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Futureproofs shortlisted for award at Frankfurt

by John Pettigrew

Our team was at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week to launch our Futureproofs platform. As well as talking to lots of people on our stand, we were very proud to be shortlisted for the prestigious Futurebook Awards in the Best Tech Innovation category. We’ve spent the past year building something that, we believe, really meets a need for publishing teams. It’s been a fantastic experience and we couldn’t have done it without your interest and support.

Our team was at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week to launch Futureproofs, our new platform for on-screen proofing for editors, freelancers and authors. I want to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to all of you for your interest and support as we’ve spent the past year building something that, we believe, really meets a need for publishing teams. It’s been a fantastic experience and we couldn’t have done it without you.

What this mean is that, if you’ve been waiting for Futureproofs to be ready, now’s the time to come and sign up and give us a try! If you’d like to talk things through first, just drop me a line and I’d be very happy to arrange a meeting either in person or via the web.

The Launch

James, our CTO, demonstrates Futureproofs to the crowd.We officially launched Futureproofs on the first day of the Fair, on the stage in Hall 4.0, and spent the rest of the Fair on our stand talking to visitors. One surprise was a mass visit by some EU delegates late on the Wednesday (see the photo), although James (our CTO) did a sterling job with the unofficial presentation to such a large group! We did manage to have some time around the stand and our arranged meetings to get to know new people as well as lots of familiar faces.

Visual summary of my Contec talkI also spoke several times during the Fair. On the Tuesday, at the Contec conference what precedes the Fair proper, I gave a Pecha Kucha presentation as part a group of talks with the brief to talk about being ‘Rebels of Publishing’. My personal ‘rebellion’ is to emphasise the importance of looking at how we do our work and picking the right tools – digital products are genuinely exciting but, if we can’t get the content and presentation right, our customers aren’t going to have a great experience, and that makes the whole exercise irrelevant. One nice feature of Contec this year was an artist live-drawing the presentations. Here’s her illustration of my talk – she even included the dinosaurs!

The Award

The highlight of the Fair for me, though, came on Thursday, when I heard that we had been shortlisted for the Best Tech Innovation award by The Bookseller. We’re now eagerly waiting for the Futurebook conference in November when the winners are announced. This is a big deal for us – being recognised so early in our company’s life means that we can be even more confident that we’re dealing with an issue that really matters to people, and in a way that makes sense to them.

The shortlists have some really great companies, products, campaigns and people, and are worth checking out. I genuinely wish everyone who’s up for these awards the best of luck, and hearty congratulations for being shortlisted.

What’s next?

The next few weeks will be busy ones for us as we follow up on the many people we met at the Fair. We’re also going to keep working on the Futureproofs platform, with some exciting new features. Our aim is, as ever, to help make editors’ lives better by giving them tools that work the way they do and genuinely save time and effort. Sign up for our free trial and find out more.

If you’re planning to attend the Futurebook conference in November, do let us know. Several of our team will be there and it would be great to meet you in person. Also, don’t forget that the early-bird prices end on Friday 17th, and they’re doing a 3-for-2 offer at the moment as well.

Thanks for being part of our community, and I hope to have the chance to speak to you soon!

About the author

Hat wearer, recovering editor and now CEO & Founder of We Are Futureproofs, John Pettigrew has over 15 years of experience in educational, illustrated and academic publishing, and a history of successful print and digital product development.

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