What’s Happening at LBF 2016

what is happening at lbfThis year marks the 45th anniversary of London Book Fair, a stand out in the global publishing calendar and a great opportunity to network, trade rights, and explore new ideas and innovations in publishing. LBF 2016 will take place at the Olympia Conference Centre for the second year, and runs from April 12th to 14th.


As ever the fair will play host to an array of exhibitors and speakers from all across the globe, with over 25,000 publishing professionals expected to attend. With 1,500 exhibitors from over 60 different countries, the fair offers a unique opportunity to meet with a diverse range of people and develop new and exciting business opportunities.

We have had a look at some of the key events taking place at the fair this year, and noted our top picks.


Throughout the three day period, the LBF 2016 Insights Programme features over 200 free-to-attend seminars spanning a broad range of topics. There are 11 different streams to choose from, with discussions focused on new technologies, academic publishing, retail and bookselling, brands and licensing and literary translations.

For a detailed listing of the available seminars, or to find out more about the Insights Programme, visit the website.


Top Pick: ‘Real Content Collaboration and the End of Outsourcing’

Wed 13th 10.30 am – Tech Theatre

The technology stream within the Insights Programme at London Book Fair 2016 is a great opportunity to explore emerging technologies and innovations within the publishing industry. The rapid development of digital ensures that there will be a great variety of technological innovations on display, from workflow solution platforms, to app development and gaming design.

Among the presentations and seminars at LBF 2016 will be Deanta’s CEO, Darren Ryan, who will discuss ‘Real Content Collaboration and the End of Outsourcing’ during his session at the Tech Theatre. The presentation will focus on how evolving publishing requirements and technologies have begun to change the shape of the traditional relationship between the publisher and the supplier. The talk will explore the shift from BPO models of ‘outsourcing’ to a more dynamic and lateral re-sourcing model, based on content collaboration enabled by cloud-based production platforms.


Top Pick: Tales of Two Markets: Publishing Journalists on UK and US Perspectives

Tues 12th April – Apex Room, National Hall Gallery

This session will see two of the world’s leading journalists – Phillip Jones, The Bookseller, and Andrew Albanese, Publisher’s Weekly – covering some of the core issues around publishing today.

This discussion will see them provide honest and informed insights into audience perspectives in both London and New York, discuss redefining readerships, consumer relations and tactics. Joining them for this session is publishing journalist and London Book Fair Media Partner, Porter Anderson, to discuss what is coming in 2016.

For more information on this session, see the website.



The London Book Fair also plays host to a series of day-long ticketed conferences throughout the week. Each conference places a spotlight on a particular area within the industry, and features a number of prominent key note speakers, presentations and networking opportunities.

Among the conferences this year are: Quantum Publishing & So Much More, What Works Education, The Virtual Conference, Introduction to Rights, and the Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, and many more.


Top Pick: Quantum Publishing & So Much More

Mon 11 April, 09:00 – 18:00

This year the Quantum Publishing conference will replace the highly popular Publishing For Digital Minds conference that ran for the past seven years. The focus of the conference is to deliver a data-driven overview of the global publishing industries and its place in the wider content industries. The conference also forms part of the 31st International Publishers Congress, which is being hosted at the London Book Fair for the first time.

Keynote speakers at the event will include Baroness Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House, Professor Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford University, and Jo Henry, Vice President of Analytics and Research at Nielsen.

The extensive array of presentation topics and seminars will look at such areas as young adult publishing, app development, virtual reality and audio publishing. For more information see the website.


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