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Understanding InDesign: Foundation Course

About the course

Enhance your professional potential with this Foundation Course in Adobe InDesign. This is the industry standard software used by publishers to create books, magazines and most printed publications.

This one day course introduces the best techniques to use for professional book creation and will lead you through practical exercises using professional techniques to build a book from scratch. No prior experience of InDesign is assumed.

“I found the course very helpful, I took lots of notes and I know that they will help me in my day-to-day work.”

Beth Richard, Production Editor, Institute of Development Studies

The course is led by Ken Jones. Ken sits on the BookMachine Editorial Board. He is a publishing software expert with over ten years’ experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to improve how publishers produce their illustrated print and digital books.

Contents include:

  • Making new documents
  • Creating and applying Master Pages
  • Adding a Baseline Grid
  • Page numbers and running headers
  • Saving, editing, sharing and using templates
  • Text Flow and Primary Text Frames
  • Tidying up a supplied manuscript in Word
  • Mapping styles from Word
  • Professional use of character and paragraph styles
  • Hyphenation & Justification
  • Tracking & Kerning
  • Widows & Orphans
  • Placing images and wrapping text around images
  • Working with long documents, working in chapters
  • Exporting for print and digital


BookMachine Members: £225+VAT (£210+VAT if booked before the end of September)

Non-Members: £295+VAT (£275+VAT if booked before the end of September)

Refreshments included
Lunch provided

What else do you need to know?

BRING: Ahead of the course you will receive a package of exercises to download onto your laptop. These exercises will be used throughout the day, so please bring your own device (PC or Mac).

The training room is at the BookMachine offices next to The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula, just 4 stops from London Bridge on the Jubilee Line (North Greenwich Station).

There will be a maximum of 8 people taking the course, and lunch will be provided.

Ticket Information

Event details

Date: 1st May 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm



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Understanding Copyright Online


Online, (CET 3.30pm-5.00pm, EST 9.30am-11.00am, GMT 2.30pm-4.00pm).


This online course provides an essential introduction to copyright law and how it is used in practice. Delegates will gain an understanding of the legal publishing landscape, and be able to make sense of their own organization’s contracts and licences.


  • What exactly is copyright: who owns it and who can enforce it?
  • Moral rights: what they are and how they affect publishers
  • International copyright framework: how it all fits
  • Managing permissions: what to ask and what to record
  • When you don’t need permission: ‘Fair dealing’ and ‘Fair use’ provisions
  • Making permissions easier: blanket licences, bilateral agreements and outsourcing
  • Introduction to Creative Commons and other online licences.


  • Pre-course reading/exercises
  • Comprehensive delegate pack
  • One and a half hour interactive online workshop
  • Post course exercises marked by our tutor
  • 48  hour email follow up with the tutor
  • Certificate on completion of all elements.

What will you learn?

Understand the principles of copyright and how it works in an international digital and print environment; ensure that the moral rights of creators are upheld; understand permission systems and best use of Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs) and outsourcing; understand the basics of online licensing in an open access or subscription-based environment.

Who should attend (Level 1)

People starting out in a rights or licensing role or with one to two years’ publishing experience in editorial and production functions in large and small organizations.

Early bird rates for members – Book by 13 September 2019*

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

Members early bird         £154.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
 full price          £172.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members full price  £286.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Academic rates are available, please contact
This workshop includes a complimentary course pack
Contact: Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

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Can design thinking transform your publishing strategy?

About the event

Designers as creative thinkers are powerful problem solvers. But traditionally, colleagues in finance, editorial, sales or marketing are promoted to the top publishing jobs. What is lost without the transformative effect design thinking can add to strategy and leadership? How can design thinking enhance management decisions? What can publishing learn from our own and other sectors’ creative leaders?

Join our panel for an intriguing discussion on how design thinking can transform a business. Hear from an organisational behaviour expert on the theory, as well as a Creative-turned-board-member on the practice. And get inspired by the insights from a Creative Director who will show how design thinking really does make a huge difference.

Your Speakers


Sophie is Managing Director at EMC Design – a leading publishing design agency with over 25 years of experience in book publishing. Sophie always has an eye on industry trends, and has always ‘just read’ something relevant to any publishing-related topic!

Follow Sophie on Twitter: @sophie_orourke @emcdesignltd


As an accomplished Design, Technology and Innovation Consultant at Activrightbrain, Writer, Presenter, Host and Futurologist, Dean Johnson is shaping the future for Film, TV, Automotive, Publishing and Music sectors with the emphasis on user experience and engagement. Dean is a Fellow and VP of the Chartered Society of Designers and Mentor for the British Fashion Council.

Dean writes for numerous publications, and the author of international #1 interactive iBook ‘Digital Publishing: The Next Steps’.

Follow Dean on Twitter: @activrightbrain.


Since graduating in 1993, Donna has worked in most areas of publishing design. Beginning her career as a freelance non-fiction designer of Illustrated Books at Reed and progressing to a Senior Design role in Children’s publishing at Egmont Books.

Donna joined Faber as Art Director in 2005, creating an in-house team that thrives on delivering consistently excellent work across a range of genres and taking inspiration from Faber’s archive. Donna was made Creative Director in recognition of her work on Faber’s rebrand in print and online.

