My Fair London

After the stress of live projects and work placements MSc. Publishing students decided to blow off some steam, London style. True, we were heading to southern pastures for the London Book Fair but we also saw it as a chance to spend some time together before parting ways for the summer. And we weren’t disappointed.

Around 15 students went down to the fair, 11 of which stayed in the ever-reliable Travel Lodge. We got the train down on Monday morning and, after a brief confusion over which Travel Lodge we were actually staying in, a few of us decided to visit the fair before the next day’s activities. Monday evening at Earls Court was certainly a lot calmer than the following day. We managed to get our bearings and our badges without being too overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the building and picked up our trusty guide of seminars for the next two days.

The CEO keynote debate on Tuesday morning was entitled “Digital Revolution or Digital Evolution?” Attendees were treated to the thoughts of bigwigs such as John Makinson, CEO of Penguin and Brian Murray, CEO of HarperCollins. The consensus appeared to be that the changes in the publishing chain have been a hybrid of revolutionary and evolutionary factors.

The focus for the LBF was on Russia and of course, on digital publishing. It seems that one cannot mention publishing nowadays without the D word coming up and the number of stalls dedicated to digital devices, along with the emphasis on “going digital” in almost every talk, was testament to this fact.

Although we did go to several talks and tried our networking skills at the Publishing Scotland stand (the handing out of cards aided to some extent by whiskey and wine!), our main activity was simply taking it all in. The fair was a great opportunity to witness the theory we have learned being put into practice and to prepare ourselves for the day when it will be our turn to man the colourful stands.

Of course, the trip wasn’t all work and no play…we had a great time doing the touristy thing in London and really enjoyed our time out in the evenings…perhaps a little bit too much in some cases! We were reluctant to leave our beloved Travel Lodge on Wednesday afternoon and it seemed that the trip passed all too quickly. All in all, it was a brilliant and informative experience – I’m looking forward to next year already!

Arriving at Earls Court
Arriving at Earls Court – © Emma Sothern
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Frankfurt Book Fair – Andrew Savikas Interview

I found an interesting interview with Andrew Savikas at Frankfurt Book Fair.

(from O'Reilly website)
(from O’Reilly website)

Tom Tivnan: First on TOC, why was it important to be here at FBF, will you come next year and are there any plans for any rolling TOC out further afield,to the London Book Fair, for example?

Andrew Savikas: More than half of the people buying our digital books are from outside the States. Digital — and in particular, mobile — publishing is a global market, and that means acknowledging that many of the geographical barriers around physical markets simply don’t apply anymore. Because our customers (and our competitors) are as likely to come from outside our borders as within, it made sense to try and bring the message of TOC to a broader audience. The Frankfurt Book Fair shares our view, and has been a great partner in bringing this event to a European audience. I’d love to be able to bring this message and this event to other parts of the world, and we’ll use what we learn from the Frankfurt version to plan next steps.

TT: O’Reilly has a DRM-free policy; what would you say to other publishers that are leery of doing the same? Continue reading “Frankfurt Book Fair – Andrew Savikas Interview”

Internship at EIBF

This summer I have an internship at the celebrated Edinburgh International Book Festival.  I will be assisting in the management and administration of the Children’s Programme. The Children’s and Education Programme has become a leading showcase for children’s writers and illustrators, with hundreds of events including workshops, ‘meet-the-author sessions’, storytelling, panel discussions and book signings.

‘My role will include liaising with authors, publishers and chair people to ensure that they are well prepared for the events, supporting school visits and assisting the day-to-day administration of the programme.

‘I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the experience.’

Catriona Wallace