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We spent a week in Frankfurt for the 2023 International Book Festival!
Considerable attention was given to the topic of artificial Intelligence in publishing and exploring a landscape that's reshaping an industry that tends to be quite technologically-averse.
The definition of what is a "book" is undergoing an important metamorphosis. What blew our minds? The democratization of access to resources and information, leveling the playing field for publishers of all sizes. The realization that, even as a small media and publishing group, we're riding the same information waves as the big players in the game. We're all navigating uncharted waters, embracing a perpetual state of 'learning as we go.'
We've come "home" with many lessons to share and we're excited to be part of the revolution shaping the future of all media publishing.
From the book fair's recap message:
The international trade programme featured training, discussion and networking events. Considerable attention was given to the topic of artificial intelligence. In particular, the call for transparency and a legal framework that protects the interests of creators could be heard during the fair. Anna Soler-Pont (Pontas Literary Agency, Spain) spoke about practical issues at the Publishing Perspectives Forum: "We have added clauses to our contracts about AI to protect our clients. We want human voices to record our audiobooks." During the Executive Talk, Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House, said: "It's not humans versus machines. It's humans and machines. How can we use this technology to help us?"