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Canon Future Book Forum 2020

by Chloe Slim

On the 18th November, MA Publishing student Chloe Slim attended the Future Book Forum 2020 online, in this blog post she shares with us her key takeaways from the event and how it links in with her studies.

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Notes from Beirut where the media is under threat

by Lina Chebaro

Lina Chebaro, who lives in Beirut, was caught in the explosion which devastated the Lebanese city on 4 August 2020. In this blog post, MA student Lina reflects on the unfolding situation in Lebanon, and the threats faced by publishers and journalists in the region.

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Accessibility: Is Publishing Doing Enough?

by Caroline Guillet

Aside from discussions around diversity and inclusivity, the industry is also expected to be as accessible as possible, on both the product and people side. Bill Kasdorf, Simon Holt, Ruth Wells and Erin Osborne Martin joined forces during OPUS’ latest panel event to discuss accessible content and workplace in publishing.

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Book Prize PR in adversity with FMcM

by Caroline Guillet

This article is based on a panel organised during The Bookseller’s M&P Conference 2020. The session – “Eyes on the Prize, Takeaways from Book Prize PR on Working Culture” – welcomed FMcM team members Kealey Rigden, Daniel Kramb, Ashton Bainbridge and Annabel Robinson.

FMcM spans the worlds of publishing, prizes, festivals, NGOs and corporate partnerships and uses life-long expertise in the arts industry to work with the most inspiring organisations. When the UK entered lockdown, events started to be rendered digitally, but what about Book Prizes who strive from their red carpets and glamourous line-ups? FMcM had the huge responsibility of taking The Rathbones Folio Prize and The British Book Awards to the screen, whilst a pandemic was taking the world’s full attention.

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Agile marketing in lockdown

by Caroline Guillet

Caroline shares some thoughts from the IPG Virtual Spring Conference, where she attended the session given by Alison Middle and Louise Dickens from Kogan Page.

Consumer behaviour has changed drastically since lockdown measures have been put in place, but overall readers still have appetite for content and are moving online to find it. Alison Middle and Louise Dickens discussed how independent publishers can use their agility to respond to shifts in reading and purchasing habits, but also media consumption, to make their books and digital resources as visible, discoverable and enjoyable as possible.

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Corona time at OICP

by Caroline Guillet

The current situation has made me realize how everyone on this course came together, from lecturers to students, with a lot of support. I had never expected to fall in love with this degree this much, and I am going to miss everything so dearly when it comes to an end. I sincerely hope that we will all get to celebrate our year together when the government allows it again, but I have no doubt that we will cross paths in the future anyway.

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OPUS Event: Technology and Publishers: Making It Work

by Caroline Guillet

On Tuesday 19 May 2020 the Oxford Publishing Society hosted an online event: Technology and Publishers: Making It Work. This event was attended remotely through Zoom. The speakers, (also online) were: Nick Barreto, Technology Director, Canelo, Rebecca Reddecliffe, Product Manager, Wiley, Nick Robinson, Co-founder, LearnJam and Laura Summers, Co-founder, BookMachine.

Here follows a report and summary of the presentations and the Q and A section.

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The 2019 Future Book Forum

by Nina Clapperton

This October I got the opportunity with two colleagues to attend the 2019 Future Book Forum, enabled by Canon, in Munich in Germany. The moment the opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to go – and it wasn’t just because it was a free trip.

The Future Book Forum is all about publishers and printers working together to explore new avenues to develop our industry. This year, the theme was communities. I wasn’t entirely sure what they meant by that at first. Was it going to be all about online forums and book clubs? Or fanfiction sites and Tumblr accounts? Or Facebook groups and Reddit threads? Well, I was sort of right. Communities can be anything that bonds people together. At the conference, an anthropologist explained that communities have been an integral part of human development. We’ve succeeded because of our communities. Now, so can publishers.

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Internship at Wiley

by Natasha Chen

In the months leading up to the end of my undergraduate second year, I was struck by the panic that I had no experience, no clue what I was doing and whether I had any idea what I even wanted to do when I left university. It was enough to spur me to email one of the Publishing tutors responsible for work experience, Beverley Tarquini, for some advice, which was the start of moving me towards something new, terrifying and ultimately, fantastic.

Beverley sent me the details of a summer internship opportunity at Wiley: it was 10 weeks, in Oxford, in Marketing, and paid! It ticked all the boxes, so I applied (although leaving it a little late, and applying on the dot for the deadline) and waited to hear back. Later, I was contacted by HR and informed that I had made it to the next stage - a few interviews and one assessment day later, I was at Wiley and was now a fully fledged intern.

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The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2019

by Louise Turner

Louise Turner is completing the MA Publishing via distance learning. She is a primary school governor, children’s library advocate, and ambassador for Nosy Crow. Find her on twitter @loucloverturner for children’s books, reading initiatives, and research.

Despite feeling somewhat out of my comfort zone, I chose to attend this year’s conference to keep abreast of the current challenges facing the children’s publishing landscape, and potentially generate areas for further investigation within my research.  What follows is a summary of the talks and some of the key questions I felt were addressed within each session.

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