The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 conference will be taking place on 3rd December in London.
I don't need to tell regular FutureBook readers that 2012 has continued to see huge shifts in our industry. I think many of you were involved in these developments.
If anything the earthquakes have been bigger, and more frequent this year: the Department of Justice, Pottermore, Microsoft investing in B&N, the Waterstones Kindle deal, and of course, the rise and rise of self-publishing culminating in Penguin's acquisition of Author Solutions. At the same time a burgeoning start-up scene has embraced the opportunities e-books offer, giving publishers a never ending stream of new business models and opportunities to consider. And Amazon continues to roll out its winning formula on new shores on a near weekly basis.
Our aim is to capture these changes and chart ideas and opportunities for 2013 in a one day conference. We'll once again be aiming to move the conversation forward and focus the debate on key topics. This is where you come in.
Taking the same approach as we do with this blog, I plan to respond to what the industry thinks. I'd like to shape the programme based on your views. And give you the most valuable and stimulating day possible.So the theme for this conference will be looking forward: what are the opportunities for 2013 and where will they come from? What did we learn from 2012 and how can we apply that to our businesses?
Here are a few topics we intend to cover.
- Pricing: how will the DoJ/European Commission settlements impact e-book pricing in the US and in the UK? Have we learned anything from 20 pence e-books? Or bundling experiments?
- Global: in a marketplace dominated by global distributors such as Amazon, Kobo and Barnes & Noble, how do we compete effectively locally while growing sales across the world? Is there still room for regional specialists?
- Consumer insight: everyone is recruiting a consumer insight team, but what are we learning from what readers want, and is it driving the instinct out of publishing?
- No longer a 'them v us' discussion: can we find a happy middle ground for publishing and self-publishing?
- Author services: is the risk management approach to publishing going out of fashion? Should publishers market themselves to authors, with paid-for services? Or is this crossing the rubicon?
- Star gazing: where are the opportunities and threats coming from? Should we be expecting a raft of new players into our market?
- The start-up market has offered solutions to discoverability, business models, social reading and more. Have they fulfilled on their promises?
How you can get involved.
There were 550 delegates at last year's FutureBook conference, including 37 heads of digital from different publishers.
If you would like an opportunity to speak at FutureBook 2012 then you can now submit a paper. Please email (in no more than 500 words) your proposal to me, firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for papers is 21st September.
I am excited to hear from you.
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