m., room 1E17). Other panels include “Twitter Fundamentals for Book Professionals” (11 a.m.–noon, room 1E14); AAP annual librarians book buzz (2–3:30 p.m., room 1A21); “What Is the Lowdown on the Global Publishing Marketplace?” (2:30–4 p.m., room 1E14); and “The Future of E-books” (3:30-4:30 p.m., room 1E13)
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 Insight Stages (15 events) beginning with buzz author Justin Torres (We the Animals, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) interviewed by Louisa Ermelino (Publishers Weekly reviews director) at 10 a.m. on the Midtown Stage and ending with “Great Unsolved Criminal Cases,” with author Geoffrey Gray (Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Coo-per, Crown), interviewed by New York magazine executive editor Joh Homans at 4 p.m. on the Uptown Stage. Lisa See, Lemony Snicket, Dava Sobel, and the Rising Literary Stars of Russia are also among the other stage events today.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Daisy Maryles
MANAGING EDITORS
 Michael Coffey, Sonia Jaffe Robbins
ART DIRECTORS
 Clive Chiu, Kenneth Nadel
PHOTOGRAPHER
 Steve Kagan
STAFF REPORTERS
 Andrew Albanese, Rachel Deahl, Dick Donahue, Louisa Ermelino, Lynn Garrett, Sarah F. Gold, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Diane Roback, Mark Rotella, Parul Seghal, John A. Sellers
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
 Gwenda Bond, Natalie Danford, Lucinda Dyer, Karen Jones, Hilary S. Kayle, Bridget Kinsella, Claire Kirch, Sally Lodge, Suzanne Mantell, Shannon Maughan, Diane Patrick, Judith Rosen, Marc Schultz, Wendy Werris, Ada Price
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL
 Craig Teicher
PRODUCTION MANAGER
 Catherine Fick, Kady Francesconi
TECHNOLOGY MANAGER
 Milan Patel
PUBLISHER
 Cevin Bryerman
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, SHOW DAILY
 Joseph MurrayBookExpo America is owned by Reed Exhibitions and any of its marks used herein are used under license from Reed Exhibitions.
The line up for a busy BookExpo America begins on Monday at registration.
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