Featured Events

Want to register an event for Academic Book Week?

Academic Book Week is calling for events from individuals, organisations and stakeholders in the academic book landscape. The organisers of #AcBookWeek are particularly interested in debates, seminars, workshops, competitions and interview suggestions.

Any events successfully accepted onto Academic Book Week will benefit from: listing and promotion on the #AcBookWeek website; promotion via the PR team in the run up to and during the week; and invitations to key events. If you would like to propose an event to take place during Academic Book Week, please email acbookweek@midaspr.co.uk

January 23

University of Stirling: Academic Publishing – Routes to Success

Time: 10:30 – 17:00

Location: Court Room, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

This one-day workshop will introduce postgraduate students to key aspects of academic publishing in the Arts and Humanities. With a combination of talks, Q&As and workshop sessions, the day will give a comprehensive overview of topics including advice on book proposals and mobograph publishing, submitting work to academic journals, understanding review processes, guidance on open access and tips on using socila media for developing and communicating research. The event is free to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided, but registration is essential. Travel bursaries are available for postgraduates studying within Scotland.

To register and for more information, please visit: https://academic-publishing-routes-to-success.eventbrite.co.uk


Altmetric for books: tracking engagement and driving discovery

Time: 15:30 – 16:30

Location: online

In today’s connected world audiences across the globe are engaging with published scholarly books 24/7. How can authors and publishers stay attuned to these conversations, and why should they care?

Join Altmetric and our expert guests on this webinar to discuss the challenges that humanities and social science scholars often face when trying to demonstrate the value of their books, and how new metrics might help.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5H


University of Edinburgh: Does The Academic Book Have A Future? 

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Location: University of Edinburgh, G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8

This year’s Academic Book Week coincides with the completion of the AHRC project on the Academic Book of the Future. In this talk, Tom Mole, Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, will bring a book-historical perspective to bear on debates about the future of academic books.  Examining the academic book as a socially-embedded media artefact, he will ask how our current moment of media change produces challenges for the academic book and creates both threats and opportunities for the future.

*This event is open for UoE staff members only*

To register, please visit: http://edin.ac/future-academic-book


University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library Exhibition: Inspiring Knowledge: Works Of Innovation And Imagination That Have Shaped Our World

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: Main Library Lounge, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

This free exhibition celebrates the opening of the University’s new Library by showcasing groundbreaking works from the past 500 years that formed new ways of thinking and inspired generations to come. Drawn from the University’s treasures in the Cadbury Research Library, the exhibition includes original editions of The Nuremberg Chronicle (1543), The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1561) and The Fabric of the Human Body by Andreas Vesalius (1543).


Heath Books – The Sixth Form Library Project Launch 

Time: 9:00am

Location: Heath Educational Books, Willow House, Willow Walk, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9QQ and online at www.heathbooks.co.uk

To mark the start of academic book week Heath Educational Books will be showcasing the very best in wider reading for sixth form libraries and offering exclusive discounts across our range in our Sixth Form Library Project.

Come and browse our thousands of titles, specialised displays and ranges, promoting the latest in publishers’ material for A-level and the IB.

For more information please download our information flyer here or contact us on: 020 8644 7788.
Email: orders@heathbooks.co.uk


University of Wales Press: 20% discount

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

University of Wales Press is celebrating Academic Book Week throughout January by offering a 20% discount on all of their titles published in 2016 when customers use the code ‘ABW17’ at the checkout on their website.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uwp.co.uk/


IET Books: Exclusive 25% discount 

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

Exclusive 25% discount on IET Books published in 2013-2015. To receive your 25% discount, use the code ABW17 when ordering on our website: http://www.theiet.org/resources/books/


Napier University and Blackwell’s Edinburgh: Innovations in Learning and Teaching Giveaway

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

In collaboration with Blackwell’s Edinburgh, Napier University is giving away a copy of their new academic book, Innovations in Learning and Teaching, to one lucky winner each day of Academic Book Week via Twitter. For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit: https://twitter.com/innovationsenu.


