Full programme for FutureBook launched

Full programme for FutureBook launched

More than 50 speakers from across the publishing, retail and entertainment industries will address delegates at December’s FutureBook Conference. The event, to be held in London on 1st December, also includes dedicated conferences on the AudioBook and EdTech markets.

Topics under discussion on the day will include how best to capture and retain new readers, how to make better and sell more audiobooks, how to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence, and what publishing can learn from the video on demand business. There will also be presentations from three new audiobook retailers, and from Lis Tribe, m.d. of Hodder Education and Publishers Association president.

Speakers include Richard Johnson, c.e.o., Bonnier Publishing; Chantal Restivo-Alessi, chief digital officer and executive vice president, HarperCollins Publishers; Jamie Byng, c.e.o., Canongate; Ian Small, general manager, AudioBooks.com; and Julia Porter, director of consumer revenues, the Guardian.

At the AudioBook Revolution Conference, which begins at 11am, delegates will hear from the heads of the three new entrants into the UK marketplace—BookBeat, AudioBooks.com, and Kobo—in addition to executives from Audible, Bolinda, and Zebralution.

At the EdTech for Publishers Conference, also beginning at 11am, keynotes will come from Edwin Scholte, c.o.o. and c.f.o., McGraw-Hill Education; and Tribe. In addition, George Burgess, founder, EdTech Exchange, will host the annual PitchEd competition that will see five shortlisted start-ups vie for the top prize.

Announcing the launch of the programme for the three conferences, FutureBook17, AudioBook Revolution, and EdTech for Publishers, Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “FutureBook continues to expand, both in size and outlook, as the trade looks to meet head-on the challenges of the modern marketplace. The energy of the main FutureBook Conference is now complemented by the growing AudioBook and EdTech events where the panoply of speakers represents the best of breed from those sectors. As with last year, we expect a packed house for a day of insight and innovation.”

The full programmes for FutureBook17, AudioBook Revolution, and EdTech for Publishers can be viewed here. Tickets can be bought on the conference website. Early bird booking is available until 27th October. For group bookings contact grace.harrison@thebookseller.com, and for sponsorship opportunities, emma.lowe@thebookseller.com.