Next meeting: 20 February 2015

Our next meeting will be on Friday 20 February at Bath Spa. All members have been advised, but if any Higher Education institution, organisation, or professional individual is interested in the aims of APE, and wishes to attend, or enquire about membership, please contact the Secretary.

Next meeting: 4 September 2014

The date for our next meeting is Thursday 4 September 2014, 11am, at University College London. All members have been advised, but if any Higher Education institution, organisation, or professional individual is interested in the aims of APE, and wishes to attend, or enquire about membership, please contact the Secretary.

Congratulations to 2014 Dissertation Prizewinners

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 APE Dissertation Prize.

Best Dissertation: Natalie Bradley, UCL
Best Project:
 Gladys Famoriyo, Anglia Ruskin
Highly commended: (
1) Victoria Lawrence, BA student, Loughborough
 (2) Alex Hambis, Oxford Brookes

The competition is run by the Association for Publishing Education (APE) with support from the Publishers Training Centre (PTC) and the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. It is open to APE members (universities teaching Publishing) and is judged by experts in the Publishing industry. Winners receive cash prizes and PTC training.

The high standard of all the entries is testament to the vibrant teaching, research and development taking place within Publishing programmes at APE universities – such excellence in Publishing education is, we would argue, now absolutely central to the industry’s future.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who participated.

Student Articles in The Bookseller!

As part of an exciting new initiative, articles from students at APE Universities will be featuring in The Bookseller. The 2014 calendar is as follows:
  • Jan – UCL
  • Feb – ARU
  • March – UCLAN
  • April – Kingston
  • May – Loughborough
  • June – Edinburgh Napier
  • July – Stirling
  • August – Plymouth
  • Sept – LCC
  • Oct – Oxford Brookes
  • Nov – Bath Spa
  • Dec – City

Read all the articles here:

Publishing Studies Conference: Florence

By the Book: the book and the study of its digital transformation

Publishing Studies Conference
Villa Finaly, Florence, Italy
Friday 23 to Saturday 24 May 2014

This two-day conference brings together scholars from the field of publishing studies to examine key issues around the digital transformation of the book, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies.

This is the first conference to bring together researchers and teachers of publishing studies from all parts of Europe and aims to be the first in a series of such meetings.  Also welcome are industry practitioners who wish to contribute to the debates.

Conference Committee
Benoȋt Berthou, University of Paris 13 (LABSIC) • Ernst-Peter Biesalski, HTWK, Leipzig • Alberto Cadioli, University of Milan • Pascal Durand, University of Liège • Miha Kovač, University of Ljubljana • Angus Phillips, Oxford Brookes University (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies) • Adriaan van der Weel, University of Leiden

Associate Partners
Association for Publishing Education • Brill • Federation of European Publishers

Seminar at Kingston by Mark Coker of Smashwords

Mark Coker, founder of the US self-publishing firm Smashwords and hugely significant figure within the publishing industry, will be at Kingston to give a talk on how to develop and produce ebooks. This is just before he goes on to speak at the London Book Fair.

Date: Monday 7 April from 5-7pm
Venue: Kingston University, KT1 2EE

All are welcome and we expect a very strong response. Please book using this link.

2012 APE Dissertation Awards

The winners of the annual Association for Publishing Education Dissertation Prize have just been announced. Three prizes were offered, one winner and two runners-up.

This year all three winning students concentrate on digital developments within the publishing sector.

First prize goes to Sarah Blankfield of UCL for Towards a digital spine: what methods are UK and US publishers, and their representative bodies, using to tackle ebook piracy? This is a very insightful and extremely timely exploration of what is probably the greatest contemporary challenge to the publishing industry.

There are two highly commended runner-up prizes…

Click for more: Press Release 2012

Seminars at the London Book Fair 2012

This year’s London Book Fair has a wealth of events and seminars available to anyone with a ticket to the event. Here’s a brief round-up of sessions organised by APE members.

London College of Communication Publishing Studies student Gabriela Sanchez-Curiel is to showcase her new international publishing enterprise in the Innovation, Translated: A Global Snapshot of Today’s Publishing Innovators session on Wednesday 18 April, 14.30-15.30 in the Thames Room.

Alison Baverstock, Course Leader at Kingston University is chairing Should the Publishing Industry Be Frightened of Self Publishing? on Wednesday 18 April, 14.30-15.30 in the Wellington Room.

Mary Ann Kernan from City University is co-hosting with the Diversity in Publishing Network a seminar on Your Job in Publishing: Recruitment and Retention in Publishing on Tuesday 17 April, 11.30-12.30 in the Wellington Room.

Stirling University Publishing Studies department celebrates its 30th birthday with Publishing Scotland on Tuesday 17 April on stand H350 at 5.30. With whisky.

Creative Skillset is running The Core Skills of Digital Publishing: will you make standard seminar? on Monday 16 April, 11.30-12.30 in the Wellington Room and Power to the Story: pitching cross-media concepts also on Monday, 4.00-5.00 pm in the International Rights Centre.

Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes are running three seminars: Children’s Publishing Around the World – Wednesday 18 April 2.30-3.30 in the Westminster room; Managing the Change to a Sustainable Future – Monday 16 April 10.00-11.00 in the Wellington room; and Twitter to Woo? The benefits of social media on Wednesday 18 April at 11.30 in the Wellington room. 

Publishing Training Centre are running Digital Publishing Production: There’s method in the madness seminar at Monday 16 April 5:30 in the Cromwell room and Creating E-books: the pleasure + the pain on Tuesday 17 April 2.30-3.30 in the Cromwell room.

Scottish Insight Independent Publishing events

Should you, colleagues or any of your students wish to come along to the final of the Scottish Insight Independent Publishing events (Cultural Policy), on Tuesday 23 August in Glasgow, please note the registration closes on Thursday 17 August. The registration link is here:

Speakers include Andre Schiffrin (The New Press), Marion Sinclair (Publishing Scotland), Antonia Byatt (Arts Council England), Hugh Andrew (Birlinn), Liz McGettigan (City of Edinburgh Council).

The event is running the previous day Monday 22 August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in association with Publishing Scotland with Andre Schiffrin, from 6.45-7.45. Tickets available here: