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The Publishers Association’s (PA) Textbook Action Group has agreed to provide funding for the establishment of a research network by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (Adrian Bullock and Dr Jane Potter) into what motivates students today and, in particular, how they use textbooks and other learning resources, such as the internet, on-line journals, and VLEs, when they study.

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Award-winning MA dissertation published

Rachel Craven's MA dissertation, E-volution and Revolution: Internet Marketing in English Language Publishing has been published as a Print on Demand (POD) book.

Rachel's dissertation was chosen for the inaugural Lightning Source Dissertation Award.  E-volution and Revolution has been produced as a POD title by Lightning Source, and published by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.  The book analyses the importance of Internet marketing for English Language Teaching (ELT) publishing by examining the relationship between the marketer, the consumer, and the Internet. 

Rachel, a graduate of the MA in Publishing in 2004, now works in e-marketing at The Stationery Office, following employment at Pearson.

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Is blogging bad for publishing?

Journalist Tracy Hofman recently featured comments from Claire Squires, lecturer in Publishing, in an online article about blogging.

In the article, Squires is quoted by Hofman on the blogging phenomenon, saying that, 'We are using written language far more than we did ten years ago, and this has resulted in a vibrant reading and writing culture.'  Hofman is less positive, arguing that the 'self-expression frenzy' is the result of a craving for 'airtime in a frenetic world where we feel increasingly alienated'.

Squires also commented on the trend for celebrity novels, with Katie Price (aka Jordan)'s novel Angel currently high in the bestseller lists.  Hofman writes, 'Now call me churlish, but why claim to be a writer if you can't actually write?' Squires responded to Hofman's question by arguing that 'People want to write ... because people see authorship as something to aspire to.'

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2006

Judging for this year’s British Book Design and Production Awards took place at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University on 10 and 11 July.
The Awards, now in their fifth year, are sponsored jointly by the British Printing Industries Federation, the Publishers’ Association, and Oxford Brookes University, and attracted a healthy level of entry with nearly 300 entries from some 70 companies – printers, publishers, and binders alike – with numbers fairly evenly balanced between those submitting for the first time, and those submitting for the second, third or even fifth time.

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Publishing Lecturers at SHARP 2006

Jane Potter and Claire Squires, lecturers in Publishing, recently attended SHARP 2006.

SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) holds an annual international conference, this year in The Hague and Leiden, in The Netherlands.    Claire presented a paper on 'Marketing Literature, Making Value: The Literary Marketplace and Crossover Fiction in the UK in the 1990s and 2000s', while Jane spoke about 'A Record of Wartime Publishing: The Bookman, 1914-1918'.  Both lecturers also chaired other panel sessions during the three and a half-day conference.

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Sally Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Publishing awarded MA at University of Leicester

Two years ago, Sally returned to University of Leicester to complete a part time Master’s degree course in Museum Studies. Her dissertation, submitted in 2005, examined publishing by museums in the UK and brought her interests in collections, exhibitions and their catalogues. Sally is following up this research with PhD studies that will look in more detail at the process of producing books in the museum environment.

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MA student producing Department of Architecture’s Yearbook

Nathan Wiles a 2006 postgraduate on the MA in Publishing course is designing and producing 100+ page illustrated book. The yearbook showcases recent projects by the students in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes. As Head of Architecture, Mark Swanerton’s brief to Nathan required a dynamic design showing the students’ quality drawing and innovative ideas.

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Publishing students help Pegasus Theatre

Publishing undergraduate student Son Do gains valuable experience helping The Pegasus Theatre produce their biannual student newsletter. The 16 page letter goes to all young theatre participants and is written, edited and produced by the young people themselves. Aiming for a streamlined and professional production, Pegasus Director Yasmin Sidhwa asked for student help from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies two years ago. The latest edition of the news letter is produced electronically by the young players under the guidance of Son.

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Short Courses in Publishing

As part of a commitment to continuing professional development in Publishing, seven short courses have been held in June 2006 by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Two new courses were piloted - Custom Publishing and Marketing to Libraries – alongside our popular software courses (which include Indesign and Photoshop). There was also a course on digital licensing run by two locally based industry professionals.

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Visit from the BRIDGE Team from Moscow State University of the Printing Arts

The Publishing Department played host to the second visit to the Department by members of the BRIDGE Project Management from Moscow State University of the Printing Arts (MSUPA), as part of the on-going process of developing a dual-award Masters in publishing due open its doors in September 2007.

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