Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Bologna Children's Book Fair
Bologna Digital Media
Dust or Magic 2017
First up - the programme for the new Dust or Magic Masterclass that features some of the best experts in the field taking a deep dive into all things digital. Attendees to this event are also invited to the community dinner on the Sunday night, a great way to kick off your visit if you are new to the fair and are looking for some kindred spirits. Dust or Magic takes place on Sunday April 2 at 3pm in the Services Centre of the fair.
In response to client needs, and as a new feature to the Digital Media Hall, the fair will open a new business lounge. Here you will have special services including bookable meeting rooms, refreshments, wifi and open seating areas. Relax with a mix of corporate visitors and new young start-ups including Micro-bit, Amazon Print on Demand, Melezeta, Google Play and the Dutch Letterenfonds, Lenovo and many more. If you'd like to purchase a Digital Business Lounge pass please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Café Events Highlights
Well with three-packed days of events it's often so hard to choose but here are a few more highlights. There will be an epic Idea festival by students from three colleges on the future of publishing and illustration. A new developer for the fair from Germany called Creata will showcase their VR apps for toys. The Digital Media Hall will also host the launch of the new Kid’s VR viewer from Snaptolearn and hear from the award-winning Kid’s App Collective on How to Make Great Apps. Finally, with this year’s edition being all about creative technology - come and see Lenovo open up a new discussion for artists and publishers around an ideas device called the Yoga Book!Find these and more on the first online preview of the 2017 Digital Café programme.
The Picture Book and AR technology
Last but not least, a note on a technology that is appearing throughout the 2017 show. Augmented and Virtual Reality have really come into the forefront this year and have started to build a bridge to new developments within the print book and digital app businesses. So much so you will see that amongst this year’s BolognaRagazzi Digital Award winners are two AR books, we even had to add a new category for the award itself. Mark your diary for an essential publisher led session in the digital café on picture books and AR with Aksel Koie, Step IN Books Saara Tiuraniemi Bonnier Finland and Etienne Jaxel-Tuer EJT labo Wednesday 12-12.45pm Digital Café Hall 32.