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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.

Firsty's Glassboxx service and online D2C sales

This episode of the IPG Podcast hears about Firsty's latest service Glassboxx, a solution to support independent publishers with direct to consumer web sales. Firsty's Finn Kirkland discusses the opportunities, advantages and challenges of direct routes to market, and how Glassboxx can help.

The Bookseller's Buyer's Guides

This episode of the IPG Podcast talks to Gerard O'Hare of the Bookseller, the magazine, digital news service and events organiser for the book trade. Gerard talks about the various ways to connect with retailers via the Bookseller, including through its popular Buyer's Guides, and shares a few tips for effective promotion on a shoestring.

Bookwire and audio trends

With audio downloads, streaming and subscriptions continuing to surge, this episode of the IPG Podcast talks to Videl Bar-Kar of audiobook and ebook services provider Bookwire. Videl updates us on the latest audio trends and shares advice for publishers looking to make the most of this exciting market—and how Bookwire can help.

Crowdfunding in publishing

With crowdfunding an increasingly popular model for publishing books, this episode of the IPG Podcast takes a look at one example of it with the help of Robert Ashton, an IPG member with experience in both writing and publishing. Robert explains the background to his latest project and offers advice for crowdfunding and other types of collaborative publishing.

USound and starting in audio

With the audiobook market booming, this episode of the IPG Podcast talks to James Faktor of USound about ways for publishers and authors to make a start in producing and distributing content. As well as sharing advice for keeping costs down, James looks ahead to the IPG's 2019 Autumn Conference, where he will be a guest speaker.

Westchester Publishing Services and pre-press outsourcing

This episode of the IPG Podcast features Tim Davies of Westchester Publishing Services, an outsourcing partner to many IPG members and an exhibitor at our 2019 Autumn Conference on Tuesday 17 September. Tim introduces Westchester and shares some advice for successful outsourcing, as well as his thoughts on independent publishing in the UK at the moment.

Jellyfish Solutions and social marketing

This episode of the IPG Podcast features a chat with Samantha Galbraith of Jellyfish Solutions and its sister creative agency 21Six, exhibitors at our 2019 Autumn Conference. As well as sharing advice about print management, Samantha offers some top tips for effective social media marketing.

Swales & Willis and technology in publishing

With new technology sweeping publishing, this episode of the IPG Podcast talks to Julie Willis of project management specialist Swales & Willis about its impact on editorial and production processes. Julie also discusses the forthcoming IPG Autumn Conference.

The 2019 IPG Autumn Conference

The IPG’s Autumn Conference on Tuesday 17 September is going to be our biggest and best yet. In this episode IPG President Jonathan Harris introduces the programme and explains why every independent publisher should come.

Kogan Page and the Independent Publishing Awards

In this episode of the IPG Podcast we talk to Helen Kogan of Kogan Page, a two-time winner at the IPG's 2019 Independent Publishing Awards. Helen talks about the impact of the awards on her business, the strategies and achievements that led to them, and the value of long-term independence to Kogan Page.

The Frankfurt Rights Showcase

Trading rights can be a challenge for independent publishers. In this episode of the IPG Podcast we're introducing our new initiative to help, the Frankfurt Rights Showcase, with the help of rights expert Ruth Tellis, who also shares some great advice for getting started in international markets.

Vertebrate and growing a business

In this episode of the IPG Podcast we're talking to Jon Barton, founder of outdoor book and guide specialist Vertebrate Publishing. Jon tells us how Vertebrate came into being and what it's been like to expand the business, and also discusses the issue of funding growth in independent publishing.

Bill Samuel and Foyles

In this episode of the IPG Podcast our President Jonathan Harris talks to Bill Samuel about bookselling business Foyles. Bill charts its long and remarkable history from its launch more than a century ago to its sale to Waterstones, and discusses his own forays into publishing.

PageMajik and AI in publishing

With Artificial Intelligence becoming more commonplace in publishing, PageMajik's Jon White joins the IPG Podcast to discuss how it can improve content management systems. Jon explains how it can save time and money, and looks ahead to its future use in the industry.

Findaway and the audiobook market

With audiobook sales continuing to soar in the UK and internationally, Suzanne Galvez of Findaway joins us on the IPG Podcast to discuss trends and opportunities. As well as reviewing developments in the market, she shares some practical advice for publishers and looks ahead to what might be coming down the line in audio.

The Bookseller and independent publishing

This episode of the IPG Podcast talks to Emma Lowe of The Bookseller, the leading provider of magazines, emails and events for publishers. Emma explains how publishers can get coverage in the Bookseller, and gives us her perspective on independent publishing and the IPG's Spring Conference.

Printondemand-Worldwide and colour printing

Print on demand has transformed the way publishers approach their printing, stock control and distribution. This episode of the IPG Podcast discusses the colour aspect of POD with Andy Cork of Printondemand-Worldwide, and asks how publishers can maximise both print quality and margins.

Falcon and typesetting

Good typesetting is one of the hallmarks of good publishing, but it can be easy to get it wrong. In this episode of the IPG Podcast Colyn Allsopp of publishing services company Falcon tells us why it matters and how publishers can get it right.

Cordee and travel publishing

With many independent publishers so buoyant in the area of guidebook publishing at the moment, this episode of the IPG Podcast talks to Jim Wilson of outdoor book distributor Cordee. As well as discussing the state of the market, Jim talks about some of the many non-traditional sales channels open to publishers now.

Nielsen and metadata

Metadata provides the building blocks of discoverability and sales in modern publishing. In this episode of the IPG Podcast Nielsen Book's Clive Herbert shares advice for best practice and priorities in metadata management, and explains how Nielsen's services can help.

