Featured Events

How To Publish An Open Access Book, An Academic Book Week webinar with DOAB and De Gruyter

Date: 4 March

Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Join the DOAB and De Gruyter on Monday, 4th March, to find out what it takes to publish a book in OA. The webinar will focus on the editorial process, funding and promotion strategies that turn a submitted manuscript into a well-cited open access book. This webinar is designed to help authors understand the OA conundrum and to equip them with the knowledge needed to effectively publish a book in open access.

  • OA Books – Why OA for Books? Citation, downloads and global reach
  • Book Funding: Where to find it?
  • Fast Track to Publishing: OA Publishing Times
  • Open Access Book: How to make sure the title is visible, discovered and cited?
  • Directory of Open Access Books: Why it matters for a book to be rapidly indexed?

The webinar is free. Limited availability – Get your free spot now.

Dr. Gemma Bird launch party at Blackwell’s, Liverpool

Date: 4 March

Time: 19:00

Location: Blackwell’s, Liverpool

Join us at the start of Academic book week for the Launch of Dr. Gemma Bird book ‘Foundations of Just Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Kant and African Political Thought’. The Event starts at 7 pm with Dr. Bird talking about her book and this will then be followed by a Q&A section. Dr. Bird is part of the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/academic-book-week-book-launch-for-dr-gemma-bird-tickets-56654119998?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2CHofzhO-M5ky44eIUOUYNF2qftMCzchwCu5l3exQjFw3ctE6cVELbeS0

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2074264059323363/

Integrity in Academic Book Publishing ― A Publisher’s Initiative

Date: 4 March

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Location: The Stables, Springer Nature Campus, 2 Trematin Walk, London, N1 9RZ

Panel discussion as part of Academic Book Week 2019

It is commonly understood that the academic publishing process is based on principles which uphold the tenets of integrity. The traditional role of publishers has been to act as gatekeepers: to ensure that the highest standards of integrity are maintained, and that content is original and verified.

In journals publishing, the standards are clearly defined. A longstanding advisory body, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), helps set those standards, and is available to advise when they are breached. Established codes of conduct stipulate best practice for authorship, peer review, conflicts of interest, and content re-use.

In academic book publishing, in contrast, common guidelines and standards are lacking. Research and publishing integrity are gaining prominence across all subject areas; plagiarism and a clear definition of authorship are particular issues. To solve and prevent these problems an industry-wide set of standards is needed.

What would guidelines for research integrity in academic book publishing look like? What are the major differences between journals and books that should underpin such guidelines? Which are the most urgent issues to address? What are the hurdles we need to overcome? Who should take the lead?

Springer Nature invites you to discuss these questions and more. We will provide an overview of why integrity matters in publishing, how we manage this in our organisation, and how a specific approach for book publishing could be collaboratively developed.


  • Niels Peter Thomas, Managing Director Books, Springer Nature
  • Suzanne Farley, Research Integrity Director, Springer Nature
  • Tamara Welschot, Head of Advisory and Assurance, Springer Nature

To register for free place, click here.

University of Derby: Co-authoring and publishing books with scholars and communities

Date: 4 March

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Location: Derby – L102 Kedleston Road Library, University of Derby

Dr Eleni Tracada has a wide range of experience in publishing academic books, most recently as an editor of a Proceedings book and as the author of several international publications and chapters. We are delighted that Eleni can join us to celebrate Academic Book Week and her talk will be fascinating with a focus on the editing of proceedings on an international scale.

Numbers are limited so make sure that you book your place and we look forward to seeing you.

Register your interest: https://libcal.derby.ac.uk/event/3379208

Blackwell’s St Andrews

Date: 4 – 9 March

Location: Blackwell’s, St Andrews

We will be running a daily Instagram quiz based on images from Local author’s books and a 3 for 2 in store Promotion on the Banned books throughout the Week.

We will also be running an in-store competition to win Blackwell’s gift vouchers or a tote bag filled with various goods, Customers will need to answer a banned books spot quiz in order to win.

This will be promoted through our Facebook Twitter & Instagram feeds.

