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Jun 30

Talking Audio (BookMachine Unplugged 2021)

30 June, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST


Thanks to our event sponsors:

What’s next for Audio?

Audio publishing has seen exponential growth over the past decade. Despite the pandemic, industry news has continued to report on innovative audio publishing and to chart the audiobook market’s meteoric rise.


In this new era of work from home, play at home, stay at home, has anything changed in the way in which consumers connect with audio in this new reality? How have tech developments evolved digital storytelling, and how might these in turn impact the way in which we connect to audio in the future?


On Wednesday 30th June from 6–7 pm BST, our panel will consider the current audio market from their perspective: discussing consumer insights and tech trends and what these shifts in the sand might mean for audio in 2021 and beyond.


Talking Audio this year takes place during Audio Season, running from 1st June to 16th July 2021.


*This session will have live closed captioning available for viewers to toggle on or off as needed*


About BookMachine Unplugged 2021

BookMachine Unplugged is an online and interactive programme of publishing events designed to offer real insights into what is working in publishing right now – and what the future of publishing may hold.


If you’re a publishing professional who craves an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development – in a strictly social and informal setting – this event series is for you!


Each of the six BookMachine Unplugged events programmed for this year will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry. Discover the others coming up in 2021.


“Really enlightening evening talking audiobooks and their future. Lovely friendly crowd of publishing folk too!” – Anna Nicholas, Publisher and Author


Ticket details

This event is FREE for BookMachine members, and £5 +VAT for non-members. Log in to your member account and your discount will be applied automatically at checkout.


Can’t make it to the live event? A recording will be available for all members and ticket holders to watch after the event. Be sure to book your place in advance of the event to receive the link to the replay!


Want to make a saving and join the fastest growing global publishing community? Become a BookMachine member.



Your host

Louise Harvey

Louise Harvey, Audio Manager at Little, Brown Book Group

Louise Harvey works in audio across all imprints at Little, Brown Book Group and loves nothing more than plugging into a good book. She’s in audio publishing for the thrill of finding the perfect reader for an author’s work. Louise was SYP London Chair 2017.

Follow Louise on Twitter @louiseinbooks




The speakers

Steve Bohme

Steve Bohme, Research Director at Nielsen Book Research UK

Steve has managed the Books and Consumers survey since 1997, as well as a wide variety of research projects relating to reading and book buying habits. Steve is a Member of the Market Research Society. Steve joined Nielsen when Nielsen acquired the business intelligence and commerce solutions products from Bowker in 2013. Prior to that, Steve worked at Bowker Market Research (BML) since 1994, becoming Research Manager in 1996 and Research Director in 2001.



Dominic Gribben

Dominic Gribben, Audio Publisher at Hachette UK

Dominic is an audio publisher at Hachette UK with responsibility for the audio lists across Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus. In addition to traditional audiobook publishing, Dominic and his team oversee the development of audio original projects, audio partnerships and podcasts.

Follow Dominic on Twitter @DomGribben




adrian 2020 photoAdrian Hon, Co-founder and CEO at Six to Start

Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO at Six to Start, creators of gamelike stories and story-like games including the world’s bestselling smartphone fitness game, “Zombies, Run!” with ten million players. He’s author of A History of the Future in 100 Objects and has spoken at the flagship TED conference, the Long Now Foundation, GoogleX, and Disney Imagineering. Before becoming a game designer, Adrian was a neuroscientist and experimental psychologist at Cambridge, UCSD, and Oxford.

Follow Adrian on Twitter @adrianhon




Find out more about the sponsors



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Bookwire is a leading international digital publishing company that helps publishers produce, distribute, market and analyse their digital titles. The company currently employs 80 members of staff in Germany, Brazil, the UK, Spain and Mexico who manage over 1,900 publishers across eBooks, audiobooks and Print-on-Demand. The pioneering Operating System for Digital Publishing “Bookwire OS – One Solution” has delivered, analysed and marketed around 500,000 eBooks and 80,000 audiobooks in all relevant distribution channels. In addition to the latest customer analytics and pricing technology, publishing clients of Bookwire also have access to individual support from account & marketing managers who help drive revenues and growth.


For Audio Season CoreSource Ingram Logo


Ingram Content Group

Ingram Content Group’s audiobook distribution provides access to the leading audiobook retailers including Apple Books, Audible, Findaway, Google Play, Hoopla, OverDrive, Libro.fm, Kobo, and more. Get your audiobooks in front of millions of users worldwide, plus enjoy our fully-managed CoreSource Plus program including: managed, automated distribution to audio retailers & library suppliers; direct connections to audio channel partners spanning 100+ countries; comprehensive, normalized sales reporting; and simple integration with your current ebook distribution strategy.

Need audio files produced? Our selection of audio producers offer a variety of services at discounted rates to fit your publishing needs.


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Ladbroke Audio

Ladbroke Audio has been producing audiobooks and audio dramas for the industry since 2008. The company is based in Croydon, with two bespoke audiobook studio facilities. Clients include BBC Audio, Penguin Random House, Audible, Little Brown, Orion/Gollancz, Harper Audio, Hachette Childrens Group, SPCK/IVP and WF Howes. Their owner, Neil Gardner, is well known within the industry as a producer/director/editor and narrator, as well as for his roles as a regular contributor to events and education, and as the founder of the Audiobook Creators Alliance. The company produces 150+ titles per year.



30 June, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST
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