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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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Public Speaking for Introverts

Public speaking for introverts: tips from someone who understands

This article is a little different from the pieces I usually write or commission for BookMachine, but I think the topic of public speaking deserves a place here because most of us in this industry need to do it from time to time. Whether it’s making a presentation at an in-house meeting, or speaking at a conference in front of 400 people, it’s always scary – but it’s worth doing if we want our ideas to be heard.

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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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creative cloud

CMYK is not a colour

Ken Jones runs Circular Software. He was Technical Production Manager for Penguin and Dorling Kindersley for several years and has since advised publishers such as Parragon, Nosy Crow, Walker Books and Quarto on how to get the best from their print workflow.

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Your 300dpi images may be wrong for two reasons

This is post by Ken Jones – member of the BookMachine Editorial BoardKen specialises in writing workflow applications and offering training and consultancy for publishers on print and digital workflows. Ken’s company Circular Software’ provides software tools and services for a range of illustrated book publishers. Contact Ken on twitter @CircularKen on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/kenjones or through the website circularsoftware.com 

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book buzz

The first Unplugged event of 2018: Talking Production

Abbie Headon is BookMachine’s Commissioning Editor and runs Abbie Headon Publishing Services. She champions fresh approaches to solving the industry’s challenges and can be found mingling at most publishing events.

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BookMachine Unplugged series to launch in January 2018

Over the past 7 years BookMachine have organised over 100 industry events, and listened to over 300 industry speakers kindly share their knowledge. From this, we have learned that that if you want to stay at the forefront of what’s happening, then you need to understand the past and have a sense of what is happening in the future – but you also really need to know what is happening now, both in your discipline and across the indusry.

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5 Questions for Suzanne Kavanagh [INTERVIEW]

suzanneSuzanne Kavanagh (@sashers) is Director of Marketing and Membership Services at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). She is a passionate advocate of collaboration and skills in the publishing industry; a perfect speaker for our Unplugged event on the 23rd. We interviewed her to find out more: 1. What are the best examples of collaboration you’ve seen in publishing? Two that spring to mind from companies I worked for are the launch of the Routledge Classics and reissue of a biography of Cardinal Ratzinger when he elected Pope Benedict by Continuum. Both were print product launches. They involved working with internal teams across sales, marketing, editorial, design and production. But they also drew in contacts from printers, typesetters, warehouse, wholesalers, key retailers and the press.

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5 Questions for Paul Rhodes [INTERVIEW]

Paul Rhodes Paul Rhodes is one of our top speakers at BookMachine Unplugged. He currently runs Orb Entertainment, and previously spent around 15 years across HarperCollins and Walker Books in a variety of strategic, Business Development and digital roles. We interviewed him to find out more.

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5 Questions for Robert Paul Weston (children’s and YA author)

rob With BookMachine Unplugged, our event which celebrates the culture of collaboration in publishing, kicking off in a couple of weeks, we’ve been thinking about the collaborative process and how this works from an author’s perspective. Maggie Eckel interviewed Rob Weston (children’s and YA author) about publishing trends back in March; and we thought we’d interview him again, to find out why he says that ‘collaboration has been a great experience’.

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Big announcement: Juliet Mushens at BookMachine Unplugged

Juliet MushensBig announcement today. Juliet Mushens will be joining us as our fourth speaker at BookMachine Unplugged on May 23rd.If you use the discount code ‘Juliet’ you can get 15% off your ticket today (ends midnight). Eventbrite - BookMachine Unplugged in London Juliet was named as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Bookseller’s 2012 listing of the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. This year she’s also been shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women publishers. We interviewed her to find out more.

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5 Questions for Anna Lewis [INTERVIEW]

Anna LewisAnna Lewis is our host at BookMachine Unplugged on the 23rd May– having successfully created Completely Novel (a publishing community) she is now co-founder of Valobox, a pay-as-you-go eBook platform. Through launching Valobox, Anna has lots of experience collaborating with publishers and is in an ideal position to host our Unplugged event in London, which celebrates the culture of collaboration in publishing. We wanted to know a little bit more about Anna, so here are 5 questions…   Eventbrite - BookMachine Unplugged in London

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5 Questions for Robin Wood [INTERVIEW]

robinRobin Wood is Chairman of Anova Books, one of the UK’s larger independent publishers, which he co-founded in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). He is one of our top speakers at BookMachine Unplugged, so we thought we’d find out more:  

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5 Questions for Michael Bhaskar [INTERVIEW]

michaelMichael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books. He has worked at Pan Macmillan, a literary agency and an economics research firm and is author of a forthcoming book about publishing. He can be found on Twitter as @ajaxlogos. He’s one of our top speakers at BookMachine Unplugged, so we thought we’d find out a little bit more:

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