Bangor University Library: My favourite rare book from the past to the future: a student competition

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: Library and Archives Service, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG

For Academic Book Week, Bangor University Library is showcasing interesting rare books from their collections. Several items will be on display relating to the areas of scientific exploration, children’s literature and Welsh literature. Students will be asked to write a short piece on the item describing their connection to the book, what makes it interesting and how it relates to today’s academic books or student life.

For more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5z


Blackwell’s at University of Liverpool Authors

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: Blackwell’s Liverpool, Block 1 Units 2-3 Crown Place, Peach Street, Liverpool. L3 5UH

For the course of Academic Book Week, Blackwell’s at the University of Liverpool will be running a ‘Money Off Promotion’ on titles written by University of Liverpool Authors, which is being run in conjunction with Routledge and Taylor and Francis.


Brill Publishing: Free eBooks

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

As a gift to all interested in Academic Publishing, Brill has opened up some of its related content for free. Follow the link below to find a list of all the eBooks that are freely available, only during Academic Book Week, from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 January 2017. Enjoy! – http://www.brill.com/free-ebooks-during-academic-book-week-2017 


The University of Sheffield Library: Love ebooks?…We do!

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: University of Sheffield, The University Library

This year, we are celebrating #AcBookWeek by focusing on our vast range of ebooks and their benefits. Come and see us on the ground floor of The Diamond and elsewhere around campus and check out some of our subscribed content using the QR codes on our ‘ebook shelves’.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/ebook


Blackwell’s Liverpool – Academic Book Week Social Media Clue Game

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: Blackwell’s Liverpool, Block 1 Units 2-3 Crown Place, Peach Street, Liverpool. L3 5UH

Following on from the popularity of this game last year, we will be repeating our ‘clue hunt’ game this year.

For the course of Academic Book Week, we will be running a Twitter Social Media Competition on https://twitter.com/BlackwellLiv whereby we will tweet Academic Book related clues daily. Participants will then need to come into the shop to find the book that the clues relate to in order to win a prize. Prizes will only be given to the first person to get into the shop and present the book to a bookseller.

There will be multiple opportunities to win throughout the week.


I.B. Tauris Publishers: 30% discount

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

To celebrate Academic Book Week, I.B. Taurus Publishers is offering a 30% discount on all their titles with the code ABW2017: www.ibtauris.com 


Channel View Publications Ltd / Multilingual Matters: 25% discount

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

Channel View Publications Ltd / Multilingual Matters publishes a wide range of research on tourism studies, applied linguistics, multilingualism, second language acquisition, language education and translation.

To celebrate Academic Book Week, they’d like to offer customers a 25% discount on all books (both print and electronic) purchased through their website, www.channelviewpublications.com, with the code ACBOOKWK. This promotion will run from 23rd-31st of January.


CABI: ABW Social Media Competitions and Special Offer

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

CABI, a not-for-profit organization committed to the practical application of academic knowledge, will celebrate Academic Book Week by making a selection of their titles across the applied life sciences available open access. They are also offering a chance to win a print copy of a different book each day across their social media channels on @CABI_Books (Twitter),  https://www.facebook.com/CABI.development/ and @CABI_News (Instagram).


Policy Press: Up to 80% discount on selected titles

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

Throughout January, Policy Press is offering up to 80% discount on hundreds of titles. Fur full details and a list of titles searchable by subject area and discount, please visit:  http://policypress.co.uk/january-17-sale


Lawrence & Wishart: 10% off Promotion on selected academic titles

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: online

Lawrence & Wishart are running a promotion throughout January to coincide with Academic Book Week – 10% off selected academic titles from their list with the code ACBOOKWEEK17.

For more information and a list of titles, please visit: https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/book-series/academic-book-week-2017


3 for 2 Promotion: ‘The Twenty Academic Books That Changed The World’ – Blackwell’s Bookshop Belfast

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: 75-79 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NF

Running through Academic Book Week 2017 from January 23 – 28, Blackwell’s Bookshop Belfast will be running a week long 3 for 2 promotion on ‘The Twenty Academic Books That Changed The World’.

The store is located in the Student’s Union of Queen’s University Belfast.


