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The CSP Story: featured on No Shelf Required 23 April 2020

The influential No Shelf Required online library magazine ran a major feature on Cambridge Scholars Publishing in its April 2020 edition. 

To read about how CSP “Does Simple Things Well”, four “Surprising Things” about CSP; a commitment to long-form research; how we think global but act local; and the fascinating history behind our Library home….click here.

Here’s a flavour of the feature, written by NSR Editorial Director Mirela Roncevic,:

 

Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Doing Simple Things Well

Something of a shockwave ran through the publishing world in Spring 2019 when Stanford University announced it could no longer support its University Press, and that the venerable and high-prestige Stanford University Press (founded in 1892) would be closing. A shock, but for many, no real surprise, as a chilly wind had been blowing through the academic monograph publishing industry for several years. Outside of a shelter under the wing of a giant multinational (Routledge, Wiley), or life as a tiny niche labor-of-love press, is there a future?  The Stanford story, despite its subsequent temporary stay of execution, said – maybe not.

So we were intrigued to hear of an independent scholarly monograph publisher who wasn’t complaining about the chill. One which was expanding, not consolidating; was broadening its publishing horizons, not narrowing them; and that was staying – solidly and defiantly – rooted in publishing academic books for a university market. That led us to learn the story of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) and seeing a publisher taking the refreshing approach of doing simple things, well….

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Meet the Publisher: Damian Baker 22 April 2020

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. While we aim to put our authors first in everything we do, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title.

In the latest in our ‘Meet the Publisher’ series, we would like to introduce our Head of Production, Damian Baker. A native of Tauranga, New Zealand, Damian first moved to Newcastle in 2012 with his wife and son, and joined Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the summer of 2019.


Damian has had a long and varied career in print and production, from an early career as a Graphic Artist, to a 7-year stint for Fuji-Xerox New Zealand, in addition to managing a high-volume digital colour press for a Newcastle-based commercial printer.

Outside of work, Damian is an active member of the local Scouts Association, which his two sons, aged 7 and 11, attend. The Baker family enjoy rugby, surfing in the summer months, visiting National Trust locations, and exploring the spectacular Northumberland countryside.

When he does find time to relax, Damian can usually be found outdoors in the garden, ideally in front of a barbeque!


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