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Cambridge Scholars Publishing New Royalty Scheme 30 April 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new and improved royalty structure, which will allow our authors and editors to share much more generously in the success of the press. Best of all, they can start reaping the rewards from day one!

Over the past couple of years, the issue of book royalty payments has been hotly debated within the book publishing industry and the academic community alike. Increasing numbers of Cambridge Scholars authors have been asking for a more equitable and user-friendly system that acknowledges the smaller volume of sales per title in academic vs. mainstream publishing, and begins rewarding the author from the very first sale.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said: “We are very excited to be introducing this significant transformation of our royalty structure. Our publishing house is committed to putting our authors at the heart of everything we do, as well as offering innovative solutions that look beyond the traditional confines of the publishing community. This new model will benefit authors and editors from the onset, with a sliding scale of royalties as sales increase. We have thoroughly surveyed the academic publishing marketplace and I am delighted that this model rewards our authors through a more generous and transparent scheme than many of the available alternatives.”

If you are an author/editor and would like to learn more about how this new structure will affect you, or if you are keen to explore publishing opportunities with Cambridge Scholars, please feel free to contact a member of our team: info@cambridgescholars.com

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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - May 2014 30 April 2014

This May, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Dr Terri Apter, Professor Richard Cogdell and Margaret Exley CBE, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.


Dr Terri Apter’s ‘Recommended Read’:

The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security

Editors: Jalil Roshandel and Nathan Lean

“When Cherie Blair spoke about the hopelessness that drives young people to become suicide bombers, there was such outrage that the then Prime Minister’s wife had to apologise profusely for her offence.  The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security defies the cultural cliché that explanations involve “sympathy for the terrorists”. Jalil Roshandel and Nathan Lean bring together a selection of papers from many disciplines to explore why one individual becomes a terrorist and another does not, and how some political and religious cultures, in some contexts, construct myths and motives for terrorism.  In rebutting the reductive assumption that terrorist acts spring from an evil beyond our understanding, the editors de-mystify terrorism, thereby reducing the risks of escalation and increasing the possibility of effective security.”


Professor Richard Cogdell’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives

Editor: Andrew Robinson

“This book is a collection of essays that arose from a conference on this topic. In many ways, the book echoes a debate that has resonated down the years since Darwin’s ‘Origin of the species’ was first published and recapitulates many of the classic arguments, putting them into an up-to-date context and even dealing with so-called ‘intelligent design’. Evolution powered by natural selection is one of the great pillars on which modern biology is based. It is clear though that this concept is still challenging to Christian theology even when that theology does not believe that everything in the Bible is literally true. For people, like me, interested in this debate, this is an excellent and stimulating read.”


Margaret Exley’s ‘Recommended Read’:

New Directions in Management and Organization Theory

Editor: Jeffrey A. Miles

"I found this both an interesting and diverse overview of the latest theory on management and organization and a very useful single point of reference on new thinking in the field. The papers in the book were all tabled at a conference in 2013, which was deliberately designed to stimulate and pull together the latest theories from the best authors and institutions (including Harvard, LBS, LSE, Cornell, Duke). Theories presented range from micro theories on performance in diverse groups, to the theories of enterprise risk management and financial sociology. Highlights included a paper on how emergent leaders inadvertently create conflict, a fascinating paper on the concept of organisational medicine, and a paper on structuring community engagement to facilitate product development. An excellent resource based on a very helpful intervention."


For further information on Dr. Terri Apter, please click here.

For further information on Professor Richard Cogdell, please click here.

For further information on Margaret Exley CBE, please click here.

 

 

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Cultural Diversity Day 2014 30 April 2014

This May, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is demonstrating the commitment of our press, and many of our authors, to interculturalism by participating in UNESCO’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21st May 2014).

The importance of culture as a driving force of development, not only in respect of economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life, is being explored by increasing numbers of Cambridge Scholars authors. As a mainspring for sustainable development for individuals and communities, the acceptance and recognition of this diversity – in particular through innovative use of media– is conducive to dialogue among civilizations, generating respect and mutual understanding.

In the words of Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner: "There is an old Bengali saying that knowledge is a very special commodity: the more you give, the more you have. Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver - the teachers, the parents, the friends. We have to make sure that we do not have 'smallness' thrust upon the young. The importance of non-sectarian and non-parochial curricula that expand, rather than reduce, the reach of reason can be hard to exaggerate."

To celebrate the importance of UNESCO’s ‘World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development’, we are offering our readers a generous 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to the subject. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code DIVERSITY14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.


Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies

Editor: Blagovesta M. Momchedjikova


Creating Cultural Synergies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Interculturality and Interreligiosity

Editor: Birgit Breninger and Thomas Kaltenbacher


Balkans and Islam: Encounter, Transformation, Discontinuity, Continuity

Editor: Ayşe Zişan Furat and Hamit Er

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Book of the Month - May 2014 23 April 2014

Our May Book of the Month is a critically acclaimed analysis of the challenges of modern society. Santiago Sia’s book ‘Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society’, provides a fresh perspective, demonstrating the utility that philosophy can offer in answering some of our biggest social questions, including the power and limits of human freedom, economic crisis and accountability, the role of academia and education, public office and moral society, and the meaning and significance of life.

In her foreword to the book, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, states: “I congratulate Santiago on the publication of his latest book…it is a wonderful and generous gift on his part of continuing service to the people and to the spirit, which animates the very best of what it is to be human.”

To find out more about this book, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 3rd June 2014.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“I have no doubt that Santiago’s book will help provoke the kind of probing discussions we need to be having about how we can live humanly together, draw wisdom from information and experience and not simply accrete knowledge … a very important addition to his impressive corpus of writings and wise scholarship and to our civic discourse.”

—Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland


“Santiago Sia provides a much-needed antidote to the popular myth that philosophy cannot be of service to our societies. He demonstrates its usefulness to our societies and our dire need for education that develops the ability to analyse and reflect, weigh and assess different options, consider the long and the short term, and ultimately to decide where we want our societies to go on the basis of a considered reflection of who we want to be. The thoughtful and well-written essays will reward anyone interested in our societies and the legacy we will leave to future generations.”

—Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation; Directorate General II Democracy, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

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New Distribution Partnership with ISD 02 April 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new partnership with ISD, the scholarly and specialist book distributor based in the USA.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said “ISD is a well-established and successful distributor, with excellent partnerships with retail and wholesale bookselling channels in North America. They have a distinguished list of international academic publishing partners with whom we share many synergies. We are delighted to be working in closer collaboration with ISD, broadening the outreach of Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles and offering greater exposure for our authors.”

ISD Managing Director, Ian Stevens, added “ISD is delighted to have reached an agreement with Cambridge Scholars Publishing and to be distributing their broad range of scholarly publications into the North American market. We are confident that the joint efforts of Cambridge Scholars and ISD will develop sales in the coming months and years and increase market penetration. Cambridge Scholars has an excellent portfolio of books which are eminently suited to the North American scholarly library market, which is ISD's primary sphere of activity. The partnership is a great match!”

For further information on the Cambridge Scholars titles distributed by ISD, please click here.

  

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Book of the Month - April 2014 02 April 2014

Our April Book of the Month is an innovative study focusing on the work of five contemporary, radical British poets who have embraced a range of shamanic strategies to transform their work. Shamsad Mortuza’s ‘The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry’ identifies historical moments of ruptures, such as the persecution of the Celtic druids by the Romans, the killing of the Welsh bards by Edward I, and the beatnik response to a post-World War world, in order to discuss the poets of British Poetry Revival.

To find out more about this book, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAPR14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on May 5th.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“Shamsad Mortuza’s book explores contemporary British poetry from an unusual perspective. The idea of shamanism as a ‘sickness vocation,’ whereby the poet gains access to the hidden underside of what makes society function, produces some fascinating results. Mortuza shows how important non-acknowledged realities have been to some of the most interesting and radical contemporary poets, such as Iain Sinclair, Maggie O’Sullivan and Brian Catling.”

– William Rowe, FBA, Professor of Poetics, Birkbeck College


“The spectre haunting European rationality is the shaman, but one equipped with a book of critique rather than a book of spells. This study seeks out the best radical British poets to have embraced a range of shamanic strategies as a route out of modernity in order to re-enter it, transforming themselves and transforming it in their textual practice. It is brave and erudite, the first of its kind.”

– Robert Sheppard, Professor of Poetry and Poetics, Edge Hill University

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Editorial Panel's Recommended Reads - April 2014 02 April 2014

This April, our Editorial Panel have chosen 3 ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on these best-selling titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on May 5th.

Our Editorial Panel’s selection for April includes:


The Other India: Narratives of Terror, Communalism and Violence

Editor: Om Prakash Dwivedi

“This is a rich and various collection of essays. Om Prakash Dwivedi has here brought together a number of significant voices, all of whom address the endlessly evolving – beauteous, ornate, tragic – tapestry which is contemporary ‘India’, a real India but one which is never separable from Indias of imagination and the mind.”

- Professor David Punter, University of Bristol


Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships

Authors: Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen

“The fans’ are an incredibly important force in the entertainment industry: Powerful executives, directors and writers fear them, countless web sites cater to them and their support (or wrath) can make or break a project. But who are the fans? What do they want? How do they view their complex relationships with the stories and storytellers they obsess over? Fortunately, Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen are here to take us on a fascinating journey into the belly of the beast. But you don’t have to be a fan of the Winchester Brothers to enjoy this witty, thoughtful and intelligent guide to the nature of fandom and the endless varieties of the fan experience.”

- Maureen Ryan, Television Critic, AOL/Huffington Post


The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image

Editors: Selena Daly and Monica Insinga

“This selection of essays brings together clearly focused critical studies, displaying insight, creative comparison and original associations and conclusions. The result is a highly recommendable interdisciplinary vision of the early twentieth century ranging from Futurism to Cubism, from Surrealism to Translation, with an entire section dedicated to the Body from both a verbal and visual dimension.”

- Deirdre O’Grady, Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, University College Dublin; Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana.

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World Book and Copyright Day 02 April 2014

Join us in celebrating ‘World Book and Copyright Day’ on 23rd April. UNESCO Member States around the world will be celebrating the power of books – our allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide. 

The 23rd April also marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of well-known writers, including William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Vladimir Nabokov, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, and Josep Pla. For this reason, UNESCO chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, explains further:

“This day also calls us to reflect on the changes in books over the long term and the intangible values that should guide us. Digital books offer new opportunities for access to knowledge, at reduced costs and over wide geographical areas. Traditional books are still powerful technology: failsafe, portable and standing the test of time. All forms of books make a valuable contribution to education and the dissemination of culture and information. The diversity of books and editorial content is a source of enrichment that we must support through appropriate public policies and protect from uniformity. This bibliodiversity is our common wealth, making books much more than a physical object, for they are our most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of space and time.”

Cambridge Scholars Publishing will join the celebration in commemorating the legacy of William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and Vladimir Nabokov, by offering all of our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to their works. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOOKDAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 5th May.


Shakespeare Studies in Colonial Bengal

Author: Hema Dahiya


On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind

Author: Gene H. Bell-Villada


Shifting Viewpoints: Cervantes in Twentieth-Century and Early Twenty-First-Century Literature Written in German

Authors: Gabriele Eckart and Meg H. Brown

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