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My background is in the publishing industry where I worked for almost 15 years as a commissioning editor and publisher. I worked for Pearson, Thomson Reuters and was then the Publishing Director for the academic press of a professional society. In my previous professional work I have set up and managed commercial business units and launched various commercial enterprises, from book lists to major online information services. I have been involved with a variety of media and publishing formats covering print and online services.Canty, Nick,
Lecturer, Department of Information Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Matthew ChambersMy research interests include literary modernism and transatlantic print cultures, particularly periodical and publishing networks. I am the author of Modernism, Periodicals, and Cultural Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and London and the Modernist Bookshop (Cambridge University Press, 2020). I am currently working on expanding my research of modernist booksellers beyond the focus of my last book.Chambers, Matthew
University of Warsaw
Researcher
Warsaw, Poland, 01-651
Warsaw Masovian Voivodeship 01-651, PL
I have held just about every position in the publishing industry, having worked in warehousing, distribution, editorial, magazine editing, photography, copywriting, proofreading, print production and website editing. I have also worked in the associated industries of search engine optimisation and contextual keyword advertising. I completed an MA in Publishing from Anglia Ruskin University in 2012, gaining a distinction. My dissertation subject was Why Do Bookshops Matter? An Investigation Into The Survival Of The Independent Bookshop.
I currently work in the Data Services department of Cambridge University Press.
Cox-Wrightson, Bob
CUP
Orla Cura is a student on the Publishing MA course at UCL. In 2019 she earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, and is currently writing her MA dissertation on objects found in secondhand books.Cura, Orla
Graduate Student
University College London
Simon Eliot Simon Eliot is Professor Emeritus of the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He was involved in founding the Reading Experience Database (RED); the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP); and London Rare Books School (LRBS). He has published on quantitative book history, publishing history, history of lighting, library history, and the history of reading. He was General Editor of the new four-volume History of Oxford University Press (2013-17); and recently directed a large-scale AHRC-funded project on the communication history of the Ministry of Information 1939-46. Areas of particular interest: Book distribution and selling, and selling secondhand books 1770-1914; bookselling 1939-45.
Eliot, Simon
Professor Emeritus of the History of the Book
Institute of English Studies,
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Simon Frost is Principal Lecturer at Bournemouth University, Senior Commissioning Editor for Oxford University Press ORE (Oxford Research Encyclopedia); and Director of Transnational Affairs and Executive Board member of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). He has published extensively on book history, reading, book retail and consumption, , including Business of a Novel: Economics, Aesthetics and the case of Middlemarch (2012), and articles such as “Economising in Public” (Book History, 17), “A Trade in Desires” (2016) and studies of retail organisations such as John Smith’s. He is currently awaiting publication of his latest monograph on historic reading and retail, and the consequences of only applying a neoliberal conception of consumption, Reading, Wanting and Broken Economics, expected on SUNY press in 2020/21.Frost, Simon,
Principal Lecturer in English
Bournemouth University
Higgins, Ben,
Departmental Lecturer in English Literature
Lincoln College,
Oxford.
Kristen HighlandDr. Kristen Doyle Highland is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She researches nineteenth-century American literature and book history and is currently at work on two book projects, both on bookstores! One takes a close look at how bookselling spaces, including the bookstore, street stall, and catalogue, function as complex spaces of social exchange, and the other examines nineteenth-century New York City bookstores. Kristen has been a teacher for over two decades and welcomes the opportunity to engage with and learn from others with diverse experiences in bookselling. Interests: History of bookselling, American bookselling, bookstores and retail spaces, bookselling in the Middle East and South Asia
Highland, Kristen
Assistant Professor of English
American University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Dr Cynthia Johnston is a Lecturer in the History of the Book and Communication at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published on the production of the decorative components of medieval manuscripts in commercial contexts in thirteenth -century as well as the history of book collecting in the post-industrial North West of England. She has curated two major exhibitions on post-industrial collecting; Cotton to Gold for 2 Temple Place in 2015, and Holding the Vision for Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery in 2020.
Areas of particular interest: Book production and dissemination in thirteenth-century Europe, collecting manuscripts and books in post-industrial England with focus on collecting networks in regional centres such as Preston, Blackburn and Burnley.
