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Marketing Literature published

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has published a new book.

Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain is a study of the publishing of contemporary writing in Britain. It analyses the changing social, economic and cultural environment of the publishing industry in the 1990s-2000s, and investigates its impact on genre, format, packaging, authorship and reading. It includes case studies of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, Louis de Bernières's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, and significantly extends our understanding of the circulation of literary fiction in a period of notable change.

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Ebooks on the BBC

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford on Tuesday 16 October. He talked to Danny Cox about ebooks and the future of the book. The discussion covered the new ebook readers coming on to the market and the reasons for the continuing popularity of the printed book

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Publishing finance – an introduction – 23 October 2007

Are the basics of publishing finance core to your job? Would a greater understanding of finance make your life simpler?

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Publications for a Healthier World

Yue Min, one of the MA in Publishing students at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, has been in Geneva this summer undertaking an internship at the World Health Organisation.  This is what she reports:

‘Everyone will be impressed and inspired by the WHO (World Health Organization) emblem at the first sight. So was I. I've been lucky to get the chance to do an internship in WHO Press this summer. What a beautiful thing to enjoy the fresh air and peaceful scenery in the green land of the UN area in Geneva every morning!

‘Publications for a healthier world - it's not only the mission of WHO Press but also the duty of WHO Press. As a world leading international health agency, World Health Organization works closely with the ministries of health of the Organization's 193 member states in all parts of the world. World Health Organization Press is a non-profit publisher which covers a wide range of health issues through its many projects and programs.

 

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Publishing Summer Internship at the International Labour Office

In the second of our reports from MA in Publishing students on international internships, we hear from Helen Habernickel, who has been working at the International Labour Office in Geneva.

'While I was at home in Germany regaining some strength after the New Product Development presentations - and of course the PG Pubbers' summer party, I got a phone call from Geneva. My soon-to-be supervisor Lauren informed me that I got the placement and that I could start at the ILO in June!

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Publishing News Issue 2

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies have issued their second print newsletter for Summer 2007. This is available as a PDF from here.

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Publishing Summer Internship at the World Bank

This summer, Kay Peddle, one of the MA in Publishing students at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, is undertaking an internship at the World Bank in Washington.

This prestigious internship is one of a range of opportunities for the students in the postgraduate publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes.  This is what Kay has to say about her experience:

"The World Bank's mission is to reduce global poverty. The Office of the Publisher is just one of the many teams within the organisation that support this mission. The World Bank is a not-for-profit publisher and as a result the 'language' you speak and hear in the halls of this office is very different to what you can expect in any other commercial publishing house. People speak in acronyms here ‘In EXTOP you'll have to use CPJ and ACS for the GFD campaign - and make sure you get the client to agree to it...' It takes a while to get your head around it! They are mission-driven, not profit-driven and their ultimate goal is to see the Bank's wealth of information get into the hands of the people who need it most. One of the strategies to ensure this happens is a country-specific discount policy for distributors, i.e. low income countries get a substantial discount and free shipping.

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Publications from Publishing

This month sees a number of new publications by members of staff in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Angus Phillips and Claire Squires both have articles in the Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book, which is edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose.  Claire's article is on 'The Global Market 1970-2000: Consumers', and Angus's addresses the question 'Does the Book Have a Future?'

Jane Potter's article 'For Country, Conscience and Commerce: Publishers and Publishing, 1914-1918' is in the Palgrave volume Publishing in the First World War: Essays in Book History, edited by Mary Hammond and Shafquat Towheed.  Her article is available from the Palgrave website as a pdf.

Finally, the book trade journal Logos (18/1) includes Angus's article 'Cover Story: Cover Design in the Marketing of Fiction'.  Angus has also been invited to join the editorial board of Logos.

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Harcourt Education award epublishing prizes

Harcourt Education, a publishing company with local offices in Oxford, have been involved with the MA epublishing module here at Brookes for the seventh year running. Small teams of students developed new electronic prototype products based on Harcourt’s Heinemann books.

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Publishing trip to the Bologna Book Fair

Staff and students from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently visited the Bologna Book Fair

The Book Fair, which concentrates on the children's and young adults' market sectors, also has an emphasis on illustration.

During the trip, students from the MA in Publishing had the opportunity to make contacts with professionals in the children's book world both from the UK and abroad.  Students had meetings with the literary agent Catherine Clarke; the film and TV scout Fiona Kenshole; children's books editor of the Guardian newspaper, Julia Eccleshare; Elizabeth Wright of Usborne; Alyx Price, group publicity director of Scholastic; Robert Seath of Lion Hudson; and Eirin Hagen of the Hagen Agency in Norway.

Students also met with graduates from the Oxford Brookes Publishing courses who were attending the Fair, including Helen Norris (now at Usborne) and Ed Glover (who has his own company Transedition/Camelot).  One of the current students, Sam Hutchinson, was working at the B Small stand during the Fair.

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