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BolognaBookPlus and Beat Technology Reveal Industry-Leading Audio Forum Programme For April 2024

In partnership with Beat Technology, and sponsored by RB Media, Bookwire and Zebralution, BolognaBookPlus (BBPlus) has revealed the programme for the inaugural Audio Forum, focusing on this significant international publishing growth area.


Introduced by BolognaBookPlus Director, Jacks Thomas, a highlight included revealing one-to-one conversation between Amanda D’Acierno, President Audio of the English-speaking world’s largest trade publisher Penguin Random House and Forum Moderator, Nathan Hull, Beat Technology. Further sessions explore how to develop successful multi-language strategies, with RB Media’s Miles Stevens-Hoare, a major panel on voices from the diaspora, with speakers from international language groups dispersed globally, and understanding listener behaviours, with Bookwire’s Guilia Lo Monaco.


BolognaBookPlus has established itself over a short time as the pre-eminent book trade provider of training conferences, forums, and comprehensive seminar programmes, in addition to its exhibiting opportunities, annually, in Spring, covering rights selling, agenting, self-publishing, translation and more. The new Audio Forum will feature sixteen speakers from seven countries, and is free to all attendees of the fair.


Jacks Thomas, Guest Director, BolognaBookPlus, says: "International growth in audio publishing is a cause for celebration within our industry; giving voice to authors across backlist and frontlist, offering flexibility and accessibility of content and – wonderfully – reaching new consumers of literary output from toddlers to technophobes."

Audio Forum Programme | Wednesday 10 April, 2024


14:20    Introduction and welcome

            Jacks Thomas, BolognaBookPlus, Nathan Hull, Chief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology (Norway)


14:30    In Conversation with Amanda D’Acierno

            Nathan Hull, Chief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology (Norway)

            Amanda D’Acierno, President Audio, Penguin Random House (US)


15:00    Multi language strategies in the global audiobook market

            Miles Stevens-Hoare, Managing Director, RB Media International (UK)


15:15    Podcasts: adaption to audio … and back

            Michele Cobb, President Audio Publishers Association (US)

            Chiara Santella, Founder, Studio Ochenta (Spain)

            Sabrina Tinelli, Chora (Italy)

            Carla Herbertson, Founder, Small Wardour (UK)


15:45    Strategies for effective distribution and monetisation

            Tina Jurgens, co-CEO, Zebralution (Germany)


16:00    From Digital to Physical: global opportunities for Children’s publishers with audio players

            Carla Herbertson, Founder, Small Wardour (UK)

            Eloise Elandaloussi, Tonies (Germany)

            Jessica Tarrant (UK)

            Matteo Fabbrini (Italy)

            Jim Jacob, Story Button (US)


16:40    Understanding listener behaviours via data

            Guilia Lo Monaco, Bookwire (Germany)


17:00    Voices from the diaspora

            Nathan Hull, Chief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology (Norway)

            Ajay Mago, Founder, OM Books (India)

            Raúl Perez, Head of Digital, Grupo Planeta (Spain)


17:30    Networking Drinks reception



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