Author: Toby Hopkins

When royalty came to the Fair

It’s not everywhere that you get to follow in the footsteps of royalty. If you’re expecting to be standing on sore feet at London Book Fair, trying to keep your good suit looking pristine, reeling from multiple conversations and always hurrying on to the next stand at least you are in good company. In 2014, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Earls Court to bring the royal seal of approval to the UK’s bustling publishing industry. Take a look back at the Duchess’ experience of London Book Fair from the archives at

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The London Book Fair in pictures: LBF 2006

Where were you ten years ago when literary greats flooded to The London Book Fair for what may have been the most star-studded edition of the show? Ahead of London International Book Fair, Toby Hopkins went into the Getty Images archives to remember a vintage year…

Margaret Atwood demonstrated “the Long Pen”. A stalwart of book-signing tours, she wanted to bring relief to footsore authors.   The Long Pen would allow authors to sign books from anywhere in the world, with the pen moving as if by magic, commanded by a hand from afar.   But it was an idea ahead of its time: while the London signing went off successfully, in New York books were left unsigned.


At the other end of the literary spectrum from Margaret Atwood (ie autobiography as opposed to fiction) Pete Burns had no need of any pens to promote Freak Unique.


Even publishers did not prove immune to the wave of Hoffing that was sweeping the televisual world.

Uri Geller did not want to add book-bending to his list of accomplishments, but he did want to help anyone who may be interested in taking up dowsing.


George Galloway brought some passion to promotion of his biography of Castro.


More passion was on offer in a new edition of the Kama Sutra.


And Stephen Fry looked rather overwhelmed by it all.

Picture this: The shape of covers to come

Here at Getty Images we’re lucky enough to see a great range of inspirational book covers every month.  We see designers using images from all areas of our collections, from the contemporary creative through real-world editorial images to illustration and iconic shots from the archive.

One motif that captures the imagination is that of a strong geometric shape. We are seeing some great effects using contemporary blends of illustration, photography and text. We have pulled out a taster of our circle-based images, with a mix of subjects and styles, conceptual, architectural, people-based, with copy space and without.

Check out the board on Getty Images to see some inspirational images.

3D: On fast cars and ebooks

In the first of an occasional series, 3D: Three Questions on Design, Toby Hopkins of Getty Images asks Martin Stockham, the man behind new electronic publishing house Monza Books about designing for digital. Monza’s first publications, The Racing Car: Ferrari 250 GTO by Doug Nye, newly updated with a foreword by Pink Floyd drummer and race car collector Nick Mason, and The Racing Car: Porsche 917 by Ray Hutton, just released, are both available from Monza’s site.

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