Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies

Content

Independent Publishing: Making and Preserving Culture in a Global Literary Marketplace

Summary

The programme examines the opportunities and challenges of the global literary marketplace for small and independent publishers, what can be learned from examples from larger publishing groups and how linkages between key stakeholders can be achieved in the creation of new markets. The project also addresses the role of digital technologies and looks at how small and independent publishers can successfully negotiate competing cultural, aesthetic, political and communicative demands, how publishing can best be supported through public and private policy initiatives and how an effective book culture, incorporating writers and readers as well as others in the book chain, can be sustained and developed.

Project Questions

The project addresses the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of the global literary marketplace for small and independent publishers?
  • What effective practice can be learned from comparative publishing patterns from other small nation publishing? What can be learned from examples from larger publishing groups? How can better linkages between key stakeholders be developed in the creation of new markets?
  • How might small and independent publishers develop sustainable publishing programmes in the emerging digital environment?
  • How best can small and independent publishers preserve and digitise their records, in order to develop effective business and historical archives?
  • How can small and independent publishers successful negotiate competing cultural, aesthetic, political and communicative demands, and how can publishing best be supported through public and private policy initiatives?
  • How can an effective book culture, incorporating writers and readers as well as others in the book chain, be sustained and developed?
  • What effective practice can be learned from comparative publishing patterns from other small nation publishing? What can be learned from examples from larger publishing groups? How can better linkages between key stakeholders be developed in the creation of new markets?

 

  • Programme team
  • Digital Technologies
  • Chris Meade talk
  • Globalization
  • Simon Gikandi talk
  • Cultural policy seminar

Contact the organisers

Email for Alison Donnell

Email for Gail Low

Email for Claire Squires

Key dates

1. Digital Technologies

9-10 June 2011

2. Globalization

23-24 June 2011

3. Cultural Policy

23 August 2011

Programme website

The programme has developed a website on Independent Publishing, which holds materials relating to the programme, details of news and events. Click on the link to visit the site.

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