Trade Publishing

This category contains posts that centre on trade publishing, whether that be acquisitions, news, job movements or general thoughts.

Each week, one student is encouraged to prepare a ‘Newsflash’ to deliver in class; these form a regular feature on Blurbify and can be about anything that has been in the publishing news that week. Many of these go on to inform the student’s thinking and their projects throughout the course.

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




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




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




Course Leader, Dr Leah Tether, takes her research to ELiT 2014 in Austria

Blurbify recently reported that ARU MA Publishing Course Leader, Dr Leah Tether, had published an article in the publishing journal, Logos, on medieval and digital reading cultures. Here she brings us up-to-date on the article’s impact in the literary world, following an invite to participate in the European Literature Days (ELiT) 2014 festival in Spitz-an-der-Donau,




A new era for the 2014 Man Booker Prize?

This week’s newsflash comes from Stationers’ Scholar, Lucy Roberson. Here, she looks at the recent news item which saw the Man Booker Prize widen its eligibility criteria. The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced on Tuesday 14th October as Richard Flanagan for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published




Paul Robinson-Kamp Sits Down With Blurbify

First-time fiction author, Paul Robinson-Kamp sits down with Blurbify to discuss his experiences of writing and publishing his book, This Scheme of Things (TSOT). Interviewed by Sean Betts TSOT is a satire of Israeli culture and society which encompasses the use of the very topical characters of the spy and the blog-troll as vehicles to