Anna Rafferty to chair The London Book Fair Publishing for Digital Minds Conference

26 NOVEMBER 2013

The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, is delighted to welcome Anna Rafferty, managing director of Penguin Digital as chair of the sixth Publishing for Digital Minds Conference on 7 April 2014.

Taking place on Monday for the first time in line with The London Book Fair’s new timings, the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference will bring a line-up of inspirational speakers together with an international audience to explore the future of global trade and academic publishing.

As digital publishing enters its ‘mature’ phase, perhaps the biggest issue facing the industry lies in how publishers can convert exciting innovations and experiments into commercially viable propositions. The next edition of Publishing for Digital Minds will tackle these issues head on, with topical sessions including a head-to-head debate on the viability of eBook subscription services.

As in previous years the conference will deliver a line-up of top tier speakers thereby ensuring attendees benefit from the insight and experience from the finest minds in the content industry. 2014 chair Anna Rafferty returns to Publishing for Digital Minds after delivering an electrifying keynote in this year’s conference calling for publishers to foster deeper relationships with their readers.

Commenting on her vision for the conference Rafferty said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to chair this year’s Publishing for Digital Minds conference. As digital publishing moved from the bleeding edge to the mainstream, we have seen publishers embrace new tools, techniques and platforms in order to commission and create new forms of content. The next, just as exciting phase, will involve publishers learning how to connect this content to new communities of readers. I’m very much looking forward to working with The London Book Fair to field a line-up of speakers whose expertise will help delegates address tomorrow’s challenges and hope to see you there next April!”

The conference will take place at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.

Publishing for Digital Minds 2014 will build on the success of previous years. Acclaimed as Europe’s pre-eminent conference with the greatest global reach, 2013’s event attracted 474 delegates from 37 countries. It also set a new benchmark for keynote speakers following Neil Gaiman’s appearance at the conference where he urged publishers to embrace greater experimentation. The format will remain fully interactive, with live learning, networking, and a continued emphasis on experiential sessions, including the return of the popular Join the Conversation initiative.

Orna O’Brien, conference manager at The London Book Fair, commented: “As Publishing for Digital Minds enters its sixth year, the conference has become a forum for publishers and other professionals to share insight into a rapidly developing industry. It’s now firmly established as the place where the digitally engaged come to discuss the latest developments in publishing. It’s been a pleasure to watch it grow from an event into a catalyst: a place where conversations start that turn into ideas and initiatives which reshape the future direction of the industry. I’m delighted that Anna Rafferty has agreed to chair this year’s edition and am looking forward to announcing more internationally renowned speakers and panellists in the near future.”

Book your place now Early Bird discount (until 7 Feb 2014): £300 +VAT. Entry to the conference includes free entry to LBF itself (Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London)

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For further information about The London Book Fair 2014, please contact Eleanor Riches or Chris McCruddden, Midas Public Relations, tel: 020 7361 7860, email:

Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:


The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on Monday 7 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013. For further information, please visit:

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