Anna Faherty, Course Leader for the MA Publishing programme at Kingston University, has won the 2014 International Award for Excellence from the International Journal of the Book. The prize was awarded for Anna’s research paper Curiouser and Curiouser: Novelty-centred Business Models and Value Creation in Established Publishing Firms, published in Vol 11 of the peer-reviewed journal. A review committee comprising members of the international advisory board for the publication selected the article from a shortlist of the ten papers ranked highest during its peer review process.
Anna has previously shared the key learnings from her research on this blog and, as a result of the award, the paper has now been made available as an open access publication. Commenting on the impact of her work, Anna stated:
“Reports of the death of publishing have been greatly exaggerated. Contrary to apocalyptic media reports, even some of the world’s oldest publishing companies are fundamentally transforming how they do business in the digital age, while others are clamouring for successful examples of new ways to connect readers with content while turning a profit. At a time when the world’s second-largest creative industry faces threats from a number of quarters, this paper provides examples of innovative professional practice and makes a strong case that focusing simply on the development of new products is not sufficient to deliver business success.”
Anna is the first academic based outside North America to win this award. She collected it at the 12th International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries, held in Boston in November 2014. She also took the opportunity to present a new research paper emerging from her professional practice – an exploration of the historical and learning contexts of Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room, an experimental new public space that will launch in London in February 2015.
You can download Curiouser and Curiouser: Novelty-centred Business Models and Value Creation in Established Publishing Firms for free from the International Journal of the Book.