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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’.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, spoke last weekend at the London Design Festival. He was on a panel which examined the question, ‘What is to become of books?’ He argued that we have now gone past the discussion about the death of the book – readers are actively reading books on screen. We should now be looking at the possibilities for innovation, either in digital form or in print. He talked of the new terminology in publishing, from pbooks to ebooks, from vanilla ebooks to born digital projects.
In partnership with Peking University, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) recently held a forum on the copyright trade between the UK and China. Held on the 29 August at Peking University in Beijing, the forum brought together a range of speakers and participants from both industry and academia.
From OICPS Angus Phillips and Adrian Bullock both gave presentations. Adrian Bullock presented the results of his recent research into the copyright trade, and showed that the trade gap is narrowing with more Chinese titles being sold into the UK. In 2003-04 the ratio of Chinese imports of copyrights to exports was 15:1; In 2010 it was nearer to 5:1. Overall UK publishers are still disappointed by the size of the Chinese market, in terms of the often modest print runs and low local prices. Although STM, ELT, and children’s publishing are all doing well, China is still outside the top twenty markets for British publishers, and accounts for less than 2 per cent of export revenues.
Amongst the speakers at the forum were Professor Xiao Dongfa from Peking University, Nie Zhen Ning, President of China Publishing Group, and Jackie Huang, a Brookes alumna now working for the Andrew Nurnberg agency in Beijing. The next forum will be held in Oxford in April 2012
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