Publishers' Forum in Berlin
2017-01-31 17:10:24 by Rüdiger Wischenbart

The Publishers' Forum in Berlin, initiated in 2004 by Klopotek, the leading software for the complete value chain for publishers, is an annual 2 day event for key debates in the German and international business of books.

Catering to an audience of around 270 professionals, mostly decision makers and leading management, the conference raises discussions across all sectors or the industry. Strategic perspectives and orientation on market and innovation trends are combined with hands-on practical 'work bench' sessions to figure out how the relevant new developments will find their place in the day-to-day operations.

Since 2015, Rüdiger Wischenbart has been appointed as director in charge of the programming of Publishers' Forum.
Publishers’ Forum 2017 to presents its first speakers and topics

Curation 2.0, digital innovation, government “regulations”: new topics at Publishers‘ Forum

The Publishers’ Forum brings you these stimuli from international decision-makers and thought leaders (and much more):

Separating the wheat from the chaff 2.0

In his book “Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess”, Michael Bhaskar, one of the founders of the successful London-based digital publisher Canelo, summarizes how curation works in the current era of content abundance.

‘Digital Innovation Hubs’ Educational Publishers

Selection and presentation extend far beyond the format “book”. A fact that educational publishers know especially well. Between traditional school books and digital learning platforms, international competition and innovative German startups, Outsell Senior Researcher Kate Worlock provides informative, well-founded perspectives and helpful signposts in difficult terrain.

Copyright & Co. – the influence of politics

The current political controversy surrounding copyright, educational exemptions, and other legislative proposals presents challenges with perils and pitfalls for publishers. One of the most well-versed experts in publishing, Michael Healy of the Copyright Clearance Center, provides a broad, international overview of the complex material that is today defining how the publishing business will work in the future. In a second talk, Healy will offer insights into how the business of rights and licenses can achieve lasting expansion through the use of technology.

Comprehensive outlooks, compact input on these and other topics, and stimulating, inspiring discussions and debates await you at the Publishers’ Forum on 24 and 25 April 2017 in Berlin!


Press release Publishers Forum 2017 (English)
Find video documentation from some of the most exciting sessions of past events in the Publishers' Forum in 2015 and 2016:

Michael E. Hansen: Growth Strategies in a Changing Market (Keynote)


Anki Ahrnell, Bonnier, SE; Carmen Ospina, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, ES; Andrew Franklin, Profile Books, UK (Panel Debate)


Digital Transformation Phase 02. Beyond the Book of today. Audiences. Markets. Platforms. Regulations. New Disruptive Contexts for (Book) Publishing.
Peter Brantley, UC Davis Library at UC Davis / Books in Browsers, USA; Marguerite Joly, Ullstein, GER; David Worlock, Outsell, UK; Katharina Dermuehl, Kiron, GER (Panel Debate)


Jacob Dalborg, Bonnier Books, SE : Vision vs. Pragmatism. Strategies across Markets and Media of a Leading European Publishing Group. (Keynote)


Publishing Goes Pop: Fostering Fandom, Not Just Readers – How Passion and Community Can Drive Sales. Lance Fensterman, ReedPOP, USA
Nathan Hull, Mofibo, DK | Michael Bhaskar, Canelo, UK | Andreas Gall, Red Bull Media House, AT, Mod.: Porter Anderson, Journalist, USA (Panel Debate)