London Book Fair / Digital Conference

The London Book Fair is delighted to announce an exciting and thought-provoking line up of speakers for this year’s Digital Conference on 10 April, at London’s Olympia.

Following on from a phenomenally successful sold out event last year, this year’s Digital Conference – The Digital Now: Creating Lasting Value – offers another excellent line up of speakers, sessions and networking opportunities that examine what it means to publish in the digital age. As well as insight into the market and the trends, it will offer practical tips about optimising your digital offering. The Digital Conference is also a superb international networking event.

Taking place the day before The London Book Fair, the digital conference is a perfect introduction to the huge and varied digital offering at the Fair itself. It will put attendees ahead of the curve, with the knowledge and information to get the most out of the expanded Digital Zone and Seminar programme at the Fair. Attending will provide delegates with a deeper understanding of new innovations, knowledge of the important questions of who’s who in digital publishing.

Among the speakers and panelists at this year’s Digital Conference:

Gordon Willoughby, Director of Kindle Europe will offer publishers practical advice on optimising their digital offerings on the Kindle.

O2’s Strategy Director, Tanya Field‘s contribution to the panel ‘The Mobile Market: What’s Next?’ is one the audience won’t want to miss.

Stephen Page, CEO of Faber & Faber, will Chair the day and lead discussion on the challenges of the digital age and the phenomenal opportunities it presents for publishers, authors and readers.

Michael Tamblyn, CEO of ebook online retailer Kobo, will deliver invaluable insight into consumer buying behaviour, knowledge that stems from Kobo’s desire to understand readers.

Registration for the Digital Conference is strictly limited but tickets are still available. People are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as this popular event was sold out last year.

Alistair Burtenshaw, Group Exhibition Director of The London Book Fair says,
“We’re delighted that our Digital Conference has such a strong line-up of speakers discussing where digital publishing is now, and where it is going in the future through digital innovation.

The Digital Conference is now an unmissable event for anyone keen to keep abreast of how rapidly publishing is evolving in this digital age”.

Digital Zone and Digital Seminars at LBF 2011

As well as the superb Digital Conference, The London Book Fair 2011 (11-13th April) will host a bigger and better digital offering than ever before including the Digital Zone and Theatre on the exhibition floor and more Digital Seminars taking place in the Cromwell seminar room.

The Digital Zone at this year’s Fair has over double the exhibitors (from 22 in 2010 to 46 in 2011), floor space and countries attending. Over 14 countries will be represented, compared to 7 countries in 2010, including newcomers to the Fair from South Korea, Italy and Greece.

Matt Colgan, Digital Sales Manager at The London Book Fair, says,
“Digital solutions of all types will be represented in our Digital Zone from content management systems, distributors, apps developers to e-reader devices. The Digital Zone should once again prove a popular destination for companies looking for solution partners to keep their businesses at the forefront of digital publishing and ahead of the competition.”

Due to high demand for Digital Seminars at last year’s Fair, there will be more digital seminars this year. Highlights of the Digital Seminar programme include, ‘The Book is Dead: Long Live the Global Book’; panellists include Santiago de la Mora, Google and Evan Schnittman. ‘Going Digital, How Independent Publishers can achieve the Full Works; Simon Blacklock; Ben Yaarde Buller, chaired by Bridget Shine IPG; ‘The Great Debate: will Publishers soon Become Irrelevant’, Cory Doctorow, Andrew Franklin, Profile Books  and Richard Charkin, Bloomsbury Plc, chaired by Michael Healy, Book Rights Registry.

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