Publishing Thoughts

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




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




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