Further reading

The following is a selection of key texts relevant to book publishing, authorship and reading. This is updated as new titles become available. Go to the Resources page to find details of articles, databases, journals and industry reports. There are also suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.

Chris Anderson, Free: The future of a radical price, Random House, 2009.

Chris Anderson, The Long Tail: How endless choice is creating unlimited demand, Random House, 2006.

Diana Athill, Stet, Granta, 2000.

Tricia Austin and Richard Doust, New Media Design, Laurence King, 2007.


Phil Baines, Penguin by Design: A cover story 1935-2005, Allen Lane, 2005.

Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam, Type and Typography, Laurence King, 2005.

David Bann, Book Production Control, 2nd edition, Class Publishing, 2012.

David Bann, The All New Print Production Handbook, RotoVision, 2006.

Alan Bartram, Making Books: Design in British publishing since 1945, British Library, 1999.

Alison Baverstock, How to Market Books, 5th edition, Routledge, 2014.

Alison Baverstock, Susannah Bowen and Steve Carey, How to get a job in Publishing, A & C Black, 2008.

Eric de Bellaigue, British Book Publishing as a Business, British Library Publishing, 2004.

Michael Bhaskar, The Content Machine: Towards a theory of publishing from the printing press to the digital network, Anthem Press, 2013.

Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies: The fate of reading in an electronic age, Faber, 2006.

Carole Blake, From Pitch to Publication, Pan, 1999.

Clive Bloom, Bestsellers: Popular fiction since 1900, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Sue Bradley (ed.), The British Book Trade: An oral history, British Library, 2008.

Manfred H. Breede, The Brave New World of Publishing: The symbiotic relationship between printing and book publishing, Chandos, 2008.

Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style, version 3.1, Hartley & Marks, 2005.

Adrian Bullock, Book Production, Routledge, 2012.

Adrian Bullock and Meredith Walsh, The Green Design and Print Production Handbook, How Books, 2013.

Judith Butcher, Caroline Drake and Maureen Leach, Copy-editing: The Cambridge handbook for editors, copy-editors and proofreaders, 4th edition, 2006.


Robert Campbell, Ed Pentz and Ian Bothwick (ed.), Academic and Professional Publishing, Chandos, 2012.

Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Constable, 2012.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Clayton M. Christensen, The Innovator’s Dilemma: When new technologies cause great firms to fail, Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

Joseph Connolly, Eighty Years of Book Cover Design, Faber & Faber, 2009.

Bill Cope and Angus Phillips (ed.), The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, Chandos, 2006.

Bill Cope and Angus Phillips (ed.), The Future of the Academic Journal, 2nd edition, Chandos 2014.


Robert Darnton, The Case for Books, Perseus, 2009.

Gill Davies, Book Commissioning and Acquisition, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2004.

Gill Davies and Richard Balkwill, The Professionals’ Guide to Publishing: A practical introduction to working in the publishing industry, Kogan Page, 2011.

Christopher Davis, Eyewitness: The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley, 2009.

Dictionary of Printing and Publishing, 3rd edition, A & C Black, 2006.

Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger, By its Cover: Modern American book cover design, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.


Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud, The Novel Cure: An A to Z of literary remedies, Canongate, 2013.

Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose, A Companion to the History of the Book, Blackwell, 2007.

Jason Epstein, Book Business: Publishing past, present, and future, Norton, 2002.


John Feather, A History of British Publishing, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2005.

David Finkelstein and Alastair McCleery (ed.), The Book History Reader, 2nd edition, 2006.


Simon Garfield, Just my Type, Profile, 2010.

Albert N. Greco, Jim Milliot, Robert Wharton, The Book Publishing Industry, 3rd edition, Routledge, 2013.

Susan Gunelius, Harry Potter: The story of a global business phenomenon, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Richard Guthrie, Publishing: Principles and practice, SAGE, 2011.


Frania Hall, The Business of Digital Publishing: An introduction to the digital book and journal industries, Routledge, 2013.

Jenny Hartley, The Reading Groups Book, revised edition, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Barbara Horn, Editorial Project Management, Horn Editorial Books, 2006.

Barbara Horn, Copy-editing, Horn Editorial Books and Publishing Training Centre, 2008.


Independent Publishers Guild, The Insiders’ Guide to Independent Publishing, Independent Publishers Guild, 2010.

Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs, Little, Brown, 2011.


Jeff Jarvis, HarperCollins, 2009.

Ros Jay, The White Ladder Diaries, White Ladder Press, 2004.

