PublishingThinking was going to be an online space devoted to discussion about the past and, principally, the future of publishing. From ebooks to the reflowering of interest in letterpress, from the latest news about what the Big Five publishers are doing to interviews with the movers and shakers behind publishing (and tech) start-ups. From publishing theory to the quotidian facts of everyday life in publishing... From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, from the history of the codex to the future of the book, from incunabula to internet...
Sadly, other (exciting) things have meant I'll have to put a hold on this particular project. I may very well pick it up again next year, and in the meantime I'll continue to tweet interesting publishing-related news via @publishthink.
In the meantime, the excellent article that Angus Phillips wrote for me for PublishingThinking, What do we teach when we teach publishing? and the wonderful interviews with Michael Bhaskar, Dan Franklin, Karen Ings and Stephen Mitchelmore are all worthy of a place here on RSB...
Articles and interviews
Angus Phillips on What do we teach when we teach publishing?
Michael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent's Tail and author of The Content Machine, a book exploring the past present and future of publishing. He has worked for publishers, agents, newspapers, web start-ups and an economics consultancy.
Dan Franklin is a Digital Publisher at Penguin Random House UK. He works on digital publishing projects across the Vintage, Penguin Press, Cornerstone and Penguin General divisions of Penguin Random House in the UK, and is a Senior member of the Consumer and Digital Development team.
Karen Ings has worked as an editor in trade publishing for sixteen years, commissioning books for the last twelve. Developing projects on a freelance basis for clients such as Quercus and Penguin gave her the freedom to explore new avenues, and in 2012 she founded Red Button Publishing with her friend and former colleague Caroline Goldsmith.
Stephen Mitchelmore was Britain's first book blogger. Since 2004 he has maintained an independent blog This Space.