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The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on 26 November 2015 at a lavish new location – the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge in central London. The guest host for the evening was comedian, Mark Watson, one of the leading live performers in the UK, known for his appearances on Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week. Watson himself is no stranger to publishing written material, including a semi-autobiographical book and several novels.
As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. 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. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.
This piece on the talk given at Oxford Brookes on 6 October 2015 by James Daunt, the MD of Waterstones, is written by Andri Nel, a MA Digital Publishing student originally from South Africa. She loves blogging on her blog The Loud Library, has an extreme case of wanderlust and is passionate about cultivating a better reading culture for children through a venture called KliekClick.
'When we heard that James Daunt would be coming to speak to the department on Tuesday 6 October a wave of excitement swept through our MA Publishing class. We all knew that Daunt had been somewhat of a saving grace for Waterstones, but as many of us were international students, having the opportunity to hear from Daunt in person was even more of a treat. ...
In April 2015 eighteen students from the Master’s in Publishing programmes visited the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. They had appointments with publishers at the Fair and were able to enjoy the atmosphere of the pre-eminent rights fair in children’s publishing.
Kelsi Farrington writes about her experience of presenting her project proposal at the Digital Café:
‘On Wednesday the 1st of April, at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair, I presented my Major Project proposal in front of a larger-than-anticipated crowd at the Digital Café - an experience I won't forget any time soon. My idea, to create a collection of fact-based, illustrated ebooks for children in developing countries, was inspired by my 5-month internship at Oxfam International, publishing Open Access research papers from global affiliates, and the combination of my chosen modules at Brookes: Children's Publishing, International Publishing Management and Digital Publishing Strategy. …
This year's Working in Publishing day (Monday 9 March 2015) was another exciting event - our annual day of advice and networking with industry professionals, available to our final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students. The speed-dating session in the afternoon featured over 30 companies and organizations, including Bloomsbury, Dazed and Confused, Dorling Kindersley, Ebury, Guardian Books, HarperCollins, Hearst Magazines, Little, Brown, Orion, Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.
The keynote speaker was David Shelley, the forthcoming CEO of Little, Brown. He has worked with many big name authors, including Mitch Albom, Mark Billingham, JK Rowling and Val McDermid.
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will be exhibiting again at the London Book Fair, 14 to 16 April. Do come and see us at stand 3D85 to talk to us about our consultancy and training work, including our international summer school in July, or about our renowned degree programmes in publishing. Staff and students from the Centre will be around over the three days of the Fair.
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.