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AI and sustainability hot topics for the Irish Book Trade Conference

Irish Book Trade Conference includes talks on AI, Sustainability, and a Fever Pitch event for publishers and booksellers

Two days of key talks and networking opportunities kick off at the end of this month for the annual Irish Book Trade Conference. It’s a busy and bright programme this year, which includes a trade show, a market report from Nielsen, and keynote addresses from Robin Ince and Colm Tóibín.

Running through Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February, you will be able to enjoy a drinks reception on Monday evening with industry colleagues, followed by a dinner where the winner of The O’Brien Bookseller of the Year Award will be announced. Two of the most pertinent issues in the book industry at the moment are the subjects of the breakout sessions at the conference: AI in publishing, and sustainability.

AI in Publishing with George Walkley

George Walkley, Janna Dixon Photography.

AI is on everyone’s lips (or at least in everyone’s search engines) and if you’re a publisher who wants to address the risks, understand copyright implications, and generally be ahead of the curve, expert in the field George Walkley will get into the detail in his breakout session on Tuesday 27 February. Walkley is the creator of the world’s first independent, CPD-accredited training course on generative AI for book publishers.

Publishing and Sustainability with Lisa Farato

How might publishing as an industry minimise its impact on the environment? Director of Environment and Sustainability at CPI Group Lisa Farato will bring her expertise to talk about the importance and practicalities of sustainable practices, examining recent legislation and supply chain transparency. She will also focus on deforestation regulation and CSRD—two major regulations which will significantly impact publishing.

Fever Pitch

On the Monday of the conference, Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland will host their annual Fever Pitch session, an exciting opportunity for publishers to present their titles directly to over 100 booksellers.

Taking place at 2.45pm at the Radisson Hotel, each publisher may present up to three titles, with one minute per book. Please note that you should register to complete a provided Power Point template for presentations, and that this event is for members of Publishing Ireland only. For more information on Fever Pitch, and to register for this event, please see here.

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