Publishing News | Research
Published this month is the brand new Oxford Handbook of Publishing. The book marks the coming of age of the scholarship in publishing studies with a comprehensive exploration of current research, featuring contributions from both industry professionals and internationally renowned scholars on subjects such as copyright, corporate social responsibility, globalizing markets, and changing technology.
The book is edited by Angus Phillips, Director of OICP, and Michael Bhaskar, Co-Founder of Canelo and visiting researcher at OICP. Full details can be found here
C. M. Taylor is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. His new novel, Staying On, was published by Duckworth on 18th October 2018. Set amongst the Brexit-plagued British expats on the Costa Blanca, the book is a tragi-comic geriatric coming-of-age story and a deep, loving portrait of the English working class.
The process of writing the novel was documented by the digital curation team at the British Library, who installed software on Craig's computer to record every single keystroke during the writing process. More about this process can be found here
The Oxford Times interviewed Sarah Franklin on the publication of the paperback of her novel Shelter: 'the captivating and heartlifting story of two lost souls who meet in the forest [of Dean]. One is Connie, who has left her bombed-out home in Coventry to join the Women’s Timber Corps. The other is Seppe, an Italian prisoner-of-war – a pacifist who enlisted to escape his abusive father, and who now finds himself bullied by a Fascist co-prisoner.'
Sally Addison, MA Publishing Media student at OICP, has been awarded the 2017-18 Postgraduate Bursary by the Penguin Collectors Society. The award of £500 is to support her study entitled, 'The influences and impacts of the marketing behind Penguin books, from 1935 to the present day'. The Trustee Panel that judged submissions found her proposal 'pleasingly central to the history of Penguin with your research question and objectives comprehensive to the aim of the study'.
Have we passed peak book? The uncoupling of book sales from economic growth
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has published this new article in Publishing Research Quarterly - you can view the article here
The paper uses time series data on UK book sales to establish what correlation exists between the national income of a country and its sales of books. This is tested by comparing series data in real terms for GDP per capita and for various data series for the UK market, including sales invoiced by publishers and point of sale data on consumer purchasing.
The 15th international conference was held at Imperial College London on Friday 7 July 2017 (previously held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2005). The theme was 'The Publisher is Dead - Long Live the Publisher!' - what is the place of the publisher when platforms of production and distribution have become more widely accessible to both authors and readers? The plenary speaker was Angus Phillips from OICPS, who examined the role of the publisher against the background of moves towards open content and self-publishing.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a guest speaker at the seminar on ‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, held on Friday 12 May at the China Exchange in London. Organized by Cypress Books, the seminar gathered a range of speakers and scholars engaged in the publication and curation of Chinese books, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practice within the industry.
Now in its fifth edition, Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips 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. It has been translated into a number of languages and this year sees the publication of editions in Lithuania and Croatia.
Angus Phillips is the Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
The conference programme is now published for the international publishing studies conference, By the Book4. This takes place at the Villa Finaly in Florence from 21 to 23 June 2017.
The plenary speakers are Michael Bhaskar and Sam Bruinsma
The conference Between Paper and Pixels took place at Aarhus University on 19 and 20 May, organized by the Centre for Literature between Media.
The conference discussed how the literary field is in a state of transition. Radical developments in the media ecology throughout the last decades (not least the digital revolution) have resulted in new possibilities and challenges for authors, readers and publishers. Through centuries, literature’s status as a written and book-based art form has been taken for granted, but the emergence of new media has severed the natural bond between literature, writing and books. Amongst the keynote speakers was Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, whose paper was entitled 'What now for the book?'