FutureBook Live to explore the future of textbooks, OA strategies, and learning

FutureBook Live to explore the future of textbooks, OA strategies, and learning

Pearson’s chief strategy officer Jonathan Chocqueel-Mangan will give insights into the publisher’s new digital-first textbook policy at FutureBook Live 2019, The Bookseller’s publishing conference. Chocqueel-Mangan will be speaking as part of the conference’s learning stream, which this year will explore key topics including the future of textbooks, publishers’ responses to Open Access mandates, and how UK school classrooms are adopting new learning technologies.

In the textbooks session, Outsell v.p. and lead analyst Kate Worlock, Blackwell’s c.e.o. David Prescott and Lucy Mills, head of publishing (education) in English, Humanities and Languages at Cambridge University Press, will join Chocqueel-Mangan to debate the future shape of textbook teaching and learning across the range of schools and higher education publishing, including international schools. Meanwhile in a session titled “Leading from the Front: how publishers can drive the Open Access debate”, Springer Nature’s chief publishing officer Steven Inchcoombe will discuss his view of how publishers must become “active drivers”, rather than just “passive enablers” of OA; Emerald Publishing c.e.o. Vicky Williams and Richard Fisher, vice-president of the Royal Historical Society, will also present their perspectives on this crucial and timely issue, as publishers of different sizes and priorities from the big STEM houses.

Jonathan Seaton, c.e.o. of online education publishing house Twinkl, and Stephen Wilks, c.e.o. of Seneca Learning, which provides free revision tools, will reveal how they have found success as entrants into the challenging schools market; meanwhile in a session on what effective disruption looks like, Kathryn Earle, m.d. of Bloomsbury Digital Resources will share insights alongside DeGruyter director Tom Clark, Hodder Education digital director Steve Connelly, and Sam Herbert of software company 67 Bricks.

Benedicte Page, deputy editor of The Bookseller, said: “The academic and education fields are facing seismic change, and publishers must make major choices as they look to help their businesses survive and thrive. The FutureBook Live learning stream will pick out some of the central strategic issues facing the industry, and bring together a range of individuals offering innovation, new enterprise and leadership in the field.”  

A limited number of tickets are now available to buy at Early Bird rates until 11th October. There is also a three for two offer available on standard tickets.

Keynotes this year include Waterstones m.d. James Daunt, the brand strategist behind #Merky Books Akua Agyemfra, AI specialist Chris Duffey, data analyst Paul Abbassi, a.k.a. Data Guy, and Orion m.d. Katie Espiner.

The coveted 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.

As well as attending the conference, for the first time delegates can apply to attend Day of Code, a training event hosted by Consonance on 22nd November. Only 40 places are up for grabs, so book early to avoid disappointment.