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SYP Conference: more announcements [EVENT]

The Society of Young Publishers’ (SYP) annual conference brings together a large number of publishing types on a Saturday in November (when it’s too cold to do much else!). This year, the announcements ahead of the event are coming thick and fast and getting better by the day.

First up, the team announced a great line-up of speakers, including Sam Missingham (The Bookseller), Dean Johnson (Brandwidth), Eric Huang (Made in Me), Dan Franklin (Random House), Lindsey Mooney (Kobo) and Charles Catton (Amber Books). Not forgetting the Keynote speaker, Y.S. Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier and President of the International Publishers Association.

Then there’s the post-event drinks social hosted by BookMachine. Charly Ford (BookMachine super-host, Oxford) has booked a spot at the Jam Factory, a popular bar and gallery venue, perfectly placed next to the station for a stop off on the way home from the conference.

The latest announcement is that Kingston Writing School is sponsoring said-BookMachine drinks. Kingston Writing School has a growing community of writers, journalists and publishers affiliated with staff and students from the School of Humanities at Kingston University.

The SYP committee have done a great job of planning what looks likely to be their best conference yet. We’ll be loitering in the hall, giving demos of the newest features on and look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Pick an image [COMPETITION]

It’s a big week here at BookMachine HQ! is launching in public beta, and we’re hosting events in 6 cities around the globe (all thanks to our amazing event hosts, speakers and sponsors!)

We’ve been racking our brains trying to think of what image should sit behind user profiles (a bit like a default Facebook cover images for all users), and have decided to launch a competition to find the best image.

What’s in it for you? Well, aside from seeing your choice of image on every single profile, you’ll also be accredited on every page – that means your brand will be seen by thousands of site users. Not bad, eh?

What are we looking for? We don’t have a fixed idea, the best we’ve come up with so far is an Autumnal scene featuring a park bench somewhere in NYC. Read this article about our vision and send something over that you think will fit. It needs to be the same dimensions as a Facebook cover photo (851 pixels wide / 315 pixels tall); and you need to have the rights to use it, or have created it yourself.

The not-so-small print We need it in the next 36 hours ideally… (typical pre-launch frenzy going on here)

Thanks for your help!

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5 Questions for Arantxa Mellado, speaker at BookMachine Barcelona [INTERVIEW]

Arantxa MelladoArantxa Mellado is our top speaker at BookMachine Barcelona on 3rd July. Amongst other things she is CEO of the Spanish Digital Link and Director of Actualidad Editorial.

Arantxa will be talking about globalisation, and how she thinks that this is the best way to succeed in business in the digital age. We wanted to find out more, ahead of the event.


Eventbrite - BookMachine Barcelona with Arantxa Mellado

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News Flash! Valobox: wins Constable & Robinson Social and Recommendation Challenge

Valobox, the pay-as-you-go browser-based ebook service, has won an award from IC Tomorrow to develop a solution for lending, gifting or giving short term access to publishing content.

Valobox presented their model to a BookMachine crowd at Publishing Now back in December 2011, and it’s great hear more success stories from the innovative start-up.

The solution will enable Constable and Robinson to ‘Gift, lend and provide granular and/or time limited access to books via email addresses or gift tokens using the ValoBox platform.’

5 Questions for Suzanne Kavanagh [INTERVIEW]

suzanneSuzanne Kavanagh (@sashers) is Director of Marketing and Membership Services at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). She is a passionate advocate of collaboration and skills in the publishing industry; a perfect speaker for our Unplugged event on the 23rd. We interviewed her to find out more:

1. What are the best examples of collaboration you’ve seen in publishing?

Two that spring to mind from companies I worked for are the launch of the Routledge Classics and reissue of a biography of Cardinal Ratzinger when he elected Pope Benedict by Continuum. Both were print product launches. They involved working with internal teams across sales, marketing, editorial, design and production. But they also drew in contacts from printers, typesetters, warehouse, wholesalers, key retailers and the press.

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5 Questions for Timo Boezeman [INTERVIEW]

Timo BoezemanTimo Boezeman is the Digital Publisher for De Arbeiderspers, one of the largest publishers in The Netherlands. He is involved in creating enhanced e-books, apps and hybrid projects (books + apps). Their recent launch, Earned Attention, has done just that – earned the Dutch publisher lots of attention. Being nosy, we wanted to find out more …

1. Your multi-platform title launch is getting a lot of attention; why did you decide to publish across all available platforms rather than testing each as you went along?

The whole idea was to create a platform which exists of a diverse range of product types, to: a) make all the content we had available to the reader, and b) to do this in the best possible way for each type of content. This resulted in a print book for the complete story from A to Z, an iPhone app for all the complete audio-interviews of every interviewed visionary (complemented with complete profiles) which is a great addition have beside you while reading the book, a blog with new developments, stories and interviews with new visionaries (because the story never ends, and this is a topic that is still in development), and an iPad app that combines all of these in one (the complete book, including its design, the audio-interviews and profiles of the visionaries, and a lot of extra links to additional content, interviews or a more in-depth analysis of something that is only touched briefly in the story, elements made interactive, creating Post-it like notes and a lot more).

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The advent of online global platforms

Tom Chalmers Tom Chalmers is Managing Director at IPR License.

Believe it or not it is 40 years, give or take a week, since the first mobile telephone call was made. Martin Cooper, a former Motorola employee, is said to have rang the boss of a rival manufacturer to inform him that he’d lost the race to develop the first portable, hand–held device. I imagine it was a short call. The weight of the phone used to make that call was about the same as a bag of sugar (2lb) and the brick–like battery required, which allowed a talk time of just 30 minutes, took 10 hours to charge.

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5 Questions for Robert Paul Weston (children’s and YA author)


With BookMachine Unplugged, our event which celebrates the culture of collaboration in publishing, kicking off in a couple of weeks, we’ve been thinking about the collaborative process and how this works from an author’s perspective. Maggie Eckel interviewed Rob Weston (children’s and YA author) about publishing trends back in March; and we thought we’d interview him again, to find out why he says that ‘collaboration has been a great experience’.

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Big announcement: Juliet Mushens at BookMachine Unplugged

Juliet MushensBig announcement today. Juliet Mushens will be joining us as our fourth speaker at BookMachine Unplugged on May 23rd.If you use the discount code ‘Juliet’ you can get 15% off your ticket today (ends midnight).

Eventbrite - BookMachine Unplugged in London

Juliet was named as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Bookseller’s 2012 listing of the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. This year she’s also been shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women publishers. We interviewed her to find out more.

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5 Questions for Anna Lewis [INTERVIEW]

Anna LewisAnna Lewis is our host at BookMachine Unplugged on the 23rd May– having successfully created Completely Novel (a publishing community) she is now co-founder of Valobox, a pay-as-you-go eBook platform. Through launching Valobox, Anna has lots of experience collaborating with publishers and is in an ideal position to host our Unplugged event in London, which celebrates the culture of collaboration in publishing.

We wanted to know a little bit more about Anna, so here are 5 questions…


Eventbrite - BookMachine Unplugged in London

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Publishing folks using after The London Book Fair

Nearly 200 people gathered at our drinks event at The London Book Fair on Monday – publishers, editors, designers, digital specialists – the bar in the digital zone was full of exciting conversations about the latest happenings at the fair.

This morning everyone who attended will receive an invite to, the site which helps people working in publishing to find each other by allowing members to list themselves by their key skills.

We’ve been hard at work making sure that the site has been updated for this new release. You can now:

  • Get BookMachine points (lots of plans for this) …. Check yours out!
  • Find the best people first (complete profiles rank higher in search)
  • Manage your account (easily change your details)

Missed our event? Still want to try the beta site? You can now request an invite and join everyone else, by signing up on the site.

BookMachine host regular events in London, New York, Oxford, Barcelona, Toronto and Brighton and is THE place for the people who make publishing happen.

The mysterious art of book rights

Tom-pic1Tom Chalmers is Managing Director at IPR License.

Are all authors fully aware of all the rights they hold to their work? Are too many missing out on potential revenue streams by ignoring overseas markets? How many understand their ownership of worldwide book rights?

The sometimes apparently mysterious art of book rights can often be misunderstood or simply ignored. Writers write and then the book sells in vast quantities all over the world. That’s how it works, doesn’t it? Continue Reading →

Win a pair of tickets for BookMachine Unplugged on 23rd May [COMPETITION]

BookMachine Unplugged is back in London on 23rd May. 4 speakers sharing their publishing experiences and an awesome crowd of publishing professionals – it’s an evening not to be missed! You can check out the photos from the last Unplugged event here.

As we prepare the finishing touches to the line-up and the event website, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get your name on the list early, whilst being in for a chance of winning a pair of free tickets.

It’s quick and easy to enter – just tell us the most interesting word you can think of.

We’ll pick the winner next Tuesday 16th April, as we announce the speakers and the host and unveil the new site. We’ll also aim to use the winning word more in conversation!

Are you ready to win?


Thanks in advance to our event sponsors The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), Bookswarm, Createselect and Spineless Classics

One entry per person
The winner will be selected on 16th April and notified the same day
All entries will be added to our mailing list which keeps you posted on publishing happenings and BookMachine events

5 Questions for Maria Cardona, host of BookMachine Barcelona [INTERVIEW]

Maria Cardona runs her own digital consultancy for publishers and will be hosting our first Spanish BookMachine event. Prior to setting up Mmcardona, she worked in both trade and educational publishing, and was also part of the core London Bookfair team. Here, Maria shares some of her thoughts and tells us why you should come along to BookMachine Barcelona.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Barcelona with Javier Celaya, CEO of
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