1 What's your company called?
2 What do you publish?
Mainly English Language Teaching (ELT) books for students, teachers and academics. This includes classroom materials, readers and books on teaching methodology and applied linguistics. We also publish the twice-yearly European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, a refereed academic periodical that presents the latest research and scholarship from around the world and is a major source of insight and reference for educators and language specialists.
3 What's the story of the company?
LinguaBooks was founded in 2010 as an offshoot of LinguaServe, a language school and translation company with more than 25 years’ experience of providing language services to corporate, institutional and private clients. Originally based in the Black Forest area of Germany, LinguaBooks now operates from Halifax in the UK.
4 How's business?
We are constantly adding new titles to our select list of books and ebooks and welcoming new authors to our fold. By drawing on our specialist expertise in a niche market and appointing new international distributors, we are set to grow quickly over the next few years.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
For us, being independent means being able to respond quickly in a changing market and the freedom to make decisions without external interference or pressures from above. It also gives us the flexibility to invest in projects and authors we believe in and promote expertise in an area we feel passionate about.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
In the field of academic publishing, the biggest challenge is the drive towards Open Access publication. This applies in particular to monographs and research papers, but it’s also set to have an impact beyond specialist academic fields. Also of concern is the tendency of bricks and mortar booksellers to focus almost entirely on the mass market. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get specialist titles onto bookshelves.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Identify and build on your strengths. Focus on projects that you believe in and proceed with cautious optimism.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
The opportunity to exhibit on the IPG’s stand at trade fairs, networking with other publishers, shared expertise and insights from IPG experts and members.