The Royal Society of Edinburgh has awarded a Caledonian Research Foundation Visiting Research Fellowship to the Scottish Centre for the Book (SCOB) based at Edinburgh Napier University.

The Fellowship will support the visit by Professor Christoph Bläsi from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, to the Centre in May and June 2014. During that period, Professor Bläsi will be working with Derek Allan and Professor Alistair McCleery on new business models for e-publishing, the subject of his recent report to the European Booksellers Association. He will also be speaking at a symposium on e-publishing for Scottish publishers sponsored by SCOB.

Professor McCleery commented: “This award from the RSE represents another recognition of the quality of the work on publishing being carried out at Edinburgh Napier that has already attracted key support from the AHRC, the ESRC, the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust.”

SCOB recently received funding from Skillset Scotland to develop its first online module in e-publishing as part of its CPD provision.

Professor Bläsi will be the fourth Visiting Professor within SCOB this academic year: he follows Professor Shen Min from Hang Zhou University in China and Professor Iain Stevenson from University College London who is spending his AHRC research leave with SCOB; and Professor Shef Rogers from the University of Otago will be coming to the University in August.