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31 Jan '16

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Independent thinking: Designing covers for self-publishers

Posted by Mark Ecob 18th December 2015, on the Bookmachine blog

You’ve finished! There it is, your first novel. Phew. Now it’s the easy bit, right? Just self-publish it and its ‘Kindle Million Club, here we come’….

Wrong, but this … Read More

31 Jan '16

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The Fox and the Star Designer…

Posted by Mark Ecob 26th October 2015, on the Dads and Design blog

Penguin has been a home to gifted book designers for the best part of a century. Under their wing, another legend is in the making.

If you’re … Read More

31 Jan '16

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Roald Dahl rays of Sunshine

Posted by Mark Ecob 27th July 2015, on the Dads and Design blog

Every Dad rushes home to read to their kids, that is unless you’re lucky enough to work at home like me. I get to do it … Read More

08 Oct '15

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Completing the Circle: Alexander McCall Smith

In 2010, I won the pitch to repackage Alexander McCall Smith’s series, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Under the watchful eye of Duncan Spilling, Creative Director at Little, Brown UK, I’m still doing it five years later and … Read More

02 Jun '15

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Byte the Book: What Place do Book Design and Illustration have in the Digital Age?

Chaired by Tate Publishing’s Jacky Klein, May 2015’s Byte the Book event at The Groucho Club (sponsored by CirciularFLO) discussed the role of book design in the digital age, with Andrew Sanigar (Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson), Tom … Read More

13 May '15

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The Wake wins BIA 2015 Book of the Year!

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth published by Unbound has been crowned ‘Book of the Year’ at the inaugural 2015 Bookseller Industry Awards.

Set in 1066 and written in the author’s own language “Shadow Tongue”, it tells the story of a group … Read More

13 May '15

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ZED Magbook & London College of Communication

In February 2015, I was introduced to Tanis Eve, Commissioning Editor of the ZED Magbook, a collaborative publication by MA students at London College of Communication, on the future of contemporary publishing. 

They asked me to pen a 1000 word … Read More

06 May '15

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Creative Bath: Future of Media: Print & Digital

On 29th April 2015, Creative Bath teamed up with Bath Spa University to bring an evening dedicated to enlightening students about the world of publishing, both in print and in digital.

Chaired by Greg Ingham from … Read More

06 Mar '15

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THE ACADEMY OF BRITISH COVER DESIGN AWARDS 2015

I was very proud (and very nervous I might add) to be asked to be a judge at the 2015 Academy of British Cover Design Awards.

It’s a new organisation run by Jon Gray (of gray318) and Jamie Keenan (Keenan … Read More

03 Mar '15

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FANTASY PUBLISHING VENTURE 2015

Every year I run a project called Fantasy Publishing Venture at Bath Spa University, in which teams of students have to conceptualise, brand and pitch a new business idea for the publishing industry to a panel for potential investment, in … Read More