Happy First Birthday, Blurbify!

One year on and Blurbify, Anglia Ruskin’s MA Publishing blog is taking off! Just over a year ago, Blurbify’s creator, Victoria Love, decided that there was the need and desire for a collective publishing blog for the MA Publishing students. Following rigorous academic research, many cups of tea, an entire sponge cake, and a number




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




The University of Pearson?: Degrees for all

With Universities charging higher prices for degrees, Pearson is bringing some hope to the less well off with its innovative degree scheme. Current student, Kalpana Sharma takes us through some of the positive outcomes. The future educational aspirations of the young generation may have just received a surprising boost with the news that one of




“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a Christmas newsflash, Vincenza Giglione looks at how UK museums and libraries are seeking to change the copyright of historical documents to “Free our History”.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