Newsflash

The weekly newsflash is delivered in class by one student to their peers.

Bookbub – the Groupon of the ebook world?

MA Publishing student, Imogen Dickens, explores Bookbub – a ‘Groupon-esque’ scheme for discovering e-books in this week’s newsflash. In 2010, Groupon took the country by storm by offering cheap deals on anything from spa days to a meal in a restaurant. Like other consumers, I love a bargain. You log on, choose your deal, print




Do film adaptations boost enhanced e-book sales?

Jixuan Dong, current MA Publishing student, uses her newsflash to consider a recent Publishers Weekly story on film adaptations and enhanced e-books and the impact this is having on the bookselling market. For the first three weeks of 2015, Publishers Weekly reports that the enhanced e-book of Chris Kyle’s memoir, American Sniper, has rocketed onto




“Free Our History”: Campaign launched by UK museums and libraries.

In a Christmas newsflash, Vincenza Giglione looks at how UK museums and libraries are seeking to change the copyright of historical documents to “Free our History”. Early in November, museums, libraries and cultural organisations all over the UK launched the “Free our History”campaign against the restrictions on public release of documents. As part of the




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




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