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This article was written on 04 Dec 2013, and is filed under Events, Uncategorized.

Philip Jones: That Was The Year That Was

Philip Jones1Wednesday 4 December 2013.

2013 in retrospect and 2014 contemplated.

In a highly apt talk for the last meeting of the year, Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, offered an insightful look back over the year in publishing and speculated on what 2014 may hold in store for the UK book trade. As editor of the trade ‘bible’, Philip is in a unique position to take an impartial overview of all areas of our industry, from publishing conglomerate boardrooms to shop floor.

A highly respected trade journalist, Philip joined The Bookseller in 1996 as its financial news reporter and after a break to travel and freelance from 1999 to 2001, he returned to the magazine to lead the development of its online operation, theBookseller.com. He has since held the positions of managing editor and deputy editor and was named editor in 2012.

Philip assessed the implications of the most significant developments in publishing in 2013, including the Penguin/Random House merger, Macmillan’s volte face on ‘agency model’ ebook pricing, the seemingly inexorable growth in digital publishing, and much more (even including Charlton Heston). He explained how The Bookseller itself has had to re-position in recent years to reflect and keep in step with the technological changes in the industry, meeting the growth of blogging and news dissemination via social media and the decline in print issue advertising; his view on how the book trade has evolved during his time as a journalist observer; his personal thoughts on what the industry should be doing to face future challenges.

 

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