The Academic Book of the Future

by Rayner, Samantha
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This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling.


Rayner, Samantha

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Illustrations Note:
XII, 120 p.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements List of contributors Introduction: The Academic Book of the Future; Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner PART I: ACADEMICS 1. The academic book as a socially-embedded media artefact; Tom Mole 2. Wearable books; Michael Pidd 3. The impossible constellation: Practice-as-Research as a viable alternative; Sarah Barrow PART II: PUBLISHERS 4. The academic book of the future and the need to break boundaries; Jenny McCall and Amy Bourke-Waite 5. The academic 'book' of the future and its function; Frances Pinter 6. The university press and the academic book of the future; Anthony Cond PART III: LIBRARIANS 7. National libraries and academic books of the future; Maja Maricevic 8. Strategic engagement and librarians; Neil Smyth 9. Academic libraries and academic books: vessels of cultural continuity, agents of cultural change; Kate Price PART IV: BOOKSELLERS 10. Selling words: an economic history of bookselling; Jaki Hawker 11. The future of the academic book: the role of booksellers; Peter Lake 12. Back to the future: the role of the campus bookshop; Craig Dadds Bibliography Further Reading Index
Lyons, Rebecca E.;Lyons
Rayner, Samantha;Rayner
Media Type:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Biography Artist:
This volume is written by a cross-section of academics, publishers, booksellers and librarians who are collaborating with the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project. It has been edited by members of the Project team (Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner). Find out more about the Project and its aims here:

"It is clear that a great deal of energy has been put into producing this volume, and it is undoubtedly a useful and well-timed book. ... serves as a strong and important reflection of the project's aims and objectives at its current stage. ... offers a tantalising promise of what the project will ultimately contribute: an informed and valuable consideration of how the academic book must develop if it is to fulfil the needs of those who engage with it." (Leah Tether, San Francisco Review of Books,, April, 2017)

1st ed. 2016
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Product Type:
Hardback book
Package Dimensions:
0.232 x 0.167 x 0.028 m; 0.717 kg
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