Spain’s Readmagine and Digital Distributors Meeting Announce Programming

In News by Porter Anderson

The Readmagine event in Madrid this June includes the International Digital Distributors Meeting and discussions on ebooks, AI, and other tech topics.

At the 2018 Readmagine conference, in the auditorium of the Casa del Lector facility at the Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez. Image: Readmagine video

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
This year’s Readmagine conference in Madrid–again at the the Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez‘s superb Casa del Lector (House of Reading) facility–is taking place on June 5–6.

The conference program produced by José Manuel Anta of the International Publishing Distribution Association in collaboration with Luis González, director general of the foundation.

On June 5, the Readmagine programming is themed “Learning Within the Boundaries” with a host of international speakers looking at new audiences, artificial intelligence, and more.

On June 6, the sixth International Digital Distributors Meeting (#6IDDM) will convene with topics on tap including subscription models, distribution issues, and “voice tech.”

The first day, under the Readmagine banner, features a keynote address from Brian O’Leary, executive director of the US Book Industry Study Group (BISG), his topic being “Publishing in the Exponential Age.”

Other speakers on the 5th of June include Chris Beer of the UK’s Global Web Index on “Understanding the New Audiences: Generation Z” and Colin Lovrinovic of German consulting company Gould Finch, on AI and profitability in publishing.

On the 6th of June at the digital distribution meeting, Rüdiger Wischenbart of Vienna will report on the ebook market’s distribution status today at the international scale, this from his “Global Ebook Report” material. (Wischenbart directs this week’s Klopotek Publishers’ Forum in Berlin on May 9 –10, and Publishing Perspectives is participating in the programming and will be reporting from that conference, as we do annually.)

Anta’s June 6 program also includes several interesting roundtable discussions, including:

  • “Voice Tech: Challenges and Opportunities for the Publishing Sector” with Shane Ennis, co-founder and chief product officer at news Over Audio in Ireland, and  Pablo Fernández Delkáder, innovation and product development director with Spain’s atiPRISA Radio.
  • “Book Discoverability: Latest Developments” with Eric Briys of Cyberlibris in France and Cigdem Aker from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels.

There’s a video based on last year’s Readmagine program at the Casa del Lector below, and registration information for this year’s program is here.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Spanish market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.