During the last Readmagine conference there was a dialogue between Gregorio Pellegrino, Sebastian Posth and Denis Zwirm around formats, blockchain and distribution of books. One of the key issues was identifying the challenges for the next years on those fields. In this web site the users can access to the video of that dialogue and here are just their opinions on the issue of the most relevant challenges for the ebook industry during the next immediate years.
Pellegrino thinks that should be simpler to buy ebooks and that there is also the challenge of accessibility.
Posth places the main challenge in the license management and tools for the different sales models.
Zwirm foresees many challenges, starting by the increase of readers that choose digital for their books, inter-operatibility; in other words, keep it simple for the readers.
Denis Zwirn in the founder and CEO of Numilog, which is a French pioneer of the ebook market, created in 1999. Besides its own retail sites (www.numilog.com, www.ebookezvous.com) and reading applications in iOS and Android environment, Numilog offers publishers a global solution for distributing, selling and lending eBooks through the major international platforms, independent eBook stores and digital libraries.
Gregorio Pellegrino is an Italian computer engineer, Gregorio Pellegrino has a strong knowledge in the digital publishing field, new media with particular attention to accessibility for visually impaired people. He is a consultant in these areas for publishing companies (especially regarding formats, international standards and authoring platforms). He is the technical manager of Fondazione LIA where he coordinates consulting and training activities for national and international organisations who want to change their production processes in order to embrace accessibility. He is involved in international working-group devoted to accessibility of publications and standard formats.
Sebastion Posth created ‘Posth – Digital Business Development’, which offers consulting services, project management and product development for media companies, publishers, intermediaries, retailers, and institutions in the fields of digital publishing, digital content aggregation and distribution, social media and ebook retail marketing, data analytics and market research. He is the founder and managing director of data analytics company Publishing Data Networks and is developing Monitor, a tool for sales and marketing data analysis designed to support publishers and authors with their digital marketing and sales. Also, is the founder and business developer of the Content Blockchain Project, building tools and services for journalists, publishers, and media start-ups to create new innovative products, services and business models in an open blockchain economy.