Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing
Director, Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes
Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities, and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He works as a consultant to the publishing industry and is often invited to speak at international conferences and events. His recent books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark), The Oxford Handbook of Publishing (with Michael Bhaskar), and Turning the Page. He is on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press and was a judge for the Bookseller industry awards for four years in a row. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
- BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Exeter College, Oxford University
- MBA, Warwick Business School, Warwick University
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University
Employment history: Publishing
Since 2001 I have worked as a consultant to publishing companies, specializing in strategy projects and business research, as well as professional development in management, editorial and marketing. Previously I worked at Oxford University Press, where I had profit responsibility for a trade publishing list with turnover of £2.5m in non-fiction areas including reference, popular science and philosophy.
Research interests include: publishing statistics, the future of the book, digital publishing, international publishing, book covers, literary agents, corporate social responsibility, economic history of publishing, publishing in China.
Editor-in-Chief, Logos, published by Brill
Membership of Professional Bodies
- European Advisory Board, Princeton University Press (from 2010)
- External examiner, MA Publishing, University of Derby, 2016 to 2020
- External examiner, MA Publishing, University College London, 2011 to 2015
- External examiner, MA Publishing, University of Central Lancashire, 2010 to 2014
- External examiner, MA Publishing, University of Plymouth, 2004 to 2009
- Award examiner for MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, 2004 to 2009
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy
- Editorial Board of Learned Publishing 2007 to 2011
- Editorial Board of Convergence from 2013
- International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on the Book (held at Oxford Brookes in 2005)
- Honorary Researcher, Chinese Institute of Publishing Science
- Chair of the Association for Publishing Education 2010 to 2014
- Judge for The Bookseller Industry Awards: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Books and other publications
Angus Phillips and Michael Bhaskar (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Publishing (2019). Rights sold for Spanish and Korean translations.
Angus Phillips (ed.), The Cottage by the Highway and other essays on publishing (Brill, 2015).
Angus Phillips, Turning the Page: The evolution of the book (Routledge, 2014). Rights sold for Chinese translation.
Giles Clark and Angus Phillips, Inside Book Publishing (Routledge, sixth edition, 2019). Translated into Korean, Romanian, Chinese, Lithuanian and Croatian.
Bill Cope and Angus Phillips (ed.), The Future of the Academic Journal (Chandos, second edition 2014).
Bill Cope and Angus Phillips (ed.), The Future of the Book in the Digital Age (Chandos, 2006).
"The Modern Literary Agent' in Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books, edited by Alison Baverstock, Richard Bradford and Madelena Gonzalez (Routledge, 2020)
'The Closure of the Printing House' and 'Trade Publishing', in Volume IV of the History of Oxford University Press, edited by Keith Robbins (OUP, 2017)
'Where is the Value in Publishing? The internet and the publishing value chain', in Volume V, The History of the Book in the West: 1914-2000, edited by Alexis Weedon (Ashgate, 2010)
‘The Pleasure and Pain of Reading’, Culture Report - Europe reads (2010). Published by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – ifa) and the Robert Bosch Foundation (eds.) in Germany, in cooperation with the British Council, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, and the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
‘How Books are Positioned in the Market’, chapter for Judging a Book by its Cover, edited by Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody (Ashgate, 2007)
‘Does the Book have a Future?’, chapter for A Companion to the History of the Book, edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007; new edition 2017)
With Miha Kova?, Adriaan van der Weel, and Rüdiger Wischenbart, 'Book Statistics: What are they good for?', Logos, 28:4, 2017.
'Have We Passed Peak Book? The Uncoupling of Book Sales from Economic Growth', Publishing Research Quarterly, July, 2017.
'Business Models in Journals Publishing', Logos, 24:4, 2013.
'Kicking the Habit: The decline of reading in Europe?', Logos, 21:3-4, 2010.
'Blog to the Future: Journals publishing in the 21st century', Journal of Scholarly Publishing, October 2010
'The Greek Publishing Industry and Professional Development', with Christina Banou, Publishing Research Quarterly, 24:2, June 2008
'Does the Book have a Future?', Logos, 19:1, 2008. Translated into Latvian, appearing as 'Vai gramatia ir nakotne?', World of Libraries, 47, 2009.
'Jane Austen gets a Makeover', Logos, 18:2, 2007
'Cover Story: Cover design in the marketing of fiction', Logos, 18:1, 2007
‘Adding Value: the work of the editor', Chinese Editor's Journal, Beijing, 1/2006
‘Where is the Value in Publishing? The Internet and the Publishing Value Chain’, International Journal of the Book, Volume 2, 2005
‘The Nature of the Relationship between Authors and Publishers’, with M. Saunders, S. Pandit, and D. Chetty, Publishing Research Quarterly, Summer 2005
‘Working in groups in an international publishing class’. Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education 4:3, 2005
Over 30 entries for the Oxford Companion to the Book (2011)
Review articles in journals including SHARP News, Learned Publishing and The Library
Webinar on the impact of Brexit, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, November 2020
Webinar on publishing studies, The State Polytechnic of Creative Media, Indonesia, October 2020
Interviewed on BBC World News, October 2020
‘Scenarios for the Future of Publishing’, Beijing Publishing Forum, August 2019
‘University Presses in the International Environment’, University of Ljubljana, May 2019
'What is a Book?', Breaking Barriers conference, Malta, September 2018.
'What is a Book?', Breaking Barriers conference, Malta, September 2018.
'Reaching Audiences', MediaBites conference, Amsterdam, June 2018.
'Reading the Cover', Self-Publishing Conference, Leicester University, April 2018.
'Journals Publishing', Conservatoire National de Arts et Métiers (Le Cnam), Paris, March 2018.
