This week, our friends, colleagues and partners in the UK celebrated the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books. From January 23rd to 25th, organisations such as the the Booksellers Association, the British Library and University College London joined forces once again, after successfully launching Academic Book Week back in 2015. A whole host of venues – including schools, bookshops and libraries – organised events aimed at increasing awareness of academic books amongst a wider, global audience.
Here were some of our highlights:
Speaking with Bloomsbury Academic Film and Media Editor, Katie Geldof discussed how academic publishing has changed in recent years; “I’ve seen the dissolution of print departments in business-to-business publishing, and watched as Continuum – and then Bloomsbury has incorporated the digital aspect of providing ebooks and products, but within the disciplines themselves, interdisciplinarity is not something to be scared of anymore”.
A number of organisations set up panel discussions across the week. International educational publishers, SAGE, focused on the challenges academic books face against the next generation and the importance of making textbooks accessible for all. Others also contributed their thoughts and insights on social media, using the hashtag #AcBookWeek to keep up with the discussion.
Many colleges and universities took advantage of the week and promoted their favourite academic books in their libraries. The City of Glasgow College in Scotland set up pop-up displays and encouraged students to take a look at in a bid to improve their study skills.
The British Museum promoted the world-leading research housed in their recent publications on Twitter, and the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library promoted their exhibition, ‘Inspiring Knowledge: Works Of Innovation And Imagination That Have Shaped Our World’ exhibition, celebrating over 500 years of innovations with special collections that pushed the boundaries of knowledge and intellectual creativity.
Countless bookshops and publishers offered exclusive discounts of up to 80% across the week on their academic titles, with some offering free digital copies. Routledge Psychology, part of the Taylor & Francis group, opened up one title a day to read for free on their website.
The week reached its finale with the announcement of the top 20 academic books, a list that had been put to public vote during the week. Coming in first place was John Maynard Keynes’ ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money’. Academic Book Week credits Keynes’ book as one “which continues to impact modern Britain’s economic policy,
and which was instrumental in determining how the UK managed the 2007-8 financial crisis”. View the complete list here.
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