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The Great Debate: Will Publishers Soon Be Irrelevant? (At the London Book Fair)

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A star-studded list of speakers will debate the proposition, "Will Publishers Soon Be Irrelevant," including: Richard Charkin (, Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC and former CEO of Macmillan; Cory Doctorow (, award-winning author, editor of Boing Boing, publisher, blogger, and activist; James Bridle, publisher, editor, writer and technologist; and Andrew Franklin (, Publisher and Managing Director of Profile Books, one of the UK’s leading independent publishers.

Although the event itself is free, note that you need to register for The London Book Fair ( to attend the debate.

In what is sure to be one of the highlights of the London Book Fair, book publishing powerhouses will face off in The Great Debate as they debate the questions that really count. Are authors and readers all that matter? Will authors need publishers in the future? Is technology making the extinction of publishers inevitable?

This debate is organized by The Publishing Point in cooperation with Intelligence Squared (, the global forum for live debate, dedicated to creating knowledge through contest. The debate will be moderated by Michael Healy (, The Executive Director of The Book Rights Registry, and introduced by Susan Danziger (, the CEO of DailyLit and Organizer of The Publishing Point.

Come cast your vote (winners will be announced) and join us for this lively and provocative debate.

Many thanks to our friends at Bowker Identifier Services ( for sponsoring this event.