Follow Donna on Twitter: @SaysDonna @FaberBooks


Belinda is Head of Faculty at Design Thinkers Academy London, the training arm of DK&A – a design consultancy for change makers.  She started out in marketing and publishing at The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and NewsUK, then moved into design education via a stint as a graphic designer.  Belinda was part of the team at the Royal College of Art that established a design-led innovation centre and business incubator and launched their Executive Education unit.

Follow Belinda on Twitter: @BelindaAbbott@DTAcademyLondon


BookMachine Unplugged is an event series that aims to answer a simple question: what is happening in the world of publishing right now?

Watch inspiring talks from industry insiders. Meet publishers, editors, marketers, audio publishers, designers, techies and more – the people who make publishing happen. If you crave an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development, all in a strictly social and informal setting, unplug from your desk and join us.

There will be six events throughout 2019. Each will zoom in on a segment of the publishing industry and feature 3 expert speakers taking to the stage with their insights into what works for their business now.

If you want to learn from your peers, and stay at the forefront of what’s happening, then BookMachine Unplugged is for you.

Event details

Date: 13th November 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 11pm


Early bird ticket: £5.50

Standard ticket: £10

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ALPSP UKSG Joint Event: Shifting Power Centres in Scholarly Communications: Implications and future roles for libraries and publishers


The pace of change in our sector has accelerated – and that change has also become more wide-reaching. We are moving beyond the “fall out” from the digital revolution – and its implications for user behaviors, customer expectations, product formats and business models – into a much bigger shift, where established roles and accepted models are being questioned. Boundaries are blurring, with funders and universities taking greater ownership of how research is communicated, and publishers and libraries exploring new areas in which they can provide services and support. Where does all of this change leave researchers – are they already realising new benefits, or are they suffering from having one foot in the old world and one in the new? What will happen next, and how should scholarly publishers and librarians prepare?

This year’s One-Day Conference/Seminar is a partnership between UKSG and ALPSP, two organizations uniquely placed to understand and address the scholarly communications’ community’s needs and concerns in this rapidly evolving ecosystem. The event promises strategic insight, practical takeaways and robust discussion among research funders, academics, librarians and publishers.

Confirmed speakers already include:

  • Chair: Andrew Barker, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Beth Montague-Hellen, Senior Research Librarian at the University of Nottingham, on future roles for libraries
  • Regina Everitt, Director of Library and Learning Services at the University of East London, on future roles for libraries
  • Dr. Max Haring, Project Manager – University Journals at University of Amsterdam, on universities collaborating to create their own publishing platform
  • Dr. Jocelyn LeblancAssociation of Medical Research Charities on the Funder perspective on owning OA platforms
  • Ian MulvanySage Publishing, on how publishers are adapting to the shifting scholarly impact landscape
  • Cathal McCauley, Maynooth University on the European perspective
  • Dr. Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power, on the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project
  • Susie Winter, Springer Nature on Transformative journals – a publisher perspective
  • Anne Powell, INASP on voices from the global south (other guest speaker tbc)
  • Dr Gautam Dey, Marie Curie Fellow, MRC/UCL Lab for Molecular Cell Bio, with an early-career researcher’s perspective
  • Wayne SimeChief Executive of ALPSP

Booking and registration

Members (UKSG and ALPSP) £190.00 + VAT per person
Non-Member £240.00 + VAT per person

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Angus Phillips & Michael Bhaskar | The Oxford Handbook of Publishing – eight scenarios for the future of publishing

The Galley Club meeting on Wednesday, 6 November 2019; 6:30pm at The Water Rats, Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross
We are very pleased to welcome to The Water Rats, Angus Phillips and Michael Bhaskar, two foremost ‘activists’ in the book publishing world, from the ink-on-paper school through to the on-screen publications which punctuate our book world. Angus and Michael will present some thought experiments around the future of publishing, taken from the conclusion of their new book The Oxford Handbook of Publishing.

Angus Phillips
Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. He formerly worked in the publishing industry as a trade editor at Oxford University Press. He has given talks and lectures about publishing all over the world including across Europe and in China and South America; and has carried out consultancy and training work with international publishers. 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. With Michael Bhaskar he is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Publishing.
He is the author of a number of books including Turning the Page (2014) and Inside Book Publishing (sixth edition 2019, with Giles Clark). He is the editor of Logos and in 2015 published a book of selected articles from the journal’s 25-year history: The Cottage by the Highway and other essays on publishing.

Michael Bhaskaris a writer, digital publisher, researcher and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder of Canelo, a new kind of publishing company based in London, and Writer in Residence at DeepMind, the world’s leading AI research lab.

Michael Bhaskar
He has written and talked extensively about publishing, the future of media, the creative industries and the economics of technology around the world . He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, Financial Times, and Wired…and found on BBC 2, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and NPR amongst others.
Michael has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine, and Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess. He is also the lead author of the Literature in the 21st Century report, Chair of The Book Society, co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Publishing and can be found on Twitter as @michaelbhaskar.
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Oxford Handbook of Publishing

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