Futurebook Conference 2014

Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, London,

FutureBook brings together the leading thinkers in digital publishing, editorial, writing, marketing and tech, as well as anyone who is invested in and passionate about the future of the book, and the transformation of the book business.


Now in its fourth year, with over 700 attendees and more than 40 speakers giving keynotes, panel sessions and pitching big ideas, FutureBook is the largest digital publishing conference in Europe.

Every year the conference offers industry leaders from across the book trade the opportunity to come together to discover, learn and discuss the future of the book and the transformation of the book business. From different business models to the role of changing technology, FutureBook explores, fuels and is at the forefront of the latest developments in the industry.

Who Attended

  • * Agents
  • * Authors
  • * CEOs
  • * Communications directors
  • * Digital directors
  • * Digital marketing managers
  • * Digital publishers
  • * Digital project managers
  • * Editors
  • * Marketing managers
  • * Publicists
  • * Social Media managers

  • Porter Anderson

    *Porter Anderson

    Associate Editor of FutureBook.

    Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing and its digital disruption. He is Associate Editor of The FutureBook for London’s The Bookseller. His "Porter Anderson Meets" newsmaker interviews for The Bookseller are also read at The FutureBook, and he conducts those interviews live on Twitter with the hashtag #PorterMeets.

    His "Writing on the Ether" column about publishing is read at ThoughtCatalog.com, which is among the world’s 50 largest sites tracked by Quantcast. He programmed the Master Class events of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair's inaugural Business Club, and his consultancy is a media partner with London Book Fair. He programmed the inaugural uPublishU Author Hub for BookExpo America 2014 (BEA) and his talk, “What is the Literature of Our Business?” was a closing keynote address at The Next Chapter conference in Stockholm.

    He has interviewed the author-activist Hugh Howey in live sessions at both PubSmart in Charleston and Klopotek’s Publishers Forum in Berlin. He moderated the inaugural Authoright London Author Fair, and is a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington on Literature, 2014. Anderson’s media outlets have included CNN-USA, CNN International, CNN.com, and The Village Voice. His diplomatic posting to Rome with the United Nations made him the World Food Programme’s first Creative Advisor and Multimedia Manager, and he has served as Executive Producer for the Danish government’s INDEX: Design to Improve Life in Copenhagen. More is at PorterAndersonMedia.com

  • Sam Aspinall

    *Sam Aspinall

    CEO, Touchpress.

    Sam joined Touchpress in 2013 to lead the company in challenging traditional publishing models and producing apps that astonish the world. Sam combines a passion for glorious content with commercial acumen, having begun her career as a Chartered Accountant before adding an MBA from Warwick Business School. She left Arthur Andersen to join Mind Gym, a start-up that set out to hallenge the assumptions and norms of the corporate training industry. Sam led this disruptive business as Commercial Director, delivering a tenfold growth in revenue and working globally with a range of FTSE 100 companies.

  • Henrik Berggren

    *Henrik Berggren

    Product Manager, DropBox.

    Henrik Berggren is responsible for Dropbox's mobile development. He is an entrepreneur who works incredibly hard on projects he’s hugely passionate about. Prior to Dropbox, he founded Readmill, a startup in publishing, which was acquired by Dropbox earlier this year. Henrik now leads development on mobile products, specifically around documents and collaboration, at Dropbox headquarters in San Francisco.

  • George Berkowski

    *George Berkowski

    Serial Entrepreneur.

    George Berkowski is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in manned space flight, online dating, transportation and mobile apps. He is one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi-hailing app Hailo, where he led the product team until September 2013. George studied rocket science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He was Chairman of MIT’s Enterprise Forum in the UK and is heavily involved in the UK and US startup scenes. Follow him on Twitter @georgeberkowski.

    George’s new venture is IceCream, and with it he wants to re-invent the Camera App. It ensures you never run out of space on your smartphone no matter how many photos you take, enables fast and simple sharing and intuitively backs up and safely stores each photo you take. IceCream will be launching in Autumn 2014. Find out more at www.shareicecream.com.

  • Michael Bhaskar

    *Michael Bhaskar

    Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail, author of The Content Machine.

    Michael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail and author of The Content Machine, a book exploring the past, present and future of publishing. He has worked for publishers, agents, newspapers, web start-ups and an economics consultancy. He can be found on Twitter as @michaelbhaskar

  • David Boyle

    *David Boyle

    Executive Vice-President of Insight, BBC Worldwide.

