Working in publishing: fifteen things you need to know

This is a talk I gave at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday 8th February.  1.      It’s not all about editing… Though almost every would-be publisher wants to work in editorial, there are plenty of other roles available that might be more suited to your skills (or which might offer you another way into the…

Writing in Place: An ‘Ambient Literature’ Project in the UK

What happens if the story you’re reading knows where you are, and can respond to your input? A new project based in the West Country of England explores the possibilities of writing that’s informed not only by a sense of location, but also by the affordances of smartphones, and what they can bring to storytelling….

Paris and the Machine: scholarly print-on-demand

The new Les PUF store, La Librairie des PUF, certainly makes a stylish addition to an already highly literary quarter. It’s not far from the Place de la Sorbonne, the city’s historic seat of academia. And it’s just round the corner from some of the city’s most prestigious bookshops: the Librairie Philosphique J. Vrin, Editions…

The Future of the Scholarly Book – ten take-aways

The recent ALPSP conference on the Future of the Scholarly Book offered many lessons for publishers, reassuring some that they’re heading in the right direction, while challenging others. Here are ten things I took away from the conference. take-aways below. Make sure you know what you (and your colleagues) are talking about… One problem with…

Two and a half thoughts on Amazon’s Matchbook

Amazon’s announcement on Tuesday of its new Matchbook offer, allowing customers to buy discounted digital versions of print books they’d previously bought from the retailer, is far from the first attempt to bring bundling to publishing. As Peter Hudson, CEO of BitLit was quick to point out, his start-up has been offering something rather similar…