Everyone can be an editor – the rise of independent mags & zines

Zines originate from as early as 1930’s with their popularity exploding in the era of punk in the 1970’s, however, the medium which explores the DIY creativity and strong niche audiences are now peaking more than ever. In the past zines had a straightforward definition. Small, independent DIY publications, usually reproduced by the use of…

Literary Festivals: A Place of Serendipity

I am a sceptic when it comes to literary festivals, primarily because they strike me as a paradox: literature is, at least in my opinion, best experienced spontaneously by oneself whereas an event, by definition, is a ‘planned public or social occasion’. One might argue that my personal understanding of literature as this intimate experience…

Creative writing as a coping mechanism

It is not easy to localise the inner origins of creativity, or even to define if it is a sort of innate quality or just the way we chose to look at things inside and outside ourselves. What is intuitively undeniable is that it has an intrinsic bond with the inner spaces of our minds…

Are Celebrities taking over the Publishing world?

More and more celebrities are branching into publishing as the next step in their career. It is clear that titles released by celebrities are more likely to sell. As a text it may not be the best fiction, autobiography or a cookbook, stylistically speaking, but it is more likely to secure free promotion and also…

Are Cookbooks Dead?

In a digital age, do we really need cookbooks when we can quickly Google a recipe on our phone or tablet? What is it about cookbooks that we like and should we keep them alive? Personally, I like a cookbook for its little quirks – its little pieces of extra information. I love the aesthetics…

New Contemporaries working in Ukraine: Publishing and disseminating documentary photographic practice from the New East

In today’s global economy, it is possible for photographic practitioners to have their work disseminated to a much wider audience through commercial print publications and online platforms. Printed materials and digital content provide an opportunity to become exposed to new cultures and gain an understanding of other societies undergoing fundamental changes. In recent years, there has…

Don’t judge a bookshop by its facade

Take a walk down the main street in Southwold, England, on a busy day and you will find people milling around in art galleries, trying on clothes in relatively high-end stores, and sampling the delights of the Two Magpies Bakery’s daily offerings. You may also notice a pale blue facade with enticing, book-filled windows. But…

‘Deep Partnership’ – A process of opportunity or cataclysm?

August 2017 proved to be a key month for Cambridge University Press (CUP), which saw the assembly of a new board consisting of the CUP exam bodies and assessment departments combine. This organisational restructuring enabled a single new Press and Assessment Board to initiate what vice-chancellor, Professor Leszek Borysiewicz; described as “a more holistic view…

Casagrande: an example of experimental publishing

From bombing cities with poems to sending letters to the stars and creating giant magazines inside tube stations, Casagrande – a Chilean collective of artists – develops what they describe as ‘public poetics’. Their projects follow the premise ‘can’t be sold, can’t be bought’ and consist in the development of all sort of publishing experiments….

Hey, I am in the bookshop

The experience of interviewing Anthony Burrill  Nothing comes from nowhere. I have heard my grandfather say these words all my life. He had a strong influence on me and this message, though simple is intense. This statement is also used by British graphic artist, print maker and designer Anthony Burrill, which motivated me to try…

Can Creativity Be Taught?

Nowadays it is all about creativity and being creative. According to the Oxford Dictionary, creativity is the use of imagination or original idea to create something; inventiveness. But does this original idea come only from within or can it be taught, improved, developed? There are psychological studies that believe creativity is a blend of being…

Why Print? A Physical Experience in Publishing

The layout editor of the small theatre space had designed the display tables for functionality rather than comfort. It showed in the rhythmic tug of my backpack as peruser after peruser pressed passed behind me like a tight-laned overtake that results in a sideswipe. But as I slid along from table to table, my roving…

Helvetica 60th Birthday

If you have never heard of Helvetica you must at least have seen it. Do you know the brands BMW, Staples, Toyota, Target? Well, you have seen Helvetica typeface then. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Helvetica developed in 1957 by Max Miedinger with input from Eduard Hoffmann, must be the most recognised font worldwide. After recently…

Nylon China, a new voice of the young

With the declination of the printing industry, most magazines are struggling with reality, fewer and fewer readers choose traditional media, for example, Chinese Condé Nast Publications announced that they decided to closure the <SELF> including magazine, website, and app which has been selling more than ten years in China. This reflects the survival crisis of…

I’m a celebrity get me a … book deal?

Sometimes it feels like celebrities have it all. They can act, they can sing, they can look good shopping for their weekly groceries and now, they can write? It appears that celebrities these days have a never-ending repertoire of skills and more and more seem to be adding ‘best-selling author’ to their lists. With many…

Redacted Kirkus star prompts debate about “censorship” in YA

Kirkus Reviews ignited a controversy in the publishing world when it decided to pull its starred-review for Laura Moriarty’s American Heart in October, after the publication was heavily criticized on Twitter for lauding a book which several book reviewers, editors, and authors deemed offensive to Muslim Americans. American Heart imagines a future in which Muslims…

Consider The Redditor

Reddit has over 200 million users. While most millennials spend their social media time on Instagram or Facebook, I go to reddit for breaking news, pictures of cute puppies, and “shitty writing prompts”. But reddit encompasses so much more than that. It was originally created to share the “best of the internet” with its users….

Where Does Fan Fiction Belong?

Fan Fiction isn’t an entirely new genre, but the debate over where sits in the hierarchy of Publishing has only recently began to see in-depth academic attention. This surge of Academic interest, coincides with the phenomenal success of ‘Twilight’ (James, E. L, 2012) which paved the way for Fan Fiction authors such as Todd. Fan…

How printed books are remediating the internet

For as long as I remember, a discussion about the “death of books” has been raging. By 2010, newspapers were being flooded with apocalyptic articles spelling doom for print as well as traditional publishers, booksellers and even authors. However, it is now 2017 and books are still doing great. In fact, according to the PA…