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The IPG Podcast
Welcome to the podcast from the Independent Publishers Guild, the UK’s largest association of publishers. These podcasts take you inside the services and events of the IPG and tackle some of today’s hot publishing issues. Where are the big opportunities and challenges in the world of publishing today? This podcast supplies answers and insights from some of the independent sector’s most experienced leaders.

Cyber fraud and security

Phishing and other types of cyber fraud have been in the headlines in publishing lately, so in this episode of the IPG Podcast we're taking a look at ways to make your business more secure online. Simon Atkins of IT solutions specialist LSA Systems joins us to explain some of the most common attacks and give some advice for protecting yourself against them.

Sam Hutchinson and managing an independent publisher

In this episode of the IPG Podcast we talk to Sam Hutchinson, co-director of IPG member bsmall publishing and the 2018 IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year. Sam tells us about his career in publishing so far and what he enjoys about running a small business, and shares a few pieces of advice for young people wanting to get on in the industry.
Black Friday and publishing promotions
In this episode of the IPG Podcast we're joined by Laura Nelson of Pragmatic to talk about Black Friday, an event that is becoming more and more important to publishers' sales and marketing strategies. Ahead of this year's Black Friday on 23 November, Laura shares some advice for planning and executing effective campaigns.

The IPG at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

More than 20 IPG members joined us on our two collective stands at the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair in mid-October. In this podcast we talk to several of them about their experience at the Fair, the value of their time there and what they like and dislike the most about the event.

Nielsen on book sales trends

How are book sales shaping up in the UK at the moment, and where are the big growth areas? Hazel Kenyon, book research director for the UK and Ireland at Nielsen Book, joins us to explore some of the big trends and opportunities, and tells us about consumers’ changing buying behaviours.

IPG president Jonathan Harris on the 2018 Autumn Conference

As we gear up for our 2018 Autumn Conference on Tuesday 18 September, IPG president Jonathan Harris previews the programme. Jonathan also discusses the value of the event for independent publishers, and shares a few tips for making the most of the day.

Ingram Content Group on digital sales and marketing

This episode of the IPG Podcast brings together IPG president Jonathan Harris and Ingram Content Group’s digital director Pete McCarthy to discuss online discoverability, marketing and sales, and the current strengths of independent publishers. Pete also outlines some of the services provided by Ingram, a gold sponsor of the IPG’s Autumn Conference on 18 September.

Findaway on getting started in audio

With MP3 downloads and streaming of digital content growing fast, the audiobook market offers huge potential for just about every publisher. In this podcast we are joined by Colleen Prendergast, international acquisitions manager at audiobook platform Findaway, to talk about some key trends and how publishers can get started in audio.

WF Howes on the booming audio market

The audiobook market is booming at the moment, but getting started on production and distribution can be daunting for some publishers. In this podcast we talk to Dominic White, head of publishing and commerce at audiobook specialist WF Howes, and get his thoughts on some of the big opportunities and challenges in the market.

PLS on collective licensing and permissions

Collective licensing and permissions can provide publishers with significant sources of income. In this podcast we hear ways to maximize their potential from Sarah Faulder, chief executive of our Autumn Conference gold sponsor Publishers’ Licensing Services, and discuss issues around rights management and copyright.

Inspired Selection on recruitment in publishing

Recruitment is one of the most important tasks in publishing, and in this podcast Inspired Selection's managing director Suzy Astbury talks to us about some of the big issues, opportunities and challenges for independents. Suzy also discusses the big topic of diversity and tells us what she enjoys about the IPG's Autumn Conference.

Entropy and new opportunities in digital publishing

This episode of the IPG Podcast features Eddie Vassallo, CEO of web development and content management system specialist Entropy. We’re talking to Eddie about the value of good CMSs and responsive web platforms, looking at some of the emerging opportunities for publishers in new technology, and hearing why independents are particularly well placed to innovate.

Supadu and effective websites

What makes a good publisher website? In this episode of the IPG Podcast we’re joined by Supadu director Sarah Arbuthnot to discuss some of the most important considerations like discoverability, ecommerce and analytics.

PSI and tackling piracy in academic publishing

With piracy and related cybercrime rife in academic publishing, PSI founder and CEO Andrew Pitts joins us to talk about solutions. As well as introducing PSI’s services, he’s discussing other ways to tackle piracy, and thinking about some of the other challenges for independent publishers in the academic sector—as well as the opportunities.

Bookwire on audio opportunities for independents

Soaring interest in downloading and streaming audio content is creating exciting new sales opportunities for publishers—and independents are well placed to capitalize. In this podcast we’re discussing the evolution of the market and getting some tips for breaking into audio from Videl Bar-Kar, new business director for the UK and Ireland at distribution platform Bookwire.

ProQuest on academic publishing and libraries

This episode of the IPG Podcast features Helene Stewart, senior alliance manager at ProQuest, the platform connecting academic publishers, libraries and end-users. Helene introduces ProQuest, discusses some of the issues facing academic publishers at the moment and looks ahead to the IPG’s Autumn Conference on 18 September

Printondemand-Worldwide on POD in publishing

How print on demand help publishers? In this podcast Andy Cork, managing director of Printondemand-Worldwide, explains some of the benefits, and discusses the evolution of POD over the years and the state of independent publishing in the UK at the moment.

Inspired Selection on recruitment in publishing

Recruitment is one of the most important tasks in publishing, and in this podcast Inspired Selection's managing director Suzy Astbury talks to us about some of the big issues, opportunities and challenges for independents. Suzy also discusses the big topic of diversity and tells us what she enjoys about the IPG's Autumn Conference.

Deanta on production management

Publishing production management specialist Deanta is the guest on this edition of the IPG Podcast. Chief executive Darren Ryan introduces Deanta's services and discusses some of the strengths and opportunities for independent publishers in the UK at the moment.

Westchester on outsourcing in publishing

Outsourcing can be a good way for independent publishers to improve their output and manage growth. In this podcast, Westchester Publishing Services' UK managing director Tim Davies joins us to explain his company's services and highlight some of independents' unique strengths in today's market.

Kobo on change in audio and ebooks

In this podcast we are joined by Nick Coveney, publisher relations and content lead at Kobo. Nick shares his views on the evolution of the ebook and digital audio markets in the UK, and offers some top tips for publishers seeking to improve discoverability and increase sales.

BDS on the value of metadata

Metadata provides the building blocks of sales and marketing in publishing, and in this podcast we hear from one of its experts: Simon Skinner, business development director at BDS. Simon explains how bibliographic data can super-charge publishing, and looks forward to the IPG’s 2018 Autumn Conference on Tuesday 18 September.

Zebralution on audiobook streaming

Audio streaming and podcasts are fast growing channels for publishers. In this podcast we discuss the opportunities and ways for publishers to make the most of them with Carla Herbertson, head of UK audio content at audio streaming platform Zebralution.