Speakers from Mozilla, Movella, Unbound, Kobo, Profile and Hachette have been added to the roster of presenters at FutureBook 2014, The Bookseller’s digital publishing conference.
More than 500 delegates are expected to attend Europe’s largest digital publishing conference, with keynote speakers including Penguin Random House chief executive Tom Weldon, George Berkowski, co-founder of Hailo and author of How to Build a Billion Dollar App. Early bird pricing, combined with a 3 for 2 offer, ends at 5pm today.
New speakers added include Dan Kieran, c.e.o. and co-founder of the award-winning publishing platform unbound.co.uk, and Michael Tamblyn, president and chief content officer at Kobo, who was a highlight of last year’s event with his speech about removing erotica titles from Kobo’s self-publishing platform.
The two join Joe Cohen, chief executive of teen-writing site Movellas; Jennie Rose Halperin, project manager at Mozilla; Louisa Livingstone (pictured), group consumer insight director at Hachette; and Michael Bhaskar, digital publishing director at Profile.
Themes for this year's event include the future of content retailing, which will see Blackwell's digital director Matthew Cashmore, Justo Hidalgo, founder 24 Symbols, and entrepreneur Chris Kubica, discuss the development of digital channels for a range of digital content, and how to compete against Amazon. David Boyle, executive vice president of insight at BBC Worldwide, will join Livingstone, and Hannah Telfer, group director, consumer and digital development at Penguin Random House, in a session about how publishers can most effectively use the information they are now getting direct from consumers. There are also sessions on future business models, including subscription platforms, how digital is re-shaping the editorial process, and how the digital work-force is changing publishing from the inside.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: "It's a fantastic and developing line-up of talent, which we believe will help give a picture of where the book business is now, and where it is going."
For the complete line-up and to book at the discounted rates, visit http://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook.