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THE KEYNOTES


Te four keynoters


FutureBook celebrates its fifth birthday by inviting back a trio of its most popular keynote speakers to date, in addition to a first-timer fresh from a mega merger. Philip Jones profiles the quartet


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usan jurevics is leading a quiet revolution at Pottermore, the website launched in 2012 to extend the Harry


Potter series online—at least, quiet by Potter standards. Jurevics joined Pottermore in 2013, and set about discovering who the core audience was; what they wanted from the site; and how they wanted it delivered. In relaunching as a mobile-first experience, removing the gaming elements and opening up the site to search engines, she is respond-


tephen page has tranformed Faber, using the digital opportunities offered by the new world to evolve one of


the UK’s most steadfast indie presses into one of the most innovative. Its early apps, such as Te Waste Land (with Touchpress) set a standard that few could match, while websites such as Drama Online (with Bloomsbury) and e-book distributor Faber Factory showed how digital could be used to underpin new business opportunities.


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formation of Springer Nature and the evolution of the STM and academic sectors. A scientist by training, Tomas turned


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publisher and served as chief executive of Macmillan Science & Education. Now chief scientific officer of the enlarged Springer Macmillan, she is to spearhead new product development at the group.


ing to what she discovered. In no longer requiring registration or “sorting”, Jurevics is broadening its reach and making it attrac- tive to other Potter merchandisers. Jurevics is promising more wizarding


changes in the run-up to the conference, which she will delve into from the podium. Earlier this month, enhanced iBook editions of the Harry Potter books were launched for the first time, prompting Apple’s Tim Cook to tweet: “A magical day for readers!” ×


Page now has a different challenge: how to


run these two different businesses together, without one distracting from the other. A restructure, and the appointment of Mitzi Angel as Faber publisher, suggests a shift in emphasis. Yet Page’s talk, which will ask whether publishing went far enough in search of “the new”, will show that he is no less convinced of the importance of driving digital change as he once was. If anything, he is more determined than ever. ×


harlie redmayne is a FutureBook veteran: he spoke in 2012 after launching Pottermore (see above) and


in 2013 shortly after his tenure as c.e.o. of HarperCollins UK began. He has always been a strong supporter of the event, saying “it is important that we continue to explore the future of our industry—what is happen- ing and what is coming down the line. FutureBook has consistently been one of the platforms that does it best.”


nnette thomas is a first-time speaker at FutureBook, and takes the stage at a pivotal moment in the


Tis year Redmayne is giving the closing


keynote, delivering his manifesto for the future of the book business. He will also reflect on a five-year transformation of the publishing sector, during which he has been a pivotal and proactive force. Under him HarperCollins UK has become


one of the most innovative of the big publishers in the digital space, inking subscription deals and expanding territori- ally through the acquisition of Harlequin. ×


Tomas will use the talk to reflect on the


background forces that led to the mega- merger, as well as the changes to the market- place for professional content, particularly the spread of Open Access publishing. Tomas is also in a unque position to talk


about the role of women both in science and publishing. She was, for a period, the last remaining female c.e.o. of one of the big publishers, and remains one of the sector’s stand-out senior publishing executives. ×


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