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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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On Tuesday 22nd September at 5pm, Howard Jacobson will give the inaugural Blackwell Creative Writing Lecture in association with the MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Howard Jacobson will discuss, among other irreligious ideas, the writer as God, taking in along the way the book of Genesis, Anna Karenina, Ulysses and Howard Jacobson's own latest novel The Act of Love, recently reviewed by Nicholas Lezard in The Guardian.
The event itself will celebrate and promote the work of the MA students, followed by the Blackwell Creative Writing Lecture itself. This will be followed by a wine reception during which people will have a chance to obtain signed copies.
This event takes place at the Lloyd Lecture Theatre, Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford.
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