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Skills Shortages in Publishing

Episode 34 of Live Going through a number of old papers, we came across an old article attacking the skills shortages in publishing. It’s been reproduced in this episode. Please take a listen and let us know  how relevant it is today. Does it describe your current workplace? Are the issues covered the ones […]

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The Bookseller Futurebook Conference

This year, Europe’s biggest publishing innovation conference is on a mission to put a sparkling rocket of creativity and courage up the book trade. On Friday 30th November, FutureBook Live will bring three electrifying strands of content to 155 Bishopsgate, London to help you:

PROVOKE – ask the uncomfortable questions about what is (or isn’t) working now, from what readers really want to whether subscription models work.

PREDICT – look five years ahead at the tech and issues that are going to transform what and how you create, from voice to AI to leadership.

PLAY – get hands-on with the approaches and technologies that will help you deliver on your ideas, from a live ThinkSprint to our BookTech pitch-off.

Join us to hear from provocative experts, innovators in other industries and 500 of your boldest and brightest peers.

Book people, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.

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SYP Oxford – Literary Awards: Behind Closed Doors

‘What’s your favourite book’? A tough question for anyone in publishing. With this in mind, it’s easy to appreciate how difficult it must be to judge a literary award; to select the best from a list of books which are often all fabulous. And, cranking up the pressure, your decision may bring significant international accolade to the winner, and sometimes large sums of money. Plus, not only do judges have to make an initial decision, they often need to persuade other members of the panel why their choice should win, sometimes resulting in passionate exchanges. What really goes on behind the closed doors of a literary award? Perhaps, like us, you’re intrigued to find out more…

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Surviving Redundancy

Given the support on twitter in the USA for the former Border employees, it makes sense for us to link here to an interview that Suzanne Collier gave to Vicky Elmer, (a professional journalist based in the USA), when Borders first filed for Chapter 11. Written some time ago, but published widely in The […]

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More redundancies plus new opportunities

You might have seen this article over the Christmas holidays – that the CIPD predict more redundancies, with unemployment reaching a peak in the summer. I feel like the ‘purveyor of doom’ when I state I have been saying this for ages.  I believe that between now and May we will see more redundancies across publishing. […]

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