HarperCollins UK chief executive Charlie Redmayne is to give the closing keynote address at the FutureBook Conference this year. Redmayne will deliver a manifesto for the future of the publishing business, reflecting on his two years at the helm of HarperCollins UK and drawing on his wealth of experience outside of publishing.
Redmayne joins an illustrious array of speakers at FutureBook 2015, Europe's largest digital publishing conference, taking place this year on 4th December at the Mermaid Theatre. In total, more than 40 speakers will address more than 500 delegates at the event, including keynotes from SpringerNature's chief science officer Annette Thomas, Pottermore chief executive Susan Jurevics, and Faber c.e.o Stephen Page.
Redmayne said: "I’m so pleased to be back at FutureBook. It is important that we continue to explore the future of our industry - what is happening and what is coming down the line. FutureBook has consistently been one of the platforms that does it best."
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and programme director for FutureBook, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Charlie back to the FutureBook Conference, he last spoke in 2013 just months after becoming c.e.o. of HarperCollins UK, and before that when he led Pottermore. He has played a central and pivotal role in publishing's digital transformation, and his perspective on the opportunities and challenges ahead will be vital listening. We want delegates to leave FutureBook feeling educated, engaged, and excited for the digital future, and this ending keynote will make sure of that."
Other speakers at the event include Jane Friedman, founder of Open Road Integrated Media and former worldwide chief executive at HarperCollins, alongside Lost My Name founder Asi Sharabi and Morten Strunge, founder and chief executive of Mofibo. This year's conference is focused on mobile, the changing e-book market, the role of the author, the next evolution of the book, and book tech.
The conference will be followed by the FutureBook Awards, with 55 shortlisted entries vying for the coveted prizes. A full FutureBook Preview will be published in The Bookseller next week.
* To find out more about the FutureBook Conference 2015, or to book tickets at the early bird rate, visit http://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/2015