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bookmachine.me launch events announced

Since everyone else is talking about it anyway, we might as well drop any kind of modesty and also provide you with a plug for the global launch night for BookMachine’s online networking platform, bookmachine.me, which is taking place on 25 September with six events in six cities around the world. The new site – will be inaugurated with events in London, Oxford, Brighton, Barcelona, New York and Toronto, and Phil Collins will be at all of them each with its own unique speaker for the night. Continue Reading →

BookMachine’s Laura Austin on Kim Scott Walwyn shortlist

In a stirring example of the reporters becoming the reported, or something, BookMachine’s very own Glorious Fearless Leader Laura Austin has found herself on the shortlist for this year’s Kim Scott Walwyn prize. Glorious Fearless Leader Laura Austin – seen here in this file photo lovingly framed by her BookMachine colleagues/loyal subjects -  is nominated for her work on the BookMachine events that have taken place across the country over the past two years and are now spreading out internationally too, like so many troops marching in perfect synchronisation across the motherland at her command. Continue Reading →

O’Reilly’s TOC announces Publishing StartUp Finalists & BookMachine is one of them!

toc_13_startup_showcase_finalist_badgeLast week O’Reilly’s Tools of Change announced their 10 Publishing Startup Showcase Finalists and I am thrilled to announce, on behalf of Laura, Gavin and Titash, that Bookmachine.me has been selected as one of the 10 finalists. They will get to go to TOC in New York later in the year to strut their stuff and really show everyone how brilliant BookMachine.me is. Huge thanks to everyone who voted!

The top 10 are an impressive mixture of Startups offering some of the most exciting new ideas for the Publishing industry including another brilliant UK Startup ValoBox - congratulations to you guys too!

If you want your very own BookMachine.me page, so you can connect with those important folks from within the Publishing industry, drop an email to hello@bookmachine.me and ask for an invite.

Design teacher, Andrew Buck, creates revision app [INTERVIEW]

Andy Buck

Andrew Buck is a Graphic Design teacher at Hastingsbury Upper School in Bedfordshire. He and his design students have created an app that is hopefully going to transform the way students can prepare and succeed when it comes to the dreaded exam season. Whilst the app isn’t necessarily linked to Publishers, it’s an interesting app and has come from identifying a real need in the market. I asked him more about ExamPal, how they’ve priced the app, how he got the attention of Apple and what he thinks about technology in the classroom.

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Making time for face-time

Helen Stevens, Marketing and PR Director for the Society for Editors and proofreaders (SfEP), talks about communication.

Despite many of us being able to work from home, nothing beats face-to-face interaction, and one of the aims of the SfEP is to facilitate that.

With instant communication available at the touch of a button – wherever you are in the world – a whole range of geographical and other barriers have become a thing of the past.So it might seem surprising that people still want to meet face to face for professional and social reasons – and often for a mixture of the two.

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Book Machinations

As if you needed further convincing to drop by the BookMachine party on the 10th, here’s a review of December’s event from  employment guru, Sam Coleman.

On Thursday 9th December I had the festive inclination for warmth, drinks and merriment – in exactly that order. To attend to those said needs I skidded, slipped (due, in part, to the snow) and eventually arrived at the Albany pub in Great Portland Street where BookMachine were holding their most social of evenings geared towards publishing folks.

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Nattering NOT networking

Nick Coveney, Marketing maestro for the SYP, found himself at the BookMachine party last week, and has some mighty fine things to say about us. Aw shucks.

Last Thursday – whilst the media was busy prophesying doom and gloom (pretty accurately actually) in light of Britain’s perennial “surprise” freeze, a group of intrepid individuals decided to defying the elements by attending BookMachine.

But what is BookMachine? Well it’s quite possibly the best thing to happen to networking events in a very long time. 

The mix of people was hugely diverse despite the terrible weather many brave souls had crossed several counties to attend this fun and funky event. Admittedly, I wasn’t among them as I only had a five-minute stroll down the fabled Euston Road wind tunnel to contend with.

The drinks and the conversation were free flowing but the best thing about the @Book_Machine was the brilliant atmosphere. It was relaxed, friendly and completely open and whilst there were people from all aspects of the publishing industry we spent most of our time nattering rather than necessarily “networking” in the conventional sense.

It was a great night to meet and chat with like-minded folk (it transpired that we were all into Books shockingly). I’d happily recommend the BookMachine to anyone looking for a fun evening and I am looking forward to attending their next event.

Funky badge and a glass of sparkly wine

Elizabeth Warren, Subject Editor at Hodder Education came to her first BookMachine party and wrote a great review (*blush*), so thought we’d share!

If you’re looking for a friendly and interesting bunch of people who work in publishing, like you, then you needn’t look any further than BookMachine. I went along to their drinks event on 2nd December at The Albany on Great Portland Street and was struck both by the very welcoming atmosphere and by the sheer number of people who had trekked out on a snow day!

BookMachine is a fantastic way of meeting like-minded people, but without the feeling that you have to network. There’s no cliques, no pressure, and you just end up talking to interesting people purely by chance. There’s obviously a bit of talking shop, but mostly the conversations I had revolved around the snow and the Wikileaks story (discovering that nobody really seemed to understand it…!) There is a huge variety of people – editorial, PR, even those running their own internet start-up – and Laura and Gavin have done a wonderful job in creating such a lovely social environment for a fairly diverse bunch of people.  Plus, you get a funky badge and a glass of sparkly wine, so really, what more could you ask for?