Chris Jennings, eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks, PagetoScreen ebook, 2012.

Hugh Jones and Christopher Benson, Publishing Law, 4th edition, Routledge, 2011.


Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur, Nicholas Brealey, 2007.

Arthur M. Klebanoff, The Agent, Texere, 2002.

Miha Kovac, Here comes the Book: Never mind the Web, Chandos, 2008.

Stephanie Kurschus, European Book Cultures, Springer, 2014.


Marshall Lee, Bookmaking: Editing, design, production, 3rd edition, Norton, 2004.

Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture, Penguin, 2004.

Jeremy Lewis, Penguin Special: The life and times of Allen Lane, Viking, 2005.

Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages: A writer’s guide to staying out of the rejection pile, Oxford University Press, 2010.


Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary (eds), Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, O’Reilly Media, 2012.

Ruari McLean, The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography, Thames and Hudson, 1980.

Tom Maschler, Publisher, Picador, 2005.

Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody (ed.), Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, publishers, designers, and the marketing of fiction, Ashgate, 2007.

Daniel Menaker, My Mistake, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Jason Merkosi, Burning the Page, Sourcebooks, 2013.

Laura Miller, Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the culture of consumption, University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Michael Mitchell and Susan Wightman, Book Typography: A designer’s manual, Libanus Press, 2005.

Sally Morris, Ed Barnas, Douglas La Frenier, and Margaret Reich, The Handbook of Journal Publishing, CUP, 2013.

Simone Murray, The Adaptation Industry: The cultural economy of contemporary literary adaptation, Routledge, 2011.


Ian Norrie, Mumby’s Publishing and Bookselling in the Twentieth Century, 6th edition, Bell & Hyman, 1982.


Lynette Owen (ed.), Clark’s Publishing Agreements: A book of precedents, 9th edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2013.

Lynette Owen, Selling Rights, 7th edition, Routledge, 2014.


Angus Phillips, Turning the Page: The evolution of the book, Routledge, 2014.

Angus Phillips (ed.), The Cottage by the Highway and other essays: 25 years of Logos, Brill, 2015.

Alan Powers, Front Cover: Great book jackets and cover design, Mitchell Beazley, 2001.


Paul Richardson and Graham Taylor, A Guide to the UK Publishing Industry, 3rd edition, Publishers Association, 2014.


R. M. Ritter, New Hart’s Rules: The handbook of style for writers and editors, Oxford University Press, 2005.

R. M. Ritter, The Oxford Style Manual, 2003.

R.M. Ritter, Angus Stevenson and Lesley Brown, New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, 2005.

Lucienne Roberts and Julia Thrift, The Designer and the Grid, RotoVision, 2002.


André Schiffrin, The Business of Books: How international conglomerates took over publishing and changed the way we read, Verso Books, 2001.

Mike Shatzkin, The Shatzkin Files, Kobo Editions, 2011.

Kelvin Smith, The Publishing Business: From p-books to e-books, AVA, 2012.

Erik Spiekermann and E. M. Ginger, Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works, 2nd edition, Adobe Press, 2003.

Claire Squires, Marketing Literature: The making of contemporary writing in Britain, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

David Stam and Andrew Scott, Inside Magazine Publishing, Routledge, 2014.

Iain Stevenson, Book Makers: British publishing in the twentieth century, British Library, 2010.

Rachel Stock, The Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Book Published, White Ladder Press, 2005.

Simon Stokes, Digital Copyright: Law and practice, Hart Publishing, 2013.

Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon, Little Brown, 2013.

Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Book, 2010.

Mira T. Sundara Rajan, Moral Rights, OUP, 2011.


Don Tapscott, Grown Up Digital: How the net generation is changing your world, McGraw-Hill, 2008.

John B. Thompson, Books in the Digital Age, Polity Press, 2005.

John B. Thompson, Merchants of Culture, Polity Press, 2010.


Michael Upshall, Content Licensing: Buying and selling digital resources, Chandos, 2009.


Margaret Willes, Reading Matters: Five centuries of discovering books, Yale University Press, 2008.

Maryann Wolf, Proust and the Squid: The story and science of the reading brain, Icon Books, 2008.

Thomas Woll, Publishing for Profit, 4th edition, Chicago Review Press, 2010.

World Intellectual Property Organization, Managing Intellectual Property in the Book Publishing Industry, WIPO, 2008.


Sherman Young, The Book is Dead: Long live the book, UNSW Press, 2007.


Gabriel Zaid, So Many Books: Reading and publishing in an age of abundance, Sort of Books, 2004.


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