Sourcebooks, BBC Speakers and best-selling authors line-up to speak at LBF Publishing for Digital Minds 2014

Sixth edition of the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference confirms Hugh Howey, Dominique Raccah, BBC’s Joe Godwin and Bill Thompson and many more

As rising digital revenues inspire a renewed sense of confidence within the publishing industry, The London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds Conference, in association with The Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, has announced the first raft of speakers for its sixth edition on Monday 7 April, which launches the first LONDON BOOK AND SCREEN WEEK.

The Publishing for Digital Minds Conference – New Paradigms, Partners and Platforms will reflect a publishing industry whose commercial and creative vigour is increasingly driven by experiments with new business models and innovation in the creation, production and distribution of IP. Chaired by Anna Rafferty, it will explore how the possibilities thrown up by digital technologies now permeate every aspect of the publishing process, from crowdfunding and the rise of ‘hybrid’ authors to content marketing for eBooks.

Among the speakers confirmed for the 2014 edition are Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks and tireless advocate for the application of the ‘agile’ principle to publishing, who will appear in a new ‘Question Time’ session for industry thought leaders. Bill Thompson, the veteran technology journalist and head of partnership development at the BBC Archive will deliver a keynote speech and the BBC Director of Children’s, Joe Godwinwill participate in a discussion on the whys and wherefores of targeting child and YA audiences online. Meanwhile the growing power and influence of ‘hybrid’ authors will be represented by Hugh Howey, who will talk about his experience of being a simultaneously conventionally published and self-published bestseller for his Wool trilogy.

As last year’s audience of over 500 delegates from 38 countries demonstrated, Publishing for Digital Minds is a conference ideally placed to showcase publishing’s successes as a global industry. This international focus will continue in the 2014 programme, with speakers including Kim Seok-hwan, CEO of Yes24 Korea, the largest book retailing site in Market Focus country Korea. China will be represented by Dai Qin, Senior Director Douban Read, the Chinese-language book recommendation social network while Sergey Anurievs, CEO of LitRes, Russia’s leading eBook retailer will comment on the Russian market.

The publishing industry’s growing reputation as a hothouse for exciting new start-ups will also be well represented at Publishing for Digital Minds.Frances Pinter, Founder of open access book provider Knowledge Unlatched, will participate in a discussion on crowdfunding and the ‘Democratisation of Content’. Open Road Media’s Rachel Chou will share the content marketing company’s experience of promoting eBooks. The challenge of applying IP to multiple platforms will be addressed by a panel including Adrian Hon, CEO of Zombies Run creators Six to Start, Rebecca DentonHead of Interactive for video content specialists Rockabox andTom Dolan, Founder of content consultancy leaningforward.

Publishing for Digital Minds will also continue to innovate by integrating opportunities for audience feedback, participation and networking into its programming, making it the most interactive conference of its kind. New to the 2014 edition will be a ‘Question Time’ panel, where publishing industry leaders take quick-fire questions from the audience, while the popular ‘Conversation Starters’ sessions will return for their third year.

Conference chair Anna Rafferty, commented“The growing diversity of content types, business models and channels to market available to today’s publishers is what makes the industry such an interesting place to do business. With everyone from the Big Five to upcoming start-ups participating I’m delighted to say that the sixth edition of Publishing for Digital Minds will fully reflect the breadth and diversity of an industry that is grasping the future with both hands.”

Orna O’Brien, conference manager, The London Book Fair, concluded:“Digital publishing may now be entering its mature phase, but as the programme for this year’s Conference is shaping up to show, it’s a sector determined not to stand still. Publishers’ growing agility when it comes to creating and selling digital content has given them new confidence to experiment, both in terms of the content itself and the business models that underpin it. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the speakers explore the new themes, trends and models gripping the industry and share them with the Conference’s uniquely global audience.”

BOOKING INFORMATION
Date: Monday 7 April 2014 – 09:00
Venue: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.
Tickets: To book a place, go to www.londonbookfair.com/dmcreg14

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