Seminars @BolognaBookPlus

2022 offered an insightful seminar programme, covering all the current topics, challenges and opportunities facing the book world as we ease out of the pandemic times. Themes included inclusivity, elending, accessibility, bookselling, publishing’s future, training and innovation. These short 45 minute sessions inspired, informed and enthused.

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MONDAY 21/03/2022

11:30 – 12:30 - The Italian Book Market: Facts and Figures

Piero Attanasio, AIE

An overview of the book market in 2021, with data on production, sales, reading, import/expert and rights.

13.15-13.45 - Changing Trends in Publishing: Addressing the Fear of New Technology

Mariam Alobaidli, Emirates Publishing Association; Tamar Said, Kalimat Group; Lina Chebaro, Thaqafa Publishing and Distribution

14.00-14.45 - The Impact of Elending on Purchasing Habits in Europe

Ricardo Franco Levi, President of the Italian Publishers Association and Vice-President of the Federation of European Publishers; Enrico Turrin, Deputy Director FEP  

In 2019, a ground-breaking study commissioned by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association to market analytics company GfK showed that digital lending had a negative impact on the book purchasing habits of readers, who tended to buy fewer ebooks but also fewer print books as a result of their borrowing habits. To better understand the extent of this phenomenon and the implications of digital lending across different markets, the Federation of European Publishers commissioned another independent study to GfK, replicating the analysis in several other relevant markets: France, Italy, and Sweden. In addition to the behavioural study of users, the exercise envisages an overview of e-lending models with data on the supply side about ebook sales and lending on the surveyed countries. This seminar will present for the first time the preliminary results of the GfK study to the BolognaBookPlus attendees. 

15.00-15.45 - Steven Guaranaccia In-Conversation with Mimaster

16.00-17.00 - Taking Stock: Where Does Global Publishing go from here?

Bodour Al Qasimi, IPA President, Alison Tweed, Book Aid International; Jose Manuel Anta, International Publishing Distribution Centre; Karine Pansa, Girassol Brasil Edicoes Ltda

Two years into a pandemic that has dramatically shaped how global publishing does business, the industry has had few opportunities to collectively reflect. The International Publishers Association’s International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (Inspire) initiative is one of the only comprehensive global efforts to reflect on the impacts of the pandemic on publishing. Drawing on a year-long research effort involving consultations with more than 100 senior publishing executives, Inspire seeks to understand the situation on the frontlines by asking difficult questions like: Have readers and reading habits fundamentally changed? How will accelerated digitization trends affect industry development? More importantly, what can the publishing industry do to endure and emerge stronger? This session will delve into Inspire’s findings  about the longer-term impacts of the pandemic surrounding publishing tech, freedom to publish, copyright, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability to reflect on where global publishing is headed from here.

17.00-17.45 - What works, and what doesn‘t in innovation trainings for book professionals

Ruediger Wischenbart, Wischenbart Consulting; Luis Gonzalez Fundacion German Sanchez Ruiperez; Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė, Lithuanian Publishers Association; Miha Kovać, University of Ljubljana

SIDT (which stands for “Sustaining and Innovating cultural Diversity in literary Translation” - https://sidt-books.eu/ ) set out under a grant from the Creative Europe programme to build bridges between proven innovators and practitioners. In this seminar, you will hear all about the project in a review by its organizing consortium, namely the publisher Beletrina (Slovenia), Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez (Spain), the Federation of European Publishers, the Lithuanian Publishers’ Association (Vilnius), and Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting (Austria).For 18 months, 4 thorough training modules have been developed, focusing on a wide array of topics relevant to innovation practices, and each was put into practice twice with groups of European and international trainees from many different countries and professional backgrounds. Topics were ranging from ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘UX Design”, to building and handling multiformat digital title catalogues of ebooks and audiobooks, understanding niche translation markets, or how to comply with accessibility standards.


TUESDAY 22/03/2022

12.00-12.30 – Critical Thinking: The role of the critic in promoting books.

An ‘In Conversation’ between acclaimed children’s book critic, Leonard S. Marcus and the BolognaBookPlus Author Ambassador – novelist and critic, Michele Roberts.

