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Digital Book World: 'The leads are great'

January 26, 2011 |  6:41 am


Overheard at Digital Book World: "The leads are great. Nothing else matters."

Some publishing conferences -- particularly 2009's Book Expo -- left the impression that publishing was in a deep and irreversible decline. This is not a repeat of that conference.

Digital Book World has attracted those who think that publishing has a future, and there is money to be made. Some are vendors of back-end systems; others have developed new e-book-related products geared to consumers. There are longtime players and absolute newcomers.

We'll have more about them this week, hotel wi-fi willing. Because when more than 1,200 eager, technologically inclined publishing professionals arrive at a conference, the wi-fi falls victim to a traffic jam.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Welcome desk at Digital Book World on Tuesday in New York. Credit: Carolyn Kellogg