The new edition of Readmagine, the week devoted to innovation in the field of reading and books will take place from 4th to the 7th of June in Madrid, hosted by Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez (FGSR) at his “Casa del Lector”.

This year programme will feature a workshop on accessibility for publishers and distributors (5 June, h. 14.30) held by Lia Foundation and organised in collaboration with the European Book Fairs network Aldus.

Since 2005, Readmagine has been developed as a traditional gathering for the book sector with other industries and professional disciplines to promote new discoveries and learning with innovative tools. The alliance between the FGSR and the IPDA for the organisation of the programme, centered on the most industrial side, is again playing key role within the week.

The agenda for Wednesday, June the 5th, entitled “Learning on the borders” will focus on three fields of innovation:

  • The stimulation of a new strategic thinking, with the conference “Publishing in the exponential age” by Brian O’Leary (BISG) and the analysis of the new audiences, with a presentation on the behavior of Generation Z, by Chris Beer (GWI).
  • The insights from two areas of intensive growth, such as the e-sports (Fernando Piquer, Movistar Riders) and the AI tools (Colin Lovrinovic, Gould Finch).
  • The generation of proposals for an innovation agenda for the book sector, through a dynamic of group work, which follows the wake of the Manifesto for Innovation in the creative sector in Europe.

Wednesday afternoon will be devoted to professional workshops to learn more on concrete tools for designing quality experiences (Luis Villa, Accenture), Blockchain (Sebastian Posth) and accessibility (Gregorio Pellegrino, Fondazione Lia).

On Thursday, the 6th, the International Digital Distributors Meeting will take place, with the annual presentations by Rüdiger Wischebart (Global Ebook Report) on the market for the distribution of e-books and a report on trends in digital consumption (Global Web Index).

This year’s Market focus is India and Shweta Khurana will present the editorial landscape of that country, followed by three round tables on:

  • Subscription models;
  • Voice Tech;
  • Book discoverability

On the next day , June the 7th, the week will close with a meeting dedicated to the start-ups of the book sector.

For further information on the contents and speaker profiles:

Full programme in English available for download HERE