Publishing News | Research
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.
Alexandra Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Musicology) can be seen on BBC4 this week, contributing to a documentary entitled "Opera's Fallen Women" to be broadcast on Friday 25 March at 8.30pm. The programme, presented by music director of the Royal Opera House Antonio Pappano, investigates the representation of 'fallen women' in operas by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini and others. It will be followed by the television premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera "Anna Nicole", about the life of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.
On Boxing Day – 26th December 2010 – at 6pm on BBC Oxford, Felicity Ford’s radio project Around the A4074 will be aired on local radio for the first time. The schedule listing is here. The radio project was one of Felicity’s major research projects, created as part of her practice-based PhD at Oxford Brookes, entitled ‘The Domestic Soundscape and beyond… Presenting everyday sounds to audiences.’ The radio show explores how the everyday context of the commute might be seen or explored differently, and features interviews with Joe Moran – writer of On Roads; Andy Letcher – lead singer of Oxfordshire band Telling the Bees; discussions with Ed and Will from A Walk around Britain; features on The Warborough and Shillingford Festival; theWoodcote Steam Rally; the Biker’s Cafe at Berinsfield; Brazier’s Park and much, much more. The show features music from local bands including The Keeling Curve, Band of Hope, BanjoCat and Telling the Bees, as well as a huge array of environmental, ambient sounds recorded by Felicity Ford herself, in her many on-foot forrays around the A4074.
You can read more about the background of the project here.
Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson presents Rossini's rarely heard opera Otello on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 11 December at 6pm. Although Rossini's version has been overshadowed in recent years by Verdi's setting of Othello, it was a huge hit in its day and tells us much about the nineteenth-century European reception of Shakespeare. In this concert performance by the Lyon Opera, recorded last month in Paris, the title role is sung by American tenor John Osborn and Desdemona is sung by Anna Caterina Antonacci. More information can be found on the Radio 3 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/