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Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

Book Business is excited to announce the newest addition to our events roster, the Book Business Live: Executive Summit on Digital Publishing. The summit is an invite-only gathering which will explore how publishers are reorienting their organizations around digital products and implementing new marketing strategies to better engage with their readership.

Lynn Rosen talks with Bill Seifert from Quad/Graphics at the 2013 Publishing Business Conference in NYC.

Last week in NYC, about 160 people attended the Content Marketing Master Class, which Publishing Executive co-hosted, along with our sister publication Target Marketing and content marketing guru Joe Pulizzi’s Content Marketing Institute.  Some fabulous and energetic speakers such as Robert Rose addressed in specific and practical ways: What can we do to make a change in our business so that we can start using content marketing?

One way to really understand someone is to look at the books on their bookshelf. Here's a picture of mine and it's a picture of my soul: It's disorganized with technical books mixed in with science fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and art. Like many book lovers I tend to dive deep into an author and immerse myself in a subject in a way that social media and search results can't provide. After decades of this behavior I realize it's an addiction and respite from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Where is the book industry going, what will my workplace and career opportunities be like, what do I need to know to keep up with the times? Or, in a more cosmic vein, what does the future hold?

In an effort to answer these questions, publishers have settled each year into a series of industry meetings of general interest. Each has a unique theme, as noted below. They make the effort to bring together a cross section of publishers, associations, service providers and media professionals to connect with audiences ranging from first-time aspirants to seasoned managers and executives in every channel and of every level of responsibility.

Following is my own overview of the events with which I have become familiar through the years. I would say that a judicious choice of BEA or ALA and any one of the others whose focus comes closest to your own would provide a more than satisfying menu. If I had to attend only one: (a) I would pick BEA or ALA if my interest was in authors, reading, content and publishing as an enterprise, and (b) if my primary concerns were business development and operating management, I would choose any of the others from whose quality of attendee profiles and lists of presenters, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors I would expect to learn the most.

  Somehow Smashwords seems to get all the press, but Wattpad is a force to be reckoned with on a worldwide basis.  Here are some numbers: 3.2 million stories posted with another 300,000+ added every month Over 1 BILLION minutes spent on Wattpad each month 8 Million unique monthly visitors 1 comment posted every second [...]

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