"ReBoot: Books, Business, and Reading," a virtual conference aimed at preparing the publishing industry for 2021, has been set for October 13. Organized by publishing veterans Carlo Carrenho, Klaus-Peter Stegen, and Rüdiger Wischenbart, the conference will bring together key actors and thought leaders from large as well as independent publishing and bookselling organizations, infrastructure providers, and innovators to assess the status of the international publishing industry and share perspectives and strategies for a "reboot," the organizers said.

In advance of the conference, the organizers have started “preparation tracks” intended to gather data and case studies on recent market developments. Areas of the ReBoot focus will be: publishers, with a focus on running virtual operations; bookselling, with a focus on bringing books to consumers; suppliers, with a focus on building hybrid and cross-media fulfillment process; and consumers, with a focus on "keeping eyes and ears on books." Interested parties are invited by the organizers to offer insights into the current market conditions here.

Speakers and companies scheduled to take part in the ReBoot process include Jesús Badenes, CEO of Planeta; André Breedt, MD of Nielsen Books; Nitasha Devasar of Taylor & Francis in India; John Ingram of Ingram Content Group; Stefano Mauri, CEO and partner at Grupo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol; Hakan Rudels of Bonnier; Michael Tamblyn, president and CEO of Kobo Rakuten; Jonas Tellander, CEO and founder of Storytel; David Worlock of Outsell; and the International Publishers Organization.

PW is the primary sponsor of ReBoot.