This knowledge community is brought together by common interest in the past, present and future of books and publishing. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round online relationships, a family of peer reviewed journals, and book series – exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and other education practitioners.
Our community members and first time attendees come from all corners of the globe. The conference is a site of critical reflection to discuss the past, present and future of the book, and with it, other key aspects of the information society, including publishing, libraries, information systems, literacy and education. Those unable to attend the Conference may opt for virtual participation, or simply submit a paper for peer review and possible publication in the Journal.
The Books and Publishing Community enables members to publish through three media. First by participating in the Book Conference, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums – a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of the Book provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard.
The second publication medium is through the book series Books and Publishing, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.
The third major publishing medium is our social media platform, Scholar, constantly publishing short news updates from the community. You can also join this conversation at Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our email Newsletter.