'Have we passed Peak Book?', 5th International Conference on Publishing Trends and Contexts, Zadar, Croatia, October 2017
'Trends and Contrasts in Book Design', Conference on Books and Screens and the Reading Brain, Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2017
'‘China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK’, China Exchange, London, May 2017
'Reading the Cover', Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, April 2017
'Publishing Now', Self-Publishing Conference, Leicester University, April 2017
'Turning the Page: The evolution of the book', Conference of United Bible Societies, Berlin, March 2017
'Three, six or 36: how many basic plots are there in all stories ever written?', Guardian, July 2016
'What now for the book?', Conference on Literature between Paper and Pixels, Aarhus University, May 2016
Interviewed about self-publishing on R4 Open Book, April 2016
'The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing', London Book Fair seminar, April 2016
‘The Language of Publishing: The view from Inside Book Publishing’, 3rd international Conference on Publishing Trends and Contexts, University of Zadar, Croatia, November 2015
‘Turning the Page: The evolution of the book’, Oxford Open Doors, Blackwell’s, Broad St, September 2015
'Creating Value in an Age of Disruption', Conference on the Minority Book, Vilnius University, Lithuania, September 2015
'Trends and Transformations', Peking University seminar, Beijing, 29 August 2015
'Creativity, Coding and Commercial Savvy - fusion skills for a future in publishing?', London Book Fair seminar, April 2015
Seminar on fixed book prices, Oslo, March 2015, organized by the University of Oslo
'Digital Capital', International Conference: Publishing Trends and Contexts', Pula, Croatia, December 2014
'Publishing in the UK and USA', Danish Agency for Culture, Copenhagen, December 2014
‘The Future of the Book’, Frankfurt Book Fair seminar, October 2014
Visiting Lecturer, University of Rijeka, Croatia, June 2014
'The Price is Right', London Book Fair seminar, April 2014
'Where did the Story of Ebooks begin?, Guardian, 12 March 2014
'Number of publishers forced out of business shows sharp increase', Financial Times, 3 November 2013
Interviewed by Brand Perfect, 5 September 2013
'Developing Talent in the Digital Age', UK China Publishing Forum, Beijing, August 2013
'Publishing in the UK', lecture at University of Rijeka, Croatia, May 2013
'The Gamification of Publishing', London Book Fair seminar, April 2013
'Self-Publishing: The new gold rush?', Oxford Literary Festival, April 2013
'Ebook Anxieties increase as Publishing Revolution rolls on', Guardian, 24 April 2013
'Is the Printed Book Doomed?', Charity Retail Conference, Keele University, July 2012
'The Importance of Intellectual Capital in Book Publishing', Fifth International Conference on Information Law and Ethics, Ionian University, Corfu, June 2012
'Digital Futures', Oxford Literary Festival, April 2012
'Twitter to Woo', London Book Fair seminar, April 2012
'Ebook revolution', Radio Oxford, February 2012
‘Ebook revolution – challenges and perspectives’, industry conference in Bucharest, November 2011
Whitcombe Lecture, Conference of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), St Catherine’s College, Oxford, September 2011
'What is to become of books?', London Design Festival, September 2011
'Publishing the Future', Oxford Literary Festival, April 2011
'Tweet smell of success', London Book Fair seminar, April 2011
'The Digital Tide in Europe', World Book Summit, Ljubljana, March 2011
'The Pleasure and Pain of Reading', Conference on Reading in Europe, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, November 2010
'The Future of the Book in the Digital Age', 11th China Communication Conference, Peking University, Beijing, July 2010
'Midlist Crisis - How to revive the middle market?', London Book Fair seminar, April 2010
'The Future of the Journal', Seminar at World Health Organization, Geneva, September 2009
'The Changing World of the Book', Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) conference, Cambridge, July 2009
'Publishing and Censorship', London Book Fair seminar, April 2009
'Publishing Today and Tomorrow', public talk at the University of Malta, Valetta, April 2009
Visiting Lecturer, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France, January 2009 and January 2010
Debate about ebooks, Galley Club, London, January 2009
'Epublishers: From theory to practice', III Foro Internacional de Edicion Universitaria, Feria Internacional del Libro, Guadalajara, Mexico, December 2008
'The History of the Future of the Book', Paper at SHARP conference, Oxford, June 2008
'Groupwork and the Teaching of Publishing', UK Association for Publishing Education conference, June 2008
'Children's Publishing around the World', London Book Fair seminar, April 2008
'European Master in Publishing', Leipzig Book Fair seminar, March 2008
Masterclass on publishing today, MA in Creative Writing, Sheffield Hallam University, December 2000
'Does the Book have a Future?', Slovenian Book Fair, Ljubljana, November 2007
'Children's Publishing', OPUS event, November 2007
'Publishing and the Value Chain', United Bible Societies Book Fair, Hong Kong, November 2007
'Ebooks', BBC Radio Oxford, October 2007
'Publishing Skills for 21st Century Europe: training and education needs across borders', London Book Fair seminar, April 2007
'Reading the Cover', Paper at the Fourth International Conference on the Book, Boston, October 2006
'Publishing Education and Professional Development', Beijing International Book Fair seminar, September 2006
Visiting Lecturer, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 2006, November 2007, May 2009, March 2011, May 2013, May 2015, June 2016, May 2017, and May 2018
Convenor of The Third International Conference on the Book, hosted by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, September 2005
'Working in groups in an international publishing class', Conference on Book Trade Training in Europe Today, University of Paris X, Nanterre, April 2005
'Where is the Value in Publishing? The Internet and the Publishing Value Chain', Paper at the International Conference on the Future of the Book, Beijing, August 2004
Principal consultant for Oxford International Centre for Publishing