The Cambridge Scholars Editorial Advisory Board Meeting was hosted at The Groucho Club in London and included an inspirational presentation from our guest speaker, David Worlock. David is a respected thought leader with over 25 years’ experience of digital publishing marketplaces. The founder of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd, a research and consultancy company based in London and New York, he has delivered advisory services for the European Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Cabinet Office, The Department for Education and Skills, the British Library, and the Soros Foundation. In 2013, David received the George Henderson Award for lifetime achievement from the PPA for his work in publishing and information marketplaces.
David's presentation at the Cambridge Scholars Board meeting was about the future of digital communication in academic publishing, and stimulated a lively debate amongst the members of the Board about the direction in which we will be taking the Press in the forthcoming year. When asked to summarise the essence of his presentation, David said:
“We now have thirty years’ experience of building digital publishing models in the UK, and over twenty years of internet distribution. This means that no publisher, traditional or otherwise, can avoid the need to be data-ready in order to face the demands of readers and learners whose mode of access is smartphone or tablet, and who think that digital publishing means something much more sophisticated than an eBook version of print.”
The Board Meeting also offered a valuable opportunity for the senior academics who represent the Press to discuss the ways in which we can be more innovative in offering a forward-thinking and author-centric publishing experience. We hope to be launching some new initiatives in the coming months, the first of these being the introduction of several Book Series, exploring topical issues and exciting new areas of research. Please watch this space.
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