In 2015, I was an intern at the Academic Book of the Future project at University College London in collaboration with King’s College, London. Two years later, I edited, designed, and typeset the end of project reports, my biggest publishing project so far.
The Academic Book of the Future Project
The Academic Book of the Future project 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?”
Next to several other reports, studies, and articles, the Academic Book of the Future project published the The Academic Book of the Future, (Lyons, Rebecca E., Rayner, Samantha (Eds.), 2016) with Palgrave Macmillan, which was downloaded more than 20,000 times as Open Access version.
The End of Project Reports
In addition, the project produced two reports in 2017, written by Prof Marilyn Deegan and Dr Michael Jubb. The two reports complement each other, and reflect the wide set of communities and contexts the Project engaged with, highlighting positive collaborations, creative solutions and business models, and ongoing research tackling the tensions that surround academic book production, dissemination, consumption, and conservation.
The two reports were published on June 13th, 2017 after half a year of editing, designing, communicating with the authors and other stakeholders of the project. Considering the wide reach of the previous publication, the reports should be both engaging in style/layout and professional in its appearance. Below, you’ll find some impressions of my design and layout from the printed versions. The digital versions can be accessed here:
- Deegan (2017), The Academic Book and the Future Project Report: A Report to the AHRC and the British Library, London.
- Jubb (2017), Academic Books and their Futures: A Report to the AHRC and the British Library, London.
The Printed Project and Policy Report
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