Promotion: Blackwell’s at Sheffield University Authors

Time: January 23 – 27

Location: Blackwell’s University Sheffield, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S37RA

During Academic Book Week, Blackwell’s at Sheffield University will be running a Sheffield University authors promotion which is being run in conjunction with Routledge and Taylor & Francis. The promotion includes Sheffield authors, editors and emeritus professors and will cover paperbacks, hardbacks and monograph editions.

All books will run as a money off saving.


Advancing Research: New Tools in Academic Publishing Workshop

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Location: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

In a small circle with an engaging atmosphere, the workshop will bring together start-ups, researchers, and publishers. We will work with tools like PaperHive, Overleaf, or Yewno – in cooperation with the founders and managers of these start-ups – in order to evaluate the benefits for each participating group. The results of the event will lead to a publication.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-51


Emerald Publishing: Creating the Future of Academic Publishing: Strengthening the Research Ecosystem

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Location:  London South Bank University, 103 Borough Rd, SE1 0AA

As part of Academic Book Week celebrations, Emerald Publishing would like to invite forward-thinking academics to re-energise the debate around academic publishing. In a time of sweeping changes across the industry, we want to rethink the relationship between academics and publishers and facilitate dialogue between all areas of the research ecosystem.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-4O


Word Made Flesh: Does The Church Really Need Academic Theology?

Time: 19:00

Location: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JL 

A panel discussion on the subject of whether there’s a place for academic theology within the life of the Church.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-4T 


January 24

Atwood Tate: Finding a Job in Academic Publishing Q&A

Time: January 24

Location: Youtube and Twitter

To celebrate Academic Book Week, Atwood Tate is hosting a Twitter Q&A on January 24 and a YouTube Q&A/discussion on January 27 on their respective social media channels about finding a job within Academic Publishing.

To participate in the Twitter Q&A and watch the Youtube discussion, please visit:

https://twitter.com/AtwoodTate (Jan 24)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1by5dRyeN-OB7F0VV3CyLQ (Jan 27)


London Book Fair: Turn, Click, Swipe: the next Chapter for Academic Publishing

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: The Oxford Retreat, 1-2 Hythe Bridge St, Oxford OX1 2EW

We are told that the tipping point for print vs digital has been reached – but what does this mean for academic publishing? Consume as you need, consume as you could — or consume as you should? During Academic Book Week, 4 experts from the publishing, academic, librarian and tech worlds debate the future.

Join the discussion and debate this topic at the next Tech Tuesday. Tickets are free.

To register, please visit: http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/techtuesday


Pedagogy of Power – teaching and learning practical politics

Time: 17:15 – 19:00

Location: The Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS

Brexit, Trump, climate change, domestic violence and many other issues make political ability more important than ever, yet there are very few opportunities for people to learn how to do it.

Practical Politics: Lessons in Power and Democracy is the first text book on teaching and learning how to do politics. It provides a comprehensive introduction to doing politics at any level, from the workplace and neighbourhood to national and global politics. It includes a wide range of surprising case studies and political strategies. In this talk, author Titus Alexander will show why and how every course and education institution can equip people with practical political skills and knowledge.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5Z


Palgrave Macmillan Publishing: Surgeries For Early and Mid-Careers Researchers

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Location: The Macmillan Campus, 68 Wharfdale Road, N1 9XW

During Academic Book Week in January, 2017, our commissioning editors will hold publishing surgeries to discuss potential book projects and ideas, answer prospective authors’ questions, and guide interested academics through the publishing process.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-4V 


University of Edinburgh: Close-up on collections: behind the scenes at the Centre for Research Collections

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Location: University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research Collections, 6th floor, main library

During this session, you will have a rare chance to go behind the scenes at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections (CRC), home to the University’s historic collections, spanning rare books, museum objects, musical instruments, fine art and archives. Alice Doyle, Access Officer at Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA), will let you know how the CRC can help in your studies and lead a tour of the places researchers don’t normally get to see.  You’ll have the opportunity to see some star collection items ‘up-close’ and visit an archive store and conservation studio, learning how staff preserve the treasures of the CRC. In a visit to the Digital Imaging Unit, you’ll see University collections reaching global audiences and technology helping evidence of the past be understood in new ways.

