The Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation (FGSR) and the International Publishing Distributors Association are organizing Readmagine, an event dedicated to innovation in reading and books, on November 16, 17 and 18 in Madrid The three days of conversations, workshops, conferences, and meetings are organised in the framework of Aldus Up and hosted by the cultural centre Casa del Lector.
This annual meeting it has been focused for years on the most innovative side of the book sector. The 2021 edition is identified with the “duality” of Janus: on one side, considering the good figures in most of the countries (turnover of the book sector and time dedicated to reading) during 2020, on the other side, the boost of e-commerce opens the dark prospects of a monopolistic role of Amazon.
The first day will feature a workshop on Accessibility by Fondazione LIA and internal working sessions involving Aldus Up partners among the invited experts. The working sessions will focus on three issues:
- Policies to promote reading for Europe
- Policies to support the European book sector
- European business models versus the GAFA model
During the second day will take place a meeting on innovation in the book sector that has been entitled “One year later” and that focuses on the debate and proposals at the strategic level for the European book sector. During the meeting the three discussion groups who met on first day will present their conclusions to the general audience, as the result of the works started on the lock-down edition of 2020.
The last day will host the8th International Digital Distributors Meeting, this year focussing in particular on the new European business models around bookstores, Internet communities, digital distribution models and other schemes, after the digital acceleration.
The almost thirty speakers that will join the two open conferences on the 17-18 November include Alberto Rivolta (CEO of Feltrinelli bookshops,) Anne Bergman-Tahon (Director of the European Federation of Publishers), Fabian Paagman (President of the European Federation of Booksellers), Mª José Gálvez (DG of Book and Reading Promotion), Piero Attanasio (A. Italian Editors), Christoph Blässi (Gutenberg Institute, JGU), Simone Lippold (German Book Chamber), Jens Klingelhofer (CEO of Bookwire), Giacomo D ´Angelo (CEO of StreetLib), Fabrice Piault (Editor-In-Chief of Livres Hebdo), Luc Bourcier (CEO of Izneo), Eric Bartoletti (Head of BD of Bookwire), Ruth Jones (Director Global Sales at Ingram Content Group), Enrico Turrin (Deputy Director of the European Federation of Publishers), Rudiger Wischenbart (RWC), Kristenn Einarsson (NPA), Miha Kovač (Beletrina) or Verónica Reyero (Anthropology 2.0).
Readmagine is the Week of Digital Innovation in Reading, Books and Libraries, created by the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation (FGSR) and organised in collaboration with IPDA. Readmagine was organised for the first time in 2005 and since that first edition always hosted encounters among publishing and digital, urbanism, sociology, fashion, marketing, video gaming and other fields of action. With this approach FGSR seeks to promote learning across the boundaries as a means for innovation.
Full programme available at https://readmagine.org/programme-21/