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Katie Cotton

The making of Greta and the Giants: going green in the children’s book industry

When the incredible text of Greta and the Giants landed on our desks, we knew that it wasn’t just an opportunity to publish a great book. It was an opportunity to look at how we publish books in general. Was there a way that we could do business (and still, let’s be honest, make money) but also be kinder to the environment?

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Melody Dawes

Keeping publishing flexible through outsourcing: interview with Just Content

Melody Dawes is the Managing Director of Just Content. With 20 years’ experience in educational and academic publishing, she set up Just Content in 2013, offering publishers and content providers an on-demand solution for outsourcing at scale. Here we interview Melody about her business.

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Publishing Services Provider Celebrates Huge Growth

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Last week we headed to Braintree in Essex to celebrate Just Content’s first birthday party in their new offices. Just Content was founded by Melody Dawes at her kitchen table, in 2013, and now boasts an annual turnover of £1,000,000+. 

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Production Controller

Production Controller [JOB OPPORTUNITY]

Publisher: The Quarto Group

Job Title: Production Controller, permanent, full time

Job Location: London, UK

We’re looking for an enthusiastic person looking to take the next step in their publishing career by joining our busy Adults team based in our Islington office. This Production Controller role is a full time role working on a wide range of 4-colour non-fiction titles.

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Production editor, Academic [JOB POSTING]

Newgen Publishing is a fast-growing publishing services company based in Gloucestershire. Part of the Newgen KnowledgeWorks group we provide UK-based editorial and project management services to academic and education publishers, managing everything from concept to product delivery.

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Ken Jones

Frustrated with EPUB? You need OMGPUB!

For illustrated publishers, interactive EPUB has never really worked. Typical reflowable EPUBs are too plain and simplistic and although visually rich and interactive EPUBs are possible, they are too hard to make, too hard to distribute and too hard for readers to be able to read.

We need a better solution, a new style of ebook that can be more easily created and can then be securely delivered to any reader on any device, we need ‘OMGPUB’!

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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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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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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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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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digital publishing

EPUB 3.2 – What is it and should we care?

EPUB is the open standard that defines exactly what an ebook can be, and EPUB 3.2 – the first real update to the EPUB format since EPUB 3 in 2012 – has just been approved by the W3C Community Group and Business Group (the clever people that decide on such things).

If you are the sort of person who enjoys reading specification documentation then you can get up to speed with the full list of changes here. Otherwise, let me explain the main points of what has changed…

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Infrastructure of publishing business

Now We Are Five

Alison Jones (@bookstothesky) is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a pioneering publishing partner for businesses, and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books. She sits on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild and is Head Judge of the Business Book Awards. 

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digital publishing

The second coming of ebooks

I came away from The London Book Fair 2019 with a resounding feeling of hope (along with the usual sleep deprivation, sore throat and body odour).
 
Digital publishing as a whole and ebooks in general seem to be gaining momentum for a revival, a renaissance. A second coming.

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