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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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Kristina Bullen

Content vs. Design: a tug of war?

Working in ELT, Content and Design should have a symbiotic relationship. The design supports the content and the content works effortlessly within the parameters of the design. So why does it sometimes feel like a battleground, with both sides vying for a prominent space on the hill?

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Beyond unabridged: the captivating world of audio drama

My name is Jenni Lewis. I’ve worked as a commissioning editor in audio books for 10 years, mainly for Penguin Random House.  My newest challenge has been to commission for the BBC Audio list, with a primary focus on audio drama.

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Publishing Services Manager

Publishing Services Manager [JOB POSTING]

Publishing Services Manager – Full-time

£32,900 to £40,000 dependant on experience

Closing date: 4th October 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join emc design, one of the UK’s leading design agencies for the publishing industry as our Publishing Services Manager. We are passionate about what we do and have built up an unrivalled reputation for producing high-end, multi-component resources (print and digital) for international educational publishers. Industry-leading clients return to us because we have a team of exceptional people who deliver stunning design, on budget and to deadline.

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Rich Hardiman

Vector graphics: a no-nonsense guide

Rich Hardiman, founder of Comic Printing UK, tweets about everything from the best way to format a bleed to Taylor Swift’s latest album, providing useful information and much-needed laughs all in one place. This article is a distillation of a recent thread on vector graphics – we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

The time has come to talk of vector graphics. Of resolution and .ai formats. Of bitmap art and tricks.

So your standard bit of artwork made in Photoshop or the like will be a bitmap (not the file format, words can mean two things). Whether it’s a tiff, or a psd, or a jpeg, or a PwroNG, it’s rasterised, meaning there are a certain number of pixels and each pixel has data assigned to it

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Bob Cox-Wrightson

Publishing roles beyond the book industry: tips for job seekers and career changers

So you’re looking for a career in publishing – that must mean looking for a job making books for a publishing company, right? Well, in some cases yes, but this is by no means the only route open to you. Publishing, and publishing skills, are applicable to a wide range of interesting roles and diverse industries.

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Anna Cunnane

What publishers need to know about git (distributed version control system)

Git is a free to use distributed version control software for tracking changes in software development. However, the benefits of using a fully-fledged version control system like git don’t just apply to writing software. Whether it’s a bug fix or a paperback edition both publishers and software developers are constantly shipping new products and revising older ones. This means that every day we perform similar sorts of tasks:

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Bee Kapitan

Top 5 tips to publish your interactive content with confidence

Beyond creating a cover and converting an MS Word file, ebooks are evolving – exponentially. Yet, bridging the gap between traditional print methods with digital innovation has created huge barriers for authors not being able to sell one version of their work across all platforms.

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Tamara Navaratnam

Agile working: How SAGE’s agile office supports cross-team collaboration

One afternoon a few weeks ago I was in that state of high productivity which is fuelled by the panic of an upcoming holiday. On my ‘absolutely must get done before going away’ list were a number of items I needed to discuss with Amy Maher, the Senior Editor on the Psychology list (for which I am the Marketing Manager). However, the last thing I needed was to take a chunk out of my remaining work hours to have a meeting.

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Kelvin Smith

What can publishing do about climate breakdown?

Many of us are taking steps to reduce our individual impact on the environment – but how is the publishing industry as a whole responding to the challenge of climate change? Kelvin Smith issues a powerful call to arms, to remind us that inaction is not an option.

“What can I do about climate breakdown?”

If publishers are not asking this question, then they need to start now. Doing nothing is not an option.

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Philip Connor

What Editors Want: tips from the experts for editorial success

I interviewed 15 editors whose work I admire for my new podcast, What Editors Want, to find out what they look for in a book and what tips they have for other editors.

Here’s some of what I learnt along the way:

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Calverts logo

Working together: the Calverts design and printing co-operative

Calverts is a graphic design and printing co-operative based in the East End of London. It was set up as a common ownership co-operative in 1977 by production staff from the design and printing arm of IRAT (formerly the Arts Lab), after an industrial dispute which ended in redundancy for all the workers. 

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A million downloads and counting: Beyond the Book podcast

In this interview, Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center takes us behind the scenes of the Beyond the Book podcast, which has been broadcasting news and analysis from across the industry since 2006.

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Melissa J. Davies

Hatching a brand-new bookshop: interview with Pigeon Books

Melissa J. Davies describes the origin story of Pigeon Books, currently Southsea’s tiniest bookshop. It’s a pop-up shop at the moment, and hopes to have a permanent home soon.

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