Johnson, Cynthia
Lecturer in the History of the Book and Communication
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Andrew T. Kamei-Dyche is a scholar of Japanese book history and print culture. His primary research interests are publishers, bookstores, and reading, particularly in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is especially interested in human networks and the social role of publishers and bookstores.Kamei-Dyche, Andrew T.
Aoyama Gakuin University
Associate Professor
School of Global Studies and Collaboration
Dr Audrey  LaingDr Audrey Laing is a Lecturer in the School of Creative and Cultural Business, at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She worked for several years in the book trade before undertaking doctoral research entitled Bookselling culture and consumer behaviour which has formed the foundation for ongoing research into the book trade. Previous published research includes studies on Authors and Social Media; Bookselling Online, and Bookshops as a ‘third place’. Audrey is currently working on Indies in Scotland, a project exploring the role of independent bookshops in Scotland’s towns and villages.Laing, Audrey
Lecturer, Robert Gordon University
I am the Business Development Director at JS Group a company that works with UK universities to provide books and learning resources in all formats to students. Prior to joining JS Group, I worked in publishing for Thomson Reuters, RELX and Pearson. I was a contributor to The Academic Book of the Future collection of essays and I am particularly interested in how booksellers and publishes can work with universities and students to assess and promote the efficacy of learning resources and how technology can better integrate learning resources into course delivery.Lake, Peter
Group Business Development Director
John Smiths Group
Stephen LongStephen Long has worked in the book industry for over thirty years. Having held bookseller and retail management roles at Hatchards/ Claude Gill and Dillons, Stephen became heavily involved in the development, support and roll out of a new point of sale system for Dillons and Waterstones stores in the late nineteen nineties. Subsequently, he focused on business to business ecommerce, beginning the process to simplify and automate Waterstones supply chain, including the integration of Ottakars stores in the Waterstones business. For the last thirteen years, Stephen has worked for Nielsen Book Services, most recently as Managing Director for the metadata and b2b ecommerce businesses. He is now looking for his next book industry role.Long, Stephen
Formerly Nielsen Global Managing Director, Discovery and Commerce Solutions
Linked-in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenjlong/
I am the Sales Development Manager at Cambridge University Press Bookshop where I’ve worked since 1997. I’m responsible for all the bookshop marketing, stock and merchandise, and in this role I work closely with sales and marketing colleagues at Cambridge University Press.Lynn, Alastair,
Sales Development Manager,
CUP Bookshop
Helena MarkouHelena is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Stirling on longselling books in the UK, The Shelf-Life of Books: An Exploration of the Lifecycle and Longevity of Books in the UK in the 21st Century (funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities). She is also the Subject Coordinator for the MA Publishing (via distance learning) at Oxford Brookes University.Helena's professional career spans publishing, bookselling, and digital consultancy. As Publishing Innovation Manager at Blackwell she completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership developing and launching the UK's first custom textbook service to incorporate chapters from multiple copyright holders. Prior to this she worked in International Sales at Taylor & Francis and was Head of New Business at Perini Networks. Her research interests include bookselling, publishing, product development, consumerism, book history, book culture, creative industries, digital publishing, digital book history, and digital humanities.Markou, Helena
Graduate Student
University of Stirling
Research interests: bookselling, publishing, product development, consumerism, book history, book culture, creative industries, digital publishing, digital book history, digital humanities.
Laura J. Miller is Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. She has published numerous works on book retailing and other areas of the book industry, including Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption (2006). Her current research project examines the publishing history of vegetarian cookbooks in the United States as a means of analyzing changing expressions of vegetarianism and the place of print culture in social and cultural movements. Areas of particular interest: book retailing and wholesaling in 20th and 21st century North America; self-publishing; ancillary book sales.
Miller, Laura J.,
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Brandeis University
Anna Muenchrath was most recently the Mendota Postdoctoral Fellow in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies the selections made by people (such as translators, editors, and publishers) and institutions that circulate world literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has also worked in publishing at the University of Wisconsin Press, first in the editorial department and later in acquisitions.

