Programme launched for FutureBook 2014

Programme launched for FutureBook 2014

More than 40 speakers, across 10 different sessions, will address more than 500 delegates at FutureBook 2014, being held this year on Friday 14th November at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre.

The FutureBook 2014 programme has now been launched, with keynotes from Penguin Random House chief executive Tom Weldon, digital entrepreneur George Berkowski, and Carla Buzasi, gobal c.c.o. at trends company WGSN. As well as these, there are key sessions on the future publisher, how new talent is coming into the sector and changing it from within, and how changing technologies will impact the business.

Recently added to the programme are Deutsche Telekom’s Klaus Renlk who is responsible for the development of the Tolino eReader including its international expansion. Last week Tolino announced a partnership with Messaggerie Italiane to bring its devices and e-book platform to the country. Renlk will co-present with Vincenzo Russi, chief digital officer of Messaggerie Italiane. 

Also recently added to the programme are Sara Lloyd, digital and communications director of Pan Macmillan, who joins the panel on consumer insight; and David Ripert, head of YouTube Spaces EMEA at Google/YouTube, who will be discussing the long-term role of social media in publishing, with Rachel Fershleiser, director of publisher outreach, at Tumblr, and Joe Cohen, c.e..o, of Movellas.

Alice Ryan, conference and community manager at The Bookseller said: "“Over the last 12 months we have heard over and over again how valuable it is to learn about innovation both from within and outside the industry. This year we bring together speakers from the BBC, Tumblr, DropBox, The Huffington Post and other leading digital companies to discuss the future of the book business with publishing’s leading innovators. Together they will look at topics such as how digital impacts the editorial process, who should you hire and how they will change your company, what is the future of content retailing and what will the future publisher look like? We are gearing up for an inspiring, thought-provoking day that you won’t want to miss."