Futurebook Conference 2016

Friday 2nd December, London


FutureBook - the book trade's digital platform.

Register your interest for 2016 here, and watch 2015's highlights below.

FutureBook Conference 2015 from The Bookseller on Vimeo.

FutureBook brings together leading thinkers in publishing, retail, editorial, writing, marketing and tech, along with speakers from other industries. This is the fifth anniversary of FutureBook, the largest digital publishing conference in Europe. This year’s week-long festival, culminating in the FutureBook Conference on December 4th, is aimed at those invested in and passionate about the future of books.

FutureBook is the must-attend event for anyone who wants to face our digital future from a position of power.

In the years since FutureBook originally launched, the publishing industry has undergone a radical transformation. That transformation is still going on, but the emphasis has shifted. We are no longer awaiting disruption, but creating it. This is something to celebrate, but it also means that the real work has only just begun.

With more than 40 speakers from industry leaders to entrepreneurial start-ups taking part in debates, showcasing successful initiatives and pitching big ideas, FutureBook is at the forefront of the industry’s latest developments.

FutureBook is brought to you by The Bookseller, the book trade's leading industry magazine.

For any programme enquiries, please email The Editor of The Bookseller, Philip Jones (philip.jones@thebookseller.com)


The Venue

The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre
Puddle Dock
Blackfriars, Greater London

Date & Time

Friday 4th December 2015
Doors open 8.40am
FutureBook Awards 5.15pm
Drinks reception 6.00pm

Bookings are now closed. Register your interest for 2016 here.

All rates exclude 20% VAT.

All discounts are exclusive and cannot be used concurrently. Please see Terms & Conditions for further information.

Programme highlights

Face Out: Strategies That Work and Why

What's working and why? Executives from successful publishing businesses and book tech start-ups reveal the secrets behind their business models and how they are profiting from the digital disruption.

Shop Talk: How Customer Dynamics Are Changing

Using new data and customer metrics, experts will address how readers’ consumption patterns are driving change in publishing and content retailing. Two sessions on consumer data will look at this both from the retailer perspective and from the publisher point of view, with examples of how customer know-how is being put to business use.

From the Outside Looking In: External Perspectives

Innovators in media from outside the publishing industry explain how they would tackle the issues publishers, agents, and authors face, with viewpoints from experts in radio, digital newspapers, analysis and forecasting.

The Incredible Book: What Happens When Content Goes Unbound

Chaired by Peter Meyers author of Breaking the Page, two sessions at FutureBook 2015 will look at and seek to explore how the book is changing and what this change looks like, with authors and creatives from across publishing invited to talk about their successes.

Mobile First: The 6 Billion Opportunity

Six billion people have mobile devices, but how many are being used for reading? Executives from mobile reading companies and pioneers will explore how publishers can expand into this developing market.

BookTech Showcase

A new initiative from FutureBook that brings together the best in new thinking from book tech companies and start-ups in a unique showcase and competition. This fully interactive session is to be curated and hosted by the journalist and tech-insider Molly Flatt.

The overall programme was amazing- so much on offer. Stimulating and thought-provoking

Previous Attendee

Why Attend?

Enjoy a once-a-year chance to be inspired, play, and create inventive strategies

Discover hacks and workarounds that bring you closer to the resources you need

Learn to drive new growth by uncovering new opportunities and gaps in the market

Spark new ideas for initiatives that will make a real impact on your business

Take a day out from the office and find out what you could do more effectively


  • Anna Jean Hughes

    Founder and Editorial Director, The Pigeonhole

    Anna has worked in publishing for over a decade. There was a brief fling with the Erotic Review, a minor assignation with Condé Nast and a long and complicated relationship with Random House. She then swapped sides and set up digital publisher The Pigeonhole (even though she is actually rather disgusted by pigeons).


  • Susan Jurevics

    Chief Executive Officer, Pottermore

    Susan L. Jurevics is the Chief Executive Officer of Pottermore from J. K. Rowling, the award-winning, digital commerce and community experience built around the Harry Potter stories.

    Before Pottermore Susan was at Sony Corporation of America, where she pioneered its cross-company, entertainment marketing function and architected the company’s US digital presence, gathering multiple awards from the Webby Awards, Telly Awards and the Web Marketing Association.

  • Stephen Page

    Publisher and Chief Executive, Faber

    Stephen’s career began in bookselling. In 1994 he joined Fourth Estate, becoming M.D.  in 2000. In 2001 he joined Faber as CEO. Faber won Independent Publisher of Year in 2011.  He is interested in the issue of independence in the industry and the effects of technology on libraries, authors and publishing. In 2012 he was FutureBook’s ‘Most Inspiring Digital Person’.


  • Annette Thomas

    Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature

    Annette was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of Springer Nature in May 2015 following the merger between the majority of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Previously she was CEO of Macmillan Science and Education, responsible for its global portfolio of science, scholarly and education business. She was awarded the Yale University Wilbur Cross medal in 2013.


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