Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change [REPORT]

Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change [REPORT]

Yesterday evening, members and friends of BookMachine and Unite gathered at St Bride Foundation for a panel discussion on the subject of change. There’s perhaps no better place to think about how the publishing industry has changed over the years than this historic building, tucked away just off Fleet Street, the former heart of the […]

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, and works on the In Other Words translation initiative. My first few years in children’s publishing were spent in rights and production departments. It was wonderful watching our books get translated into dozens of […]

The Authors for Grenfell initiative

The Authors for Grenfell initiative

Tom Witcomb is an agent at Blake Friedmann, where he began working after hearing about an internship whilst working in a call-centre. His list of fiction and non-fiction has received widespread critical acclaim, and several awards shortlistings. Like everyone, I was rocked to the core by the scene at Grenfell Tower, and as the story […]

BookMachine June Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine June Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, there has been much news from across the pond as BookExpo took place, with tweaks promised for 2018 to try to find the right balance between Expo and Con. The big books of the BookExpo show have been slightly overshadowed, however, by the continuing fuss over the size of advances being […]

BookMachine May Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine May Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

Big news from Amazon once again this month, as it hit an all-time high in the stock market and revenue from Q1 is up, prompting CEO Jeff Bezos to sell some of his stocks in the business for the largest sum yet. The tech giant’s Japanese expansion continues apace and they are widely considered to […]

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Amy Baker is a freelance writer and the author of travel humour memoir, “Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America”. She has just co-founded The Riff Raff – a writers’ community that champions debut authors and supports those hoping to one day be published themselves.  When working on your first […]

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing news, there has been an unusual obsession with the smell of books. Not only did scientists pin-point that distinctive smell of second-hand bookshops, but the Guardian discovered what you can tell about an individual book from its smell – and why the scent is so addictive. In the bookselling sphere, Amazon […]

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

Kingston University has chosen My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal as this year’s choice for their annual shared reading scheme which encourages all new students to settle into campus life by reading the same book before arriving. Launched in 2015, The Kingston University Big Read sees all new undergraduate and postgraduate students receive […]

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

The British Printing Industries Federation, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and BookMachine are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017. These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1 […]

BookMachine March Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine March Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

The big news from March in UK publishing is obviously the London Book Fair (LBF). Poland shone at this year’s Market Focus, and the Fair was busier than usual, with six-figure deals struck ahead of time and publishers cheerfully splashing cash as sales rose. This was seen as further evidence of the rise of print, […]