The National Book Development Board (NBDB), Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), Filipinas Heritage Library and Vibal Foundation, Inc. willhold the country’s first-ever digital publishing conference titled, ‘The Future of the Book’, with the theme: “Book Publishing in the Global Digital Arena” on13 and 14 of September 2010 at the UP-Ayala Technohub in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
As emerging technologies continue to change the landscape of book publishing, the conference aims to introduce the various aspects involved in digital publishing– from authoring, editing and lay-outing, to distribution and consumption. The two-day conference will feature talks by distinguished names from the international and local publishing industry, including Ms. Lynette Owen,copyright director of Pearson Education, one of the world’s leading textbook publishers.

On the first day of the conference, publishing professionals and industry leaders will tackle the business aspect of digital publishing in the Philippines. The plenary sessions will discuss the viability of digital publishing as a lucrative and exciting business opportunity for existing and prospective publishers alike. In addition to perspectives from traditional book publishers, Vibal Foundation, the pioneer digital publisher in the Philippines, is inviting speakers from varied fields to discuss the impact of this new technology on consumers. A total of eighteen unique tracks, with presentations from experts and innovators, are scheduled on the second day, aiming to explore the “Future of the Book” through the eyes of its end-users: the retailers, authors and reader. Registration fee is for five thousand pesos (PHP 5,000) which will cover admission for the entire conference, a participant’s kit, and free meals. The registration fee for the second day is five hundred pesos (PHP 500), which covers only admission to the second day of the conference, a participant’s kit and a free meal. Students may avail of a discounted fee of three hundred pesos (PHP 300) by presenting their school IDs upon registration. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010.
For further information, email future.book2010@vibalfoundation.org or call 416-8460 or 0906-2437714 and look for Ms. Karen Lucero.