Facebook & David Nicholls to appear at Publishing for Digital Minds

David Nicholls and Rob Newlan, Head of Facebook Creative Shop in EMEA have both been confirmed as keynote speakers at the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference 2015.

The seventh edition of the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, in association with the Publishers Association, will take place at Olympia, beginning at 9am on Monday 13 April 2015 and run for the whole day, offering two concurrent streams.

Nicholls is the best-selling author of novels including ‘One Day’ and ‘Us’ and the writer behind commercially and critically successful film and TV projects such as ‘Starter for Ten’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’. As such he is perfectly placed to deliver the keynote speech at the conference, which explores how writers, rights owners and media professionals can exploit Intellectual Property in today’s multimedia world. As The London Book Fair’s Digital Author of the Day for 2015, Nicholls will kick off London Book & Screen Week, the city-wide celebration of the book’s place at the heart of creative culture that takes place from 13 to 19 April.

Facebook’s Rob Newlan joins the line-up for Publishing for Digital Minds at a time of great excitement over the world’s biggest social network’s relationship with books and publishing. Newlan heads up Facebook Creative Shop, the social network’s in-house creative agency, in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His advice on the importance of treating customers as ‘people not pixels’ online promises to provide a wealth of invaluable insight to publishers that will help them in their drive to nurture direct relationships with readers.

Also confirmed as speakers at Publishing for Digital Minds are:-

Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins

Richard Mollet, Publishers Association

Edward Humphrey, BFI

Nathan Hull, Mofibo

Javier Celaya, Dosdoce

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager, The London Book Fair, concluded: “We’re thrilled that Facebook’s Rob Newlan has agreed to deliver the conference keynote at Publishing for Digital Minds. Following Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he was starting the Facebook Book Club the entire publishing industry’s eyes are on the social network, and we can’t wait to hear what insights Rob can offer at the conference. Equally, as one of the most successful novelists and screenwriters of his generation, David Nicholls will have plenty to say about how stories can be told and sold across multiple platforms. It’s all shaping up to be a very exciting day, and a fitting start to London Book & Screen Week.”

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