Westminster Media Forum

Book publishing and the wider creative market - cross-sector collaboration, copyright and new avenues for growth

Tuesday, 24th January 2017

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


Bringing together policymakers with stakeholders involved with the publishing sector, this seminar will consider the key commercial opportunities and challenges for UK book publishing.

Sessions will examine how the sector is responding to changing consumer trends - particularly the reported increase in the sale of physical books and the emergence of mobile as a key publishing platform.

Further discussion will analyse the latest thinking on discoverability, including digital marketing strategies for building audiences and widening access, product innovation and the next steps for physical retail, as well as consider the impact of digital self-publishing on authorship, curation and diversity.

Delegates will also assess the potential impact of Brexit on distribution, investment and copyright, on global competitiveness, and on the widening range of monetisation opportunities and creative collaborations with the screen and the wider digital industries - as well as how new technologies and adaptation strategies are being utilised to generate more diverse content.

Guests of Honour

Stephen Lotinga

Chief Executive, The Publishers Association

Simon Cornwell

Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Ink Factory

Guests of Honour

Simon Cornwell

Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Ink Factory

Stephen Lotinga

Chief Executive, The Publishers Association


Crystal Mahey-Morgan

Founder, OWN IT!

Professor Alexis Weedon

Chairholder, Chair in New Media Forms of the Book, UNESCO and Head, School of Culture and Communications, University of Bedfordshire

Sarah Shaffi

Online Editor and Producer, The Bookseller

Justine Solomons

Founder, Byte the Book and Director and Co-Founder, Byte Consultancy

Rosamund de la Hey

President, Booksellers Association and Owner, The Mainstreet Trading Company

Alison David

Consumer Insight Director, Egmont Publishing

Oli Christie

Chief Executive Officer, Neon Play

Guy Gadney

Director, To Play For

Sam Missingham

Head of Audience Development, HarperCollins

Shoo Rayner

Author and Illustrator

Nicola Solomon

Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Paul Herbert

Partner, Goodman Derrick