    David Boyle is passionate about using data to help brands understand and connect to their audiences. He leads the work of the Insight team at BBC Worldwide, the commercial and global wing of the BBC. His task is to help to transform the relationship that BBC Worldwide has with its audience by building premium, industry-leading insight capabilities that are understood, valued and used by the organisation. Whether that's Insight into consumers, BBC brands and the market, or Insight into what connects with audiences emotionally and what inspires them. This understanding will help teams to grow by identifying opportunities that will resonate with audiences and drive returns through understanding what consumers want in-market.

    David has spent the last seven years constructing global insight capabilities for the publishing and music industries - helping them make quicker, smarter and bolder decisions for their brands. He joined BBC from his most recent role as SVP Consumer Insight at HarperCollins Publishers where his consumer insight work allowed the company to better understand consumer behaviour and attitudes towards books, authors, book discovery and purchase. Prior to that David was at EMI Music, where he delivered insight to all parts of the business in more than 25 countries, helping to shift the organisation's decision-making at all levels from artist signing to product development and brand development plans for EMI's biggest artists including The Beatles and Pink Floyd. He has also worked to help the Labour party win their historic third term in the UK and to build some of the insight and analysis infrastructure that was instrumental in Barack Obama's elections.

  • Carla Buzasi

    *Carla Buzasi

    Global Chief Content Officer, WGSN.

    Carla Buzasi was the founding editor of The Huffington Post UK. During her time at the publication, she saw it grow to 24.4 million global unique users per month, and attract more than 10,000 bloggers, including the likes of David Beckham, Cherie Blair and HRH the Prince of Wales. She also held the role of Vice President and Global Editorial Director of Huffington Post Lifestyle.

    Carla was awarded the Media Innovator of the Year award in 2012 and has won Editor of the Year at the Online Media Awards for the past two years. She was also named as one of the top 50 female Innovators in Digital Journalism in 2013.

    In the summer of 2014 she left Huffington Post to take on the new role of Global Chief Content Officer at trends and intelligence company WGSN, leading an international team of journalists, trend forecasters and designers. In addition to her day job, she is a regular commentator on the media, appearing on Newsnight, The Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics, Sky News and Lorraine.

  • Matthew Cashmore

    *Matthew Cashmore

    Digital Director, Blackwell’s.

    At Blackwell’s, Matthew focuses on find and executing new opportunities, guiding a digital step-change for Blackwell’s future. Having previously held roles at Lonely Planer, BBC and Hachette UK, Matthew has led various digital and research projects which have enabled innovation to become part of everyday processes. He regularly speaks at conferences about digital R&D and social marketing.

  • Joe Cohen

    *Joe Cohen

    C.E.O. Movellas.

    Joe Cohen is the CEO of Movellas. He is an entrepreneur and angel investor who has led innovative, global consumer businesses in the entertainment and leisure sectors. Joe was the founder of Seatwave and COO at Match.com and Ticketmaster. He has also been an investor, board member and advisor for Sofar Sounds, Hailo, HypeApp, Nitrogram and several other early-stage tech businesses.

    Joe frequently provides commentary and perspective to the media on global consumer issues and the wider tech industry, with recent appearances including the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Telegraph.co.uk, Financial Times, City AM and many others. Joe has also been a judge at the Telegraph Start-up 100, a mentor at Seedcamp Week and the founder of Devcamp.

  • Rachel Fershleiser

    *Rachel Fershleiser

    Director of Publisher Outreach, Tumblr.

    Rachel Fershleiser heads publisher outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

  • Jennie Rose Halperin

    *Jennie Rose Halperin

    Community Builder and researcher, Mozilla.

    Jennie Rose Halperin is a Project Manager and Researcher for the Community Building Team at the Mozilla Corporation. Her work focuses on building healthy digital communities and communities of practice on the Open Web. A Community Superstar, Wikipedian, and Webmaker Mentor, her work explores open source, open access, and open standards in cultural spaces. At Mozilla, she engages with diverse international communities to develop their impact through sustained contribution, recognition, and meaningful projects.

    Prior to Mozilla, she worked in academic libraries, archives, and museums, curation, and digital scholarship in the United States and Germany. She graduated from Barnard College and received her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. You can find her on the Internet at http://jennierosehalperin.me. She tweets @little_wow.

