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BookMachine Unplugged 2019

After a sell-out 2018 series, BookMachine Unplugged is back in 2019 and ready to inspire you with real insights into what is working in publishing right now. There will be 6 events this year, all included in your BookMachine Membership. Each will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry and feature 3 expert speakers taking to the stage.

Meet publishers, editors, marketeers, designers, techies and more - all in a strictly social and informal setting. 

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Hachette UK Loves Audio: A glimpse of #LoveAudio week at Hachette UK

Hachette UK were busy celebrating #LoveAudio Week last week, with colleagues and authors across the business joining in the industry-wide initiative. Jen, Laura and Ellie represented Hachette UK as part of the Love Audio Working Group with the Publisher’s Association, and are here to tell us their favourite things from this year. 

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Debbie Williams

MA audio publishing module made available for the first time at the University of Central Lancashire

We spoke with Debbie Williams, Director and Associate Professor of Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire on their new module entirely dedicated to audio publishing. Why was an audio module necessary and what could students expect to learn on the module? We got in touch to find out more.

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Event report: BookMachine Meets Jessica Kingsley Publishers

BookMachine members have enjoyed a series of ‘BookMachine Unplugged’ events in 2018 and 2019, in which panels of experts give their views on key publishing areas such as tech, production, editorial and marketing, but last week we were treated to the first in a new series of events entitled ‘BookMachine Meets…’. The aim of these events is to showcase the skills and experience of one particular publisher, and on 30 May 2019 we gathered at Hachette HQ in London for the first in the series, to meet Jessica Kingsley Publishers and learn some of the secrets of their success.

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Assistant Editorial Project Manager [JOB POSTING]

An Assistant Editorial Project Manager is required to manage the book production process – from manuscript through editorial and design/typesetting stages to printed book – of allocated titles to schedule and to whitefox standards for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

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Editor [JOB POSTING]

Legend Business is an imprint within the Legend Times Group focussed on business and inspirational non-fiction titles and the University of Buckingham Press, recently acquired by Legend Times, publishes a range of trade and academic titles plus a collection of academic journals.

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Tech in Publishing

Code your way to freedom – BookMachine Unplugged 2019: Talking Tech Literacy

Paraphrasing the famous Chinese curse, may we not live in interesting – that is, difficult and uncertain – times. Unfortunately, though, those are exactly the times we are facing at the moment. Thankfully, people who work in the publishing industry are among the many who strive to add a positive influence to this battered world and planet, but nevertheless, we can and must do better on several fronts.

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EPUB 3.2 – What is it and should we care?

EPUB is the open standard that defines exactly what an ebook can be, and EPUB 3.2 – the first real update to the EPUB format since EPUB 3 in 2012 – has just been approved by the W3C Community Group and Business Group (the clever people that decide on such things).

If you are the sort of person who enjoys reading specification documentation then you can get up to speed with the full list of changes here. Otherwise, let me explain the main points of what has changed…

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Associate Publisher & Commissioning Editor [JOB POSTING]

Can you find the very best stories and help them reach millions of readers?

Bookouture is the UK’s fastest growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. We are only six years old but we have grown rapidly every year and have now sold over 25 million books to readers worldwide. 2019 is a particularly exciting year of expansion for us as we establish a new editorial team. To keep up this incredible rate of growth, we need only the best talent…

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Design case study: illustrating The Dragon in the Library

It takes a village – or at least a team – to produce a book, and in this article, author Louie Stowell, Nosy Crow designer Elisabetta Barbazza and freelance illustrator Davide Ortu share insights into how an illustrated book comes to life.

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Getting to Know a Niche Market

Getting to Know a Niche Market

Áine Ryan is a Marketing Executive at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, where she looks after their list of books on autism and neurodiversity. She has previously worked in theatre publishing and in talent management. BookMachine meets Jessica Kingsley Publishers on Thursday 30th May at Carmelite house and you can book your tickets here.

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How to be more innovative

What springs to mind when you think about ‘innovation’? Do you imagine mind-blowing technical disruption, or headline-grabbing initiatives that no-one needs, or super-simple improvements that smooth your daily life – things that you could have designed if you’d had more time or money? I believe that everyone can be more innovative whatever their job, skills or budget. When I worked in publishing innovation, I loved sharing practical approaches for people to try, and when writing my first book I experimented with different tactics. Here are some easy-to-implement innovation principles to get you started.

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Infrastructure of publishing business

Now We Are Five

Alison Jones (@bookstothesky) is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a pioneering publishing partner for businesses, and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books. She sits on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild and is Head Judge of the Business Book Awards. 

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