The London Book Fair reveals keynote speakers for Quantum Conference 2017

The London Book Fair reveals keynote speakers for Quantum Conference 2017

13 March 2017 – Olympia Conference Centre, London

Early bird tickets available now

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 18 January 2017: The London Book Fair is delighted to confirm two keynote speakers for its Quantum Conference. Steve Bohme, Research Director at Nielsen Book Research UK, will share the findings from Nielsen’s annual Books and Consumer study, while Sophie Corcut from retail trends consultancy GDR Creative Intelligence, will provide a fresh perspective on the latest consumer and retail trends.

Further speakers confirmed for the new-look conference include Alexander Bregman from Google Play, Wattpad’s Ashleigh Gardner, Tom Williams from app developer Peak, who recently sold a majority stake in the company to Hachette Livre, and We are Social’s Charlie Cottrell.

Also new for this year, the Quantum Conference will feature a new parallel seminar stream, entitled How it Works. This will consist of practical workshop sessions geared towards providing publishers with useful information and advice on topics like predictive analysis, Google Analytics and Facebook’s ‘Live’ function, and so much more.

Last month LBF announced that the new and improved Quantum Conference has combined with Nielsen BookInsights Conference to form one Spring conference, offering delegates fresh research, actionable consumer-focused insights and forward-thinking on the book industry landscape all in one place. The event will be chaired by publisher consultant and former Managing Director of Watkins Media, James Spackman.

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager at The London Book Fair, said:  “It is imperative that publishers know who they are creating content for, and exactly who they are selling to. Our aim is to equip Quantum delegates with this knowledge by providing them with the very latest actionable insights, and inspirational examples of best practice from within and beyond the industry. As part of our new collaboration with Nielsen we are committed to providing our delegates with the most up-to-date industry research available, which is why I’m delighted to welcome Sophie Corcut alongside Steve Bohme to our roster. These fantastic speakers, alongside and our new practical, advice-driven seminar thread, make Quantum a truly unmissable event.”

Quantum: Consumer Insights & So Much More

Olympia Conference Centre, London

13 March 2017, 09:30 – 16:00

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Media enquiries: Please contact
Dani Freeman, Midas PR
Tel:  020 7361 7860

Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 March 2017


About The London Book Fair (LBF)

The London Book Fair (LBF) 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. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14 – 16 March 2017, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event within a seven-day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit:

About Nielsen Book

Nielsen Book is a leading provider of search, discovery, commerce, consumer research and retail sales analysis services globally. Nielsen runs the Registration Agencies (ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland, ISTC), provides search and discovery products through its Nielsen BookData product range, electronic trading via Nielsen BookNet and PubEasy services, retail sales analysis via Nielsen BookScan and consumer research through its Books and Consumer Survey.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings plc is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services for all devices on which content — video, audio and text — is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen also provides its clients with analytics that help improve performance.  Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit


About the UK Publishers Association (The PA)

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Members represent over 80% of the UK publishing industry including global companies such as Elsevier, Wiley, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Hachette and the University presses, as well as many independent publishing houses. Collectively our members contribute over £4.4bn to the UK economy with digital revenues contributing 32% and export sales of books accounting for 43%.

About Reed Exhibitions Books & Publishing

Reed Exhibitions Books & Publishing portfolio consists of six trade and public book fairs taking place in some of the most important and dynamic book markets in the world: Brazil, France, Japan, UK and USA. Bienal do Livro São Paulo, BookExpo America, eBooks, Salon du Livre, The London Book Fair and Tokyo International Book Fair, collectively attract over 770,000 participants and 2,600 primary exhibitors and rights centre table holders, interested in buying or selling intellectual property rights, buying, selling or specifying titles, discovering the latest trends in publishing, understanding new markets or meeting authors and discovering new titles.

Working closely with professional bodies, trades associations and government departments, Reed Exhibitions Books & Publishing portfolio ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to the book and publishing industry’s needs. As a result many of Reed Exhibitions books and publishing events are leaders in their markets.


About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed brought together seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

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