London 22 May 2014 – Kingston University  Press and BookMachine will launch the joint publication ‘Snapshots’,  a compilation of articles around digital, discoverability and collaboration, at a gathering in London this evening. A number of top speakers who contributed to the book will each deliver a short talk for an audience of over 100 publishing professionals.

The ‘blook’, as it is known (combination of a blog and a book) is a compilation of some of the best blog posts on the web, and has been divided up into digestible sections on digital, discoverability and collaboration. Speakers at the evening event include Eric Huang of Made in MeCharles Catton of Amber Books, Felice Howden of Little, Brown Book Group and Sheila Bounford of Off the Page Ideas; each were contributors to the new publication.

The project was edited, designed and produced by a small team of Kingston University students with limited experience in book production, and they had just seven weeks to complete it. Samantha Perkins, Kingston Publishing MA student led the project: ‘Entrusted with content from some of the biggest names in the industry, what Kingston’s student production team achieved in the given time was no mean feat. They took the basic manuscript and copy-edited, designed, typeset, proofread and converted it into an ebook – all the while juggling their other deadlines, internships and jobs.’

After a tough seven weeks, Sam is proud to announce that ‘we now have a professional-looking product that will sit proudly on our bookshelves (and e-readers) for years to come, and the practical knowledge and experience we need to fuel our future careers.’

The MA Publishing module that offers students the opportunity to work on live publishing projects was recognised by Kingston University in the 2014 Student-Led Learning and Teaching Awards, for developing skills that will be useful in the workplace.

The event will take place at Adam Street Club from 6.30pm and entry to the event is available by signing up here.