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Have we passed peak book? The uncoupling of book sales from economic growth
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has published this new article in Publishing Research Quarterly - you can view the article here
The paper uses time series data on UK book sales to establish what correlation exists between the national income of a country and its sales of books. This is tested by comparing series data in real terms for GDP per capita and for various data series for the UK market, including sales invoiced by publishers and point of sale data on consumer purchasing. The first period, from 1985 to 1999, shows a strong relationship between total sales and GDP per capita. In the second period, from 2001 to 2015, the link appears to disappear when we examine invoiced sales from publishers, even before the impact of the 2008 crisis. This is also including the growth of digital sales towards the end of the period. The direct consumer data shows sales tracking GDP until the onset of the financial crisis; thereafter the only trade sector to have kept pace with GDP is children’s, and this contrasts with the areas of adult fiction and non-fiction. Have we therefore seen a structural shift in the book market? If we have passed peak book, what has brought about this uncoupling of book sales from economic growth? Factors are considered including changes in retail, competition from other media, and a prioritization of experience over the accumulation of stuff.
The 15th international conference was held at Imperial College London on Friday 7 July 2017 (previously held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2005). The theme was 'The Publisher is Dead - Long Live the Publisher!' - what is the place of the publisher when platforms of production and distribution have become more widely accessible to both authors and readers? The plenary speaker was Angus Phillips from OICPS, who examined the role of the publisher against the background of moves towards open content and self-publishing.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a guest speaker at the seminar on ‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, held on Friday 12 May at the China Exchange in London. Organized by Cypress Books, the seminar gathered a range of speakers and scholars engaged in the publication and curation of Chinese books, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practice within the industry.
Now in its fifth edition, Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips remains the classic introduction to the book publishing industry, being both a manual for the profession for over two decades and the bestselling textbook for students of publishing. It has been translated into a number of languages and this year sees the publication of editions in Lithuania and Croatia.
Angus Phillips is the Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
The conference programme is now published for the international publishing studies conference, By the Book4. This takes place at the Villa Finaly in Florence from 21 to 23 June 2017.
The plenary speakers are Michael Bhaskar and Sam Bruinsma:
Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and digital publisher. He is Co-Founder of the digital publisher Canelo. He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine (Anthem Press 2013), a groundbreaking academic exploration of the past, present and future of publishing. His new book, Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Too Much (Little, Brown Piatkus) was published in 2016 and he is editor (with Angus Phillips) of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Publishing (OUP).
Sam Bruinsma has been in publishing for close to thirty years. He has been with Brill since 1998, after ten years at Wolters Kluwer. Currently he is Senior Vice-President Business Development. His current contributions to the industry include chairing STM’s Standards & Technology Committee, and acting as treasurer for the Dutch collective rights organization PRO. He holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.
For more details please visit the conference website.
The conference Between Paper and Pixels took place at Aarhus University on 19 and 20 May, organized by the Centre for Literature between Media.
The conference discussed how the literary field is in a state of transition. Radical developments in the media ecology throughout the last decades (not least the digital revolution) have resulted in new possibilities and challenges for authors, readers and publishers. Through centuries, literature’s status as a written and book-based art form has been taken for granted, but the emergence of new media has severed the natural bond between literature, writing and books. Amongst the keynote speakers was Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, whose paper was entitled 'What now for the book?'
Nine years since it published the last market report on the UK, the Publishers Association has released a new full market report on the UK.
Written by Paul Richardson and Graham Taylor, authors of the ever popular PA Guide to the UK Publishing Industry, this 174-page report is a unique analysis of the UK publishing market. It includes an article on Publishing Education by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
For more information, please visit here
Publishers Association Market Report China, 2015 is the most comprehensive and current review, in English, of book and journal publishing, physical and digital, in the world's second largest publishing market. It sets book publishing in its political, economic, social and technological contexts, recording the surge in consumerism and market-led structures, alongside a possible faltering of the economy and a tightening of ideological controls. Based on the latest available commercial and official data backed by critical analysis, it is written by Professor Paul Richardson, formerly Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and Chu Xiaoying, who holds an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and is now a senior manager at Charlesworth Group, Beijing, a leading company in the origination and dissemination of international and Chinese scholarly journals.
The report is available from the Publishers Association.
On Friday 19 September 2014, Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, appeared on Woman's Hour to talk about women poets in the First World War. She was interviewed by Jenni Murray and they discussed poetry and the sense of loss felt by women at home. Margaret Postgate Cole, Mary Borden, and Jessie Pope were amongst the poets highlighted, and their poems ‘The Falling Leaves’, ‘The Song of the Mud’, and ‘The Call’ were read.
Party in the Norrington Room at Blackwell's
The new edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips was launched in July 2014 at a party in Blackwell's bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford. The party took place in the Norrington Room, one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world.
Now in its fifth edition, Inside Book Publishing (Routledge) remains the classic introduction to the book publishing industry, being both a manual for the profession for over two decades and the bestselling textbook for students of publishing.
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