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Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: A digital round up

Heading to Frankfurt Book Fair 2016? We’ve taken a look at some of the best digital events at this year’s fair.


Publishing perspectives talk: Porter Anderson meets Ashleigh Gardner, Wattpad Studios 

Date: Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Time: 10:00 – 10:30

Venue: Business Club Stage (Hall 4.0 F/B1)

How publishers use Wattpad Studios to leverage their readership.

In this exclusive Business Club session, Ashleigh Gardner, head of the recently launched Wattpad Studios multi-channel network, talks to Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, about how her platform’s vast reading network finds and engages with published content. Based in Canada, Wattpad is a global powerhouse in the field of storytelling, active in more than 50 languages, founded on the use of data and sound insights Join us to learn more about Wattpad’s unique position in the industry today!

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Emerging Crossmedia Business Models Reimagine “Story” to Engage Authors and Audiences More Directly

Date: Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Time: 11:00 – 11:30

Venue: Publishing Perspectives Stage (Hall 6.0 E 11)

Today, emerging crossmedia business models, such as film/publishing company Cinestate and audiobook/ebook subscription streaming service Storytel, and storytelling platform oolipo, allow content creators to envision a new kind of world, uninhibited by format or borders. Whether through stories envisioned and developed simultaneously for books, audio and film or using technology to create new types of narratives. This panel will explore the future of storytelling and illustrate how authors can be more involved in creation, development and publication as their stories take on new lives through innovative distribution platforms and with adaptations into film and audio.

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What’s new in publishing? Self, digital, interactive and espresso publishing for professionals 

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2016

Time: 12:00-12:45

Venue: Business Club Stage (Hall 4.0 F/B1)

The printing costs are too high so you can’t issue the book? Oh, but you can!

For a long time, niche publishers and publishers of specialist books have had a particularly hard time coping with the problem of constantly declining print runs alongside escalating (printing) costs. To avoid this frustrating situation for authors and publishers alike, producers are increasingly resorting to new forms of publication. Yes, there are alternatives! How to get readers interested in digital comics, or set up self-publishing platforms in traditional publishing houses, or create interactive non-fiction worlds or produce a book with an espresso machine: learn all this from an international expert avant-garde. Then you too can thumb your nose at your cost calculation.

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Young talent: George Burgess on taking content mobile 

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2016

Time: 15:30 – 16:00

Venue: Publishing Perspectives Stage (Hall 6.0 E 11)

George Burgess from Gojimo on taking content mobile

George Burgess is the founder and CEO of Gojimo, a free revision app that gives you GCSE and A-Level revision content, as well as SAT, 13+ Common Entrance and 11+ Common exam help. He was also awarded the accolade of ‘Digital Achiever of the Year’ at the FutureBook Awards in London. Since then the company has been awarded a number of other prestigious awards. Come and hear George talk about how to take your content mobile in a fascinating and highly topical discussion. Learn how to commission content for mobile and how to adapt existing content, plus top tips on the different business models available for mobile apps. He will also discuss the challenges of building for multiple mobile platforms and give helpful pointers on how to successfully market and promote a mobile app.

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Frankfurt Digital Night 2016

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2016

Time: 20:00

Venue: Orange Peel, Kaiserstraße 39, 60329 Frankfurt am Main.

By invitation only.

The Frankfurt Digital Night is the evening event for digital publishing professionals during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The Digital Night is now in its fifth year! About 400 experts from publishers, bookstores and development companies join the Frankfurt Digital Night to exchange ideas and discuss the future of digital publishing.

The event will be held within Frankfurt’s vibrant and exciting club scene in the very heart of the city. The Frankfurt Digital Night is a fantastic place for informal conversations and new contacts.

The Frankfurt Digital Night is an event in partnership with: Bookwire,, book2look, CONTENTshift, Frankfurter Buchmesse, IG Digital, Deutsche Fachpresse.


Oolipo illustrates how native mobile technology enhances storytelling 

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2016

Time: 17:00 – 17:30 (Launch party 17:30-18:30)

Venue: Publishing Perspectives Stage (Hall 6.0 E 11)

oolipo’s Ryan David Mullin and Dorothea Martin show how native mobile tech can evolve storytelling.

The fundamental idea driving oolipo is native mobile technology. Films, TV Shows, YouTube videos, eBooks, all appear on many of the different devices that we use every day. But, these stories ignore the technology of the medium. Media ignores the medium.

Make sure to stay on for the launch party from 17:30-18:30.

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Lean back and career: women in the digital world 

Date: Friday, 21st October 2016

Time: 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Venue: Hot Spot Education 4.2 / Hall 4.2

Panel discussion, Author at the booth / organized by: Springer

Christine Kirbach (author), Beverly W. Jackson, Nina Ranke, Xiaoqun Clever, Carola Lichtenberg

A panel of top women managers discusses the relevance of feminine leadership qualities in the digital age. The Lean-back principle, which stands for a new self-concept of female leadership, plays a central role. With Lean in, Sheryl Sandberg made the topic of women and leadership a matter of course. Lean back expands and rounds out this perspective.

(Book title: Die LEAN-BACK-Perspektive: Leadership heute – 42 inspirierende Wege erfolgreicher Frauen)

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Publishing innovations from the Netherlands 

Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016

Time: 14:00 – 14:30

Venue: Hall 3.0 / Booth B142

The free digital publishing solutions for publishers, book stores, printers and authors from NL

Dutch developer Mybestseller offers new ways of digital publishing for book shops, publishers, printers and authors. In Frankfurt the company presents its new Innovation: SWEEK. It is the first mobile publishing APP from Europe, with wich you can write and read for free.

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