  • Alex Hardy

    *Alex Hardy

    Harbottle and Lewis.

    Alex Hardy worked in the publishing industry as an editor and in-house lawyer before joining law firm Harbottle & Lewis in 2011. Alex now works with publishers, authors, agents, retailers and publishing technology providers on cutting-edge legal and commercial issues. She was named one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2013.

  • Jo Henry

    *Jo Henry

    Director, Nielsen Research.

    Jo Henry started in publishing at Victor Gollancz, becoming Sales Director in 1989 and, after Cassell’s purchase of Gollancz, the Group’s International rade Sales Director. She left Cassell in 1993 to join the HEA’s Publishing Division as Head of Sales & Marketing, before joining Book Marketing Ltd. as Managing Director in 1995. Following the acquisition of BML by Publishing News, she ecame Managing Director of the PN Group. In 2012, BML was acquired by Bowker and merged with the US Consumer Insight Division to become Bowker Market Research in 2012. In September 2013, Nielsen Book acquired Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions Division, including Bowker Market Research.

  • Justo Hidalgo

    *Justo Hidalgo

    Co-founder, 24 symbols.

    Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a subscription service for ebooks. He teaches Product Strategy, Innovation and Lean Analytics at post-graduate and executive levels, and is a mentor for startups. Prior to 24symbols, Justo was VP Product Management and Consulting at Denodo Technologies, leading worldwide presales and product management. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computer Science, and has received training in Product Management, Product Marketing, Innovation and Creativity.

  • Nathan Hull

    *Nathan Hull

    Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail, author of The Content Machine.

    As Digital Product Development Director, Nathan has strategic responsibility for Penguin’s blossoming digital portfolio and focus on product innovation. He will seeks out and brokers partnerships to bring the best of current and future technologies and implements product development across all digital channels and in multiple markets. This range will includes multiple app platforms, new ebook and web technologies and considers the capabilities of new devices, in conjunction with gaming and connected TV partners and much more. Recent highlights include Gruff Rhys’ multi-platform American Interior project and YourFry, a global collaborative storytelling project with Stephen Fry. Nathan came to Penguin from Universal Music where he oversaw digital strategy for major artists and handled Universal’s relationships with key digital partners including iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BT and Sky. He was also instrumental in shaping the company’s strategy for streaming, subscriptions, apps, virtual merchandise and anti-piracy and launched Spotify as well as negotiating deals with Shazam, eBay, Xbox and PS3.

  • Marissa Hussey

    *Marissa Hussey

    Digital Marketing Director, Orion.

    As Digital Marketing Director at the Orion Publishing Group, Marissa leads digital projects across the company, from digitising traditional marketing elements, to direct-to-consumer email marketing and community development, to website development and search strategy for authors and Orion web properties. Coming from a mixed online sales and marketing and technical project management background, she has primarily worked in experimental, entrepreneurial teams within large publishers such as Random House, Workman Publishing, and Scholastic Inc. Marissa has a decade of experience in merging technical and creative work, having worked on the digital journey of major brands such as 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and authors such as Kate Mosse. Marissa’s team at Orion most recently launched the contemporary fiction community One Book Lane.com.

    Marissa is a Massachusetts native turned New Yorker, who now lives in London. She tweets infrequently and has much more meaningful relationships with her Pinterest and Instagram accounts.

  • Dan Kieran

    *Dan Kieran

    Software developer, producer and founder of Alternative bookstore and editor of LETTERS TO J. D. SALINGER.

    Dan Kieran is the CEO and co-founder of the award winning publishing platform unbound.co.uk. He is the author of ten books including The Idle Traveller and is a travel writer for the Guardian, The Times and Die Zeit in Germany.

  • Chris Kubica

    *Chris Kubica

    Software developer, producer and founder of Alternative bookstore

    Chris Kubica is editor of LETTERS TO J. D. SALINGER and Associate Producer of SALINGER, the Weinstein Company feature-length documentary film. Co-founder of the Book^2 unconference in New York and the Read Ahead unconference which premiered in London last year, Chris lives in Chapel Hill, NC USA. Like the rest of you, he’s working on a novel.

  • Joe Lennon

    *Joe Lennon

    Chief Technology Officer, ePubDirect.

