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London Book Fair 2013

Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Earls Court from the 15th to 17th April 2013. We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms, the literary café, and the translation centre; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand. 

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Angus Phillips receives Santander Research Scholarship

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.

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The Limits of Desire: PhD studentship researching the Mills & Boon archive

Project title

The Limits of Desire: the Mills & Boon Romance Market, 1946-1973

The project will involve original research in the Mills & Boon archive held in the Special Collections at the University of Reading. This archive, with particularly rich holdings of editorial correspondence in the postwar period, offers potential for a PhD which makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of publishing and reading patterns, the history of popular culture, and social and ideological representations of women in the period 1945-1973. In addition to the paper archive, the University also holds file copies of Mills & Boon publications, enabling a student to combine bibliographical and book historical analysis with study of the textual and paratextual aspects of the books themselves.

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Publishing Research Conference - Call for Papers - Florence, Italy - May 2013

Research Conference led by the universities of Paris, Oxford Brookes, HTWK Leipzig, Ljubljana, Milan

30-31 May 2013, Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy

Going digital: merging booktrade organizations

The purpose of the conference is not merely to analyse and question the book market and its economy but most of all to try to understand the evolutions led by the transformations the book is undergoing as an object, on a European scale.

En quoi les technologies numériques nous invitent-elles à repenser les métiers du livre ? Telle est la question à laquelle nous entendons apporter des éléments de réponse dans le cadre de la rencontre scientifique qui aura lieu à Florence les 30 et 31 mai prochains lors de l’université des métiers du livre rassemblant les universités de Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, Oxford Brookes, Leipzig, Ljubljana et Milan.

 

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MA Publishing Student wins Touch Press Innovation award

Matteo Cocco (MA Publishing 2011-12) has won the Touch Press prize for an Innovative Digital Major Project.

Matteo's major project (which received a distinction), was an enhanced eBook of the 70's Punk Rock band - The Clash. This fixed-layout eBook focussed on the iPad platform and included the contents of the album 'London Calling'. Matteo was able to synchronise the audio from the songs on the album with the lyrics which are highlighted as the music is played. The submitted report that accompanied this work proposed this as a 'proof of concept' for possible enhanced eBooks that converge music and eBook publishing.

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2012

The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on 20 November 2012 at a glittering event at the prestigious Grange St Paul's Hotel. The evening’s speaker was journalist, editor, media commentator and novelist, Eve Pollard, who has been dubbed ‘the first lady of Fleet Street’.

As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.

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Number one ranking in Sunday Times University Guide

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’.

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Excellent results in the 2012 National Student Survey

The recent publication of the 2012 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure for Publishing was 95 per cent, as compared to the national average for all courses of 85 per cent. The figure for the quality of the teaching was 96 per cent satisfaction: 100 per cent of students said that the staff are good at explaining things to their students; 98 per cent thought that the staff make the subject interesting; and 95 per cent said the course is intellectually stimulating.

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Ebook typography

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.

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Research news

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.

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