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Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK, to give opening keynote at THE MARKETS // Focus on Poland, Romania and Russia, plus subscription models at the Frankfurt Rights Meeting // New: Frankfurt Audiobook Conference

How can new readers be reached with audiobooks, and how do publishers adapt to the demand for audio content? Which revenue models really work and can subscription models increase sales? Is blockchain an area publishers should dive deeper into? How does the rights and licensing business work in the publishing scenes of Poland, Romania and Russia? At Frankfurter Buchmesse’s (10-14 October 2018) trade conferences, experts from all areas of publishing and neighbouring industries provide insights and first-hand information about book markets, revenue models and business opportunities all around the world.

The book fair’s conference programme includes the Business Club Conference THE MARKETS (9 October, 9.30am - 1pm, Business Club, Hall 4.0), the 32nd Frankfurt Rights Meeting (9 October, 2pm - 5pm, Business Club, Hall 4.0) and a new event: the Frankfurt Audiobook Conference (10 October, 9.30am – 1pm, room Dimension, level Hall 4.2). Top-class speakers and industry players, including Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK; Anki Ahrnell, Chief Digital Officer at Bonnier AB; Amanda D’Acierno, President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio, USA; Niclas Sandin, CEO, BookBeat, Sweden; Jiang Yanping, CEO, Open Book, China; Lisa Lyons Johnston, President, Kids Can Press, Canada, and many more will provide insights and expert information at these events.

“When it comes to taking your business further, it’s all about expert information and the right contacts”, says Katharina Ewald who is responsible for the conference programmes of Frankfurter Buchmesse. “Our conferences are designed to provide publishing professionals with everything they need to be up to date about the latest trends and developments and to identify new business opportunities – also in areas and markets where it might be difficult to get information about.” Katharina Ewald adds: “To make sure you do not only take home insights but also the right contacts, networking and one-to-one sessions with experts are an essential part of our programme for publishing professionals.”


Business Club Conference THE MARKETS
Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK, to give opening keynote // Focus on revenue models

As one of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s leading trade events, THE MARKETS conference (9 October 2018, 9.30am –1 pm, Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club, Hall 4.0) will focus in its fourth year on successful revenue models from markets from all around the world. CEO of HarperCollins UK Charlie Redmayne will open the conference with a keynote speech. Redmayne is responsible for HarperCollins’ activities in the UK and Ireland, India and ANZ. He is also currently President of the UK Publishers Association (PA). In his keynote, he will address changes in content creation, consumer behaviour, and the role publishers should play.

Further experts from Georgia, Brazil, Sweden and Canada, as well as from Germany, the Netherlands, France, India, the USA and China will pass on their knowledge and highlight business opportunities. There will also be the opportunity to talk with players from a wide variety of markets around the world in one-to-one discussions.

Speakers include:
• Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK
• Anki Ahrnell, Chief Digital Officer, Bonnier AB
• Pablo Laurino, CEO and Founder,
• Gustavo Lembert da Cunha, Founder, TAGLivros
• Gvantsa Jobava, Chairperson, Georgian Publishers & Booksellers Association
• Jiang Yanping, CEO, OpenBook
• Pieter Swinkels, EVP, Publisher Relations and Content, Kobo
• Shobha Viswanath, Co-Founder and Publishing Director, Karadi Tales
• Niclas Sandin, CEO, BookBeat, Sweden
• Lisa Lyons Johnston, President, Kids Can Press, Canada
• Elena Favilli, CEO, Timbuktu Labs, US
• Ella Balagula, EVP, Knowledge and Learning Markets, John Wiley & Sons, USA

The Business Club conference THE MARKETS is organised in cooperation with the international trade magazine Publishing Perspectives.

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32nd Frankfurt Rights Meeting
Focus on Poland, Romania, and Russia // spotlight on subscription models

The 32nd annual Frankfurt Rights Meeting will focus on markets in which there has been a lot of exciting, recent activity – Poland, Romania, and Russia – and delve into how STM, academic, and trade publishers are finding success with subscription models. The leading event for the rights community, this year’s Frankfurt Rights Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 9 October, the day before the Frankfurter Buchmesse from 2.00 – 5.00 pm in the Business Club at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Hall 4.0, Room Europa.

