How is the international market looking for educational publishers? What is state of the art? In cooperation with the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels), the Publishers’ Forum 2016 will illuminate the topic “Digital Education and Learning Offers” in Berlin, 28 and 29 April. The focus will be on contributions to the current international discussion surrounding digital innovation and links between the work of publishers and other players in the field of education as well as presentations by outstanding examples of platforms, startups and learning communities.
A collection of keynotes, workshops and round tables will illustrate the overarching strategies and indicate the practical examples which are emerging – or are already implemented and suitable for everyday use – for new digital content and exchanges between content providers, teachers and learners. For publishers, these connections offer innovative opportunities to restructure, customize and expand their product range.
“The discussion surrounding digitization and learning is one of the most exciting areas where new concepts, new publishing products and methods of value creation are being put to the test,” believes Rüdiger Wischenbart, Director of the Publishers’ Forum, adding that he is especially looking forward to this program track. “The new offering meshes perfectly with the proven strategy of linking international debates in a dialog with decision makers and disseminators in the German publishing market.”
Matthias Ulmer, Chairman of the Publishers’ Committee, observed of the cooperation: “Educational media for schools and universities are among the most costly investments in the publishing industry. At the same time, they are of phenomenal importance to society. The Publishers’ Forum provides the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the innovative business models and media on offer and to discuss them with experts in the field. At the same time, it should also be a contribution to the discussion surrounding the particular responsibility which the government bears for this sensitive area of publishing.”