13.15-13.45 – Understanding the new look European Prize for Literature

Julie Belgrado, European Booksellers Federation

An In Conversation discussing the changes in the European Prize for Literature, and the effect these changes will bring about.

14.00-14.45– Let's Get Accessible! All you need to know to produce publications (and images) that every reader can enjoy 

Cristina Mussinelli, Fondazione LIA; Filippo Floridia, coordinator eBook production, Mondadori; Marta Fornasero, editor, D Scuola; Elisa Molinari, project manager, Fondazione LIA

The seminar will provide an overview of the advantages that will be obtained in making content accessible for people with visual disabilities, thus creating an inclusive editorial proposal for every reader. The seminar will provide an overview the recent evolution of the legislation on the subject and the best practice for producing quality and accessible editorial content for people with print impairments. A special focus will be on the alternative description of images. Publishing, in particular children’s publishing, has always used illustrations and visual representations to enrich and offer content to readers. This seminar is aimed in particular at the editors, graphic designers and illustrators who work with the design and creation of images, infographics and graphics for paper, digital and the web.

15.00-15.45 - Living with Books, Living with Covid: How Booksellers across Europe are dealing with Change

Five booksellers from different European countries will discuss and debate how they have coped with the pandemic and lockdowns, and the lessons learnt to go forward building resilient businesses.


WEDNESDAY 23/03/2022

10.00-11.00 – Translation Forum: Nations Unite, What Sells Well, Where

Viviana Vuscovic, Groupo editoriale Mauri Spagnol; Leonella Basiglini, Europa Editions; Nopi Chatzigeorgiou, Hellenic Foundation for Culture; Emma House, Oreham Group

Selling translation rights relies on knowing what genres of books are going to sell well in different markets around the world. Success also depends on finding the right person in the right publishing house who will fall in love with your book and is prepared to translate it and publish it in their market. Speakers will give an insight into trends around what books in translation are selling well in their markets, how to access the market, who is buying books in translation and what support is available for translation rights.

Sponsor:abu dhabi

11.00- 11.45 – Translation Forum: Hot Topics in Translation Rights

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, translator; Lawrence Schimel, Author and Anthropologist; Inara Belin Kaja, Janis Roze bookshop, Latvia, Alise Nigale, Liels un Mazs; Fernanda Dantas, Brazilian Book Chamber, Emma House, Oreham Group.

Selling, translating and publishing books in translation is a multi-faceted industry which involves a wide range of publishing professionals and which often relies on the support of national organisations. This debate will look at the hot topics in translation rights ranging from the role of the translator as a book scout to the importance of translation grants to the debate about putting translator names on covers.

Sponsor:abu dhabi

13.00 – 13.45 – Accessible books to give everyone the opportunity to read.

Sophie Hamon, MOBiDys; Daniela Marchitto, Les Mots Libres Edzioni; Gabriele Cordovani, Italian Dyslexia Association; Paolo Albert, PubCoder.

One of the challenges of the European Accessibility Act is to allow 80 million Europeans with disabilities to have easier access to books. The objective of our round table is to address the subject of adapted publishing accessible to disabled people. The question is to adapt the existing books in different mediums, so that it adapts to the disorder of each one. What are the reading difficulties that arise for these different audiences? What are the adapted books offered today by publishers, in digital and in print? What innovative technologies allow the industrialization of adaptation on a larger scale? To answer these questions, we suggest inviting to this round table: a specialist in Language Disorders, an Italian publisher who offers different digital versions of the same book, a French publisher whose adapted paper collections are very successful, and an expert in innovative technology at Mobidys. Beyond European Accessibility Act compliance, it is about showing that books evolve and innovate to make reading possible for everyone. 

Enrico Turrin, Federation of European Publishers; Luis González, Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez

14:00-14:45 Supply Chain and Sustainability: How are publishers, printers and technology providers working together to improve sustainability in the supply chain?

There is an urgent need for the publishing supply chain to become more sustainable. At the same time, the global supply chain is under enormous pressure, especially economic with paper shortages and inflated shipping costs. This panel of experts including publishers, printers and HP will explore how the supply chain can work together to change how and where books are printed and manufactured, tackling the supply chain issues and at the same time creating environmental efficiencies.  

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