Focus on the Digital at the Sparks Stage in Hall 8.0

In Frankfurt Tips by Helen Gregg

As part of its Sparks initiative, the Frankfurt Book Fair is hosting three days of events focusing on all things digital at the brand new Sparks Stage (8.0 P 923). Come listen to discussions and interviews with leaders in the digital publishing field, and learn about the future of the industry.

Sparks Stage Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, October 6

Digital Book World
Speaker: Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company
Moderator: Mark Dressler

How Innovation and the Digital World Resets the Playing Field for Publishers Large and Small
Speakers: Neal Hoskins and Marie-Adele Murray, Winged Chariot Press
Moderator: Mark Dressler

A Social Approach to Publishing
Speaker: Richard Nash, Founder, Cursor

The eBook Strategies of Major Publishers
Speakers: Brian Murray, CEO, HarperCollins
Evan Schnittman, Managing Director, Bloomsbury
Andrew Savikas, VP, O’Reilly Media
Host: Tom Turvey, Director, Google

App Development
Speakers: Dean Johnson, Creative Director, Brandwidth
Rhys Cazenove, Co-Founder, Enhanced Editions

E-Rights and Roles
Speaker: Robert Gottlieb, Chairman, Trident Media Group, LLC

Thursday, October 7

Kobo – What’s Next?
Speaker: Michael Tamblyn, EVP Content, Sales & Merchandising, Kobo

Australia/New Zealand publishing market overview
Speakers: Rod Martin (Era Publications), Patricia Genat (Adelaide Library Services), Peter Dowling (Oratio Media)
Hosted by Bookseller+Publisher magazine ( )
Moderated by Tim Coronel, publisher, Bookseller+Publisher

Update on EPUB Standard and What the Future Holds
Speakers: George Kerscher, President IDPF, Secretary General, DAISY Consortium; Bill Kasdorf, Vice President, Apex Content Solutions
Moderator: Michael Smith, Executive Director, International Digital Publishing Forum

Starting the eBook Commerce in Brazil
Speakers: Frederico Indiani, Director of Purchasing at Livraria Saraiva and Cesar Groh, IT Director at Livraria Saraiva
Hosted by PublishNews
Moderated by: Carlo Carrenho

Meet Richard Mollet – recently appointed Chief Executive of the UK Publishers’ Association
Speaker: Richard Mollet
Interviewer: Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing

Frankfurt Book Fair Tweet-Up
Meet, greet, and tweet! Drinks will be provided.

Friday, October 8

The Brazilian Digital Market
Hosted by PublishNews
Moderated by Carlo Carrenho

Digital B2C Considerations
Speaker: Caroline Fortin, VP & Publisher, QA International

EPUB: Producing eBooks Using the Industry Standard
 James Macfarlane, President, Easypress Technologies (EasyEPUB)
Brett Freeman, Business Development Manager, EMEA, Aptara
Moderator: Michael Smith, International Digital Publishing Forum, Executive Director

Digital Rights: a minefield or an opportunity?
Speaker: Clare Painter, Rights Direction Ltd.

Beyond the Hype: Digital Publishing at the Multimedia Coalface
Speaker: Michael Bhaskar, Head of Digital, Profile Books
Moderator: Ed Nawotka, Publishing Perspectives

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About the Author

Helen Gregg