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The Fight for Survival: The Great Debate Returns to the London Book Fair

Having been one of the biggest (and most fun) events at last year's London Book Fair, The Great Debate returns this year with: "The Fight for Survival."

In one corner of the ring will be publishing's old guard, the traditional publishers; in the other corner, the young upstarts and outsiders.  

The proposition being debated is: “In the fight for survival, outsiders and start-ups are taking on today’s heavyweight publishers and will ultimately deliver a knock-out punch."

Be there to vote and influence the outcome of the debate.   

Starring as debaters will be:  Evan Schnittman, Managing Director Group Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc; Fionnuala Duggan, Managing Director, International, CourseSmart; Bob Young, CEO & Founder, Lulu; and Allen Lau, CEO & Co-Founder, WattPad.

Referrees will be: Michael Healy, Executive Director (Author and Publisher Relations) at Copyright Clearance Center; and Susan Danziger, Founder and CEO, DailyLit and Organizer of The Publishing Point.

Many thanks to sponsors of this debate: Bowker, Identifier Services and the Copyright Clearance Center.

Also, note that thanks so our sponsors, there is no charge for this event; that said, registration for the London Book Fair (which includes a fee) is required.


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  • Susan D.

    Too bad you'll miss the event, but we'll be taking a video of it (thanks to our sponsors, Bowker Identifer Serves and Copyright Clearance Center).

    April 13, 2012

  • Jonathan D.

    Watching last year's debate, I'm thinking this year's will be a solid event. Unfortunately I'll only be at LBF on the 17th. Look forward to catching up with it afterwards, when it's online.

    April 5, 2012

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