BookMachine is a thriving community for everyone involved in book publishing

About BookMachine

We created BookMachine for those who crave knowledge, ideas, and personal development, but in a social, supportive and informal setting.

2020 marks the launch of BookMachine Campus, a practical training programme which allows professionals from all over the UK to learn together online and in-person. 


BookMachine Unplugged

The popular series is back in 2020 and will continue to inspire you with real insights into what is working in publishing right now. There will be 6 events this year, each will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry.

BookMachine Meets...

is a new event series, aimed at offering real insight into how different publishing houses operate. At each event the panel of in-house experts explains the fundamentals of their business and the secrets to their market success. There will be 4 BookMachine meets events in 2020.

Other events will be announced throughout the year.

BookMachine Agency

Outstanding events & marketing campaigns

In 2017 we launched a creative events and marketing agency, specialising in the publishing industry. Our clients include leading publishers and publishing organisations, and our team are specialists in running events (our DNA), social media marketing campaigns, SEO, email marketing and more.

Marketing Sprints

In 2019 we started running in-house Marketing Sprints. These help publishing teams to revamp their marketing in a short space of time. If you would like to work together, please get in touch.

Our story

We started in 2010 as a handful of colleagues talking shop in the backroom of a bar. We all had full-time publishing jobs, and spent hours of our free time getting to know the wider industry better and starting to build up the online knowledge base.

Ten years later and we have 100s of members, an annual event programme, a thriving online community of publishing professionals – and a busy marketing agency, working to help publishing businesses large and small both on short and longer term projects. 

Along the way, we have hosted events in London, Oxford, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto, Brighton and Edinburgh. We have organised our own events, but also partnered up with high-profile organisations too – Frankfurt Book Fair, Unite the Union, Times Literary Supplement, The London Book Fair, Bloomsbury Publishing, Hachette UK, Getty Images – to name a few.