Sarah Franklin, Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, attended the 2017 Costa Book Awards on 30 January 2018, as part of the judging panel for the Costa Short Story Award, which was announced on the evening. The five short story award judges had selected a shortlist of three, which were posted to the Costa Book Award website along with audio versions of the stories. The general public then chose a winning story from the three entries. This year's winner was Luan Goldie for her story 'Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns'. Luann's first novel is currently out on submission with publishers, so this was a very timely as well as richly deserved win.
The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on Thursday 16 November 2017 at the Millenium Hotel in Mayfair, Central London.
The evening was hosted by guest presenter, Jenny Eclair, the first ever woman to win the Perrier Award for comedy at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival and who is well known for TV appearances on Loose Women, QI, I’m a Celebrity and Grumpy Old Women, as well as for her accomplished novels and writings.
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The recent publication of the 2017 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure was 100 per cent, with 100 per cent saying that the staff are good at explaining things to their students; 98 per cent thought that the staff have made the subject interesting; 98 per cent thought that the course is intellectually stimulating; and 99 per cent thought the course is well organized and running smoothly.
Have we passed peak book? The uncoupling of book sales from economic growth
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has published this new article in Publishing Research Quarterly - you can view the article here
The paper uses time series data on UK book sales to establish what correlation exists between the national income of a country and its sales of books. This is tested by comparing series data in real terms for GDP per capita and for various data series for the UK market, including sales invoiced by publishers and point of sale data on consumer purchasing.
The 15th international conference was held at Imperial College London on Friday 7 July 2017 (previously held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in 2005). The theme was 'The Publisher is Dead - Long Live the Publisher!' - what is the place of the publisher when platforms of production and distribution have become more widely accessible to both authors and readers? The plenary speaker was Angus Phillips from OICPS, who examined the role of the publisher against the background of moves towards open content and self-publishing.
Bloomsbury Academic & Professional Division is pleased to announce that they will be offering a job to an Oxford Brookes graduate in publishing. The role of Product Assistant will be based in the the growing Product Management team within the new Bloomsbury Digital Resources unit.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was a guest speaker at the seminar on ‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, held on Friday 12 May at the China Exchange in London. Organized by Cypress Books, the seminar gathered a range of speakers and scholars engaged in the publication and curation of Chinese books, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practice within the industry.
The recently published (May 2017) university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number three out of 61 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - the top-rated Publishing programme
On Tuesday, 9 May, the Print Culture Research Unit hosted its annual symposium.
Organised by Caroline Davis, Vincent Trott and Jane Potter, ‘New Directions in Print Culture Studies’ featured work by both established academics and PhD students from around the UK and Europe.
Plenary lectures by Dr Shafquat Towheed (Open University) and Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL) on the opportunities, challenges, and future of the discipline complemented the sixteen papers that highlighted topics as print and politics, networks of the book, digital texts and archives, and magazines and celebrity culture. Readers and the reading experience emerged as a particular focus, highlighted especially by the panel dedicated to EuRED, the European Reading Experience Database.