Digital focus for IPG conference

<p>The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is set to focus on digital opportunities and threats at its annual spring conference, taking place this year from 19th-21st March 2010.</p><p>New media expert Bill Thompson will deliver a keynote speech on the possibilities of emerging technologies for publishers, and a series of digital masterclasses will cover topics including e-book sales and marketing, XML and digital copyright. A &quot;Burning Issues&quot; section will also see a panel of independents debate concerns around publishing, e-publishing and current market conditions. </p><p>The special guest this year in the Friday after-dinner speaker slot is children&rsquo;s author David Almond, who visits the conference courtesy of Walker Books, which joined the IPG last year.<br /><br />Peter Mayer, founder of US independent The Overlook Press and president of Duckworth, will provide an introductory address. Booksellers will also take part in &quot;Question Time with the Retailers&quot;, and &quot;How To&quot; sessions on subjects including special sales, printing, business funding and working with retailers.<br /><br />The fourth annual Independent Publishing Awards, run by the IPG with <em>The Bookseller </em>and London Book Fair, will take place on the Saturday night.</p><p>The Spring Conference is the 48th in the IPG&rsquo;s history, and will be taking place in Old Windsor, Berkshire. IPG executive director Bridget Shine said: &quot;Whether digital experts or novices, there will be something to help all our members improve their e-strategies. <br /><br />&quot;IPG Conferences always have a great blend of practical tips, first-rate speakers and plenty of opportunities to network and socialise, and we are looking forward to a stimulating few days.&quot;<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>