Michael Tamblyn, president of Rakuten Kobo, is to present a manifesto for reading at the FutureBook Conference, adding to the strongest speaker line-up in the conference’s history. Tamblyn will take to the stage before HarperCollins UK chief executive Charlie Redmayne’s closing keynote.
Tamblyn joins more than 60 speakers at FutureBook 2015, taking place this year at the Mermaid Theatre on 4th December. The event promises to be a ground-breaking publishing conference with keynote speakers including Spinger Nature’s Annette Thomas and hip-hop star Akala. More than 400 delegates from across the media and books worlds will assemble at the session, which culminates in the prestigious FutureBook Awards.
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and programme director for FutureBook 2015, said: “Michael is one of the best chroniclers of the digital change this industry is witnessing having mined at the coal-face with e-book retailer Kobo; he is also a remarkable public speaker, and we are delighted to have him back at FutureBook. His short, impactful, manifesto will undoubtedly be one of the highlights at what we expect to be a stand-out day.”
Tamblyn commented: “If the storm of print vs. digital has abated even a little, it is the perfect opportunity to aim higher, look farther, and ask the central question, 'In the face of nearly infinite distraction, how does reading win?' FutureBook is where we as an industry wrestle with these issues and that is what makes it so valuable.”
This year's FutureBook Conference takes place on 4th December at the Mermaid Theatre and brings together the best of indigenous thinking about publishing with external perspectives, including dedicated sessions on the new publishing, mobile, academic publishing and the e-book plateau.
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