About Sophie O’Rourke

Sophie O’Rourke works at emc design, a leading print & digital design agency for publishing. She is interested in how education is being transformed by new technologies, the web and social media. You can find her writing for emc design’s blog (emcdesign.org.uk), on Twitter @sophie_orourke or at the next Book Machine social!

5 questions for Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair [INTERVIEW]

Jacks Thomas is the Director of The London Book Fair and she will be BookMachine London’s speaker on 27th February. I caught up with her to find out what the new plans are for LBF14 as well as getting a bit of an insight into the running of the fair. 1. What’s new for LBF […]

What impact has social media had on marketing & product development?

I’ve been really fascinated to start to see the impact social media has been having on the marketing and product development teams of Publishing houses. Social media has created more channels for Publishers to engage with their audiences, and more quickly, but are they really listening? Have products actually changed significantly in light of market […]

New tech company Saundz enters the world of English Language Teaching (ELT)

Sophie O’Rourke has a keen interest in ELT developments. Here she speaks to Milena Jerkov Bibic at Saundz, a high-tech pronunciation software for language learners, to find out how they are intending to help English Language Learners across the world.  It is estimated that there are around 2 billion English language learners around the world […]

Re-Visiting Random House’s BookScout app

In January, Random House Inc. launched a new social reading platform on Facebooks app center called BookScout. Back then, I asked Amanda Close (Senior Vice President, Digital Marketplace Development) 6 questions about the book discovery app. This month they have launched a new mobile version of the app so I asked Amanda some more questions […]

6 Questions for Amanda Close of Random House, on launch of book discovery Facebook app BookScout [INTERVIEW]

Worried about Amazon buying up GoodReads? Have no fear: Random House, Inc have launched BookScout a new social book discovery app on Facebook. The app allows readers to create and organize their own digital bookshelves and explore friends’ bookshelves to learn what others are reading. BookScout encourages organic word-of-mouth recommendations as people can share what […]

4 quick Questions for Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books [INTERVIEW]

In the run up to BookMachine Toronto we caught up with Greg Ioannou who is a busy Publishing bod. Between all the various roles he fulfills (Publisher at Iguana Books, President of Colborne Communications and President of the Editors’ Association of Canada), he does a lot of networking. So if you’re going to the first […]

5 Questions for Ricardo Redisch of Grupo Editorial Nacional [INTERVIEW]

Ricardo Redisch kindly gave up some time to talk to me before the first BookMachine Toronto. Working as Executive Publisher at Grupo Editorial Nacional, one of the biggest 3 Academic and Educational Publishers in Brazil, Ricardo is based in Toronto and has some really interesting insights into why publishers should be listening to their readers […]

5 questions for Kelvin Kong [INTERVIEW]

In the run up to the very first ever BookMachine Toronto we’re compiling some interviews with publishing-type folk who will be going to the event. Kelvin Kong is Foreign Rights Manager at The Rights Factory and gave us a quick interview on what he does, what his expectations of BookMachine will be and also if […]

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

Last 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 […]

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

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 […]