The evening of the last day of the fair left the audience and the exhibitors in a mild nostalgia, but the memories of the event will linger on for a few weeks, whereas the tempo set by the London Book Fair 2019 will drive the pulse of the global publishing and media for the year that will follow. Reports like Nielsen Book UK’s about the U.K. print market growing 3% in 2018 from the previous year have set a positive tone for the industry. The 48th edition of the fair was a massive international success with over 25,000 people visiting from across 135 countries.

Brexit was looming large over the fair, authors and publishers voiced their concerns and frustrations, but many said the political uncertainty was not affecting business in a major way—at least not yet. However, the uncertainty of Brexit has heightened concerns that U.K. publishers could lose some of their European export market, potentially prompting more agents to seek world English rights deals with American publishers.

For a second year in a row, digital audio was a hot topic at the fair, with a panel of publishers at a standing-room-only session on the fair’s opening morning suggesting that the growth of the format shows no sign of slowing down. “For the past six years, we’ve seen double-digit growth in both dollars and units,” said Michele Cobb, executive director of the U.S. Audio Publishers Association, adding that in 2017, dollar growth for audio outstripped unit growth for the first time.

Caryl Phillips, Seno Gumira Ajidarma of Indonesia, and Holly Bourne were the authors of the day at the fair along with three prominent European authors featured as special guests on Tuesday 12th March: Germany’s Simone Buchholz, Belgium’s Stefan Hertmans and France’s Antoine Laurain. Seno Gumira Ajidarma, the Indonesian Author of the Day, and well known advocate of freedom of publication expressed that the Indonesian people ‘want to know more and this is delivered by books’. The Trailblazer Awards, created to celebrate the next generation of the UK publishing industry; those ‘roaring through their 20s’ were given to the following young writers: Hena Bryan of Bryan House Publishing; Leena Normington of Vintage; Nicola Chang of The Good Literary Agency; Sabby Kaur of Emerald Publishing; and Salma Ibrahim of Literary Natives.

The ever-popular LBF Monday conference, Quantum, took place on 11 March this year. A global conference, with speakers and attendees hailing from over 25 different nations, the programme encompasses the pressing publishing challenges, opportunities, good practice and the state of the global publishing scene. This year the theme was ‘Aligned Creativity: Informed by Insight’.

In one of the speaking seminars at the London Book Fair 2019 Impelsys’ EVP and Head of EMEA/ APAC, Stefan Kendzierskyj spoke on ‘Effective Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation Strategies powered by iPC Scholar’. The talk will highlighted on some key aspects of digital publishing with powerful insights on knowledge management and digital strategy. The seminar was well attended.

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For Impelsys, LBF 2019 was a significant event, the flagship platform iPC Scholar a necessary innovation for publishers of stm and trade content, drew a great deal of interest among scholarly & academic publishers from around the world. Booth 3A48 of Impelsys was one of the busiest ones with over a couple hundred footfalls and dozens of meetings bearing prospects of business associations in the near future.

Thank you!

We want to thank the organizers and everyone involved in the fair. Special thanks and welcome to those who visited our booth and the speaking session. We also thank our partners and old friends, with whom we have been taking great strides in the journey of spreading knowledge with technology. For publishers who see value in our products and services and want to implement the same in their business we welcome and assure them of best results.

One of the most awaited times of the year in publishing industry, the London Book Fair is just a few days away. Taking place on 12-14 of March this year, it’s the 48th edition of one of the most important global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

For 1,000+ exhibitors from 60 countries around the world the London Book Fair provides them with the perfect platform to engage with customers, demonstrate their products, build brand awareness, conduct face to face business, and – most importantly – make sales. Visitors come from over 135 countries and around 25,000 publishing professionals, who are involved with the creation, distribution, sale or treatment of content, authors, talent scouts, editors, designers and digital gurus attend the show. The fair is the perfect marketing and sales spot for giant publishing houses to the smallest independent, publishers of blockbuster novels and academic texts, producers of children’s books and graphic novels, technology companies, and gaming start-ups.

Indonesia will be the Market Focus for LBF 2019, introducing the country’s ‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’ to the international public and symbolising the intellectual and artistic richness of the incredibly diverse and multi-religious nation. Aside from the book fair, Indonesia has planned dozens of cultural programs across London to introduce other creative industry sectors, from game and music to animation. Besides 12 writers and 34 book and non-book publishers, the Indonesian delegation also includes culinary expert Santhi Serad, fashion designer Didit Maulana, musicians Nyak “Ubiet” Ina Raseuki, Dimawan and Tesla Manaf, as well as artist Muhammad “Emte” Taufik.

