Welcome to Blurbify!

Blurbify is the new collective blog from the MA Publishing students at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. It hopes to grow to become the best place to hear from Anglia Ruskin publishing students, current and alumni. It also aims to provide prospective students, and otherwise interested folk, with a place where they can learn about the




5 Reasons to study an MA in Publishing

Sean Betts gives us 5 amazing reasons why you should study an MA in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University. Publishing is a rapidly growing, and evolving industry. While holding qualifications specific to the field are not prerequisites for employment, they can give you an edge when applying for that much coveted job. I study an




Internship diary: A Few Days in Rights

Kalpana Sharma recently spent a few days working in the Rights and Permissions team at Cambridge University Press and learnt about the varied role that they play. What did she discover? On my first day, I dealt with some ‘Showrounds’ which are the Product Information sheets created by the marketing and sales departments. They contain book titles, authors and




A Life in a Day: The Producer’s Tale

Will Skinner, former ARU MA Publishing student and now Producer at Penguin Books, gives Blurbify an insight into a typical day at work. Up from the catacombs I rise, out from Temple station, along Victoria Embankment. Sun surrounds me. Waterloo Bridge forms a perfect concave frame of The London Eye and Big Ben. The portland




Internship Diary: ELT Data Management at Cambridge University Press

Having recently completed her major project, Kalpana Sharma tells us about her internship in ELT Data Management at Cambridge University Press. I had a six-week internship in ELT Data Management at Cambridge University Press (CUP), and worked as part of the Knowledge Management Team. The Knowledge Management Team is responsible for providing efficient, reliable and




Manuscript to Print = Print to Digital?

Course Leader, Dr Leah Tether, has been away on sabbatical researching her next monograph! She updates Blurbify on her findings about the commercial book trade’s move from manuscript to print, and how that can be compared with the current shift towards digital. For some time, I’ve been arguing that print did not herald in the




Why the Printed Book Is Shaken, But Not Stirred

Word is that the e-book is dead, or most certainly dying. Current MA Publishing student, Sean Betts, gives his thoughts on the printed book and its journey in the digital age. The obituaries had been written; chain stores were proclaiming that the digital menace was on the wane. Purists were probably about to start rejoicing in




Large Print: First Frontier for Publishers?

Current student, Sean Betts, tells Blurbify about his discovery that large print editions seem, in some cases, to come off the press at a faster rate than the standard print counterpart. I was very much surprised when I received the phone call from my local bookshop to tell me that the book that I had




ARU MA Publishing cleans up at the International Excellence Awards

Anglia Ruskin University is proud to announce that MA Publishing course swept the board, winning both of the Association for Publishing Education’s postgraduate awards during the 2015 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards Ceremony. Course Leader, Dr Leah Tether tells us more. Following the success of Gladys Famoriyo in winning 2014’s Association for Publishing Education