Ingram Content Group and digital engagement

Ahead of his session at the IPG's Spring Conference, Ingram's director of digital services Peter McCarthy joins the IPG Podcast to talk about digital marketing and ways to reach readers. As well as sharing practical tips to help with the process, he discusses how digital tools are spreading into other aspects of publishing.

BookBub and display advertising

With display advertising a fast-growing aspect of publishers' marketing strategies, BookBub's Wade Lucas joins the IPG Podcast to explain how it works. As well as telling us what publishers can do to optimise their ads, Wade tells us what he's looking forward to at the IPG's Spring Conference.

50 years of Carcanet Press

As literary publisher Carcanet Press celebrates 50 years in business, we talk to its founder and managing director Michael Schmidt. Michael looks back on the ups and downs of the last half-century—from publishing Nobel Prize winners to coming close to going out of business—and discusses big changes in the market over that time.

Sweet Cherry Publishing and growing a business

Sweet Cherry has been one of children's publishing's fastest growing companies in the last couple of years, and in this episode of the IPG Podcast we talk to its founder and managing director Abdul Thadha. Abdul tells us his story and about the ups and downs of running a business, and talks in particular about the challenge of recruiting and upskilling staff as the business grows.

Diversity and Tiny Owl

With the issue of diversity so high on the agenda in publishing, this episode of the IPG podcast talks to Phyllida Jacobs of Tiny Owl, which was set up to improve the exposure of diverse cultures and characters in children's books. As well as telling us Tiny Owl's story, Phyllida explains its new Diversity Now! campaign and how other publishers can get involved.

Blackwell’s and independent publishers

Blackell’s is one of the UK’s longest established and important booksellers, and in this episode of the IPG Podcast its CEO David Prescott talks to our President Jonathan Harris. David discusses some of the big issues for retailers and publishers post-Brexit and how Blackwell’s can support independent publishers—in trade and children’s sectors as well as academic.

Tim Williams and the Independent Publishing Awards

With entries for the IPG's 2019 Independent Publishing Awards now open, this episode of the IPG Podcast hears from Tim Williams, managing director of Edward Elgar Publishing, who won the flagship prize at our 2017 Awards. Tim tells us what it feels like to win the Award and how it has benefited Edward Elgar in the two years since, and shares some advice for other publishers entering the Awards.

IPG Publishers at The London Book Fair 2019

What does The London Book Fair mean to independent publishers, and how can visitors get the most out of the experience? In this episode of the IPG Podcast we get views from three publishers who will be on the IPG's collective stands at Olympia.

Bedside Reading and book marketing

This episode of the IPG Podcast features Jane Ubell-Meyer, founder of Bedside Reading, a US-based company specialising in promoting books through luxury hotels. As well as explaining the Bedside Reading concept, Jane discusses the role of word of mouth in building a bestseller and shares a few tips for effective book marketing.

Sarah Beal and starting out in independent publishing

What is it like to leave a career with bigger publishers to start your own business? In this episode of the IPG Podcast we talk to Sarah Beal about growing Muswell Press, the ups and downs she's encountered along the way and some of the advantages that independents hold in publishing.

Publicity with Lyndsey Mayhew

In this episode of the IPG Podcast we talk to Lyndsey Mayhew, sales and marketing manager at IPG member Crimson Publishing and an experienced freelance publicist in non-fiction. Lyndsey shares some very useful and practical advice about many aspects of publicity, including generating media coverage, social media, events, branding and much more.

Kathryn Earle and digital sales partnerships

Bloomsbury Digital Resources has just announced two new digital sales partnerships with fellow IPG members Rowman & Littlefield International and Manchester University Press. In this episode of the IPG Podcast Bloomsbury's Kathryn Earle tells us about the background to the agreements and discusses whether we might see more similar alliances in the future.

Fives Leaves and independent bookselling

Ahead of the IPG's meeting for members with independent booksellers in Nottingham on 12 February, this episode features Jane Anger of the Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham. Jane shares the story of the shop, discusses some of the big issues and opportunities for independent booksellers in general, and suggests some ways they can work with their counterparts in independent publishing.

2018 for independent publishing and the IPG

At the end of another rollercoaster year in publishing, this episode of the IPG Podcast reflects on 2018 for the independent sector and the IPG. We also take a look ahead to prospects for publishing and some of the IPG events and services that are coming up in the first few months of 2019.

Digital change in 2018: metadata, formatting and AI

What have been the big developments and trends on the digital side of publishing in 2018? In this episode of the IPG Podcast we're joined by digital publishing consultant Dan Barker, who guides us through some of the changes in the worlds of metadata and formatting, and tells us how AI might change the way we produce content.

Canbury Press and paperback rights

In this episode of the IPG Podcast we’re talking to Martin Hickman, who had a long career in newspapers and journalism before starting up his own independent publisher, Canbury Press. Martin tells us about some of the things he enjoys about running his own business, and discusses a deal he has just done with Hachette for paperback rights to one of his books.

Stress in the workplace

Stress is an issue that can affect every workplace, but what can both employers and employees do to reduce it? Leadership and recruitment expert Jo Howard joins us in this episode of the IPG Podcast to provide some practical advice.

Academic publishing, Open Access and Brexit

In this episode of the IPG Podcast our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher joins us to talk about issues facing the academic publishing sector at the moment, including Open Access and funding. Richard also discusses some of the Brexit-related challenges awaiting publishers, and the value of independents to the UK's publishing industry and wider economy.

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.