Areas of Interest: twentieth and twenty-first transnational book distribution, book clubs, Amazon and online bookselling
Muenchrath, Anna
I am currently a researcher at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (Bogotá), and a professor of the M.A in Publishing Studies at the same institution. I am also an associate researcher at the Andrés Bello Central Archive of the University of Chile (Santiago). My publications have concentrated on the history of the book and the intellectual history in Latin America, and especially around the intermediary agents of the book, such as booksellers, typographers, and librarians. Since 2020, I have led a project on the history of the bookshop trade in Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries.Murillo Sandoval, Juan David,
Profesor Investigador
Instituto Caro y Cuervo
Bogotá, Colombia
https://caroycuervo.academia.edu/JuanDavidMurilloSandoval
Noel Murphy has worked in the book trade since 1991, starting at Waterstone’s where he became Promotions Manager for the chain in 1998. In 2000 he moved into publishing and joined Bloomsbury to help develop their website. He joined Faber in 2002 becoming Marketing Director in 2003 and was part of the management team that returned Faber to profit bringing the coveted accolade of Publisher of the Year to Faber in 2006. From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council. Until 2018 Noel was Sales and Marketing Director of Yale University Press with responsibility for all markets outside of the Americas and is now Commercial Director of Granta Publications.Murphy, Noel
Commercial Director,
Granta Publications
Dr Eben J. MuseDr Eben J. Muse is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media at Bangor University. He has been Co-Director of Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book since 2016. He was raised in a bookstore in Massachusetts which he now owns, and he conducts research into the business and culture of bookstores. He is currently editing the Books & Bookselling strand of the Cambridge Elements Series Publishing and Book Culture.Muse, Eben J.
Bangor University
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media & Publishing
Bangor University
Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2DG, GB

http//www.muse.cymru
Corinna Norrick-Rühl is associate professor and Chair of Book Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, after having been associate and assistant professor of Book Studies at the University of Mainz, Germany. Her current research project on "mail-order book culture" is concerned with the distribution of books by mail in the 20th and into the 21st centuries. Her most recent publications are the textbook Internationaler Buchmarkt (Bramann, 2019) and the minigraph Book Clubs and Book Commerce (Cambridge UP, 2019). She is Director of Publications for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).Norrick-Rühl, Corinna
Chair of Book Studies
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany
Louise O'Hare (behind the London Bookshp MapI specialise in contemporary art publishing, and founded the London Bookshop Map https://www.thelondonbookshopmap.org/ (website shortly to be updated!). Latest publication: ‘Havana-London Diary: Art Publishing, Sustainability, Free Speech and Free Papers’, Whose Book Is it Anyway? A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity, Janis Jefferies and Sarah Kember (ed.), Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2019O'Hare, Louise
Lynne O'NeillI joined John Smith & Son as an academic bookseller in the Glasgow flagship store and though I had a 3-year hiatus selling trade books I have worked in the HE sector ever since. I managed Glasgow University Bookshop for 15 years. I’m currently Book Product manager for JS Group and also responsible for supplier relations. I’m a member of the Booksellers Association Advisory Council and past Chair of the Academic Booksellers Group. There are very few occupations where you are paid for doing something you love, sharing that knowledge, and developing such deep links with your customers. It’s still a joy to see someone’s reaction when you are introduced as “ a bookseller “O'Neill, Lynne
Book Product Manager
John Smiths Group
Lucy OwenAt present, I am a Publishing MA Student at UCL. Originally from Scotland, I worked for two years as a Media Monitoring Assistant at a media company in Edinburgh after completing my BA in Classical Studies at Newcastle University. I then accepted the role of Publicity Assistant for Underbelly during the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival before taking the plunge and returning to university to pursue a career in publishing.

Recently I completed a work experience placement at the Cornerstone Publicity imprint of Penguin Random House. I am also the Sales Officer for the 2020 UCL Publishers' Prize anthology which is to be published this summer. Upon completing my degree, I hope to enter the publishing field of international sales.
