Publishing Podcasts

John Thompson talking about his new book on trade publishing, ‘Merchants of Culture’

Podcast Episode: 30

John Thompson is Professor of Sociology at Cambridge University and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Recent publications include Books in the Digital Age (2005) andMerchants of Culture (2010).  He was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences in 2001 for his work on political scandal.

In his book Merchants of Culture he provides a fascinating account of the high-risk culture in consumer publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. Revealed is the world of agents and scouts, of auctions and deals, often with large sums of money paid out to authors, as publishers gamble in the hope of signing the next Harry Potter or Dan Brown.

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Duration: 01:06:01

Posted on 13 Nov 2010 around 1am

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Barbara Trapido

Podcast Episode: 29

Oxford based novelist Barbara Trapido talks about her experiences as an author

Barbara Trapido is an internationally successful author, renowned for her dark satirical comedies.  She has written a number of novels, including Brother of the More Famous Jack (1982), which won the Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction,Temples of Delight (1990), shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, Juggling (1994), and Frankie & Stankie (2003). In its mix of people from different spheres, Sex and Stravinsky, published by Bloomsbury in May 2010, throws up the complexity, cruelty and richness of the global world while, as a sequence of personal stories, it comes together like a dance; a masquerade in which things are not always what they seem.

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Duration: 00:53:53

Posted on 06 Nov 2010 around 8pm

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London Book Fair Seminar - The Future of E-books in a Digital Era

Podcast Episode: 28

A seminar at the London Book fair organised by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Beverley Tarquini, Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was the chair for this seminar. The 3 speakers were:

  • Jonathan Ferman, Business Development Manager, Creative Solutions Adobe Systems Europe Ltd
  • Robin Harvie, Editorial director, The Friday Project at Harper Collins
  • Alison Jones, Director of Digital Development, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers

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Duration: 01:01:02

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 around 12pm

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Michael Bhaskar - Nobody Knows Anything

Podcast Episode: 27

especially publishers

Michael Bhaskar is the current Digital Publishing Manager at Profile Books, where he is developing their ebook programme. Previously at Pan Macmillan from 2007 to 2010, he developed the digital programme from scratch. He will be talking about the challenges for big and small companies in the digital world, and how, when it comes to ebooks, publishers are misinformed. Michael also writes for BookBrunch.

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Duration: 00:57:22

Posted on 30 Mar 2010 around 5pm

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The Societal Tsunami: Social Media & Social Networking in Publishing

Podcast Episode: 26

An OPUS Event

From the micro-blogging wonder of Twitter, to the media sharing experience of Flickr, through to the omnipotent social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace; it is a veritable multi-media minefield out there!

To shine a light on this brave new world, Sam Missingham, Director, Lounge Marketing; Head of Audience Development for The Bookseller Magazine and http://www.thebookseller.com, and Davina Quarterman, List Marketing Manager, Life Science Journals, Wiley-Blackwell will be talking to us about how publishers can take advantage of social media platforms to develop their titles and to connect with their audience.

Speakers

Sam Missingham  — Director, Lounge Marketing; Head of Audience Development for The Bookseller Magazine and http://www.thebookseller.com (See presentation -PDF)

Davina Quarterman  — List Marketing Manager, Life Science Journals (See presentation -PDF)

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Duration: 01:01:06

Posted on 26 Mar 2010 around 1pm

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Emma Barnes - How to get ahead with digital publishing

Podcast Episode: 25

A Lunchtime digital publishing seminar

Emma Barnes is Co-founder and Managing Director of Snowbooks, an independent publisher, and is Director of OnixCentral, a xml-based software supplier to the publishing industry.

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Duration: 00:39:32

Posted on 24 Mar 2010 around 10am

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Simon Juden - The Future of Digital Publishing

Podcast Episode: 24

Dr Simon Juden is the Chief Executive, Publishers Association. This talk was given as a Digital Lunchtime Seminar in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

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Duration: 00:33:47

Posted on 04 Mar 2010 around 2pm

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Michael Rodgers - Tales From Publishing

Podcast Episode: 23

Persuasion and Cooperation

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Duration: 00:53:34

Posted on 01 Mar 2010 around 1pm

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Crowd-sourcing and Digital Collections - Dr Stuart Lee

Podcast Episode: 22

Stuart Lee is Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries and Project Director of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive digitisation project and Great War Archive Initiative

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Duration: 00:28:58

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 around 10am

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Suzanne Wilson-Higgins - Publishing on Demand

Podcast Episode: 21

Before joining Lightning Source UK in July 2000, Suzanne worked for 5 years as a company director with B.H.Blackwell Limited, the book retailer, international library supplier and subscription services company. While at Blackwell’s she was the director responsible for marketing communications, electronic product development and publisher relations.

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Duration: 00:43:51

Posted on 19 Feb 2010 around 3pm

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Christopher Davis - The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley

Podcast Episode: 19

Christopher Davis is uniquely positioned to tell the story of DK's rise and fall. He joined the company at its foundation and in due course became Group Publisher. The narrative he provides is a dual one, encompassing the visionary genius of Peter Kindersley and the publishing revolution he fomented, and charting the remarkable, sometimes precarious, frequently hilarious, roller-coaster ride as the company grew from a handful of people in a studio in South London to a substantial global business.

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Duration: 00:46:32

Posted on 21 Dec 2009 around 1pm

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Wendy Cope and Will Atkinson

Podcast Episode: 18

an OPUS event

Wendy Cope, celebrated poet and author of acclaimed collections of her poetry ('Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis') joins Will Atkinson, Sales and Marketing Director of her publishers, Faber & Faber.

This event was organised by OPUS but took place at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.

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Duration: 01:03:48

Posted on 25 Jun 2009 around 1pm

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Bridget Shine and Giles Lewis - Survive the credit crunch?

Podcast Episode: 17

A talk to MA Publishing students

Join Bridget Shine, Executive Director of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG), as she outlines the current state of the book trade and its impact on independent publishers. Bridget will provide insight from the front lines of the industry and will look at how independent publishers are weathering the recession. She will also show how the IPG is supporting its members. Giles Lewis, Director of How To Books, will join her and provide the case study of an independent publisher trading in the current climate.

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Duration: 01:01:10

Posted on 30 Apr 2009 around 7pm

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The online Compass journal - Vanessa Lafaye

Podcast Episode: 15

Vanessa Lafaye from Wiley-Blackwell introduces the Online Compass Journals.

The Compass journals publish state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed survey articles entirely online, there is no print version. This innovative product is demonstrated and the use of technology explained. Here is the link to the online Journal.

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Duration: 00:30:26

Posted on 27 Mar 2009 around 12pm

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Evolutionary Forces in 21st-Century Publishing | Alison Jones, Palgrave Macmillan

Podcast Episode: 14

Mutation, Migration and Natural Selection

Publishers are increasingly being forced to respond to seismic changes in their environment: can they evolve to survive in the new information landscape, and what challenges and opportunities do they face?

Alison Jones is Director of Digital Development at Palgrave Macmillan

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Duration: 00:35:58

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 around 11am

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Richard Orme: Access for All

Podcast Episode: 13

How Publishers can make their products accessible for people with sight problems

During this presentation Richard Orme, the Head of Accessibility for the RNIB, explains his organization's role as an alternate format publisher. He shows how they work hand-in-hand with other publishers, to improve the way their books can be made available to all.

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Duration: 00:36:01

Posted on 19 Feb 2009 around 10am

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