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The British Book Design and Production Awards were held on 20 November 2014 at a glittering event in central London at The Grange St Paul's Hotel. The guest speaker for the evening was John Lloyd, the man behind some of the most successful and well-loved TV and radio shows of the last three decades.
Lloyd is the television producer responsible for, among other shows, To the Manor Born, The News Quiz, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. He has also written or co-authored over 30 books, and is the driving force behind developing a new concept of education based on QI.
The evening celebrated everything that is great in British book design and with a record number of books entered, the judging process was harder than ever.
The awards are organized by the British Printing Industries Federation in association with Oxford Brookes University and the Publishers Association.
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.
MA Publishing student Ionie Ince writes about her experience at the Working in Publishing Day (4 March) at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. The day started with workshops on applications, interviews, and prospecting for jobs, followed by an afternoon of speed-dating with professionals from a range of book, magazine and journal publishers. The afternoon ended with a talk from Joanna Prior, MD of Penguin General. The organizations in attendance included: Bloomsbury Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Hearst, Hodder & Stoughton, IPC Media, Osprey, Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.
The fourth UK China Publishing Forum will be held on Monday 7 April at Oxford Brookes University
Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
In association with the Modern Publishing Institute of Peking University and Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication
The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair
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 the growing business connections between the two countries, the development of the copyright trade, and digital publishing in China.
The speakers include: Fayuan Zhu, Deputy President of Jiangxi Publishing Group; Rob Scriven, Ian Taylor Associates; Xiaohong Fan, President of FLTRP UK; and Rüdiger Wischenbart, Wischenbart Consulting.
Details have been announced for this event at the Oxford Literary Festival, presented by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies:
The Future of Publishing
4.00 pm, Saturday 29 March 2014
The familiar world of the book is facing some key challenges. These include the decline of bookselling on the high street, the growth in the sales of ebooks, and competition from other media. There is continued experimentation around the book in digital form, exploring non-linear narratives and the use of multimedia. Meanwhile, for authors there are many new routes available for finding a readership, including self-publishing or using crowdfunding to finance publication. Will traditional publishing survive in this environment? Why do authors still need publishers? Should readers have a greater say in what is published? Our expert panel of Nigel Newton, Anthony Cheetham, Tim Waterstone, and Richard Ovenden considers these and other questions.
The event is chaired by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
In partnership with Peking University and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) recently held a forum on the theme of cross-cultural communication in the digital age. Taking place in China on the 28 August 2013, during the Beijing International Book Fair, the forum brought together a range of speakers and participants from both industry and academia. Over 150 people attended, including alumni from Oxford Brookes, and there were themed discussions around the topics of personnel, content, and channels within publishing.
Friday 13 April, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
This is the second forum in association with Peking University and the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. The first was held in August 2011 in Beijing. The aim is to continue the agenda around the copyright trade between the two countries and broaden out the discussion to cover recent developments in publishing as well as cultural relations. You can download the full programme from here; speakers include:
Stephen Bourne, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Press; Professor Xiao Dongfa, Peking University; Lynette Owen, Copyright Director, Pearson Education; Professor Paul Richardson; Susanna Nicklin, Director Literature, British Council; Professor Zhiqiang Zhang, Nanjing University
Publishing professionals, academics, and students interested in the forum are welcome to attend. To book a place, please email Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies:
Sophie Hall, studying for the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes, writes about the conference of the Society of Young Publishers held on Saturday 19 November 2011. The conference title was Press Forward: Updating an Outdated Industry – the programme was put together by Aaron O’Dowling Keane, who graduated from the master’s at Brookes in 2010.
Abigail Pukaniuk and Daniel Parker, the two recipients from Oxford Brookes in 2010 of bursaries from the Stationers’ Foundation, were made Freemen of the City livery company on Monday 24 October 2011. Abigail and Daniel have now graduated from the MA Publishing. At the same ceremony, the 2011 bursary recipients, including Emma Griffin from Oxford Brookes, were called forward by Nick Steidl, Chairman of the Foundation, to receive their certificates.
The British Book Design and Production Awards 2011 were celebrated at a glittering gala evening, held at the Lancaster London Hotel on Tuesday 8 November, with the great and the good of the publishing industry in attendance. The awards took the theme of Once Upon a Time whilst the celebrity host for the event was Tony Hawks, TV and radio comedian and bestselling author. He is the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month ... with a fridge.
The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. A Book of Britain was selected to win the Book of the Year prize out of the winners of 16 other categories at the awards, supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association. Published by HarperCollins, the book is written by countryside campaigner Sir Johnny Scott. The judging panel, made up of industry experts, said it won for its ‘glorious feel-good factor’ and ‘great choice of materials and images’.