• David Shelley

    Hachette CEO

    Publishing industry riser David Shelley will reflect on how the book trade has changed since he first entered the industry in 1997, and what that change indicates about the robustness of the sector.

  • Sophia Thakur

    Performance poet

    Writer, spoken-word poet and performer Sophia Thakur will close the day with a unique performance, bringing inimitable rawness, honesty and humour to the question: what does the future hold for books?

  • Muki Kulhan

    Muki International Executive digital producer

    Muki Kulhan, an executive digital producer and immersive R&D producer, will explore the new technology led projects, platforms and tools that have the potential to impact on the book trade in the next few years.

  • Tracey Follows

    Futuremade Founder & CEO

    Trend forecaster Tracey Follows will look to the horizon in terms of wider business and culture, discussing the implications of such developments as: decentralised systems; AI and machine communication; consumer prediction; and ethical business for the publishing industry.

  • Seth Godin


    In an exclusive video created specially for the FutureBook audience, author Seth Godin will explain how the ideas from his brand-new book, This Is Marketing, can help reinvigorate the future of bookshops.

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  • Joseph Evans

    Enders Analysis Senior research analyst

    Joseph Evans will survey the recent growth in audio, and look at the implications of Audible's strategy to become the Netflix for listening

  • Miles Stevens Hoare

    W F Howes General manager

    Miles Stevens-Hoare will share his thoughts on the wider market for audiobooks, from retail to library supply, and on how dedicated audiobook publishers add value

  • James Cridland

    Radio Futurologist

    Radio Futurologist, James Cridland, will talk about the impact of smart-speakers on the markets for audio content

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  • Rose Luckin

    UCL Knowledge Lab Professor of learner-centred design

    Rose Luckin, whose own research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from AI, will explore the real impact of the new technologies, including those she is seeing coming out of EDUCATE.

  • Sir Anthony Seldon

    The University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor

    Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the university of Buckingham and author of AI study The Fourth Education Revolution, is a long-time champion of digital learning, and his latest book is a call to educators everywhere to grapple with the challenges of AI, which has immense capacity to spread education across the globe, but must be properly shaped to achieve that end

  • Kiera Newmark

    Department for Education Deputy director, STEM & Digital Skills Unit
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Are you sitting comfortably?

Well, it’s time to get the hell up and start taking more risks. Because this year, Europe’s biggest publishing innovation conference is on a mission to put a sparkling rocket of creativity and courage up the book trade. On Friday 30th November, FutureBook Live will bring three electrifying strands of content to 155 Bishopsgate, London to help you:


ask the uncomfortable questions about what is (or isn’t) working now, from what readers really want to whether subscription models work.


look five years ahead at the tech and issues that are going to transform what and how you create, from voice to AI to leadership. 


get hands-on with the approaches and technologies that will help you deliver on your ideas, from a live ThinkSprint to our BookTech pitch-off.

Join us to hear from provocative experts, innovators in other industries and 500 of your boldest and brightest peers.

Book people, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.

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