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Spotify’s platform revolutionized music listening forever when launched in 2008. Our move into podcasting brought innovation and a new generation of listeners to the medium, and in 2022 we entered the next audio market primed for growth with the addition of audiobooks.

Today, more listeners than ever can discover, manage, and enjoy over 100 million tracks, 5 million podcasts titles, and 350,000 audiobooks a la carte on Spotify. We are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with more than 602 million users, including 236 million subscribers in more than 180 markets.

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Sourcebooks is a thriving entrepreneurial company that brings extraordinary authors to readers in dynamic, data-driven ways. We create books that transcend categories and defy odds, and we have been honored with hundreds of national bestsellers and awards. We are a company of enthusiastic book lovers passionate about connecting books to readers in new and innovative ways. Story by story, book by book, we have changed more than 100 million lives. Join us as we change 100 million more. Visit sourcebooks.com for more information.

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Reach more readers and drive discovery and sales by adding your ebooks, audiobooks and more to OverDrive‘s global catalog. Sell to more than 92,000 libraries and schools that serve millions of readers. With 30+ years as the trusted digital partner to thousands of publishers and authors, OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, helping publishers achieve their digital goals. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics‘ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME‘s Best Inventions. In 2021, OverDrive acquired Kanopy, the popular streaming video service for public libraries and academic institutions.

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Agate is a diversified small publishing company based in Chicago with four distinct trade imprints (distributed to the trade by PGW), an educational content service arm called Agate Development, and a new division, Agate Publishing Academy, that offers career development training for publishing professionals. Agate Publishing Academy is designed to be more focused, more affordable, and more accessible than existing alternatives for professionals seeking their first, or next, opportunity in the industry. Its flagship “Publishing Basics” certification provides a comprehensive introduction to how publishing works as a business, and will prepare a more diverse range of aspiring candidates for entry-level roles.

A leading independent publisher headquartered just outside of Washington, DC, Amplify Publishing Group (APG) is renowned for its trailblazing work in legitimizing and elevating the practice of hybrid publishing. Over the past two decades, APG has spearheaded a key disruption of the publishing industry by founding seven distinct imprints that serve to elevate authors and their voices across genres, including in business, politics, self-help, and technology, among others.

Passionate about fresh perspectives that need to be heard, APG’s list includes books by legendary voices in leadership including CXOs, executives, and subject matter experts, as well as innovative books that make waves in public discourse. With deep industry expertise in conceptualization and editorial, design, production, marketing/PR, and retail distribution, APG’s comprehensive team of publishing professionals has worked together to publish a number of national bestsellers.

BookTrib.com is a leading source of book news, reviews and author discovery, now in its 20th year. BookTrib’s wide variety of book promotion services also makes it a marketing engine for authors and publishers. With more than 95,000 unique monthly website visitors and 225,000 followers across social media—and growing—BookTrib is a haven for book lovers searching for their next great read and authors they may not have heard of otherwise. BookTrib was founded in 2004 by Meryl Moss Media Group, a firm that, for more than 30 years, has helped authors find readers through marketing, publicity and social media.

Bowker provides products and services that make books easier to discover, evaluate, and experience – connecting publishers, authors, and booksellers with readers. Wherever you are in your writing or publishing journey, Bowker has the help you need. From essential identifiers like ISBNs and barcodes… to editing and copyright protection services… to marketing and publicity aids, Bowker offers a wide range of practical tools and resources authors need to publish, distribute, and promote their titles. As the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories, Bowker also provides information and advice on the uses of the ISBN system to publishers, self-publishers, authors, and the book trade.

Chirp is an innovative new audiobook retailer that offers listeners can’t-miss, limited-time discounts on popular audiobooks in their favorite genres, without any subscription fees or commitments. 

Members receive fresh, hand-selected audiobook deals each day, along with access to exclusive content and an ever-growing catalog of over 200,000 audiobooks. Authors and publishers can significantly increase sales, reach new readers, and boost visibility for their audio titles by running targeted promotions to our audience.

Kevin Anderson & Associates (KAA) is an industry-leading ghostwriting and editorial firm with offices in NYC, London, Nashville, and LA. Offering a range of bespoke writing and publishing consultation services, KAA serves a diverse clientele that includes first-time authors, thought leaders, executives, celebrities, literary agents, and both traditional and hybrid publishers.

KAA boasts an esteemed in-house team of former publishing executives, acquisitions editors, and literary agents, whose combined pub lists include nineteen #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 600 national bestsellers. KAA’s services have launched over 5,000 new authors and served clients in over 50 countries. As an industry leader, KAA is committed to fostering partnerships with agents, editors, marketers, publicists, and publishing professionals, revolutionizing the publishing landscape by driving innovation and amplifying voices that deserve to be heard.

Connect with KAA to explore collaboration opportunities and discover how KAA can help you achieve your publishing goals. Email miles@kawriting.com or visit www.kawriting.com to learn more.

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for story creators and the hub of the book world. Meet the industry’s best and immerse yourself in the power of publishing, providing perfect opportunities to engage with customers, build brand awareness and do business.

From the publishers and dealmakers to the copyright pros, the commissioners, and the global licensers, including those involved in rights negotiation, this event unites the book community and publishing professionals for three days of business, networking and learning.

