Past Events

Wed 18 April 2012 at 10.30 am

Twitter to woo? The benefits of social media

Taking Place: London Book Fair, Earls Court - Wellington Room

Following on from the popularity of last year’s LBF seminar, ‘Tweet smell of success?’, the panel will again address the key questions around the use of social media in publishing. We know that authors and publishers need to have a strong presence through blogs, Twitter and Facebook. What is the marketing strategy behind this engagement and what kind of results can be expected? Come and hear three experts explain the range of benefits from using social media, from building communities to spreading word of mouth about new authors and projects.

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Type of Event: Publishing | London Book Fair Seminar | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Tue 17 April 2012 at 9.00 am

Managing the change to a sustainable future

Taking Place: London Bookfair, Wellington Room

There are many challenges we face in becoming more sustainable, and recent focus and effort have been concentrated on issues ranging from:

  • supply chain
  • measuring impacts
  • advocacy/policy
  • online v. print – or more simply ‘Online is the only green future!’

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Type of Event: Publishing | London Book Fair Seminar | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Fri 13 April 2012 at 8.30 am

2nd UK China Publishing Forum

In association with the Publishers Association, Peking University, and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication

Taking Place: Buckley Building, Gipsy Lane Campus

The second UK China Publishing Forum will be held on Friday 13 April at Oxford Brookes University. The event is an opportunity to hear from both UK and Chinese experts about the relationship between the two publishing industries. There will be sessions on co-publishing ventures, the development of the copyright trade, and digital publishing in China. There will also be a panel session on the growing understanding of each other’s cultures, and the implications for the translation of Chinese works including contemporary literature.

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Type of Event: Publishing

Wed 11 April 2012 to Thu 12 April 2012

International Publisher Training Programme - April 2012

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University

Join the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) for a two day professional publishing training programme just before the London Book Fair 2012!

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Wed 28 March 2012 at 5.30 pm

Digital Futures - Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford Literary Festival

Wednesday 28 March, 6.30 pm

Taking Place: Oxford Literary Festival

Last Christmas in the UK around one million ebook readers and half a million tablet computers were given as presents. Publishers are responding by producing apps and ebooks, some of which have already become bestsellers. What is the digital future for the book in a world where the expectations of both authors and readers are changing fast? A panel of experts give their views on the evolving digital landscape in publishing.

The Chair is Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. His books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark) and The Future of the Book in the Digital Age (edited with Bill Cope). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He has been a judge for the Bookseller industry awards for the last three years.

Michael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at leading independent publisher Profile Books. He is responsible for spearheading their digital strategy, their ebook program, web presences, social media and digital business development in creating new products and platforms. Over the past few years Michael has written and talked extensively on the topic of digital publishing.  He has worked as Digital Editor at Pan Macmillan, at the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge and White, reviewed books for The Daily Telegraph, worked for an economics research firm, and builds websites like quikqr.com, a barcode generator. Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and was British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur 2011. He is on Twitter as @ajaxlogos.

Henry Volans is Head of Digital Publishing, Faber & Faber, where he has produced successful apps such as Solar System and The Waste Land. He joined Canongate in its Edinburgh office from Cambridge University. He moved to London (and Faber) in October 2003 as a non-fiction editorial assistant, before becoming a commissioning editor for non-fiction, a position which then morphed into a digital role ‘at a time when people didn’t know what that meant’.

Kate Wilson is a founder and Managing Director of Nosy Crow, a new children’s publishing company publishing print and ebooks for 0-12 year olds and highly interactive and multi-award-winning storybook apps for children from 2 to 7. The company published its first books and apps in 2011, and was shortlisted for four Independent Publishers Guild awards. Kate won the Mumpreneur Inspiring Business Mum of the Year award in 2011.  Before setting up Nosy Crow, Kate started her career in international rights, before going on to run Macmillan Children’s Books and Scholastic UK Ltd.

To buy tickets for the event, please visit:

http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/events/detail/digital-futures

Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Mon 26 March 2012 at 6.00 pm

Publishing and Marketing in the Digital Age

Please note that there are 2 speakers during this event.

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 10

Max Whitby, CEO of Touch Press talks about enhanced e-books and the work that Touch Press does.

