The Academic Book of the Future: Policy and Practice Findings

The Academic Book of the Future: Policy and Practice Findings

15 Mar 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

The Faculty


This seminar is programmed by the ALPSP.

The Academic Book of the Future project (ABOTF) was funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the British Library, and looked at how scholarly work in the Arts and Humanities will be produced, read, and preserved in coming years. It explored key questions like “what is an academic book?”  “who reads them?”, “what can technology do to help make academic books more accessible?” and “how can we make sure academic books, whether print or electronic, are kept safe, and don’t disappear?” Project activity ended in September 2016, however, the legacy is ongoing – including Academic Book Week.

Our panel, chaired by Nick Canty, will draw in the views of those who worked on the project to discuss the final report and what has been learnt from a policy and practice perspective. So many organisations from across institutions, libraries, publishers and retail were involved and this session will provide a fascinating insight into what lies ahead for the academic book.



  • Michael Jubb


    Director, Jubb Consulting and Principal Investigator, Academic Book of the Future project

    Jubb Consulting and Future Book

    Michael's career has spanned research policy, funding and administration, as well as scholarly communications. He led Research Information Network...

  • Dr Samantha Rayner


    Director of the Centre for Publishing

    University College London

    Samantha is Director of the Centre for Publishing, Reader and Director of Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCL.  She teaches and...

  • Lara Speicher


    Publishing Manager

    University College London Press

    Lara Speicher is Publishing Manager at UCL Press, the university press for University College London, where she has set the Press up from scratch...

  • Nick Canty


    Lecturer, Department of Information Studies

    University College London

    Nick Canty worked in academic and professional publishing before joining UCL as a lecturer in 2010 where he teaches on the MA in Publishing...


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