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Barnes & Noble's Chief Digital Officer to Speak at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C.
Fred Argir to Share Insights During DBW 2016; Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is Feb. 8

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) will present a mainstage session called "Barnes & Noble: The Perspective of the New Chief Digital Officer" on Tuesday, March 8 in New York. During the interview-style presentation, DBW Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin will talk with Fred Argir, who became Barnes & Noble, Inc.'s vice president and chief digital officer in July 2015. Barnes & Noble is the nation's largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. DBW 2016 is the premier event (@DigiBookWorld - #DBW16) for book publishers and content providers of all sizes and business models who plan to thrive through and beyond publishing's digital transformation.

DBW 2016 takes place March 7 – 9 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Registration and program details are available at (the best early-bird rates expire Feb. 8; the final pre-conference registration rate expires March 6).

As the nation's largest retail bookseller, Barnes & Noble is committed to operating the best omni-channel specialty retail business in America, fulfilling customers' needs no matter how they shop or in what format they choose to consume content. At the company, Argir oversees the E-Commerce and NOOK® businesses, which are part of Barnes & Noble retail.

"We look forward to discussing Barnes & Noble's long-term strategy with Mr. Argir, including how effective collaboration with publishers will help with the company's strategic initiative," said Mike Shatzkin (@MikeShatzkin), who's the founder of The Idea Logical Company and a partner at Publishers Launch Conferences, in addition to being the DBW conference chair.

Argir joined Barnes & Noble from Toys "R" Us, Inc., where he served as chief digital officer since 2012, overseeing digital businesses in 13 countries. He is an accomplished e-commerce/omni-channel leader, who brings a deep understanding of retail, e-commerce, information technology and supply chain, with a proven track record for driving organizations to high levels of performance and profitability.

DBW 2016 will cover the most pressing topics, including: transformation in the book business and digital publishing community; data, discovery and SEO; tech vs. content; a fresh look at ebook sales, the indie-publishing market and a fast-changing publishing business; monetizing relationships with consumers; how digital has changed our culture; the changing realities for authors; and the book buyer's journey; among other relevant, strategy-focused topics.

DBW 2016 is produced by F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company in partnership with Publishers Launch Conferences.

Visit to register (the best early-bird rates expire Feb. 8; the final pre-conference registration rate expires March 6). Email to enquire about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting.

Also download the complimentary white paper, Viewpoints on Publishing's Digital Transformation, which features DBW speakers:

SOURCE Digital Book World Conference + Expo

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