Show Notes: Digital Book World 2013
-BISG and Bowker both presented results of recent studies. Bowker's Sharon Lubrano's data-rich presentation included stats on the growth of ebook sales (they're now 23% of all books sold, eating away primarily at mass paperbacks early on and then hardbacks); in-store display is still the key awareness factor for print books, while personal recommendations fill that role for ebooks; and that 39% of ebook purchases in 2012 were for a Kindle device, down from 44% in 2011. BISG's Vlahos gave a snapshot of the typical "power buyer": an urban female between 30 and 44 years old, and noted that ebook genre preference—wherein readers prefer some genres to others for ebooks, is disappearing.
-After being called the "smartest person in the business doing this" in regard to digitizing ebooks, Matt MacInnis of Inkling's Thursday afternoon panel discussion on "Making Content Searchable" was standing room only. Other panelists were Linda Holliday of Semi-Linear, Patricia Payton of RR Bowker, Gary Price of INFOdocket.com and Neal Goff of Egremont Associates.