The Roundtable

#DBW RoundtableThe Roundtable is a live, interactive webcast gathering some of the most outspoken industry professionals to debate the hottest publishing issues of the week, as being discussed in traditional media, the blogiverse and on Twitter. From celebrity book deals to eBook rights and pricing to [insert YOUR pet topic here] — if it’s related to books, it’s on the agenda.

Live, interactive, opinionated, timely… every other Thursday @ 1pm EST (10am PST), and best of all, it’s free!

Primary seats at The Roundtable are held by:

Moderated by

  • Matt Mullin, Community Relations Manager, Digital Book World

Register now to take your seat at the table and join the conversation.

What do YOU want the Roundtable to talk about? Leave topic suggestions and links in the comments here.

8 thoughts on “The Roundtable

  1. How about talking about the Amazon/Macmillan weekend fun and what the agency model applied to all books really means w/r/t Amazon making money on every Kindle eBook sold, publishers potentially making less money on each book even though the retail price is higher, author potentially making less in royalties, and customers ultimately paying as much as 50% more for eBooks. A general examination of the agency model and what it means for all involved, including contracts. Is there no place for a wholesaler/distributor in this model? Should net royalties be paid on cover price or revenue (70% of cover) in this model? Does this fall under “normal trade bookselling” or is this another model that needs a renegotiated royalty? Can we be at the beginning stages of the slippery slope that leads to dynamic pricing on eBooks AND print books, and possibly non-returnable print books?

  2. Would love to hear the panel’s views on the growing calls for ebooks to be autonomous and distinct from their print versions not just digital facsimiles. Do they think this an area that needs to be improved on if ebooks are to grow in popularity? Have they come across any examples where this has been done successfully? Are there any publishers or authors who are blazing a trail in this area?

    many thanks!

  3. I agree with Joe. Would love to talk more about the “ebook package,” what value-add content should be included with enhanced ebooks, and whether editorial and design standards need to differ based on how the content is delivered. The technology on these devices is still limited, but does that excuse poor formatting and proofreading? Where do we draw the line?

  4. How about talking about the Amazon/Macmillan weekend fun and what the agency model applied to all books really means w/r/t Amazon making money on every Kindle eBook sold, publishers potentially making less money on each book even though the retail price is higher, author potentially making less in royalties, and customers ultimately paying as much as 50% more for eBooks. A general examination of the agency model and what it means for all involved, including contracts. Is there no place for a wholesaler/distributor in this model? Should net royalties be paid on cover price or revenue (70% of cover) in this model? Does this fall under “normal trade bookselling” or is this another model that needs a renegotiated royalty? Can we be at the beginning stages of the slippery slope that leads to dynamic pricing on eBooks AND print books, and possibly non-returnable print books?
    +1

  5. I subscribe to the audio podcast. It’s interesting and I’d love to listen to it more but when using headphones, which is how I’m usually listening, it’s virtually unlistenable. You guys have to do something about your audio quality. I’ve had to constantly change the volume because one person’s shouting in my ear while another’s whispering and I’ve had to yank the headphones out of my ear because of this problem. There are other roundtable type podcasts that solve this problem (TWIT for one), so it’s doable.

    Sorry to leave a negative comment when I do like your podcast, but I no longer really listen much at all because even though the content is interesting, the overall experience is just too unpleasant.

    • Rosemary: Apologies for the varying audio quality, unfortunately we don’t have TWIT’s resources to do post-production on the podcasts. The GoToWebinar platform we use for the live episodes is decentralized so every participant is on a different line, and other than speaking loudly and clearly, there’s no individual level control.

      • Guy, I’m not sure how well it will work with GoToWebinar calls, but try running the finished file through Levelator — a free download. It does a great job at evening out the levels.

        A few notes: Levelator only works with WAV files (not MP3), but we usually run the WAV file through Levelator and then convert to MP3 before uploading. It also doesn’t work with music tracks, but that shouldn’t be an issue for Roundtable.

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