Blackwell’s, Belfast 3 for 2 Banned Books in-store promotion

Date: 4 – 8 March

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop Belfast

Blackwell’s Belfast will be running a 3 for 2 in-store promotion on our confirmed shortlist of Banned Books throughout the week. We will have competitions in-store to win a tote bag filled with Blackwell goodies. Customers will need to answer a banned books spot quiz in order to win.

We will also be promoting this through our twitter, and have a spotlight on a different banned book each day throughout the week on our instagram page; @blackwellsbelfast

Blackwell’s Old Aberdeen – Academic Book Week Celebrations

Date: 4 – 8 March

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop Old Aberdeen

Blackwell’s Bookshop at the University of Aberdeen will be hosting a week-long celebration for this year’s Academic Book Week. Why not drop by the branch to check out our Banned book table with a chance to win a selection of the books with our quiz. We will also be showcasing a range of Academic Books written by University staff, alongside several tables of recommended reading selected by University of Aberdeen department staff. We will be highlighting the best and most recent publications from Aberdeen Univesity Press and Combined Academic Publishers (CAP) throughout the week.

Blackwell’s, University of Exeter author showcase

Date: 4 – 9 March

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, Great Hall Foyer, University of Exeter

Blackwell’s University Bookshop will be celebrating University of Exeter authors by showcasing their books in a dedicated promotion for Academic Book Week. All titles written by University of Exeter lecturers will be sold at 10% off in this week. Lecturers have been invited to write their own review cards for these featured books.

Blackwell’s University of Keele bookshop author showcase, in-store promotion and competition

Date: 4 – 9 March

Location: Blackwell’s, University of Keele

University of Keele Author Showcase,  we will be celebrating Keele University authors by creating a dedicated display to showcase their books.

Banned Books 3 for 2 in store promotion,  we will be running a 3 for 2 promotion in store on the banned books shortlist and customers can also enter our banned books quiz to win a prize.

Book Review Competition,   we will also be inviting customers to write a book review to be displayed in the store and the best review will win a prize.

Follow us in Twitter for further information @Blackwell Keele

Blackwell’s Lancaster banned books competition

Date: 4-9 March

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, Lancaster University

Blackwell’s Lancaster will be running a in-store and twitter competition throughout Academic Book Week, submit a review of your top banned book and the top 3 reviews will win a copy of the most influential banned book.

Blackwell’s, Sheffield: 342 in-store promotion on Young Adult Banned Books

Date: 4-9 March

Location: Blackwell’s University Bookshop, The University of Sheffield

Description: Blackwell’s University Bookshop will be running a 342 in-store promotion on Young Adult Banned Books throughout Academic Book Week. Competitions will run in-store and on social media. Give them a follow at @blackwellsheff. Customers will need to answer questions about why particular books were banned. Prizes will include books from the promotion


University of Sheffield Authors Showcase

Date: 4 – 9 March

Location: Level 5, Western Bank Library, Sheffield S10 2TN

The University of Sheffield Library will be showcasing books written by University of Sheffield authors for Academic Book Week. Come and see the collection! Find out more


Academic Bookshop Open Day

Date: 5 March

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, Nottingham University, Portland Building, University Park, NG7 2RD

Blackwell’s Bookshop at the University of Nottingham invite students and academics to an open forum day to participate if feedback sessions discussing and commenting on Academic books and Academic bookshops.  We want to know your views on:

  • The role of the Academic Bookshop in University’s
  • Your experiences of a campus bookshop
  • Print versus Digital
  • The future of textbooks
  • Banned Academic Books
  • How fundamental Academic books are to your studies

 Throughout the day there will also be competitions and quizzes to take part in with prizes to be won.  And an opportunity to write a book review to be displayed at the bookshop.

As part of the Academic Book Week activity, we will also be showcasing a range of Academic Books written by University of Nottingham Authors throughout the week, with a featured author each day.

Follow the Bookshop on twitter for further information  @BlackwellsUofN

Theology Slam Live Final

Date: 7 March

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: St. John’s, Hoxton

Launched in September 2018, Theology Slam is a search for new theological writers and communicators (aged 18-30) who can bring theology to bear on the preoccupations of our society, and communicate their thinking in a short, punchy, TED talk-style. We had over 70 entries from all corners of the UK and beyond, many of which were of an exceptionally high calibre.

