Five ideas, five start-ups, one prize. Joosr, Kadaxis, Novel Effect, Publishizer and StoryTourist will next week compete to be named BookTech Company of the Year at the FutureBook Awards, held at the FutureBook Conference on Friday 2nd December.
Each company will pitch to a panel of judges - investor Paul Field, Ebury Publishing m.d. Rebecca Smart and Dan Kieran, c.e.o. and co-founder of Unbound. They will then face a grilling from the judging panel and the audience, before Field, Smart and Kieran pick one start-up as BookTech Company of the Year.
Ahead of next week's conference, here's a reminder of the five finalists and their ideas.
Joosr enables rapid self-development through 20-minute summaries of the best performance-boosting books. With a carefully curated library spanning leadership, entrepreneurship, health, parenting and much more, Joosr's independent summaries bring out the most actionable aspects of books written by the world’s leading thinkers, helping busy people to make big advances in their lives everyday. Read more
Kadaxis wants to create better connections between readers and books. It uses data science to improve book discovery across the publishing value chain, for authors (at AuthorCheckpoint with metadata and marketing tools), publishers (with metadata optimisation and data APIs) and readers (at experimental book discovery site BookDiscovery). Read more
Novel Effect aims to add that bit of extra magic to old-fashioned storytime, using voice recognition to sync special effects such as movie-style theme music, sound effects, animated illustrations and responsive "internet of things" connected devices to your words as you read aloud from a print or electronic childrens book. Read more
Publishizer matches authors with publishers during pre-orders campaigns. It's like Kickstarter meets Tinder, for publishing. Read more
StoryTourist is "a kind of Pokémon Go for stories" - an app that allows readers to experience books at the very locations where the action takes place. Books and other stories become treasure hunts in the city, the forest, or wherever the storyline leads, allowing readers to explore their favorite story destinations, read stories on location, and find out what your favorite literary places look, taste, sound and smell like. Read more
The FutureBook Conference takes place on Friday 2nd December. To book tickets click here.