*This event is open for UoE post-graduate students only*

To register, please visit: http://edin.ac/collections-close-up


Springer Nature: Emerging Tools and Metrics in the Book Impact Space

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Location: The Macmillan Campus, 68 Wharfdale Road, N1 9XW

After years of roaring success for Open Access journals and article-level metrics, there is now a new wave of innovation from publishers, funders and universities assessment around books. For those in disciplines where the majority of research output is published as monographs, this likely comes as a relief. During this event we will feature a series of speakers who play a pivotal role in this evolution and work on the cutting edge of book innovation.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-4X


Liverpool University Press: Using Primary Sources Launch

Time: January 24

Location: online

Using Primary Sources is an Open Access teaching and study resource that combines rare archival source materials with high quality peer-reviewed chapters by leading academics.

Covering major themes within the medieval, early modern and modern periods, such as religion, ideas, conflict and class, this unique and easy to access e-textbook provides students with the opportunity to examine rare and original material in detail on their computer, tablet or phone as well as learn how they can integrate the source material in their own written work. This project is a collaboration between Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Library and JISC, and is available for free on the award-winning platform, BiblioBoard.

For more information, please visit: www.library.biblioboard.com/module/usingprimarysources


January 25

Brill Publishing: Digital Humanities at Brill 

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Location: online

During his webinar, Brill’s Program Director Digital Humanities, Mr. Marti Huetink will answer questions such as:

What does it mean, Digital Humanities?
Why is it important?
How does Brill make use of new technologies to enhance its publishing program and find new opportunities to stimulate research?
The presentation will take ca. 30 minutes. Afterwards you will have the opportunity for questions.

To register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3777979507739788545


Cambridge University Press: Insight and Innovation in Publishing

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Location: Chaucer Room, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

Join speakers from Cambridge University Press for a fun and informative session in which they will share their findings, learnings and solutions in developing new publishing initiatives designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing marketplace, including Cambridge Core, the new home of academic content and The Nine Dots Prize, a major new award in the social sciences.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/2jaSgwT


The Great Academic Book Pub Debate: Blackwell’s Leeds

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Location: The Pack Horse Pub, 208 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX

Join booksellers, authors and academics to debate which book from the selected titles have been most influential or important. Each book will be proposed by a supporter who will argue their case and the flow will vote at the end of the debate to choose their winner. Books, beer and a good debate…the perfect evening!


An Evening with Human Rights Activist Sara Khan: Blackwell’s at The University of Bradford

Time: 18:30

Location: C7 Lecture Theatre Richmond, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP

Sara Khan will be talking about her new book ‘The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism’, followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5b


UCL: Selling Digital Affordances to Scholars 

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Location: University College London, Gower Street, London. Roberts Building, Room 421

The Digital Publishing Forum is making its own contribution to Academic Book Week with a forum that examines a special problem for humanities publishers. There is some pressure from governments and funders to aim for digital monographs and also, using the opportunities presented, for these monographs to be open access. Yet many researchers do not see eBooks as real books and have serious problems with those open access policies which seem to work for scientists. How can researchers be convinced that this is the way forward?

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5E


Lincoln University: Co_Lab #

Time: 10.30 – 12.30

Location: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

As consumers of books become more connected via a global online network of readers and texts, the digital realm will continue to develop as a key context for “the three Ds”: Dissemination, Discoverability and Discussion. But the digital future does not just mean e-books. “The three D” environment also holds huge creative opportunities for supporting new print books, too. Groups will discuss the core values, features and functionality they feel the book of the future should embody in relation to these ‘three D’s’.

To register and for more information: http://bit.ly/2ifz7oP


UCL Press and AcBookFuture BOOC interactive workshop

Time: 10.30-12.30

Location: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

UCL Press launched in June 2015, and it makes all its scholarly books and journals available freely online in open access form, as well as in print. As well as traditional monographs, UCL Press publishes innovative digital research on a browser-based platform, featuring articles and chapters of different lengths, different formats (blog, video, audio), and which are added over time – and so the BOOC was born (Books as Open Online Content).

