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A unique take on publishing: Sam Rennie interview

Sam Rennie founded Readership in 2014. Readership is a reader-generated publishing company where booklovers decide what is published. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Sam about the concept and the success of the company so far.

1. Please introduce us to Readership! How does it work?

Readership is a publishing company controlled by readers. We let them decide what we publish. But, more than that, our goal is to build a community that effectively becomes a company by the people and for the people. We want to be a publishing company that the reading world wants. We also want to let them have more control than the typical user may have with a company. Any changes to our website, what features to prioritise, what services should be added to the company, and so on. It seems like something that would sit naturally in the digital age, because modern technology lets users tell the world what they want, and even lets them help create it, which is obviously vastly different to the age before, where industries basically told their audiences “These are your choices.” etc.

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Announcing launch of Snapshots II [EVENT]

For the second year in a row, Publishing MA students at Kingston University have taken the best content from the BookMachine blog and used it to publish a collection of experiences and advice in print and digital format, in the form of a ‘blook’.

Snapshots II offers need-to-know information for professional publishers in the digital age. The book shares practical insights from those at the forefront of innovation; from traditional publishers to new industry players.

The launch of  Snapshots II will take place on Wednesday 29th April from 6.30pm in London.

Join us at the launch

Three of the contributors to Snapshots II will be discussing the theme of collaboration – how working together means working at our best. speakers include:

Tom Chalmers: a serial entrepreneur who has founded seven book industry companies, including Legend Press, which focuses on mainstream literary and commercial fiction. He tweets at @tom_chalmers.

Toby Hopkins: Senior Account Manager at Getty Images, one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imagery, video, music and multimedia products. He tweets at @picturebooktoby.

Laura Palmer Editorial Director and co-founder of Head of Zeus, an independent publishing house dedicated to new authors, great storytelling, and fabulous ideas. You can follow Head of Zeus’ tweets at @Hoz_Books.

Join us at the launch

We look forward to meeting you all there!

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Talking About Books to a Global Audience

This is a guest post by Rob Chilver. Rob is a Social Media assistant for Waterstones, working on a number of mediums from blogging to Twitter and Instagram. He also writes about books at and hosts a fortnightly books podcast. He can be found on Twitter and on Instagram: @robchilver

I wouldn’t have guessed when I began working as a Christmas temp at a small town Waterstones that I’d end up in Head Office with a view of the London skyline. Yet, from talking to customers on the shop floor to interacting with them on social media and blogs, the core concepts have remained the same. Here’s what I learnt along the way.

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Book fairs

Top Tips for Attending Book Fairs

This is a guest post from Alex Hippisley-Cox. Alex is a freelance publicist and Head of PR for the Frankfurt Book Fair in the UK. She also works with many of the top publishing houses, and handles for the PR for book prizes and the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. You can find her on Twitter at @AHippisleyCox

Book Fairs can seem like daunting places, especially for those who are relative newcomers. All fairs are different, but they all work on similar principles, so ahead of the London Book Fair next week I thought it might be helpful to pass on some friendly, and hopefully useful, tips.

1. Planning

Try and make as many appointments in advance as you can. People’s diaries get very booked up, so grab that slot in plenty of time. Make sure you have a schedule, and confirm every meeting before you arrive. Each half hour slots counts, so prepare exactly what you want to discuss in advance, so you don’t waste time.

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