Neil Gaiman to speak at LBF

Neil Gaiman is to appear as keynote speaker at London Book Fair's Digital Minds Conference 2013.

Gaiman will speak on Sunday 14th April at the event, to be chaired by Sara Lloyd.

Jacks Thomas, LBF senior exhibition director, said: "Neil is a pioneering author—one of the first author bloggers, he has made himself a digital phenomenon, with an incredible 1.8 million followers on Twitter. I am delighted that he has agreed to give a keynote speech at Digital Minds—his success and expertise exemplify everything we hope to explore at the conference."

The conference, sponsored by Jouve and the Copyright Clearance Centre, will also include Will Atkinson of Faber on the digital year so far and Free Ride author Robert Levine on changing publishing ecosystems.

Also lined up for the conference are a discussion self-publishing and the hybrid author with John Bond from Whitefox, Mark Coker from Smashwords and Sophie Rochester of The Literary Platform.

 

Lloyd said: "I'm delighted to have been asked to chair this year's Digital Minds conference, which will reflect an industry that has wholeheartedly embraced the digital publishing opportunity. As the e-book market in the UK and US matures and establishes itself significantly in international markets, we will discuss what this means for content publishing now. Our exciting programme will focus on helping publishers address and resolve the biggest challenges of 2013: discovery in a world of shrinking physical shelf space and the urgent need for direct reader engagement.

 

"I'm excited to meet and introduce this year's impressive line-up of speakers and I hope to see you all there!"