TLC at FutureBook Live 2018

TLC at FutureBook Live 2018
30 Nov 2018 at 09:30 am
13 Nov 2018 at 05:30 pm
etc.Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
etc.Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
etc.Venues 155 Bishopsgate
£399 - £460

Europe’s biggest publishing innovation conference is on a mission to put challenge the book trade to be creative and courageous. On Friday 30th November, FutureBook Live will bring three electrifying strands of content to 155 Bishopsgate, London to help you:


ask the uncomfortable questions about what is (or isn’t) working now, from what readers really want to whether subscription models work.


look five years ahead at the tech and issues that are going to transform what and how you create, from voice to AI to leadership.


get hands-on with the approaches and technologies that will help you deliver on your ideas, from a live ThinkSprint to our BookTech pitch-off.

Hear from provocative experts, innovators in other industries and 500 of your boldest and brightest peers.

Future Fiction: Publishing Today and Tomorrow, 16.00

TLC Director Aki Schilz will be speaking on a panel to talk to the future of fiction entitled ‘Future Fiction: Publishing Today and Tomorrow’. The panel will also feature Anwen Hoosen, founder, Bird Literary Agency, Natasha Bardon, publishing director, HarperCollins and Anna Jean Hughes, founder, The Pigeonhole. Also to be announced in the session will be the Future Fiction short story award winner. 

The past three decades have seen extraordinary advancements in reading methods; from e-books to mobile reading, speed reading apps to audiobooks on your phone. Everyone is engaging with words in multiple ways, and yet the paper book is still going strong. What will the next few decades bring? Pigeonhole founder Hughes says: “The way we read has changed more in 30 years than it has in the last three hundred, so I can’t wait to see what writers of today will make of our books of the future. It’s a real treat to join forces with FutureBook, they’ve long been supporters of the Pigeonhole and there’s no better place to read and discuss stories about the future than on our app.”

What else is on at FutureBook?

W F Howes general manager Miles Stevens-Hoare and Enders Analysis’ Joseph Evans will join radio futurologist James Cridland as the keynote speakers at FutureBook Live 2018 (30th November). This is the third year of The Bookseller’s successful AudioBook Conference, with speakers also including Jess Williams, c.e.o. and voice designer of Opearlo, on the future for voice apps, and Wil Harris chief executive of Entale, on the potential for using podcasts for storytelling. Other topics under discussion at the conference will be publishing original content for audio, starting out as an audiobook publisher, and using audio for campaigns.

Stevens-Hoare, who joined W F Howes in February 2017, will talk about the development of the audiobook market from the perspective of an audiobook publisher, retailer, libraries supplier and distributor. W F Howes releases around 100 new unabridged audiobooks every month under a number of imprints including Clipper, Jammer, Avid, Lamplight, Nudged and Jammer Teen. It is owned by RBmedia, which operates audiobook retailer, as well as RBdigital, a cloud-based platform for libraries.

Enders’ Evans will discuss the growth of the audiobook business in the UK, and the implications on the marketplace of Audible’s dominance. In particular, he will ask whether Audible’s efforts to become a Netflix for audio is a credible strategy, and what the implications for publishers might be if it moves towards a subscription model. In a recent paper, Evans wrote: “The sector is dominated by the presence of Audible, Amazon’s audiobook publisher/retailer, which has driven growth of audio books but put publishers under pressure. Its strategy is a lesson in Amazon’s approach to media.”

Cridland will talk about the smart-speaker landscape, and how it is blurring the market for listening encompassing audiobooks, podcasts and radio.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and programmer for the AudioBook Conference, said: “It is the third year of the AudioBook Conference, and we are delighted that our speakers represent the full spectrum of the audio market, from audiobook publishers, to podcasters, to smart-speaker developers. Books will play a big part in the growth of the listener landscape, and this conference is aimed at everyone wanting to understand how that develops in the future.”

Full Programme and Tickets Here