Prospects for UK publishing: retail, eBooks and digital opportunities
Thursday, 24th May 2012
This event is CPD certified
Guest of Honour: Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association
This seminar is supported by ELSEVIER
Part of the Westminster Media Forum Creative Industries Series.
This seminar will offer a timely opportunity to consider the current and future challenges posed by structural change in the publishing industry emanating from the increased popularity of the eBook, declining sales of physical books and the rise of supermarket retailing. Timed to follow the consultation on Public Lending Rights from library loans and the coming changes to copyright law following the Hargreaves Review, it will address emerging issues concerning the future of book revenues in an already pressured market.
Delegates will assess future trends in book retailing, with planned sessions exploring the maturing eBook market, the growth of the tablet and mobile internet, and how they will affect the future of the eReader. The agenda includes discussion of the effect of reduced sales on publishers and authors, as well as high street, independent and online booksellers, and the future role of the book shop as retailers choose new, diverse models for book promotion, discounting and improving customer experience.
We are delighted that Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association and Miriam Robinson, Head of Marketing, Foyles have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.
Further confirmed speakers include: Matteo Berlucchi, Chief Executive Officer, Anobii; John Boxall, Director, Strategy Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Lisa Byfield-Green, Retail Analyst, Planet Retail; Chris Conway, Managing Director, The Book Partnership; Barry Cunningham, Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House; Ian Grant, Managing Director, Encyclop?dia Britannica (UK); John Mitchinson, Co-founder, Unbound; Tarek Nseir, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TH_NK; Lucia Predolin, Global Marketing Communications Director, Buongiorno Group and Board Member, Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF); Yvonne Ridge, Content Strategy Director, Education, ELSEVIER; David Roche, Owner and Director, David Roche Enterprises; Alexander Ross, Partner: Music, Publishing and Digital Media, Wiggin; Nicola Solomon, General Secretary, Society of Authors; Henry Volans, Head of Digital Publishing, Faber and Faber and Dominic Young, Founder, Ytrium.
Guto Bebb MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Writers Group and The Earl of Erroll, Chair, EURIM (The Information Society Alliance) have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.