The final Saturday of the 2014 Oxford Literary Festival saw an event organized by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on the Future of Publishing. An expert panel of Anthony Cheetham, Nigel Newton, Richard Ovenden, and Tim Waterstone considered a range of questions around publishing, bookselling and libraries. With the decline in the number of independent bookshops, what is the future for the printed book? Will traditional publishing survive in this environment? Why do authors still need publishers? Should readers have a greater say in what is published?
The event was reported in the Telegraph newspaper, and the article focused on comments by Tim Waterstone on the ebook revolution ...
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MA Publishing student Ionie Ince writes about her experience at the Working in Publishing Day (4 March) at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. The day started with workshops on applications, interviews, and prospecting for jobs, followed by an afternoon of speed-dating with professionals from a range of book, magazine and journal publishers. The afternoon ended with a talk from Joanna Prior, MD of Penguin General. The organizations in attendance included: Bloomsbury Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Hearst, Hodder & Stoughton, IPC Media, Osprey, Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.
So Vain Magazine (www.sovainmagazine.com) is an online magazine founded by Stephanie Reed in 2010 which revolves around the themes of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and menswear. Its main focus is to provide all the latest fashion and styling tips on a budget, to help readers look and feel unique and stand out from the crowd! All the posts and articles are aimed specifically to be really practical and original and show the latest fashion in a unique way.
So Vain magazine has grown over the years, reaching by 2014 an average of 10,000 hits a month. The So Vain brand has now expanded and, in February 2014, the publishing house So Vain Books (www.sovainbooks.co.uk) was founded, with the aim of publishing digital and print books connected to the world of fashion and glamour. Their first books will be published at the end of 2014 and they will include chick-lit novels, fashion guides and non-fiction books written by influential fashion and beauty bloggers from the UK.
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The fourth UK China Publishing Forum will be held on Monday 7 April at Oxford Brookes University
Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
In association with the Modern Publishing Institute of Peking University and Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication
The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair
The event is an opportunity to hear from both UK and Chinese experts about the relationship between the two publishing industries. There will be sessions on the growing business connections between the two countries, the development of the copyright trade, and digital publishing in China.
The speakers include: Fayuan Zhu, Deputy President of Jiangxi Publishing Group; Rob Scriven, Ian Taylor Associates; Xiaohong Fan, President of FLTRP UK; and Rüdiger Wischenbart, Wischenbart Consulting.
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.
Details have been announced for this event at the Oxford Literary Festival, presented by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies:
The Future of Publishing
4.00 pm, Saturday 29 March 2014
The familiar world of the book is facing some key challenges. These include the decline of bookselling on the high street, the growth in the sales of ebooks, and competition from other media. There is continued experimentation around the book in digital form, exploring non-linear narratives and the use of multimedia. Meanwhile, for authors there are many new routes available for finding a readership, including self-publishing or using crowdfunding to finance publication. Will traditional publishing survive in this environment? Why do authors still need publishers? Should readers have a greater say in what is published? Our expert panel of Nigel Newton, Anthony Cheetham, Tim Waterstone, and Richard Ovenden considers these and other questions.
The event is chaired by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
The Publishing Fusion Workshop was run in early January by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, supported by Creative Skillset. The Workshop took place in Oxford when the city was flooded, roads were closed and travelling times were twice what they should have been. Not an auspicious start to the three days! And yet the Workshop became a place of genuine excitement and creativity. The Workshop was focused on how publishing needs everyone to have creative, digital and entrepreneurial skills and that whilst many people going into the industry have one or two of these, few have all three. The idea was to develop delegates' skills in a way that would allow them to think about their work in new ways and take back practical ideas to their work place.
Inspiration and invention was the name of the game!
Places are going fast on the Publishing Fusion Workshop which takes place in Oxford from 8-10 January and on 11 March in 2014.
The Workshop is set to be an exciting few days of learning and discussion on subjects such as:
- creating ideas
- why business models matter
- building digital brands
- creativity in publishing
There will also be sessions on international markets and collaboration, creative leadership, and games development.
At just £300 for all four days teaching, two nights' accommodation, and meals, the Workshop - subsidised by Creative Skillset - is filling up fast. Click on this link for more information and to reserve your place!
Judith Paskin is a student on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes.
When I began the MA Publishing course as a part-time mature student in September 2012, I knew it would offer me a valuable opportunity to embark on a new career. At the same time I hoped I would still be able to make use of the skills from my previous job as a broadcast journalist with the BBC. What I did not anticipate was the chance to combine both skill-sets during a rather successful summer break this year.
One of the wonderful things about this course is the stream of opportunities for students to explore while they study. As with many things in life, often one path leads to another quite unexpected one. In particular, the Children’s Publishing module gave me the chance not only to explore my interests in that field, but to have my work published in the publishing journal Logos. My article, ‘Digital Publishing in Children’s Literature: A hindrance or a help to reluctant readers’, appeared in the October issue.
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The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on 4 November 2013 at a glittering event at the prestigious Grange St Paul's Hotel. The speaker was journalist, author, comedian and producer, Will Gompertz, who kept the audience entertained throughout the night.
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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