Conference: Print Culture and the Nation

Oxford Brookes University are hosting a conference entitled ‘Print Culture and the Nation’, on Friday 13th March.
It promises to be an exciting event, with an excellent range of papers based on new work by staff and research students in the print culture research group at Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
Please email before Friday 6th March to reserve a place. A registration fee of £10.00 is payable on the day, to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments, but a limited number of free places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Conference: Is everyone now a publisher?

Is everyone now a publisher?
28th March 2015
Kingston University

Kingston University are running a conference to help all understand the current publishing and writing landscape. Whether your interest in publishing is as a potential employee, or writer, this important day – which draws together a range of influential speakers – offers information that all need to know. In particular attendance will give you:

  • Practical guidance on how to prepare material for publication. What to do and in what order? How much time and money should you allocate?
  • The chance to make connections and gather a support network that will be highly valuable to you in future – and help you sustain your creative practice in future.
  • Kobo are sponsoring a drinks reception at the end of the day – this is your opportunity for further discussion with speakers and to ask specific questions about your work.

What is more, APE members and friends are entitled to a special discount price of £90 (normally £130; price includes all refreshments, supporting hand-outs and a free book worth £15).

To review the programme and to book please go to To obtain the discount, choose the option for ‘Special partner discount’ and insert the word ‘Partner’ when required. Group bookings for students would be welcome and subject to higher discounts. Please contact to discuss.

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.