Programme | FutureBook 2021

Programme: Friday, 19 November 2021

FutureBook 2021: Reset


09:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

How to save the planet, one book at a time

09:10 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. Track 1 Mark Maslinprofessor of Earth system science, University College London


Markus Dohle in conversation with Philip Jones

09:30 a.m. - 09:50 a.m. Track 1 Markus Dohlec.e.o, Penguin Random House


Nelle Andrew in conversation with Tom Tivnan

09:50 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Track 1 Nelle Andrewliterary agent, Rachel Mills Literary Tom Tivnanmanaging editor, The Bookseller


The new not-normal

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Track 1 Elizabeth Uviebinenéauthor and columnist Roxane Gayauthor


Morning Sessions

11.00 a.m.

12.00 p.m.

Hot spots: Where can publishing make the biggest difference?

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Track 1 Alison Floodpaperback preview editor, The Bookseller Amanda Ridoutfounder and c.e.o Boldwood Books Siena Parkersocial impact director, Penguin Random House Daniel Wittepartner manager, Carnstone Molly Hawessenior climate action and engagement manager, Springer Nature


Ten years of digital: How the e-book changed publishing

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Track 1 Introduction: Michael Tamblyn c.e.o, Rakuten Kobo Michael Bhaskar publisher, writer and co-founder, Canelo Chiki Sarkar founder and publisher, Juggernaut Books Emilie Marneurdigital and business development director, Bonnier Books UK John B Thompsonemeritus professor of sociology, University of Cambridge

Break out: New voices, tomorrow’s brands

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Track 1 Joelle Owusu-Sekyerecommissioning editor, Coronet Sophie O’Neill managing director, Inpress Amy Mae Baxtereditor-in-chief, Bad Form Review Natalie Jeromeagent, Curtis Brown

Better together: Best practice to collaborate and share resources

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Track 1 Eliza Kavanagh senior audience development and engagement manager, Publishers Association Steve Tompkinsco-founder, Architects Declare Laurel Lindströmm.d., Digital DotsHazel Broadfootfounder of Village Books and member of the Booksellers Association


On the up and up: Innovation in audio formats

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Track 1 George Walkley media and publishing consultant Ani Attamianhead of publishing partnerships - Europe, Middle East & Africa, Google Kelli Fairbrotherco-founder and c.e.o xigxag Govind Balakrishnanc.e.o, Curio


Publishing 360: Three interviews about publishing today

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Track 1 Crystal Mahey-Morganpublisher and agent, OWN IT! Toni Tonespeaker, writer and social content creator Jamie Byngchief executive and publisher, Canongate


1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn - Online Only

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

A fresh look at e-book demographics

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Track 1 Melissa Elders, account manager, BookBub

BookBub shares its latest insights about e-book readership, with subscriber statistics and micro-trends to inform your promotional strategy

How every publisher can profit in audiobooks: The future of synthetic narration in production

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Track 2 Bill Wolfsthal, Dima Abramov, Sergey Baranov, Dima Kim

Speechki demonstrates how AI technology can create natural-sounding audiobooks from a text file in minutes...

Audiobook distribution: The FAQs

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Track 2 Kurt Thielenc.e.o & founder, ZebralutionAlison Jonesfounder, Practical Inspiration Publishing

In this lunch and learn session, Alison Jones puts your Frequently Asked Questions to Zebralution c.e.o & founder Kurt Thielen

Time to reset and automate your royalties: Overcoming the five barriers to royalty automation Sponsor Session

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Track 2 David Marlin, president, MetaComet Systems


Afternoon Sessions

2:00 p.m.

Orange is not the only fruit: How to use prizes effectively

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Track 1 Miriam Robinson M&P conference programme director, The Bookseller Neil Griffithsauthor and founder, The Republic of Consciousness Prize Vanessa Onwuemeziauthor and winner of The White Review Short Story Prize Sunny Singhauthor and cofounder, the Jhalak Prize Kate Mosseauthor and founder, The Women's Prize for Fiction

Chain impact: Transforming the supply chain

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Track 2 Kate Gunning Kate Stilborndirector of operations, Blackwells Zoe Cokeliss Barsleydirector of sustainability, Oxford University Press Vicky Ellissales director, Clays Georgia Amson-Bradshawpublisher, Wide Eyed Editions and Ivy Kids


Beyond the UK: The view from overseas

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Track 2 Philip Joneseditor, The Bookseller Håkan Rudels c.e.o, Bonnier Books Tony Nash c.e.o & founder, Booktopia


Putting on a show: How to find your audience

2:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Track 1 Molly Flattassociate editor, FutureBook Natasha Carthewfounder and artistic director, The Working-Class Writers Festival Fiona Razvidirector and co-founder, Wimbledon BookFest Julie Farrell & Ever Dundas co-founders, Inklusion Guide(on video) Rachel WoodRare Birds Bookshop

Circular thinking: Outsider ideas for closing the loop

2:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Track 2 Jared Shurinhead of planning, M&C Saatchi Social Impact Practice Steve Butterworthc.e.o, Neighbourly Tom Byrnehead of corporate responsibility, ASOS Joanna Yarrowstrategy director, M&C Saatchi & campaigns director, Human Nature

Turn it up: Audio success stories

2:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Track 2 Showcase 1: Partnerships Dominic Whitehead of publishing and commerce, W F Howes Ed Faulknerpublisher, Atlantic Books Showcase 2: Podcasts Alice Lloydcommissioning editor for audio, Orion Showcase 3: Streaming Nia Beynonsales & marketing director, Boldwood Books Carla Herbertsonhead of International Audio Content, Zebralution

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Hearts and minds: Our role in engaging readers

4:10 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Track 1 Miriam RobinsonThe Bookseller Sam Taylorco-founder, Max Minerva's Marvellous Books Rosie BaldwinUK marketing and publicity, Chelsea Green Jay Griffithsauthor Zoey Dixoncommunity hub library manager, Lambeth Libraries

Where next for digital? Creatokia, the first NFT platform for authors and publishers

In Conversation
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Track 2 Chair: Philip Joneseditor, The BooksellerEric Bartolettihead of business development, BookwireVidel Bar-Karglobal head of audio, Bookwire

Corporate Ventures in Audiobooks

In Conversation
4:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Track 2 Nathan Hullchief strategy officer, Beat TechnologyGreg Miallm.d. Digital Ventures, Antenna Group

Creative Keynote and Awards

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Creative Keynote

4:55 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Track 1 June Sarpong OBETV presenter, diversity expert & author


FutureBook Awards Winners Announced

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Track 1


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