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Get inspired to be more innovative, with the FutureBook BookTech awards

We’re told that publishing should be more innovative. We get it – innovation will help build a robust industry for the future. But where do we start as individuals who already have more than enough to do? We’re too busy commissioning, editing, designing, promoting and selling books to make time for breakthrough thinking.

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Anna Cunnane

Why publishing people make great coders

“Programming is like writing a book… except when you miss a single comma on page 126, the whole thing makes no sense” – Programmer humour

Many talented publishers think that they could never learn to code. They might think that it is too technical or too dry. They might assume that their proficiency with language has no application to computers. But programmers and publishing people have more in common than you might think. Programmers and writers both need to distill complex problems into clear, readable and actionable messages. Coding can be as aesthetically driven as any other art form and like writers the best programmers have technical ability and creative flair. So, what are some of the most common ways that coding overlaps with publishing?

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John Pettigrew

Get ready for the Day of Code 2019: interview with John Pettigrew

On Friday 22 November 2019, before this year’s Futurebook conference, 40 delegates from across the publishing industry will attend the very first Day of Code at Hachette HQ in London. There, under the guidance of a team of 15 coaches, they will work in teams to build their own websites, and discover the power of code in practice. In this interview, Day of Code coach John Pettigrew previews the event and explains why coding is important for today’s publishers.

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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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Colin Steven

Velocity Press: interview with founder Colin Steven

Whatever else 2019 is offering us, one thing is certain: this is a great era for small-but-powerful publishing startups. In this interview, we meet Colin Steven, the founder of new independent publishing house Velocity Press.

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Tech in Publishing

Code your way to freedom – BookMachine Unplugged 2019: Talking Tech Literacy

Paraphrasing the famous Chinese curse, may we not live in interesting – that is, difficult and uncertain – times. Unfortunately, though, those are exactly the times we are facing at the moment. Thankfully, people who work in the publishing industry are among the many who strive to add a positive influence to this battered world and planet, but nevertheless, we can and must do better on several fronts.

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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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Learn to Code

How to begin coding for free (or nearly free) in a few minutes each day

This is a guest post by Anna Cunnane. Anna is Systems and Data Manager at Abrams & Chronicle Books. Anna was winner of the Trailblazer Awards 2018, she is part of BookMachine Team Unplugged and was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers (2015-16).

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Learn to Code

What is blockchain and how can publishers benefit from it?

Anna Cunnane is Systems and Data Manager for Abrams & Chronicle Books where she specialises in metadata. She was a London Book Fair Trailblazer Award Winner in 2018 and is a member of BookMachine Team Unplugged. Anna is interested in publishing and technology and is currently learning javascript. Anna first had this published on the Geethik blog.

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BookMachine launches brand spanking new event series: BookMachine Unplugged 2019

The popular event series is back, covering key industry topics – Production, Editorial, Tech, Marcomms, Audio and Design. This year there will be 6 Unplugged events, with 6 hosts, more than 18 confirmed speakers, 1 brand new venue and an awards ceremony.

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Digital Account Manager

Digital Account Manager [JOB POSTING]

Supadu is a leading provider of web design, eCommerce and data solutions for Trade Publishers, University Presses, Journals & Educational Publishers.

Supadu is looking for an experienced Digital Account Manager to join their busy team headquarters in London. The Digital Account Manager, reporting to the Commercial Director, will sit within the sales team. Their role is to focus on customer retention and build new sales using their proprietary Software (SaaS) platform Supafolio.

In this role, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining existing and new customer relationships to drive revenue. You will work with all departments within the company including product, project, developers and accounts.

They are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual who is a self-starter.

Experience in the Publishing industry is essential.

For more information and next steps, click here.

future of publishing

“The future of publishing is in your hands” – coding for all [EVENT]

Abbie Headon runs Abbie Headon Publishing Services, and offers a range of skills including writing, editing and commissioning, alongside social media, website development and publishing management. She champions fresh approaches to solving the industry’s challenges and can be found mingling at most publishing events. Abbie’s also BookMachine’s Commissioning Editor and sits on the BookMachine Editorial Board

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