The Live Final of Theology Slam is on 7th March at 7pm at St John’s Hoxton. We’ll be joined by some up-and-coming young theologians and communicators as they offer their thoughts on contemporary culture. The finalists are:

  • Hannah Barr, 27, speaking on Theology and #MeToo. You will know Hannah, as she is a first-year ordinand and Ph.D student at Wycliffe.
  • Sara Prats, 23, speaking on Theology and Mental Health. Sara is from Spain, and is a Master’s student at the University of Birmingham.
  • Hannah Malcolm, 26, speaking on Theology and the Environment. Hannah is project co-ordinator at ‘God and the Big Bang’, an organisation that runs workshops for young people on science and religion.

Not only will you be able to listen to these young theologians offer their thoughts their topic, but you will be able to engage with them in a short Q&A session before the judges offer their own feedback.

The judges are Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley (Archbishop’s Chaplain), Dr Mark Greene (LICC), Prof John Swinton (Chair of Divinity at Aberdeen University, and author of Dementia: Living in the Memories of God which one the Michael Ramsay Prize for Theological Writing in 2016) and Dr Eve Poole (Third Church Estates Commissioner, and author of Buying God: Consumerism and Theology).

For further details and to book a ticket, please click here.

Blackwell’s, Leeds presents Politics and Literature in Contemporary China – given by Professor Perry Link

Date: 7 March

Time: 17:00 – 18:30

Location: University of Leeds, Parkinson Building 1.08

Entry is free.


Date: 7 March

Time: 14:30

Location: Blackwell’s Bookshop, City Campus, Nottingham Trent

During Academic Book Week 2019, Trent Editions editor Dr Michelle Green is holding a drop-in session for scholars, students & the general public to find out more about the imprint and its titles.

Trent Editions, the longest-running press of its kind in the UK, has been a part of Nottingham Trent University’s English department since 1998 and has published over 40 titles to date. The imprint was created in order to recover and publish innovative, radical and culturally significant works in high-quality print editions.

Michelle will answer your questions and discuss the exciting and varied history of this imprint, including:

The origins and development of the press and the landmark titles the imprint has published. Their latest publications and plans for the future.

Their submission process and what feeds into their decision making.
The publishing industry and small press publishing.
Nottingham writers and local writing.

A selection of materials from the Trent Editions archive will also be available to view.

This is a great opportunity for a general audience interested in learning more about the local history & culture of Nottingham, as well as students who want to learn more about the publishing industry and how to run a small press.

The event will be held at Blackwell’s Bookshop, City Campus – Thursday 7th March, 2:30pm. This event is free and open to all.

Linda Yueh, The Great Economists and How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today – Blackwell’s Exeter

Date: 8 March

Time: 19:00

Location: University of Exeter

The Politics Society hosts Oxford fellow Linda Yueh where she speaks on the theories of the great economists of the past and how their ideas can explain the events of the present from Trump to Brexit. Blackwell’s will be selling Linda’s book, The Great Economists, at the event.

Academic Book Week 2019. Books & Higher Education: A Panel Discussion

Date: 13 March 2019

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Location: The Faculty @ London Book Fair, Olympia, London

With the fourth Academic Book Week imminent (4 – 9 March), a panel of representatives from the industry reflect on the book in higher education.

As recently as five years ago thinking about the academic book and its role in Higher Education was predicated on the belief that it would be digital-only. Much has changed. The print book is resilient; the preferred medium of many undergraduates, despite the apparent advantages offered by digital and VLEs.

As the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) evolves, so too should the importance of teaching and learning resources; their efficacy and practicality. The subject level TEF will place renewed emphasis on teaching resources. The introduction of Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) will also emphasise the importance of teaching resources on the student journey from entry grade to post-graduate career.

Meanwhile the debate about Open Access (OA) continues and is now a requirement of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). How will mandatory Open Access impact academics, publishers, booksellers and students?

For further details, please visit the London Book Fair website.

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@booksellers.org.uk



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