Issues around publishing freedom and free speech are to be debated at FutureBook Live, with a panel of industry insiders, including publishers, agents and authors to discuss how today's political climate and the rise of social media has changed what is permissible and possible to publish today.
The panel, entitled "Freedom to publish: what are the new limits and where are they coming from", features Profile founder and m.d. Andrew Franklin; David Roth-Ey, executive publisher of 4th Estate and William Collins; author and Authors' Club chair Sunny Singh; the agent Molly Ker Hawn from the Bent Agency; and Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, the non-profit organisation that defends free expression.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: "There is no more fundamental an issue facing publishers, agents and authors today than the challenges to free expression and freedom to publish, with the sector facing pressures from on high, and from below, with social media, in particular, a new tool of suppression. Publishers must daily weigh-up their commitment to publishing widely and determinedly in the face of important and legitimate questions around representation and reputation. The panel will explore the issues of who gets published, and what does not. This will be an important conversation coming at a vital time for the trade. We cannot under-estimate the challenges ahead."
The panel is the latest to be announced for FutureBook Live, The Bookseller's annual publishing conference to be held on 25th November in London, with keynotes this year from Waterstones m.d. James Daunt, Orion m.d. Katie Espiner, Paul Abbassi, founder of Bookstat, AI specialist Chris Duffey, and cultural strategist Akua Agyemfra.
Earlier this week, the conference announced panels on “Recording the un-recordable”, chaired by Orion’s commissioning editor for audio and podcasts Alice Lloyd, which will discuss how approaches to audio production are being changed by new technologies and new platforms, and “Disruption matters: how scholarly publishers have learned to adapt”, which will look at how academic and education publishers have successfully navigated the new landscapes, including real-world examples of how the presses have innovated and adapted to new business models. Speakers on these panels include Kathryn Earle, managing director of Bloomsbury Digital Resources, freelance audio producer Ella Watts, Sam Herbert, client services director, at 67 Bricks, and Elise Italiaander, DK'S audio publisher.
Tickets are now available to buy here. There is also a 3 for 2 offer available on standard tickets.
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