    Joe Lennon is Chief Technology Officer at ePubDirect, leading their product, engineering and data teams. Joe is the author of two books, "HTML5 in Action" and "Beginning CouchDB", and has published dozens of technology articles and tutorials for IBM, that have been read by millions and translated into a dozen languages. Joe is very passionate about the convergence of technology and publishing, and is excited about how innovation is changing the way we produce and consume content.

  • Crystal Mahey-Morgan

    *Crystal Mahey-Morgan

    Freelance Digital Marketer.

    Crystal Mahey-Morgan began her career as a freelance journalist at the age of 16 writing for publications such as the Guardian and The Face Magazine. She has promoted a series of open mic events which were a fusion of hip hop and more conventional forms of poetry and was a performance poet/spoken word artist herself. At the age of 19 Mahey-Morgan became Marketing Manager for Raindance East Film festival. After Graduating from SOAS University she embarked on a career within Publishing, firstly working as Literary Assistant at Peter, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), then joining Random House in 2009 as Contracts Administrator. She has since held several roles in various departments at Random House and is currently Digital Key Account Manager.

  • Darren Nash

    *Darren Nash

    Digital Publisher, Gollancz.

    Darren Nash joined Orion at the end of September 2010, to head up Gollancz’s ambitious SF Gateway initiative: a programme conceived to make huge numbers of out-of-print classic science fiction available again as ebooks. SF Gateway launched a year and two weeks later with over 800 ebooks, and that figure currently stands at over 2,700 titles, with more to come. He also works on the SF and Fantasy Masterworks series and is responsible for Orion’s Terry Pratchett publishing programme.

  • Richard Nash

    *Richard Nash

    Strategist and serial entrepreneur.

    Richard Nash is a strategist and serial entrepreneur in digital media. He led partnerships and content at the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and the magazine content aggregator Byliner. Previously he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005 — the last book he edited there, Lydia Millet’s Love in Infant Monkeys, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. He left in 2009 to found Cursor, now an open-source community publishing project and to run Red Lemonade as a pilot for the Cursor project. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable named him the #1 Twitter User Changing the Face of Publishing. In 2013 the UK’s Bookseller magazine picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing. He spent the 1990s as an experimental theatre director and producer.

  • Andrew Savikas

    *Andrew Savikas

    C.E.O. Safari Books.

    Andrew Savikas is CEO at Safari, where he leads an exceptional team helping millions of people learn, grow, and build remarkable careers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Book Industry Study group, where he is a member of the Executive Committee. Andrew has served on the boards of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the MIT Press.

    Previously, Andrew led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, as VP of Digital Initiatives, and was Program Chair for the Tools of Change for Publishing conference.

    Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University, in Boston. He speaks frequently on digital publishing and ebooks, and is also the author of “Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text”.

  • Michael Tamblyn

    *Michael Tamblyn

    Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail, author of The Content Machine.

    Michael is President and Chief Content Officer at Kobo, and works closely with CEO Taka Aiki to further develop Kobo’s world-class platform, while keeping sustainable and long-term profitable growth central to the organization’s strategies. He brings tremendous insight into what readers want and continues to inspire Kobo with his creative ideas and passion for eBooks and eReading; on the content side, Michael is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's web and mobile services. Prior to joining Kobo, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData. Tamblyn also co-founded Canada's first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he also served as Vice President of Online Operations. Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Hannah Telfer

    *Hannah Telfer

    Group Director, Consumer and Digital Development, Penguin Random House.

    Hannah Telfer was appointed Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development at Penguin Random House in January 2014. She is responsible for consumer insight, group marketing, audience development, digital product development and the Group’s audio business, working closely with the Penguin Random House publishing and marketing teams. Hannah is a member of the Penguin Random House Group Executive team and chairs the UK Consumer Executive. Prior to this, Hannah was Director, Digital Marketing and Digital Product Development at The Random House Group leading an award-winning programme of digital publishing and marketing. Before moving to a group role, Hannah was part of the Ebury Publishing Executive team with responsibility for UK sales, marketing and publicity. Hannah contributed to the publishing strategy and launch for authors and brands including Caitlin Moran, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi, The Great British Bake Off and Top Gear.

    Hannah was voted as one of The Hospital Club’s Top 100 people working in Britain’s creative industries in 2014.

  • Sanne Vliegenthart

    *Sanne Vliegenthart

    Digital Coordinator, Hot Key Books.

