To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), will be organising a special series of events at the Arts House on 21-23 September. On 21 September, the Association will announce the 2018 Book Awards winners and honour the past Presidents of the Association at an evening gala event held in the Chamber. Thereafter, guests can proceed to the Blue Room for a celebratory dinner, and view the exhibition based on the commemorative books in Gallery II.

Come back to the Living Room at the Arts House on 22 September to attend the Meet-the-Publishers talks focused on the future of publishing. Topics to be discussed include audiobooks, and the use of augmented reality and virtual reality in books. Attendees can also view the exhibition at Gallery II in their own time. The exhibition will end on Sunday 23 September.

21 September - Gala Dinner and Book Awards Ceremony

Join us for the official gala event at the Chamber of the Arts House from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth and Transport will be the Guest-of-Honour for this event. We will honour our past Presidents and announce the winners of the 2018 Book Awards during the special event. Do stay back after the Gala Event for dinner and and lively chatter with colleagues from the publishing industry.

Tickets to the Gala Event are priced at $50 per attendee for our member companies & $75 for non-members. Please contact the Secretariat at info@singaporebookpublishers.sg by 12 September to purchase your tickets. 

22 September

Join us on 22 September from 9.30am to 6pm for a Seminar on New Publishing Technologies. The seminar is complimentary and open to the public. Come and learn more about the exciting technologies available in publishing! Lunch will be provided.

Programme

9.30am – 10.00am            Registration

10.00am - 12 noon           Audio Books - Process & Business Models by

                                          Nor Shariza Kamil (Founder, Muse Pte Ltd)
                                          Ahmad Zuhaidi (Managing Director, Scriptology Sdn Bhd)
                                          Helena Gustafsson (Head of Global Publishing, Storytel)

Audiobooks have increased in market share and content availability. In most developed countries, the take-up rate in terms of purchases or borrowings from libraries have increased greatly. How do content creators and publishers here tap into this growing market? How easy or difficult is it to produce an audiobook? The panel will discuss and demonstrate what they have done and how can participants create and market their audio contents.

12 noon - 2 pm                  Lunch

2.00pm – 4.00pm               Enhanced Ebooks - More than just PDFs by
                                           Joseph Navinraj (Director, Rainbow Jets)
                                           Andre Candra (Head of Partnerships, Pesona Edu)

Ebooks are in the market for some time and have grown from just a simple pdf flip book to a digital ebook with sounds, animations and interactivity. Is it just conversion from the pdf to a digital flip book is sufficient in the mobile digital era? What are the elements needed to develop a good enhanced ebook? This panel will demonstrate the many options a content creator can develop a compelling product for today’s generation.

4.00pm – 6.00pm               AR & VR publishing - Mixed Media - Digital + Print by
                                           Gerald Cai (Co-Founder, MXR International)
                                           Saad Chinoy (Director, Tusitala)

AR and VR are coming into the market with devices now supporting AR and VR becoming relatively easier to do and incorporate into print and digital. From Facebook 360 to PokemonGo to pop-up animated displays, how can content creators exploit these new technologies into their current products and create immersive content in the future?

For more information on the speakers, visit the facebook event page here.

This seminar is made possible with the support of