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BookMachine Unplugged 2019: Talking Production

20 February @ 6:30 pm 11:00 pm GMT

The business of accessibility:
content that is more usable
is more valuable

6.30pm, 20th February 2019 | The Century Club, London
£ 5.50 – £10.00 (FREE for
BookMachine Members)

With thanks to our Unplugged 2019 sponsors:

About the event

As well as the obvious ethical and now legal requirements to make sure our books, ebooks and content is accessible there are also sound business reasons. Yet why are so many publishers still not achieving fully accessible products? Our panel will examine the standards, legislation and technical issues that companies of all size face. They will provide straightforward answers to what you need to do to be accessible as well as why and how you can make it happen.


Following a Q&A session with the panel, the talks will close with a short awards ceremony. The ASPIRE awards are given in recognition of the work being done in the industry on accessibility by top publishers and vendors.

Your Speakers

Ken Jones (Director, Circular Software) – HOST

Ken Jones

Ken Jones, Director, Circular Software. Ken is a publishing software expert with over ten years experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to publishers including Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Quarto Group and Thames & Hudson to improve how they produce their print and digital books.

Follow Ken on Twitter (@CircularKen) and LinkedIn.

Huw Alexander (COO and Co-Founder, textBOX)

Huw has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles including bookselling, rights management and digital sales. His passion for accessibility has grown over the last decade and he has been inspired by the stories of readers and the wisdom of friends to co-found textBOX, an accessible image description company, as a way of making a difference.

Follow Huw on Twitter: @huwalexander and @textboxdigital.

Stacy Rowe (Service Manager, RNIB Bookshare)

Stacy has been professionally involved in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) education sector for almost fifteen years – beginning as a University advisor; following a trajectory through a career of working in developing countries, to provide access to education for children with disabilities, in extremely challenging circumstances. She currently manages the RNIB Bookshare, UK Education Collection service, which provides accessible curriculum content to learners with a print-disability. 

Follow Stacy on Twitter: @mydarnkidneys and @RNIBBookShare.

Alicia Wise (Director, Information Power and founding member of ABC)

A passionate advocate for information accessible to all, Alicia has more than 30 years experience in the academic information space. She is a Director at Information Power, a consultancy business that works with funders, libraries, publishers, and universities to advance learning, research, and scholarly communication. Prior to this she held roles with the Publishers Association, Publishers Licensing Society, Elsevier, Jisc, Archaeology Data Service, and in universities.

Follow Alicia on Twitter: @wisealic.

Alistair McNaught (Subject Specialist (accessibility and inclusion), Jisc)

Alistair McNaught is is a subject specialist (accessibility and inclusion) at Jisc. He works to identify and develop accessibility needs and opportunities in the post 16 education sector and works with colleagues inside and outside the organisation to improve access, participation, progress and achievement for disabled learners. 

Alistair will be presenting the ASPIRE awards, which are given in recognition of the work being done in the industry on accessibility by top publishers and vendors.

Follow Alistair on Twitter: @alistairm and @jisc.


BookMachine Unplugged is an event series that aims to answer a simple question: what is happening in the world of publishing right now?

Watch inspiring talks from industry insiders. Meet publishers, editors, marketers, audio publishers, designers, techies and more – the people who make publishing happen. If you crave an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development, all in a strictly social and informal setting, unplug from your desk and join us.   

There will be six events throughout 2019. Each will zoom in on a segment of the publishing industry and feature 3 expert speakers taking to the stage with their insights into what works for their business now.

If you want to learn from your peers, and stay at the forefront of what’s happening, then BookMachine Unplugged is for you.

Event details

Date: 20th February 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 11pm

The Venue

61-63 Shaftesbury Ave
London, W1D 6LQ United Kingdom
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+44 207 534 3080


Who is this event aimed at?

BookMachine is a thriving community for everyone involved in book publishing. We created it for those who crave knowledge, ideas, and personal development, but in a strictly social and informal setting. BookMachine Members are at the heart of the community and can attend all the events for free and benefit from discounts from across the industry.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, just show up and your name will be on the door.

Will I get a seat?

You might not get a seat at the event, so wear comfy shoes. This is deliberate as the space has been designed for you to meet as many people as possible in a short space of time, rather than sitting down with your colleague/the same person all evening. The talks section lasts for 45 minutes and there is a cloakroom for any heavy bags/coats. 

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