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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?'
Nine years since it published the last market report on the UK, the Publishers Association has released a new full market report on the UK.
Written by Paul Richardson and Graham Taylor, authors of the ever popular PA Guide to the UK Publishing Industry, this 174-page report is a unique analysis of the UK publishing market. It includes an article on Publishing Education by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
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Publishers Association Market Report China, 2015 is the most comprehensive and current review, in English, of book and journal publishing, physical and digital, in the world's second largest publishing market. It sets book publishing in its political, economic, social and technological contexts, recording the surge in consumerism and market-led structures, alongside a possible faltering of the economy and a tightening of ideological controls. Based on the latest available commercial and official data backed by critical analysis, it is written by Professor Paul Richardson, formerly Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and Chu Xiaoying, who holds an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and is now a senior manager at Charlesworth Group, Beijing, a leading company in the origination and dissemination of international and Chinese scholarly journals.
The report is available from the Publishers Association.
On Friday 19 September 2014, Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, appeared on Woman's Hour to talk about women poets in the First World War. She was interviewed by Jenni Murray and they discussed poetry and the sense of loss felt by women at home. Margaret Postgate Cole, Mary Borden, and Jessie Pope were amongst the poets highlighted, and their poems ‘The Falling Leaves’, ‘The Song of the Mud’, and ‘The Call’ were read.
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.
A new book by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, is now published by Routledge. In Turning the Page he analyses the fundamental drivers of the book publishing industry - authorship, readership, and copyright - and examines the effects of digital and other developments on the book itself.
Drawing on theory and research across a range of subjects, from business and sociology to neuroscience and psychology, and from interviews with industry professionals, the book investigates how the fundamentals of the book industry are changing in a world of ebooks, self-publishing, and emerging business models. Useful comparisons are also made with other media industries which have undergone rapid change, such as music and newspapers.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has been awarded a £5,000 research scholarship by Santander Universities UK. He received the award on 4 March 2013 from Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK.
The recently published 2013 Sunday Times University Guide has ranked the Publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes number one across all British universities in the category of Communications and Information Studies.
On learning of the Sunday Times ranking Angus Phillips, Head of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, said, ‘It is wonderful to receive recognition like this. We have a very talented and dedicated team of staff in the Centre who work very hard to create an exciting and stimulating experience for our publishing students. As well as teaching, they also engage in a thriving training and consultancy programme, lecture around the world, and find time to write books too. This year alone, for example, we are celebrating the publication of several books by members of the Centre. With so much going on here, it’s really lovely to be recognized by such a prestigious university guide - we are all delighted’.
Chris Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, has published in September 2012 a new ebook entitled eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks. Designers who work within publishing companies are often frustrated with the results when their beautifully crafted print books are converted into ebooks. This is particularly true of flowable ebooks, which can have their viewing modes and fonts changed by the user. Chris’s ebook focuses on revealing some features that can be implemented in flowable ebooks, in order to improve the aesthetic qualities of the juxtaposition of text and image on the page.
The book is available from the iBooks store here.
Research activity in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has grown fast in recent years, and below are some highlights from the last few months. We have a number of new PhD students starting with us this September, as well as a new cohort of students on the MA in Book History and Publishing Culture.