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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

Tue 15 November 2011 at 5.00 pm

The challenges of independent publishing - John Elford

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow

John will discuss what it means to be Green in publishing. He will address global issues as well as how to apply green approaches to the business of publishing. He will talk also about his experience of running a small ethically-minded publishing company for over 20 years and the lessons he has learned. The talk will also explore how things are changing in the broad current economic and environmental climate and how this might affect business in general in the future.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Tue 1 November 2011 at 5.00 pm

My Life as an Editor - Juliette Mitchell

Misconceptions, mistakes and rewards

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Buckley BG10/11

Juliette Mitchell talks about her experiences at Penguin, including the commissioning process, seeing a manuscript through from start to finish and different approaches to editing. She will touches on dealing with authors and agents and launching the book into the world.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Wed 28 September 2011 at 5.29 pm

Strengthening your digital strategy: case studies in social media

This is an SYP event

Taking Place: Magdalen College Auditorium, Oxford

You're a marketer for the Man, but your job is to hide that. Your promotions budget is smaller than your last pay cheque. Or you think you can promote your book better than your publisher. As a player in the competitive publishing landscape, you need to be increasingly savvy to ensure that the right messages get to the right people to grow your sales, inform your promotions and basically help you convince your customers that you’re a cool business full of equally great people. 

Our first speaker meeting of the 2011 academic year brings together a fantastic panel of social media experts from both inside and outside the industry to help you understand how you can make social media work for you.

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Mon 16 May 2011 at 7.00 pm

Bookseller Industry Awards

Monday 16 May 2011

Hilton Park Lane, London

Now in its second year, The Bookseller Industry Awards aim to recognise the very best in and of the book trade. The awards celebrate book publishing, retailing - and, for the first time this year, public libraries. The categories include Independent Publisher of the Year, Imprint and Editor of the Year, and Publisher of the Year. This year there are two new categories, one for library innovation, and a new one to find the best children's publisher.

The judges include the author Kate Mosse, marketing strategist Damian Horner, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

For more information visit here

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

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