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Kieron Smith: Selling more books online [PRESENTATION]

Kieron SmithHow good is your metadata? Helping readers find the content they want, in a well-organised way, is fundamental to selling more books online. There are set rules aimed at standardising how publishers, booksellers and others describe each book.

Kieron Smith (Digital Director, Blackwells Bookshops) walked us through what we should be thinking about and what will ultimately lead to more online sales at BookMachine in Oxford last week. Here are his slides.

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Diversity, gender, equality, and inclusion in publishing

This is a guest post from Claire Louise Kemp, Consultant at Atwood Tate (sponsor of BookMachine Oxford on November 6).

“If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.” Junot Diaz

Diversity, gender, equality, and inclusion in publishing are topics close to our hearts at Atwood Tate and we have talked about them often on our blog. Diversity in content and diversity in the workforce are inextricably linked.

It is a positive step that we have seen public outcry from authors and publishers recently regarding the lack of diversity in content and we need to keep the momentum and pressure on in order to challenge what is unfortunately the norm in many publishing and media environments. Publishers are taking steps to try to develop a diverse workforce, for example Cat Crossley, Operations Manager at HarperCollins has recently set up a diversity focus group, and Inclusive Minds, in partnership with publishers, the PA, IPG and EQUIP, will be holding an event in early 2015 with the aim “to turn discussions about diversity and inclusion into real action”.

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5 Questions for Christopher Bladon [INTERVIEW]

Christopher Bladon is the Design Manager at HL Studios, sponsors of BookMachine Oxford. As well as being a talented and creative designer, Chris is the go-to guy for anything technical. A problem solving genius that has earned himself the nickname ‘The Oracle’ at work. Charly Ford interviews him ahead of the big event:

1. What makes a really strong design?

The primary objective of any design is communication, so a clear understanding of layout is essential, as it allows the viewer to scan and absorb the intended order.

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5 Questions for Tim Oliver of Macmillan Education [INTERVIEW]

Tim OliverAhead of Oxford’s next BookMachine event on Thursday 27 June, guest speaker Tim Oliver has kindly answered some questions about all things digital!

Tim is Head of the Digital Publishing Unit for Macmillan Education. Over 10 years’ experience in digital project management, extensive involvement with learning management systems and previous roles in trade, academic, NGO publishing and startups in the first dotcom era have imbued him with a passion for traditional, new and emerging publishing media.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Oxford with Tim Oliver, Macmillan Education

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BookMachine Oxford March [REVIEW II]

Bea Longworth is director and co-founder at Whooc Publishing Ltd, a fledgling startup making first-person fiction apps for young adults under its Freed Fiction imprint. 

A few minutes after arriving at House Bar, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Is there going to be a talk or something?” It was a valid question – Wednesday night marked the debut of BookMachine Oxford’s ‘With…’ event format.

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BookMachine Oxford March [REVIEW]

Jonathan Davis (Chandos Publishing), who you might have seen on Twitter as @canadiancat has written this comprehensive review of BookMachine Oxford with Richard Sullivan – a great summary for those who missed it.

If BookMachine is “the most fun you can have with your clothes on”, the latest gathering had no problem in filling up the top-floor of Oxford’s House Bar on Wednesday night.

With a new, and untested, approach for BookMachine Oxford, organised by wunder-kind, Charly Ford of Osprey and sponsored by recruitment specialists, Atwood-Tate, the evening started with a short talk from Richard Sullivan, Managing Director of Osprey Publishing.

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Win a pair of tickets to Oxford’s next BookMachine event!

Here at BookMachine we are passionate about what we do – BookMachine is fun, interesting, great for making connections, all about collaboration, cool, all-inclusive, informative, forward-thinking, welcoming, mega, bookish, digital, international, community-focused, innovative, friendly, driven… there are endless words to describe it!

So we’d like to set you a challenge.

Charly Ford described BookMachine as “Fantastic publishing goodness. For all.” What strapline would you suggest for BookMachine, using only 5 words?

Leave them as a comment below, or tweet us @BookMachine or @charly_ford!

The best entry* will win a free pair of tickets to the party that is taking place in Oxford on 27 March.

*extra marks will be awarded for creativity!

5 Questions for Charly Ford of Osprey Publishing, host of BookMachine Oxford [INTERVIEW]

Charly FordCharly Ford is a Project Manager at Osprey Publishing and is hosting the BookMachine event in Oxford. Here, Charly shares her enthusiasm for publishing and tells us why you should come along and join the fun later this month.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Oxford with Richard Sullivan, MD of Osprey Publishing


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5 questions for Richard Sullivan, MD of Osprey Publishing [INTERVIEW]

Richard SullivanIn the run up to BookMachine Oxford, we’re compiling some interviews with publishing-type folk who will be going to the event.

Richard Sullivan (who is our key speaker) is the MD of Osprey Publishing which is a leading publisher of military history, amongst other things and part of Osprey Group – the destination for enthusiasts. Richard has a particular interest in seeking new partnerships to develop print and digital products for niche audiences across the globe. He was previously Marketing Director of Osprey and is currently reading some gritty crime noir alongside a history of Dreadnought battleships. You can hear him talk at BookMachine Oxford.
Eventbrite - BookMachine Oxford with Richard Sullivan, MD of Osprey Publishing

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BookMachine Oxford – by Helen Tozer [REVIEW]

Helen TozerHelen is a ‘Teen fiction fiend’. She works as a  Sales and Marketing Assistant for McGraw-Hill Education by day and is a rugby player and all-round dreamer by night. She has strong ideas on tea and civil rights! This was her third Bookmachine event.

“Overdue a BookMachine fix, it was time I headed to an event outside of London.  I’d been missing out – £5 cocktails and space at the bar? Oxford, we’ll get along fine. As usual, an intriguing mix of people and a welcoming atmosphere made for absorbing conversation. The time flew and I left full of radical digital possibilities, clutching a proudly customised Santa hat.

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BookMachine Oxford – by Katie Stileman [REVIEW]

Katie StilemanKatie Stileman has recently graduated from Jesus College, Oxford, where she studied Medieval History. She has worked in schools since the summer teaching study skills and is now looking to pursue a career in publishing. Last week she attended BookMachine Oxford. Here is her review.

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6 questions for Camilla Prince, host of BookMachine Oxford on 6th Sept [INTERVIEW]

Camilla Prince@Miss_PrinceyC (AKA Camilla Prince) graduated in 2010 after studying English and Classical Studies at the University of Reading. She now works in the digital team at Macmillan and is part of the social committee. Sophie O’Rourke interviews her about working in digital, hosting the next BookMachine Oxford event and publishing in general.

BookMachine Oxford is on 6th September at 6pm in the Ashmolean rooftop bar , you can sign up here:

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5 questions for the hosts of BookMachine Oxford – 28th June [INTERVIEW]

Charly Ford and Emily Holmes work at Osprey Group in Oxford and will be hosts of the next BookMachine shindig in Oxford. We thought you might like to get to know these two lovely ladies, and find out what they’re in to ahead of the event…

The event is on June 28th, in All Bar One (High Street) from 5.30pm. You can sign up here:

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BookMachine Oxford (hosted by Osprey Group) – 28th June [EVENT]

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BookMachine Oxford

(hosted by Osprey Group)


Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

All Bar One, 124 High Street, OX1 4DF Oxford


BookMachine is coming to Oxford! If you work in publishing and live in Oxford, we’re pleased to say that Charly Ford and Emily Holmes, from Osprey Publishing will be hosting the very first BookMachine Oxford shindig.

You can sign up below!

BookMachine Oxford is hosted by Osprey Group.

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