Owen, Lucy
Graduate Student
University College London
Ryan RaffaelliRyan L. Raffaelli, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He examines how innovations transform industries, organizational reinvention, and leading change. His research introduces the concept of “technology reemergence,” a process whereby mature organizations and industries faced with technological change reinvent themselves. In 2012, he set out to discover how U.S. independent bookstores managed to survive and even thrive in spite of Amazon.com. His research on the book industry has been covered by media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, CBS News, LitHub, The Millions, Shelf Awareness, and National Public Radio. He the author of “Reinventing Retail: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores.” Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 20-068, January, 2020.Raffaelli, Ryan
Associate Professor
Organizational Behavior Unit
Harvard Business School

Samantha J. Rayner is a Reader at the Department of Information Studies, UCL, where she is also Director of UCL’s Centre for Publishing, and co-Director of the Bloomsbury CHAPTER. She is a literary and publishing history specialist and is the General Editor for an Elements series with Cambridge University Press on Publishing and Book Culture. Before she became an academic, she worked for many years in bookselling, and this has remained a key interest: now, finally, the two come together in the Bookselling Research Network, and more extensive research on bookselling issues and histories!Rayner, Samantha
University College London
Reader, Director of Centre for Publishing
Foster Court, Gower Street
London Greater London WC1E 6BT, GB
Tamsin Rosewell is a partner at Kenilworth Books, where she has worked for twelve years. Her great passion is for illustration, and she works mainly on children’s books, history and all areas of non-fiction. She also organises many of their events (adults and children’s), regularly chairs festival and event panels, and leads their social media and online presence. She is an historian by background, joining the team at English Heritage after 12 years working in Parliament as a researcher and for the British Government on Whitehall as a Civil Servant. She is also a broadcaster, moving from presenting the folk show for Radio Warwickshire to making documentaries for Arts Broadcaster Resonance FM, for which she wrote and presented ‘The Poet and the Prophet’, a three-part series about the work of William Blake, and a documentary series called ‘Apocalypse – The Idea of The End’, which explores the history of our ideas about an end of all times. She studied Fine Art before she studied history, and the bookshop is known for its window displays and illustrated tweets. Kenilworth Books has scooped six business awards in the last three years; their time and attention is much sought after by UK publishers. They have a reputation for being innovative, outspoken and commercially intelligent, combining high sales volume and good profit with a quirky personality and imaginative approach.Rosewell, Tamsin
Partner, Kenilworth Books
Lyle SkainsLyle Skains is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University. Lyle does practice-based research in Creative Writing & Digital Media. Her current projects are 'Publishing Digital Fiction' and 'Nonlinear eBook Novel'. She also runs the independent publishing company Wonderbox Publishing, focusing on publishing avenues for digital fiction.Skains, Lyle
Owner/Publisher
Wonderbox Publishing
wonderboxpublishing.com
Smith, Will,
Stirling University
Bookseller, Sam Read Books, Grasmere.
As a Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian and Comparative Literature at UCL, I am particularly interested in how books from smaller nations and the wider world reach readers in the English-speaking countries. I have written books and articles about the international publishing success of Scandinavian crime fiction and more widely about transnational publishing, translation and adaptation. I took part in the AHRC-funded research project Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations based on which we published a report and an anthology on the state of small-nation literatures in UK publishing. I also teach an advanced course at UCL on “Publishing and Comparative Literature”, and have advised publishers about Scandinavian literature.Stougaard-Nielsen, Jakob,
Associate Professor in Scandinavian Literature
Deputy Director UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS),
UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS),
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, United Kingdom
Thacker, Andrew,
Professor of English, Department of English
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS
Maria VassilopoulosMaria Vassilopoulos is a UCL PhD student researching the book trade of the Victorian and Edwardian Period. Her main focus is on the Net Book Agreement and she is conducting further research into how resale price maintenance affected the industry throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Maria worked as a bookseller straight after leaving university and has worked for an art publisher and The Bookseller magazine.Vassilopoulos, Maria
PhD Student, UCL
Founding Member
I am a PhD researcher at University of Reading, and I am using archival material primarily but not exclusively from the British Publishing Archive held in Reading’s Special Collections. My research investigates the development of mid-twentieth century children’s literature by focusing on a group of women involved in all aspects of children’s publishing during this period. I am interested in exploring the influence of booksellers, both in terms of the impact they had on editorial decision-making, and the insights they could offer into the reading habits and choices of their customers, both child and adult.West, Liz
PhD student,
University of Reading
Rob is studying MA Publishing at University College London. He is currently conducting research for his dissertation, which will explore the current relationship between booksellers and publishers in trade publishing. Rob has experience as a bookseller, working with award-winning independent bookshop Kenilworth Books, which is based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. He is bursary recipient of the Stationers’ Company––where he sits on the Young Stationers’ Committee––and a member of the Society of Young Publishers. In his spare time, Rob likes to travel around the UK and Europe with a book in hand, often following his beloved football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bookselling interests:
• Independent bookselling
• Bookseller and publisher relations––historic and present
• Bookselling associations––pre-BA, history of BA, and the role of BA
• The role of Amazon
• Technology and independent bookselling
Wilding, Rob
Graduate Student
University College London