FutureBook, The Bookseller's annual publishing conference, will return with an in-person event in 2021, combined with a live-stream for attendees who wish to watch the sessions remotely. The theme of this year is RESET, as we emerge from lockdown with an unprecedented chance to challenge old assumptions and processes and create real change for a more relevant and resilient industry. 

The conference takes place on 19th November at 155 Bishopsgate, with the event and live-stream to begin at 9am culminating in the FutureBook Awards from 5pm. Last year's online event attracted 1,530 delegates, from more than 20 countries, and featured more than 100 speakers. The in-person event offers an unprecedented opportunity to once again gather together with numbers strictly limited to 350 delegates; online-only delegates will be able to watch live and on catch-up.

The annual FutureBook Awards will return, with seven awards to be announced, including the prestigious FutureBook Person of the Year. Other categories include Campaign and Team, with two new awards: one for Sustainability, and a second "Discover" award, for an initiative that addresses the lack of representation in the trade. Entries have now closed but our shotlists will be announced early November.

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The conference will focus on three areas: the digital strand, including audio and e-book publishing, will examine how the sector emerges from the coronavirus pandemic with panels, showcases and interviews highlighting emerging trends and lessons learned; a new section on sustainability will interrogate how the book trade can tackle its environmental impact, and follows publication of The Bookseller’s Climate Issue on 15th October; a third element brings "Discover" to FutureBook, a series of talks and discussions that will amplify under-represented voices as well as the innovative work of indie publishers, activist bookshops and start-ups.

For sponsorship opportunities and to make group bookings, please do get in touch with Emma.lowe@thebookseller.com

How We're Keeping You Safe

For everyone who's planning to attend in person this November, we know it's important that you feel safe and comfortable throughout the conference. You can read here about all the measures we’re taking to make you feel safe and relaxed while back with your publishing peers. 

Of course, if attending remotely works better for you, you’ll have access to every live-streamed event on the day and until January 2022 (as will our physical attendees, of course). And if you change your mind at any time, you can switch your ticket to your preferred mode of attending.