Kris Kliemann, President, Kliemann & Company Consulting, will welcome attendees, providing insight into the year in rights and general developments around the world.
Experts in Poland, Romania and Russia will provide facts, figures, topics and trends and offer insight into new players and current developments in their respective markets. Trade and STM/academic publishers will give an overview of the subscriptions models that are currently in the marketplace, which offer the best revenue opportunities, how these publishers have worked with those models, and what rights professionals can expect from these models in the future.

Speakers include:
• Joanna Maciuk, Editor-in-Chief Foreign Fiction Department, Prószyński Media, Poland
• Bogdan Stănescu, Editorial Director, Polirom Publishing House, Romania
• Irina Prokhorova, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, New Literary Observer, Russia
• Huw Alexander, Digital Sales Manager, SAGE Publishing in the UK

Kliemann will host panel discussions after each section of the programme. The first panel will highlight ways for publishers and rights directors to tap into these key markets, while the second will dive even more deeply into subscription models to dispel some common concerns.

To close the day, the speakers, representatives from Copyright Clearance Center, IPR License, and Swedish subscription-based audio book company Storytel, as well as other experts in the rights industry, will be available for discussion on important rights issues or individual questions.

Copyright Clearance Center is the official Premium Partner of the Frankfurt Rights Meeting, IPR License is an official partner of the conference, and BookBrunch is the Media Partner.

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Frankfurt Audiobook Conference
Insights into one of the fastest-growing segments in publishing

This new half-day programme provides expert insights into audiobook business models, including streaming and bundling, as well as best practices and trends from markets around the world. The conference will take place on Wednesday, 10 October, 9.30am – 1pm, in room Dimension (level Hall 4.2) at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Conference attendees can dive into the Arab market, learn more about the US audiobook market, and find out what works in Asia. The conference will culminate in a panel discussion on “Voice”, addressing how the production of more and more audio content and voice services will push the changes in the publishing industries even further.

Speakers include:
• Michele Cobb, Audio Publishers Association (APA), USA
• Amanda D’Acierno, President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio, USA
• John Ruhrmann, Director Business Relations, Bookwire, Germany
• Tatjana Plyuta, AST, Russia
• Ben Yue, Commissioning Editor, CITIC Academy
• Tarek El Bolbol, Co-Founder and CEO, Booklava
• Niclas Sandin, CEO, BookBeat

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About Frankfurter Buchmesse
Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums and tech companies that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. in a new window)

About CCC
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a global leader in content management, licensing, discovery and delivery solutions. Through its relationships with those who use and create content, CCC drives market-based solutions that fuel research, power publishing and respect copyright. With its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus, CCC provides solutions for millions of people from the world’s largest companies and academic institutions. in a new window)

About IPR License
IPR License is the first fully transactional rights and licensing marketplace within the publishing industry. Established in 2012 to address a specific gap in the market, it provides a dedicated online portal that enables rights holders to complete domestic and international licensing deals. In May 2015, Frankfurter Buchmesse made a significant investment in IPR License, and in April 2016 it acquired control of the company, with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) keeping its minority stake. In June 2017, China South Publishing & Media Group (CNS) also acquired a part of the company. Rights listings on the IPR platform have been viewed by rights buyers in 185 countries and 161 languages. in a new window) Twitter: @IPRLicense

About BookBrunch
BookBrunch is a daily news service and information site for the book industry. Joint editors Nicholas Clee and Neill Denny have 40+ years covering the book trade between them. BookBrunch's news coverage reflects their knowledge and experience, and over 7,500 corporate and individual subscribers make BookBrunch their daily destination for publishing industry news. in a new window)

About Publishing Perspectives
Publishing Perspectives is an online business magazine that covers the trends, people, and companies shaping the global book industry. It was founded in 2009 and has since provided daily coverage and commentary of the international book business via its website, email newsletters and various print editions. Publishing Perspectives is a project of the Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc. in a new window)


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