    Digital co-ordinator at Hot Key Books by day and YouTuber and book reviewer by night (atyoutube.com/booksandquills). Sanne has been creating videos on Youtube since 2008, and is particularly interested in the online book community on Twitter, Youtube and Tumblr, and its role in the publishing world.

  • Henry Volans

    *Henry Volans

    Director, Faber Press.

    Henry Volans was recently appointed as Director of Faber Press. In the role he is responsible for Faber's poetry, drama, film and classical music publishing in all formats - from digital to limited editions, and from academic to consumer markets. Before that, he established Faber's highly regarded app and web publishing with the launch of Faber Digital.

  • Walter Walker

    *Walter Walker

    President, CodeMantra.

    Walter is President of codeMantra U.S. LLC. He brings 25 years book publishing and software experience to the company, having served as VP of Marketing & Sales for Simon & Schuster Interactive and VP Advertising Promotion for Pocket Books and various other divisions of S &S. He started his career north of the border as head of marketing for McClelland & Stewart. Prior to joining codeMantra, Walter served as a Director of Strategic Marketing for PTC’s Arbortext division. He has spent the last eight years working business development and sales in support of XML publishing solutions. He has worked on digital publishing and data base publishing initiatives across a broad array of verticals including government, financial services, life sciences, aerospace & defense, manufacturing and STM publishing. Walter lives and works outside of Boston, MA.

  • Tom Weldon

    *Tom Weldon

    Chief Executive of Penguin Random House UK.

    Weldon was brought up in London. After studying history at Oxford University, he was a graduate trainee with Macmillan. After three years as a non-fiction commissioning editor, he joined William Heinemann, then owned by Reed Elsevier. He spent nine years there as an executive editor, American editorial director based in New York, and then publisher of the imprint.

    In 1997 he moved to Penguin as publishing director of Michael Joseph. In 2001 he became managing director of the Penguin General division (then comprising of the Michael Joseph, Viking, Hamish Hamilton, Fig Tree and Penguin Ireland imprints). He was made deputy CEO of Penguin UK in 2009 and c.e.o. in January 2011. In July 2013 he was appointed the first CEO of Penguin Random House UK.

    He will talk to The Bookseller's editor Philip Jones at FutureBook 2014, giving an update on the merger between Penguin and Random House 18 months in; and how PRH is developing to the changing digital and print environments.

  • Ben Willis

    *Ben Willis

    Senior Publicity and Digital Campaigns Manager, Headline.

    Ben Willis started his career at Transworld (Random House) in London, before moving to Headline (Hachette UK) in 2011, where he is Senior Publicity & Digital Campaigns Manager. In 2011 he won the 'PPC Annual Hardback Fiction Award' for his work with Alison Barrow on the publicity campaign for Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson, and in 2014 he won both the 'PPC Annual Paperback Original Campaign Award' and 'Publicity Campaign of the Year' at the Bookseller Industry Awards for his publicity campaign for The Silent Wife by A.S.A.Harrison. In February 2014 he launched Headline and Hodder & Stoughton's book blogger resource website bookbridgr.com.

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Programme Highlights

Two streams running parallel
Big ideas
Full Programme

The big idea: FutureBook hack - June 2014

Last year we ended FutureBook with a panel of ‘Big Ideas’. Each speaker had five minutes to pitch their suggestion as to how the industry could improve. Head of literary at WME, Simon Trewin, argued that small communities that don’t cross-pollinate with other industries cannot form immunities. He proposed that the industry should reach out to other sectors to hold a hackathon to boost technical innovation in the trade.

The hack was one big idea we were able to road-test. In June, FutureBook worked with Simon, Matthew Cashmore, digital director at Blackwells, Chris McCrudden from Midas PR, and Sam Rayner and Nick Canty at UCL to hold the first industry-wide book hack in the UK. Five hacks won in categories covering discoverability, use of data, audio, automated content curation and reimagining of print assets. The industry came together to rethink what its future might look like. The results blew our fears and assumptions out of the water: the only thing left was excitement about what could be.

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What you need to know


This year's FutureBook Conference took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center on the

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre,
Broad Sanctuary,
London, SW1P 3EE

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The FutureBook Innovation Awards winners

Two streams running parallel
Big ideas

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 categories and added some extra awards to reflect the changes that the industry has seen since we started The FutureBook Innovation Awards.

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Silver Sponsors

Code Mantra

Bronze Sponsors

Boo X Stream
Epub direct
London Book Fair
RM Books

Supporting Partners


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