2015 Conference

Monday 30th November - Friday 4th December

FutureBook Week took place from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December, with speakers including rapper Akala, Faber's Stephen Page and Pottermore's Susan Jurevics. See highlights from the conference below:


  • Author Day

    Monday 30th November, 9am-5.30pm

    The Bookseller and FutureBook invite you to our inaugural Author Day.

    Now is the time for authors, publishers and the book trade to come together, share ideas and move from discussion to action. At a time of unprecedented change and promise for authors, our emphasis is on exploring potentially divisive issues - with a goal of common understanding.

    Led by a carefully selected roster of talented, skilled, well-placed speakers, Author Day is an exploration and a frank exchange on the challenges facing authors and the industry players who work with them.

    Author Day extends a warm welcome to both independent and traditionally published authors, as well as to their agents and publishers. Key findings from the day will be presented at the FutureBook Conference on Friday 4th December, with messages from the day’s proceedings delivered to the largest digital publishing conference in Europe.

    For more information please visit the Author Day website.

  • BIC Breakfast

    Tuesday 1st December, 9–10:30am

    Hachette’s George Walkley, Kobo’s Lindsey Mooney, and Ingram Content Group’s Ruth Jones will be the speakers at a BIC Breakfast being held as part of The Bookseller’s FutureBook Week.

    The breakfast, being held in London, will take place on Tuesday 1st December from 9am to 10.30am. Walkley, head of digital at Hachette, Mooney, Kobo’s content lead for UK and Ireland, and Jones, director of publisher business development at Ingram Content Group, will discuss the practical application of meaningful metadata.

    Places for the breakfast are limited to 25 people, and tickets are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

    The event will be hosted by Alaina-Marie Bassett, business manager at BIC, and is sponsored by Virtusales.

    This event is now fully booked. To add your name to the wait list please click here

  • The Bookseller Rising Stars Alumni Party

    Wednesday 2nd December, 6.30-8.30pm (invite only)

    The Bookseller, as part of FutureBook Week and in association with the Frankfurt Book Fair, is delighted to host a very special Rising Stars Alumni Party, which will take place on Wednesday 2nd December between 6.30 and 8.30pm.

    This is an opportunity for all the Rising Stars of the last five years to meet The Bookseller, industry professionals and, of course, each other.

    Booking for the Rising Stars Alumni Party is by invitation online.

  • FutureBook Conference

    Friday 4th December, 8.30am-5.00pm

    FutureBook 2015 brought together leading thinkers in publishing, retail, editorial, writing, marketing and tech, along with speakers from other industries. Marking the fifth anniversary of FutureBook, the largest digital publishing conference in Europe, the 2015 event was a week-long festival, culminating in the FutureBook Conference on December 4th, and 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.

  • FutureBook Awards (post-FutureBook)

    Friday 4th December, 5-6pm

    Every year we celebrate those companies and individuals who are playing a key role in driving the publishing industry forward.

    This year we have made some changes to the FutureBook Awards categories to reflect how the book industry is continuing to develop.

    We are introducing three new awards this year. The Digital Achiever of the Year Award will focus on individuals making a difference either within their company or as individuals working in the digital book business. The BookTech Company of the Year Award, will highlight businesses and organisations whose technological innovations have the potential to make a unique impact on the book publishing industry in the years ahead. The FutureBook Platform of the Year, sponsored by Firebrand and NetGalley, is a continuation of The FutureBook Website of the Year awards, previously won by Lonely Planet, Unbound and Hardie Grant's Cooked.

    The winners of the FutureBook Awards will be announced after the FutureBook Conference. Tickets to the awards are included in the conference ticket and cannot be purchased seperately.

For event queries please contact grace.harrison@thebookseller.com
For sponsorship enquiries please contact emma.lowe@thebookseller.com