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.

Next APE meeting on Friday 8 July 2011

The next meeting of APE will be on Friday 8 July 2011 at 11am at London College of Communication. 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.

UK APE Dissertation Prizes Winners Announced April 2011

The winners of the UK APE Dissertation Prizes have been announced to coincide with the London Book Fair 2011.

Two prizes were awarded, a first prize of £300 and a second of £200, and both went to students from London College of Communication (LCC): to Zoe Foster for a postgraduate dissertation on self-publishing, and Hanna Lubin for an undergraduate dissertation featuring a case study of Saga Magazine, the magazine for the over 50s.

The judges – John Whitley of the PTC (Chair), Lynette Owen, Simon Winder and Dan Franklin – commented on the high standard of submissions and range of subjects which reveals the diverse body of serious thought about publishing, its past, present and future development, going on within UK universities.

UK APE Meeting 24 September 2010

UK APE will be meeting on Friday 24 September from 11am at London College of Communication. All members have been advised, but if any Higher Education institution,  or organisation, or professional individual is interested in the aims of UK APE, and wishes to attend, or enquire about membership, contact in the first instance the Secretary.

UK APE Dissertation Prizes Winners Announced 16 April 2010

The winners of the first ever UK APE Dissertation Prizes have been announced to coincide with theLondon Book Fair 2010. Two prizes were awarded, one at undergraduate level, a second at Masters’ level, and each winner receives a cheque for £250.

Laura Kincaid of Edinburgh Napier University wins at undergraduate level for ‘Are publishers in control? An examination of the power dynamics of UK consumer trade publishers’ relationships with Amazon’, and Jennie Courage of UCL wins at Masters’ level with ‘Making e-books easy for everyone to read – Accessibility and the visually impaired’.

The judges – John Whitley of the PTC (Chair), Martin Neild, Lynette Owen and Simon Winder – commented on the high standard of submission.