Archive forNovember, 2014

Ladybird Drops Gender-Specific Books

2014/15 Course Rep Philip Mills tackles this week’s newsflash with a look at Ladybird’s recent strategy to drop gender-specific books. In this week’s issue of The Bookseller, one article struck me as particularly interesting. It considered the age-old topic of gender stereotypes. This has been bubbling a way for a little while now and it




FutureBook Conference 2014 Report

Did you attend the 2014 FutureBook Conference? This week’s newsflash is by Daniela Helming who was able to attend the conference as part of an internship with The Bookseller. Last week I attended the FutureBook Conference, the biggest publishing conference in Europe. The lineup was truly amazing and it was therefore really hard to decide




Novelist Ed Park Leaves Amazon for Penguin

MA Publishing student, Gabrielle Haigh, takes on the task of this week’s newsflash and considers the implications of Ed Park’s departure from Amazon for Penguin as reported by the New York Times. In what appears to have been a bid to gain some literary prestige, Amazon US hired novelist, Ed Park, as a senior editor in




Amazon’s Kindle Scout: What’s The Catch?

This week’s newsflash sees MA Publishing student, Georgina Garrity, take a look at Amazon’s latest enterprise – Kindle Scout. Last week saw the release of Amazon’s Kindle Scout, a new publishing programme that hands readers the “power” to determine whether a book should be published or not. Aspiring authors can now submit their unpublished novels




MA Publishing Graduation: New Starts

The MA Publishing class of 2013/14 has just graduated. At the same time as ARU waves goodbye to some superb students and wishes them well in their new lives, it says hello to a whole new cohort of would-be publishers, who are just starting their journeys. Course leader, Dr Leah Tether, gives Blurbify the lowdown




Life After Graduation: Esme Chapman

In the latest in the ‘Life After Graduation’ series, MA Publishing alumna, Esme Chapman, brings Blurbify up-to-date on her journey since completing the course and graduating in the ‘Class of 2012/13′. It has, in some ways, been a pretty scary two years since I finished the MA Publishing course at Anglia Ruskin, and I can




Quality Control: Too many books?

MA Publishing student, Katt Brennan, takes on the task of this week’s newsflash. She considers the role of publishers as agents of quality control – are there too many books being produced? An article that caught my eye this week is that by Tanja Tuma, writing on Publishing Perspectives. She discusses a panel at the