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Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 — A preview for the tech savvy

Next week marks the most important time of the year in the publishing calendar, as the Frankfurt Book Fair gets into gear and hundreds of thousands of book industry professionals prepare to swamp Germany’s business hub.

But the world’s biggest publishing gathering can be a daunting place for many, with packed halls, bustling aisles and hundreds of events, seminars and important discussions taking place at the same time.

For those interested in technology and innovation in publishing, this year’s speaking programme at the Buchmesse doesn’t disappoint, and is perhaps the most cutting edge we’ve ever seen. Delegates will be spoilt for choice when it comes to attending events on the technologies which will have a big impact on the industry’s future in the short, mid and long term.

To this end, we’ve distilled some of the most interesting Buchmesse events into a useful preview to help you decide which seminars, talks and presentations you attend between meetings, hotdog lunches and, the now infamous, Buchmesse ice creams.


Day 0 — Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Buchmesse eve has become a key date for many delegates over the years with several important pre-fair conference taking place in and around the sprawling halls and many encouraged to book early flights and lengthen their stay to attend.

STM Annual Conference

This year, as ever, the STM Association’s Annual Conference will offer a jam-packed schedule of hotshot speakers debating the key issues and trends affecting the industry this year. In this, its 50th anniversary edition, highlights include:

· Innovating our way to a new scholarly publishing eco system

Keynote: Daniel Ropers, CEO at Springer Nature

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 09:50

· The Innovator’s Mindset

David Lefer, Industry Professor, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 13:15

For further details visit the STM Association’s website

The Markets 2018

Frankfurt Book Fair’s official pre-fair conference, The Markets, which is now in its fourth year, aims to share and showcase the views and experiences of experts from a range of international publishing markets, such as Georgia, Brazil, Sweden and the UK, among others.

This year’s focus is Understand. Innovate. Connect. Expand and its star-studded line-up includes:

· Charlie Redmayne, CEO, HarperCollins (UK)

· Gvantsa Jobina, Chairperson, Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (Georgia)

· Niclas Sandin, CEO, BookBeat (Sweden)

· Jiang Yanping, CEO, Open Book (China)

For further details visit the Buchmesse website


Day 1 — Wednesday, 10 October 2018

· Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Publishing

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:00–11:30

Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2 N101

· The Content Blockchain and the ISCC Standard Identifier

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12:30–13:00

International Stage, Hall 5.1 A128


Day 2 — Thursday, 11 October 2018

· Publishing Success by AI: Qualification Software Predicts Bestselling Books and Forecast

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:30–12:00

Publishing Services and Retail Stage, Hall 4.0 E94

· Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Life Sciences and Nanotech Research

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 15:00–15:30

Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2 N101

· Will AI Become a Competitor for the Creative Class?

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 16:30–17:30

THE ARTS+ Runway, Hall 4.1 M53


Day 3 — Friday, 11 October 2018

· AI in Education — Next Steps for Educational Publishers

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:00–10:30

Education Stage, Hall 4.2 C94

· Leveraging AI and Machine Learning to Deliver Value to the Global Research Ecosystem

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:30–11:00

Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2 N101

· Blockchain — More Revolutionary than the Internet?

Friday, 12 October 2018, 11:00–12:00

Azubistro, Hall 4.1 A86

· Content Blockchain for the Media Industries

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:00–12:00

THE ARTS+ Salon, Hall 4.1 R55

To discuss how we can help implement technology of the future for your business, come and visit the PageMajik stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 4.2 M86

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