Since igniting the indie publishing scene in 2015, LMBPN® Publishing has been a beacon of innovation, unleashing over 1,000 captivating titles across the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Our portfolio boasts beloved series such as the groundbreaking Kurtherian Gambit®, the enchanting Oriceran saga, and the spine-tingling Protected by the Damned universe, captivating readers worldwide.

At LMBPN®, we believe in the power of collaboration to push boundaries and redefine storytelling. With luminaries like Michael Anderle at the helm, our roster of talent is a constellation of literary brilliance. From the imaginative realms of Justin Sloan to the riveting narratives crafted by Craig Martelle, TS Paul, CM Raymond, LE Barbant, and beyond, together with Michael Anderle, our authors weave tales that transcend the ordinary.

But our reach doesn’t stop with words on a page. We bring stories to life in every format imaginable, from the immersive experience of ebooks to the tangible embrace of physical books and the captivating allure of audio. Our commitment to accessibility ensures that no reader is left behind, as we continue to expand our horizons and break new ground in storytelling.

With a global mindset, LMBPN® Publishing has made its mark across continents, captivating audiences in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and soon Japanese. Our stories know no borders, resonating with readers around the world and enriching lives with every turn of the page.

Join us on a journey where imagination knows no bounds. Whether you’re a seasoned industry veteran or a visionary seeking the next frontier in publishing, LMBPN® Publishing invites you to embark on an adventure unlike any other. Together, let’s shape the future of storytelling and ignite the imaginations of readers everywhere.

Perfect Bound is a cutting-edge, two-sided marketplace connecting independent book publishers with over fifty printers across six continents. On this innovative platform, publishers can effortlessly build out product quotes, send out requests to verified and reviewed printers across the globe, negotiate and finalize print runs, and track products from the press to the warehouse. Starting this year, Perfect Bound will also offer comprehensive title management, inventory and printing tracking, and rights and royalties management, allowing publishers of all sizes to run their entire publishing operations on one seamless platform.

Founded by a publishing professional, Proofcheck is the AI startup dedicated to developing solutions that enable publishers to thrive in the LLM age.

Our first product is an enterprise AI proofing platform that is the ultimate QA copilot for professionals who need to collaboratively proofread high-stakes reports, white papers, books, and ebooks. Our tool takes a 360-degree holistic approach to proofing documents that includes not only linguistic error detection but also logical, aesthetic, and design checking spanning multiple file formats. Since its debut at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2022, Proofcheck’s proofing tool has helped more than a dozen publishers in North America and Europe.

In addition to its proofing platform, Proofcheck has developed technology that enables content creators to indelibly “watermark” their text so that provenance and authorship information travels with content as it moves through the rapidly evolving digital textual world. This solution also restricts the ability of LLMs to consume content.

Proofcheck is based in Vienna and has raised nearly 1 million USD to support its mission.

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is a dynamic institution at the forefront of promoting literature, education, and cultural exchange in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and beyond. As a vital component of Sharjah’s cultural ecosystem, SBA is dedicated to advancing the significance of books and reading in fostering knowledge, critical thinking, and cross-cultural understanding.

Through a diverse array of global and local initiatives, SBA actively supports the growth and development of the publishing industry in the UAE and the Arab region, serving as a catalyst for literary creativity and innovation. By building bridges between cultures and facilitating dialogue, SBA plays a pivotal role in promoting Sharjah as a vibrant global cultural hub.

With a steadfast commitment to empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds, SBA strives to create a society where the transformative power of reading is accessible to all. Through our passion for literature and dedication to excellence, we aim to inspire generations of readers and thinkers, enriching lives and fostering a brighter future for our community and beyond.

Shimmr: Automated Advertising that sells books

Shimmr brings every book ‘into the light’. With automated, end-to-end advertising to get titles discovered, publishers can now illuminate catalogs of unpublicized books, for greater currency for authors and better discovery by readers. Shimmr generates and deploys tailored campaigns faithful to the fundamental DNA of each book, bringing them to life, and psychologically matching them to new audiences. The advertising drives a 35% average uplift in sales, at a tiny fraction of the historical cost.

Smith Publicity is dedicated to providing creative book publicity, author brand consultation, and book marketing services that build visibility for the work of authors and publishers.

Since 1997, Smith Publicity’s portfolio spans thousands of titles across all genres, ranging from New York Times bestsellers to debut releases by independent authors. They’ve consistently propelled their authors into the limelight through targeted media placements across the United States, Canada, and around the globe.

In addition to the author, Smith Publicity prides itself on deep collaboration with the many partners involved in the success of a book including agents, editors, and publisher teams in order to strategize, execute, and communicate impactful book publicity and marketing campaigns.

Smith Publicity’s award winning, passionate team of experts regularly attends and speaks at publishing events worldwide. Their goal is to continually adapt, innovate, and lead new strategies that ultimately help bring authors’ voices into the world.

Zibby Media is a small, women-led startup dedicated to deepening the connections between readers, authors, and each other. Founded by bestselling author, award-winning podcaster, bookstore owner, and mother of four Zibby Owens, Zibby Media includes a boutique publishing house, a literary podcast, readers retreats, writing classes, a book club, and an independent bookstore with frequent author events.

Our publishing house Zibby Books is an innovative home for fiction and memoir working within a book club model, publishing one book every month. We are passionate about our mission to treat writers and readers like rock stars, investing in all our authors like no other publisher. Fostering a true literary community is the heart of what we do because we believe stories are best when shared. 

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