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 Aspiring authors can now submit their unpublished novels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




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




Finnland.Cool. at the Frankfurt Book Fair

‘Finnland.Cool.’ or ‘I never read so many names and words with an umlaut!’ Current student, Nora Henneberg-Sprekeler provides a review of how Finland performed at the Frankfurt Book Fair as the Guest of Honour. I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair – virtually, at least, thanks to social media. I followed Twitter streams and Facebook




Kindle Unlimited: a shaky start for the Netflix of literature

In the second newsflash of the semester, new student Harry Dell looks at the launch of Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited got itself into trouble recently after including titles in its Kindle Unlimited against publishers’ wishes. Several publishers found that their requests not to be involved in the service’s launch were ignored,