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Premiering on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, CONTEC Frankfurt features a global roster of speakers and attendees from over 20 countries, and a programme that integrates the interests of the entire international publishing industry — trade and educational publishers, agents, techies, authors, librarians, and more. That’s what makes CONTEC the perfect pre-Frankfurt event.

CONTEC goes far beyond the talking head lectures of most publishing conferences, with a full day of deeply engaging, participatory sessions, interactive learning labs, extended networking sessions, and dynamic plenary events covering a range of topics including: data, the future of bookselling, the implications of self-publishing on the industry, responsive design, metadata, rights, distribution, trends, forecasts, partnerships with tech companies and startups, and more, as well as the debut of Frankfurt Book Fair’s first international publishing startup showcase, and a dedicated Supply Chain track curated by EDiTEUR.

CONTEC Frankfurt Conference
When: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Where: Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Price: €550 + VAT

CONTEC Frankfurt is organized by the Frankfurt Academy, the conference brand of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Visit the website »


CONTEC Frankfurt 2013 Program

Time Platinum I Platinum II Alabaster I + II Gold I + II Gold III
7:45–8:30 Registration and Coffee
8:30–8:40 Welcome & Opening Ceremony
(Kat Meyer & Holger Volland, Frankfurt Book Fair)
8:40–9:10 Keynote: Persevering in the Middle
(Stephen Smith, President and CEO, Wiley)
9:10–9:40 Keynote: How the Internet Will Change an Ancient Technology Called Ebook
(Sascha Lobo, Internet expert/Founder, Sobooks)
9:40–10:10 Startup Showcase Judges Panel
10:10–10:40 Networking and Coffee Break
10:40–11:30 What is the Future of Bookselling?
(Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr; Sascha Lobo, Sobooks; Paul Rhodes, Orb Entertainment; Torsten Casimir, mvb)
Supply Chain Track — Reader Rights: Exhaustion and Digital Resale
(Peter Balis, Wiley; tba; moderated by Laurence Kaye, Shoosmiths)
From Startups to Publishing Companies Ripe for Expansion: What Investors in the Media Sector are Looking For
(Nick Perrett, HarperCollins)
Big Data/Little Data: The Practical Capture, Analysis and Integration of Data for Publishers
(Kristin McClean, Bookigee; Sebastian Posth, Publishing Data Networks; Laura Dawson, Bowker)
Print! Critical to the Future of Educational Publishing — We Can Tell You Why and How!
(Douglas Sexton and Udi Chatow, HP)
11:30–12:00 Networking Break
12:00–12:50 The Future of Metadata
(Ronald Schild, mvb)
Supply Chain Track — IPA Data Date 2013: Exploring and Mapping Global Digital Publishing Markets
(Anne Betts, Nielsen Bookscan; Carlo Carrenho, PublishNews; Len Vlahos, BISG; Rüdiger Wischenbart, consultant; moderated by Jens Bannel, IPA)
Digital Publishing and the Open Web: W3C’s Digital Publishing Industry Group
(Markus Gylling, IDPF; Ivan Herman, W3C)
Pixel Imperfect: Working with Responsive Content
(Michael Kowalski, Contentment; Michael Cairns, Publishing Technology)
Where is Educational Publishing (K-12) Heading and Is the Direction Compliant with Customers and Users? Presented by Schilling A/S
(Anja Hagen, Cornelsen; Kami Thordarson, Los Altos School District; John Paul Barker, Rygaard Int’l Secondary School; Salla Vaino, Sanoma Pro; moderated by Jakob Larsen, Schilling A/S)
12:50–14:00 Lunch and Networking Break
14:00–14:50 TISP presents: Business Models for eBook Distribution, Interoperability and Opportunities in Multilingual Europe
(Christoph Bläsi, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Vincent Piccolo, La Martinière; NN, Tolino Project; moderated by Cristina Mussinelli, AIE and Patrice Chazerand, DIGITALEUROPE)
Supply Chain Track — Building a More Accessible Book Market
(Jens Bammel, IPA; Nicolass Faasen, editor & writer; Shilpi Kapoor, BarrierBreak Technologies; moderated by Sarah Hilderley, EDItEUR)
Libraries and the Mainstream Media Experience: Challenges and Opportunities
(Jill Cousins, Europeana Foundation; Mitchell Davis, Bibliolabs; Heather McCormack, 3M; Frances Pinter; Knowledge Unlatched)
Creating Change within Physical Publishing
(Charles Catton, Amber Books; John Pettigrew, Cambridge Publishing Solutions; Sheila Bounford, Off the Page Ideas; Alon Melchner, Waking App)
14:50–15:20 Networking Break
15:20–16:10 The Next Chapter: How Technology is Redefining the Publishing Industry
(Nathan Hull, Penguin UK)
Supply Chain Track
Trending Topics

(Frances Pinter, Knowledge Unlatched; Yoichi Kimata & Hirohisa Ishikawa, JPOIID; Howard Williams, Nielsen Book; Christer Perslov, Bokrondellen; tba; moderated by Graham Bell, EDItEUR)
Interactive Learning Lab
Self-Publishing and Its Implications for the Industry

(Porter Anderson, The Ether; Peter Armstrong, LeanPub; Amanda Barbara, Pubslush; Hugh Howey, author; Matthias Matting, researcher; Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency; Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown; Jon Fine, Amazon; Michael Tamblyn, Kobo; Dr. Florian Geuppert, BoD GmbH)
RSVP Required
Interactive Learning Lab
The Future of Academic, Scholarly and Higher Ed Publishing

(Hedva Vital, Marathon Group; Jan Reichelt, Mendeley/Elsevier; Udi Chatow, Hewlett Packard; Melissa Fulkerson, Elsevier Science &amp Technology Books; Simon Worthington & Mercedes Bunz, Hybrid Publishing Lab at Leuphana University)
RSVP Required
16:10–16:40 Networking Break
16:40–17:30 Publishing Partnerships: Publishers, Startups and Technology Companies Working Together
(Justo Hidalgo, 24symbols; Javier Celaya, Dosdoce; Richard Nash, Small Demons)
Supply Chain Track — Raising the Game in the Rights Data Supply Chain
(Bob Kasher, iviago; Victoriano Colodron, CCC; Godfrey Rust, Rightscom; moderated by Mark Bide, EDItEUR)
17:30–18:00 Startup Showcase Winner and Journalists’ Wrap Up