Record attendance for IPG

The Independent Publishers Guild Conference will be attended by 265 delegates this year, more than any other year previously, and marking an 18% rise in attendance on last year.

The conference runs from tomorrow [9th March] to 11th March, with Waterstone's m.d. Dominic Myers; Amazon UK head of books John Gahagan; Foyles m.d. Sam Husain; W H Smith head of non-fiction and digital books Toby Keir; and Patrick Neale from indie Jaffe & Neale among the line-up at the "Question Time with the Retailers" session on Thursday afternoon.

Delivering this year's keynote speech will be The Futures Company director Andrew Curry on Thursday, with the IPG Awards Gala Dinner being held that evening.

IPG executive director Bridget Shine attributed the rise in attendees to the popularity of the decision to hold the conference during the week rather than over the weekend for the first time.

Shine said: "We are thrilled at our members' response to the 2011 Conference, and look forward to a stimulating few days. With so much in the industry changing so fast, the benefits of IPG membership and our conference have never been more apparent."