Damian Horner, Marketing Strategist at Child’s Play International talks about Design and Marketing in the Digital Age.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 21 March 2012 at 11.00 am

Grove Street Media projects

Tom Scholes

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

Grove Street Media is a new media production company specialising in eLearning products but also working on a range of products and services for the entertainment and advertising industries and government agencies.

Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 14 March 2012 at 11.00 am

The future of publishing

Alastair Horne (Communities and Social Media Manager Cambridge University Press)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

Alastair will tell us about his previous role within the Press as Innovations Manager, and consider the future of publishing, a subject on which he has just written quite a detailed report.

Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 7 March 2012 at 11.00 am

The book is dead, long live the book!

Publishing, writing and reading in the digital era.

Kay Peddle (Editor at The Bodley Head, a non-fiction imprint at The Random House Group)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

Self-publishing, eBooks, Amazon, piracy - the threats to trade publishing are numerous but the opportunities are too. Publishers need to be creative and agile in order to adapt to the rapidly changing retail and consumer environments we currently face. Thinking about content creatively and taking risks on new formats and retail channels is vital. Kay will talk briefly about what Random House is doing in this area and will also touch on how other trade publishers are evolving from the traditional book publishing model into the multi-platform 'content' model.

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Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 29 February 2012 at 11.00 am

New Model Audiobooks or Lessons learned in starting a digital publishing business

Chris Book, CEO Bardowl

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

Chris is a technologist first and foremost. Chris studied on the Modular Course at Brookes between 1993 and 1996, his main subjects were Computing, Intelligent Systems and Bodrum Kebabs. The inspiration for Bardowl came from years of listening to audiobooks and podcasts, knowing they could be delivered better. Chris has only ever worked in mobile, starting his career at Orange in 1997 and has worked at the most exciting mobile companies since, pioneering the mobile internet and apps ecosystems. Chris cannot quite believe his luck that his two passions of Books and Mobile have intersected as industries and enabled him to start Bardowl. Chris also organises conferences and barcamps such as The Power of One, The Big M, openMIC and BathCamp. Chris lives in Bath, is married with 2 children, has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and supports Tottenham Hotspur. Chris tweets far too much at @bookmeister.

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Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Mon 27 February 2012 at 6.00 pm

Children’s Publishing

Please note that there are 2 speakers during this event.

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 10

Jasmine Richards is Senior Commissioning Editor for Children’s at OUP and an Author. Her talk is about the role as an author and editor.

Neil Burden is CEO of Child’s Play International and his talk concerns Child’s Play’s philosophy and the challenges they face in the digital future.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 15 February 2012 at 11.00 am

Excel Is Not Enough: Skills for the Modern Publisher

Emma Barnes, CEO Snowbooks (Snowbooks)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 1

The age of the manager is coming to a close.  Doing, not directing, is the secret to making a difference in organisations - particularly those in a mature industry coming under increasing fire from newcomers and disruptive technologies. You, personally, need to be able to not only use but  invent leading-edge technological solutions. Emma Barnes, co-founder and MD of innovative indie publisher Snowbooks, will share some real-world examples of the sorts of problems facing the modern publisher, and how technological competence can overcome them.

Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Mon 13 February 2012 at 5.30 pm

Non-Profit Publishing

Robert Cornford (Communications Manager at Oxfam)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 10

How Non-Profit Publishing works at Oxfam.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Thu 9 February 2012 at 5.30 pm

OpUS: International Evening 2012 - India

Taking Place: Blake Lapthorn, Oxford

Please see the OPUS web site for more information

Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Wed 8 February 2012 at 10.30 am

Digital publishing at Pearson Education

Dr Liz Marchant, Head of Publishing: Science and ICT (Pearson)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

Liz will tell us about some of the digital projects she has been involved in at Pearson Education.  This talk will focus primarily on digital delivery of science and ICT related products for secondary schools

Type of Event: Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Thu 24 November 2011 at 5.30 pm

Reaching Tablets & eReaders: UK channels for ebooks

OPUS

Taking Place: Main Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University

The landscape of eReading devices and channels to reach them is rapidly changing in the UK today. This seminar focuses on established and emerging channels for selling your ebooks. OPuS is delighted to have Linda Bennett of Gold Leaf to provide an overview of the UK ebook market and emerging models including ebook borrowing, and Lindsay Mooney of Kobo to talk about their partnership with WH Smith’s and how Kobo can work with publishers in the UK to distribute ebooks both here in the UK ad worldwide.

Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

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