Impelsys’ digital content and learning delivery technology iPC Scholar launched at Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 will be the highlight at Impelsys’ booth this year. The cloud hosted and microservices based solution enables publishers to integrate and securely deliver all their scholarly content and online courseware to researchers, professionals and students directly through their own branded portal. Another important showcase this year will be iPC Health, a digital content and learning delivery solution specifically designed for hospitals in Asia, to improve healthcare outcomes by fulfilling the training, development and compliance needs of healthcare professionals.

London Book Fair is also home to numerous conferences and seminars, the subjects of these programmes range from authors, children’s literature, illustration to audio publishing, poetry, technology and scholarly publishing.  The popular and paid-for LBF Monday conference, Quantum, takes place on 11 March 2019. A global conference, with speakers and attendees hailing from over 25 different nations, will encompass the pressing publishing challenges, opportunities, good practice and the state of the global publishing scene.

Impelsys’ EVP and Head of EMEA/ APAC, Stefan Kendzierskyj will talk on Effective Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation Strategies powered by iPC Scholar’. The talk will highlight on some key aspects of digital publishing with powerful insights on knowledge management and digital strategy. Everyone is invited for this session at the Buzz Theatre on 12th March, 10.00-10.30 am.

London Book Fair is a cultural melting pot with visitors from across the world, the celebrations and the gathering of international talent makes the show worth a visit. For those associated with media and publishing and related industries it’s a global marketplace to expand their network and open up new business opportunities, to market their products or hunt for the right suppliers.

London Book Fair 2018

The 2018 edition of the largest gathering of the publishing world, London Book Fair came to conclusion last week. The event being the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content highlights the latest in the industry and sets the tune for the future of it. It also reflects on the importance of literature in society and social changes in the modern world, wherein renowned authors and industry leaders share their views.

The Quantum Conference was a major event in the fair, with this year’s theme ‘Inspiration informed by Data’, the topics included: future trends and tactics; new audiences; discovery; the new creative talent, plus an afternoon focused solely on audio. David Shelley, CEO of Hachette UK talked about data, audiobooks, diversity  and the future in publishing, about what consumers are looking for (more than books) and how we can give it to them. He sees an interesting segmentation of market for ebooks wherein certain authors should be published first in ebooks and then in print.

With around 1000 exhibitors from around the world and 25,000 visitors, trading rights, visiting vendors & service providers, there was also plenty to catch up. London Book Fair 2018 consisted of programs on topics ranging from data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, brexit and what not, a wealth of information and field of immense experience for publishers who wish to keep up with the global trends.

With three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and  Lithuania being the Market Focus for the fair this year, an author from each of these nations was honored as Author of the (second) Day. Here on this link is a quick questionnaire with the Latvian, Nora Ikstena – besides writing she likes cooking and mushroom hunting. Mikhel Mutt of Estonia has published almost 40 books and has written in almost all genres of literature, except poetry. Participating on a panel on ‘Whether Europe is Sinking’, his answer was that it’s not sinking, but there are problems and we should not camouflage them. On asked about what makes a good story Mikhel Mutt says it should have something to tell about the world, about the right way of living, and not just a story.

Follow this link for more such interesting short clips from London Book Fair 2018.

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Stefan Kenzierskyj speaking @ Buzz Theatre

For Impelsys, 2018 was an important edition, two newly launched platforms iPublishCentral Scholar and iPublishCentral Health, feats of rare and necessary innovation in publishing industry drew great deal of interest among scholarly & academic publishers and healthcare publishers from around the world. Booth 3A48 of Impelsys was one of the busy ones with over a couple hundred footfalls and dozens of meetings bearing prospects of business associations in near future. Speaking session from Stefan Kenzierskyj, executive v-p and head of EMEA and Asia Pacific, Impelsys Inc. on “Looking Beyond Journal Publishing: An Integrated Approach to Professional and Scholarly Content Management” drew an attentive crowd of listeners cramming from beyond the perimeter of Buzz Theatre.

Thank you!

We want to thank the organizers and everyone involved in the fair. Special thanks and welcome to those who visited our booth and the speaking session. We also thank our partners and old friends, with whom we have been taking great strides in the journey of spreading knowledge with technology. For publishers who see value in our products and services and want to implement the same in their business we welcome and assure them of best results.

We are contented to have concluded London Book Fair 2018 in such a high note, and glad to have met all of you. We hope we will be able to carry our acquaintances and alliances upto a distant future. Wish you the best for the rest of the year.

London Book Fair

The most important gathering of the publishing world – London Book Fair – is taking place on 10-12 April this year. A global event in the creative capital of the world, 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. From the giant houses to the smallest independent publishers of blockbuster novels and academic texts, producers of children’s books and graphic novels, technology providers, mobile companies, and gaming startups, over a 1000 companies exhibit in this global congregation, showcasing their best and upcoming. The 25,000+ visitors from 120+ countries comprise of anyone who is involved with creation, distribution, sale or treatment of content. Authors, talent scouts, editors, designers, digital gurus walk the floor, meeting, talking, observing, and discovering.

