Cover Stories

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This started out as a couple of old favourites but I thought I’d pull them together into one post as they are all related.

I suppose that the cover is the portal into a book; for many it’s the first point of contact and sets the tone for what lies within, or what the publishing house thinks you might like to find within. There have been some iconic jacket designs and designers over the years from Penguin’s association with Romek Marber and Jan Tschihold creating brand image which endures to this day to  the book jackets of Paul Rand, graphic designer and one of the originators of Swiss style design. Whilst obviously dated there is a real sense of balance and proportion not only in the overall design but in the colour palletes being used. Continue reading “Cover Stories”


Hello Publishers!

Welcome to Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University! This is a site run by our students on the MSc Publishing and BA(Hons) Publishing degree programmes. As well as information on the degree programmes and publishing in general, there are examples of student work, information of our work placement and career opportunities, as well as our innovative live projects. Publishing at Edinburgh Napier is one of the most established publishing degree programmes in the UK, celebrating over 40 years of excellence in publishing education. We continue to be proud of the work of our students, and this is one way of celebrating their achievements. We hope you will find lots of things to interest, inspire and amuse – and we hope, too, that you visit us often and become as passionate about publishing as we are!

Thank you!


Cover illustration by Cate James

“I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to receive a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles for our school library. The students have made a fantastic job of publishing this book.

“I love everything about it from the typography, the layout and the paper to the illustrations and the cover art work – all enhance the book and immediately made me want to start reading it – a testament to the fact that the project was a huge success.”

Wellington School, Ayr

Ed – Thanks for taking the time to contact us. It is great to hear that you like the book so much!

£5,000 Bursary from Publishing Training Centre

University Receives £5,000 Bursary from Publishing Training Centre

Edinburgh’s Napier University has been awarded one of four bursaries by the Publishing Training Centre (PTC).

The PTC is an educational charity dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in publishing. PTC is awarding the four bursaries, each worth £5,000, to students from Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds studying for publishing Masters degrees at four UK universities: Edinburgh’s Napier University, City University London, Oxford Brookes and UCL.

John Whitley, Chief Executive of the PTC, says: “BME employees are under-represented in UK publishing. Unless we address this there is a real danger that our publishing output will fail to represent the richness of our diverse cultural heritage and increasingly broad mixture of races and religious groupings now resident in our islands. Intensive efforts from many quarters, including Arts Council England, London College of Communication and DIPNet, the Diversity in Publishing Network and the PTC have begun to address this issue, but there is more to be achieved.”

According to the 2007 Diversity in Publishing report produced by Book Marketing Ltd, just 7.7% of the workforce comes from BME backgrounds.

Dr Caroline Copeland, Programme Leader of MSc Publishing at Edinburgh’s Napier University, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious bursary and are looking forward to receiving applications from suitable candidates for the bursary.”

The PTC has been supporting the Arts Council England (ACE) to improve the ethnic diversity of publishing employment by providing free training for all recruits placed through the ACE Scheme into UK publishing houses.