Tenth FutureBook Conference launches

Tenth FutureBook Conference launches

Tickets for FutureBook Live, The Bookseller’s annual publishing conference, are now available to buy. In its 10th year, the event will gather more than 500 delegates and speakers from across the world of books to discuss the future of the sector at a pivotal moment. Taking place on 25th November in London, the conference promises to be the stand-out gathering for smart thinkers, creatives and innovators across books.

The prestigious FutureBook Awards are also now open for submissions, including BookTech Company of the Year, Podcast of the Year, and the FutureBook Person of the Year, who will once again deliver the closing keynote, enter here. For writers, there is also an opportunity to submit to the audio originals competition, launched earlier this week. As well as attending the conference, for the first time delegates can apply to attend a Day of Code, training event hosted by Consonance on 22nd November.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: "For 10 years FutureBook has tracked, interrogated, and challenged the way the international book business has embraced (and rebuffed) the digital content revolution and the event is today the pre-eminent future-focused publishing conference. This year’s programme marks a moment of shift the trade: with digital embedded, innovation a given, how best can publishing and bookselling executives prepare for the new decade at a time of unprecedented opportunity and disruption within and without the books sector."

The conference will once again examine the burgeoning audiobook and podcast markets, the academic and educational sectors, and will also tackle the big themes dominating the book business right now, including the globalisation of platforms and audience, the threats to freedom to publish, the cultural importance of books and renewal of physical bookselling, the rise and fall (and rise) of female leaders, and the challenges (or opportunities) posed to reading by other entertainment sectors.

FutureBook Live 2019 offers the most ambitious and far-reaching programme so far, with executives from Pearson, Hachette, Waterstones, Bonnier, Springer Nature, Faber, Booker, the BBC, Penguin Random House, Blackwell, and Lonely Planet, already confirmed as speakers.

To view the FutureBook Live website, click here; to secure your tickets at the early-bird rates on offer until 11th October, click here. For sponsorship or group bookings contact Emma.Lowe@thebookseller.com.