Join The Publishing Training Centre for two free seminars at the London Book Fair

Posted on March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Publishing Training Centre is sponsoring two seminars at this year’s London Book Fair. Both sessions will take place in the Cromwell Room at Earls Court Exhibition Centre and entry is free – but come early as the sessions fill up quickly.


Digital Publishing Production: There’s method in the madness (The apparatus for digital publishing)

London Book Fair, Monday 16th April 2012, 17:30 to 18:30 in The Cromwell Room. Hosted by The Publishing Training Centre, this session is led by Tim Oliver, Head of Digital at Macmillan Education.


In this session we look at the changing role of the production department in the new digital environment. How has the department’s function changed and what are the new and emerging job roles in a modern publishing house? With outsourcing taking centre stage Tim looks at three workflow case studies and talks from experience about how digital has impacted on his role at Macmillan.

Tim Oliver is Head of the Digital Publishing Unit at Macmillan Education. A long involvement with Macmillan English Campus and experiences of trade, academic, NGO publishing and startups in the dotcom bubble have imbued him with a passion for traditional, new and emerging publishing media.

Tim runs sessions on our three-day course, The Digital Publisher, which runs at The Publishing Training Centre in London on 11-13 July and 7-9 November 2012.

Creating E-Books: the pleasure and the pain

London Book Fair, Tuesday 17th April 14:30 to 15:30 in the Cromwell Room. Hosted by The Publishing Training Centre, this session is led by Chris Jennings.


As the range of portable e-reader devices develops and improves, so the reading experience on these devices becomes more pleasurable.

We are told that the demand for e-books is accelerating. But for the creatives among us, what are the issues in transforming our processes in design and typography (which hitherto have focussed on print output), to build attractive e-book versions? What are the pitfalls in using page layout tools to deliver content where the final reading platform may have attributes, such as font-size, justification and orientation controlled by the end user? Do print designers need to develop coding and mark-up skills?


Chris Jennings is an e-book consultant and university lecturer who teaches in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is currently leader for modules on Digital Media Publishing and Digital Products, where the focus is more and more on e-book development. In his early career, Chris was a practicing artist and designer and has exhibited his photographs and sculptures nationally and internationally. He became involved in computer-generated art works in the mid 1980s and has subsequently worked in the field of computers for art education. Chris was one of the pioneers to adopt CD-ROM and multimedia technologies for clients such as the BBC, the British Museum, Harper Collins and Heinemann, winning several awards for these projects. Chris has latterly developed wide-ranging expertise in web design and e-books.


Chris runs the 2 day course, Creating E-Books, at The Publishing Training Centre in London. The course is currently scheduled to run on 3 May, 11 June and 23 October 2012.