UCL Press team will be available to: Demonstrate BOOC live, Answer questions about its open access model – or anything else about its publishing activity, Show its books, Present its new publishing services model for other institutions who wish to set up their own

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5n


Booksellers Association: Academic Bookshop workshop

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Location: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

The Booksellers Association will run an event exploring the opportunities for booksellers and publishers in a TEF-led world (Teaching Excellence Framework).

To register and for more information: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-5l


WHELF: The Academic Library of the Future workshop

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Location: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2DB

The Academic Book of the Past /The Academic Book of the Future:  The Role of Special Collections in Academic Libraries and beyond. Presentation about the Treasures of Wales and a discussion on how we can promote our special collections. This event will be led by Sue Hodges, Chair of WHELF and Director of Libraries at Bangor University and Emma Adamson, Vice Chair of WHELF and Director of Learning Services at the University of South Wales.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/2jk1XW2


January 26

University of Manchester Library and Manchester University Press: Does the Academic Book have a Future?

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Location: Main Library, University of Manchester, Ground Floor Seminar Room, M13 9PL

As part of Academic Book Week celebrations, The University of Manchester Library and Manchester University Press would like to invite you to attend a specially organised panel event where selected members have come together to discuss the academic book and answer questions such as ‘what is an academic book?’, ‘what does it contribute?’ and ‘what is its future?‘.

Our Academic Engagement Team are also hosting a range of pop up events across campus – 23-27 January – where we will be inviting academics to talk around key themes relating to the academic book and The University of Manchester Library resources and services.

For more information and to register for the panel, please visit: http://wp.me/p6gmfO-7x


LIVE TWITTER DEBATE: Is there a place for independent publishing in the academic world?

Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Location: Twitter – use #indyacademics and #acbookweek to join the debate

In the trade book publishing sector, the emergence of independent publishing is perhaps the single most disruptive trend of recent years. Technology has empowered writers to publish their work professionally, affordably, expediently, across multiple formats and into different geographical territories, and to profit from it. But while this significant revolution has been taking place, the model for academic monographs and books has largely remained unscathed, with the largest scholarly publishers still monopolising the market and the academic community still tied to traditional processes, which have been in place for years.

In this Twitter chat, hosted by author, journalist and digital publishing expert Alastair Horne (@pressfuturist), we will discuss independent publishing in the context of the academic publishing market. The virtual panel, which will consist of leading academics and prominent voices from scholarly publishing, will tackle the following questions: Is independent publishing the solution many frustrated academics have been waiting for in order to share their work? Can academics retain more control through independent publishing? What are the main challenges which will need to be addressed in order for independent publishing to become accepted within academia?


Blackwell’s Manchester and Taylor & Francis: Launch of Emeritus Professor John Helliwell’s new book, Skills for a Scientific Life

Time: 18:00 – 19:00

Location: Blackwell’s University Bookshop, Nr Arthur Lewis Building, Bridgeford Street,
Manchester, M13 9PL

Blackwell’s Manchester hosts an event with Taylor & Francis authors based at The University of Manchester. Drinks reception, and launch of Emeritus Professor John Helliwell’s new books, ‘Skills for a Scientific Life’.

*This is event is invitation only*


Glasgow University: The Digital Humanities Network  At Glasgow Celebrates Academic Book Week

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Location: Huntarian Museum, University of Glasgow, University Ave, Glasgow G12 8QQ

You are invited to join us for a seminar to celebrate the academic book in all its forms, organised by HATII, the AHRC Digital Transformations strategic theme, and the AHRC Academic Book of the Future project team. Wine and nibbles will be served.

To register, please visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/?action=details&id=10320 


January 27

University of Edinburgh: The Truth About Publishing (Prof Alistair McCleery, Napier)

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Location: University of Edinburgh, LG.06 DHT

Alistair McCleery, Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University, offers, as part of Academic Book Week, to uncover the Truth about Publishing. He begins with popular perceptions of publishing, as found in a number of media representations from The Substance of Fire (1996) through 13 Going On 30 (2004) to The Post Grad (2009) and others, before looking at the nature of contemporary publishing. He will examine the scope of the industry as well as looking to its future prospects.

*This event is open for UoE undergraduate students only*

To register, please visit: http://edin.ac/truth-about-publishing 


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