Publishing News | Research
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.
Lydia Lantzsch, a PhD student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, joined the first ever summer school course run by the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library. With the title, ‘Bibliography and the study of paper’, the course took place in July 2012. Ten participants from seven different countries spent five intensive days exploring the evidence that paper can provide and how that evidence can be used to date and investigate manuscripts and early printed books.
Lydia wrote a piece about the course for the Bodleian newsletter, Outline, and a PDF of her article is available.
UKSG* is an international association with the mission to ‘connect the information community’ and to ‘encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication’. It consists of 500 member organizations uniquely spanning the information community of librarians, publishers, information suppliers, intermediaries and technology vendors.
UKSG runs a prestigious annual conference and exhibition, which this year was held in Glasgow in March. It also publishes a peer-reviewed journal Insights. Every year the group sponsors up to four students enrolled in Publishing or Library Studies to attend the conference and exhibition in exchange for a review of the event. This review is later published in an edition of Insights. This year two students from Oxford Brookes University, Jennifer Lovatt and Lydia Lantzsch, attended. You can read more about their impressions on the conference and the exhibition´s activities, in the following review:
*Originally UKSG stood for the United Kingdom Serials Group. Now that its geographic appeal has grown beyond the UK, and its scope has broadened to include ebooks, elearning and other e-resources as well as serials and ejournals, it has stopped expanding the acronym.
Jane Doe was the professional name used by Nettie (Ada) Lewis (1891–1979) whilst working as a journalist in the 1920s and 1930s. She wrote a regular column ‘Through the Glad Eyes of a Woman’ for the Daily Chronicle and Sunday News. Later she wrote a Health and Beauty page for Woman’s Own. She was a protegée of the socialist journalist and writer Robert Blatchford. Her articles were collected into book format. She also wrote The Enchanted Duchess, a bodice-ripper novel.
The Jane Doe Collection has just been given to the Library at Oxford Brookes and we are very grateful to Jon Korndorffer and Jacques St Clair for donating their grandmother’s papers. We are also indebted to Jon and his wife Mary for a very generous donation of money to pay for cataloguing and conservation.
Jane Potter from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes has been selected as one of the twelve researchers invited to participate in an AHRC/BBC workshop on the First World War. The AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) issued a call in December inviting expressions of interest from researchers interested in taking part in an event that will help inform and influence BBC thinking around the coverage of the centenary of the First World War in 2014.
Jane Potter is the editor of a new Penguin Classic, Three Poets of the First World War: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen (2011). Her co-editor is Jon Stallworthy, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford. Jane is also editor of the Wilfred Owen Association Journal.
It was the first AHRC call of its kind and a total of 73 expressions of interest were received with 12 researchers selected by the specially convened panel.
The poet Wilfred Owen was killed on 4 November 1918 at Ors in the north of France, seven days before the Armistice was announced. His parents received the news on Armistice Day itself.
His house has now been turned into an ‘imaginary building’ – a work of art by Simon Pattinson – leaving untouched the cellar in which Owen wrote his last letter home to his mother. ‘There is no danger down here - or if any, it will be well over before you read these lines.’ In a recent R4 programme, Bleached Bone and Living Wood, Jane Potter, Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was interviewed about the conversion of the house. She was also interviewed in the Oxford Times.