Impelsys, a global provider of technology infrastructure and solutions to the publishing community and providers of online learning like universities, professional associations and enterprises, will be exhibiting at booth 3A48, Level 1. The highlight from Impelsys this year will be iPC Scholar – one platform for all your academic and scholarly products. Be it Journals, eBooks, eLearning courses, CEs, Certifications, Videos, Technical papers, or other formats like PDFs, PPTs and documents, iPC Scholar is a cloud hosted solution that enables publishers to integrate and securely deliver all their scholarly content and online courseware to researchers, professionals and students directly through their own branded portal.

London Book Fair is a hub of knowledge and latest developments in the world of publishing and education, every year several conferences and speaking seminars are held where luminaries of the industry enlighten the visitors on different aspects of the industry. Stefan Kenzierskyj, executive v-p and head of EMEA and Asia Pacific, Impelsys Inc. will be speaking at one of the seminars on “Looking Beyond Journal Publishing: An Integrated Approach to Professional and Scholarly Content Management”, on Wednesday, April 11, at 10.45 a.m. in the Buzz Theatre.

Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and  Lithuania are the Market Focus for the fair this year – marking a century since their independence. Located at the crossroads between Europe and Russia, these Baltic nations enjoy a rich and cosmopolitan literary history, complementing a fascinating contemporary cultural landscape. The Author of the Day programme celebrates some of the most acclaimed, successful and exciting writers working today. Joanna Trollope OBE (General Trade Author) and Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE (Children’s Author), will be honoured on Tuesday and Thursday as Author of the Day, respectively. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania), Nora Ikstena(Latvia) and Mihkel Mutt (Estonia) – will be honoured on the second day of LBF (11th April 2018).

London Book Fair is a place for personal and professional development. For visitors, it is a vital opportunity to rub shoulders with the who’s who of the industry, discover opportunities, and do business. it offers opportunity to network, find out new trends in the industry and to think about what to do next. The fair provides exhibitors with the perfect platform to engage with customers, demonstrate their products, build brand awareness, conduct face to face business, and – most importantly – make sales.

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The fag end of the final day saw mild nostalgia among the crowd but the moments and memories of the three day long London Book Fair 2017 will last for some time now. The show ended on a positive note for most of the participants with report of book sales continuing to grow for last two years despite the political uncertainty. One major point of conversations at the fair was the record breaking advance – rumored to be around $65 millionBarack and Michelle Obama received for a pair of books they will write.

Impelsys, like every year, was among the significant exhibitors as a provider of technology for content and learning industry. The announcement of the new version of flagship ebook platform, iPublishCentral Ebooks 8.0 was the talking point at Impelsys booth, along with success stories of its learning platform iPublishCentral Learn, Adaptive Ebooks, and other products and services.

Visitors to Impelsys’ booth watched the product demos and had fruitful discussions with the team present at the booth. The list of visitors consisted of content publishers and learning providers looking for appropriate solutions for digital content development, courseware design and learning delivery. The fair provided a platform to establish new relationships and fortify existing ones.

Sameer Shariff, Founder & CEO, Impelsys Inc. said “London Book Fair is like home coming to us, we exhibit here every year and it becomes sentimental when we think of all those years and how we have grown from strength to strength – just like LBF – in the past decade. We have seen ups and downs but the love for what we do – help spread knowledge through technology – keeps us going and we have come far from where we started. Impelsys and iPublishCentral are now fully recognized names in digital publishing and elearning industry.”

Sameer Shariff and Stefan Kend (EVP Sales, Impelsys Inc.) spoke at the Tech Theatre on topics: Stepping Up the Content Game: Enriched, Interactive Content to Promote Enhanced Learning and Build and Manage Efficient Production Workflow to Get your Digital Products to Market Faster.

Lionel Leventhal, the creator of the fair talks about London Book Fair in this video, “The fair which I started in 1971 with twenty other specialist publishers – originally called librarians – grew each year, now becoming a remarkable, marvelous international event. It’s brilliant, it’s expanded and developed and has becoming something that is totally beyond our original conception. I am humbled by the contribution the fair has made, and continues to make to the book trade, and it will grow from strength to strength.”

Impelsys thanks all the visitors to our booth and our partners who could not make it to the event. As a global contributor of technology to content and learning industry we strive to provide the best of products and services that could help the industry in multiple ways. We thank the organizers and everyone associated with the show. We are currently exhibiting at Learning Solutions Conference & Expo at Orlando, FL, from 22nd to 24th March, our next probable stop is at STM Annual Conference in Washington DC between the 25-26 April.

For next year the London Book Fair dates will go back to usual, 10-12 April 2018, hope to see all of  you there again.