Digital Publishing & Self-Publishing Conferences in 2013

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Image courtesy of Kozzi Inc.

Attending conferences is always a good way to keep up with industry trends, learn some new tricks, and network face-to-face with others in the industry. I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of conferences in 2013 for indie authors, focusing on digital publishing or self-publishing in general.

In 2013 I expect that almost every writer conference will have sessions on self-publishing and digital publishing. The San Francisco Writers Conference starting on 14 February is one example.  So instead of listing every conference for writers this post lists some of the conferences to be held this year which are dedicated to these topics.

Self-Publishing & Digital Publishing Conferences in 2013

5th Annual Intelligent Content Conference
San Francisco, 7-8 Feb (Sold Out)
“This year’s event focuses on helping organizations better understand the emerging discipline of corporate publishing with an emphasis on teaching you what you need to know about the standards, methods, and tools needed to deliver the right information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right format and language, on the device of the customer’s choosing.”

Indie Author Publishing Conference & Pitchapalooza
Phoenix, Arizona, 9 Feb
“Whether you choose the DIY model or follow the traditional route to bring your book to market, the INDIE AUTHOR PUBLISHING CONFERENCE offers you a place to get started, get inspired, and learn what you need to get published!”

eBooks: Great Expectations for Web Standards
New York, 11-12 Feb
A W3C Workshop, organized in partnership with IDPF and BISG, designed to bring together major players of the eBooks market, including publishers, standardization organizations, booksellers, and accessibility organizations, to bring eBook publishing to its full potential through standardization.

O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing
New York, 12-14 Feb
– for professionals and companies engaged with the challenges and opportunities of new publishing technologies and business models.

Washington (WA), 14-16 Mar
“Trailblazing the Wild World of ePublishing”. From the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition comes 3 days of ePublishing information, news and education.

6th Digital Innovators’ Summit
Berlin, Germany, 17-19 Mar
A two day international digital media conference designed to bring together senior executives from magazine and digital media companies, technology innovators and solution providers to understand emerging trends, share innovative ideas and solutions, see new relevant technologies and network.

The Self Publishing Conference
University of Leicester, UK, 24 Mar
“A unique opportunity to meet and interact with influential individuals and companies working within the self-publishing sector.”

Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP)
Orlando, Florida, 8-11 Jan (Past Event)
Las Vegas, 8 – 10 Apr
TAP! is a cutting-edge training conference pushing new limits in digital content creation, publishing, marketing and monetizing. This Digital Publishing Workshop takes place at NABShow (National Association of Broadcasters).

Digital Minds Conference
London, UK, 14 Apr
Now in its fifth year, this conference is a popular precursor to the London Book Fair.
The conference will consider in depth how the publishing industry is evolving, innovating, reinventing, and working with new players, new approaches, new benefits and new communities.

Digital Media Europe 2013
London, 15-17 Apr
Digital publishing conference withe launch of the European Digital Media Awards.

PubKon 13
Berlin, 19-20 Apr
A two-day Print & Digital Publishing Conference (German).

PePcon 2013: The Print + ePublishing Conference
Austin, Texas, 28 Apr – 1 May
“Join the world’s top InDesign experts and the Adobe InDesign team, April 28–May 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas, for the InDesign event of the year! Find answers and valuable insight on publishing for eBooks, print, iPad/tablets, interactive documents, and more!”

IDPF Digital Book 2013
New York, 29-30 May
Conference of the International Digital Publishing Forum featuring the latest business and technical developments in the rapidly evolving digital publishing industry.

The Association for Independent Authors is also planning for a major conference to be held in either 2013 or 2014 (TBA). Check their site for updates.

The following events have already taken place at the time of writing and are included for planning purposes for next year.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo
New York, 15-17 Jan (Past Event)
A conference for digital publishing and digital publishing strategies, bringing together over 1,000 publishing professionals focused on developing, building and transforming their organization to compete in the new digital publishing environment.

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INDIE Revolution Conference (IndieReCon)
Online, 19-21 Feb
A free, online conference designed to help any writer or author who is curious about the ins and outs of Indie publishing. You’ll find everything from the pros and cons of Indie publishing, essential aspects in creating a high-quality book, successful online marketing, and expanding into international markets.

For more general writing conferences in USA see:

Have I missed an important event?
Please let me know of other conferences in the comments section below.

About the Author: Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks'. He also manages several web sites for professional writers including Publish Your Own Ebooks and Worldwide Freelance.


  1. Great post, v helpful! Thanks Gary for doing the research for us 🙂

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