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Innovation Workshop final programme

The programme for the FutureBook Innovation Workshop in association with The Literary Platform is now complete so we’re posting this up now for delegates coming along this Thursday 16 June. We’re SOLD OUT!! But if you’d like to follow the half-day event then the hashtag is going to be #fiw11 and we’ll try and post up as much as we can about the speakers and their projects soonafter the event.


Show & Tell from the Publishing Industry

13:20   Session 1:

  • Dan Franklin, digital editor, Random House – commissioning in a digital age
  • Rebecca Ikin, marketing director, Pan Macmillan with Nick Ryan, sound consultant – using binaural sound to create an immersive reading experience
  • Ruth Spencer, marketing manager, Penguin and Stefanie Posavec, designer – on the MyFry App; experimenting with non-linear approaches to narrative

Audience Q&A

14:00   Session 2:

  • Michael Bhaskar, digital publishing director, Profile Books – a cross-platform project for publishing.
  • Tom Conway, digital publishing manager, HarperCollins Children’s Books – the latest from HarperCollins digital children’s division, with Greg Villalobos from Bold Creative
  • Henry Volans, head of digital publishing, Faber & Faber with Max Whitby, Touch Press on the new The Waste Land app for iPad

Audience Q&A


14:40                     COFFEE / TEA BREAK



15:00                     Introduction to Inspire Speakers

15:05                     Between Page and Screen

Amaranth Borsuk, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will showcase her augmented-reality book of poems

15:20      Six to Start – stories in the real world

Adrian Hon, founder, Six to Start – on a mobile storytelling platform that integrates Twitter and Foursquare to allow stories to take place in the real world

15:35      Unbound – a democratic approach to publishing

Unbound co-founders John Mitchinson and Dan Kieran talk about their new publishing platform which aims to benefit both authors and readers

15:50      ustwo™ – pushing the boundaries of the reading experience

Mills, CHIEF WONKA and McFarbs, head of content, talk about the Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime App, and will exclusively present their latest ‘Paper Cut’ platform which combines short stories with sound and gentle interaction


16:15      Somethin’ Else – Nicky Birch and Trevor Klein from Somethin’ Else’ digital development team showcase recent projects such as the award-winning Papa Sangre, and their government funded R&D work exploring how the streaming of audiobooks may work

16:30                     COFFEE / TEA BREAK


George Walkey (head of digital, Hachette UK), Tim Cooper (director, digital & marketing, Harlequin Mills & Boon), Rebecca Smart (managing director, Osprey) and Philip Jones (Deputy Editor, The Bookseller and co-founder, FutureBook) on the practicalities of integrating an innovation strategy into your publishing house, chaired by Peter Collingridge (co-founder, Enhanced Editions)

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