The Transformation of Academic Publishing in the Digital Era
Dr Frances Pinter
Recorded: 21 November 2008
The digital era has created untold opportunities to broaden and deepen academic communications. It has also brought into stark relief questions of public versus private goods as new pressures are put on both for and not for profit publishing operations to be sustainable. The role of academic publishers is being challenged, as the often publicly funded research ends up being funnelled through the channels of the private sector. At the same time the Internet makes it possible to simply bypass conventional publishers altogether, though some lament the loss of the added value brought by professional publishing.
Within this context it is clear that new business models need to be constructed. Frances Pinter brings her experiences both as an academic publisher and an academic researcher herself to bear on the ways in which academic publishing needs to transform itself to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the digital age.
About the speakers
Dr Frances Pinter
Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of EconomicsPinter
Frances Pinter, at the age of 23, was the first woman to establish her own publishing company in the UK. Pinter Publishers became a leader in the social sciences. She also founded the environmental studies imprint Belhaven Press and acquired the humanities imprint Leicester University Press. Subsequently, was invited by philanthropist and financier George Soros to devise multi-million dollar programmes supporting publishing and education in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism. Frances Pinter has extensive international experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the commercial and non-profit sectors. She has established companies, and advised others how to set up new operations and transform existing ones. Recently she was CEO of International House Trust, which owns a premier language school in London and holds a 50% share of International House World Organisation Ltd, an affiliated network of 140 language schools in over 40 countries. Frances is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. She has acted as consultant to Creative Commons and is now conducting a research project on alternative licencing practices in developing countries. Bloomsbury Academic, a new imprint of Bloomsbury Publishers, recently appointed Frances as Publisher.
Friday 21 November 2008 16:00 - 17:30
Frances Pinter brings her experiences both as an academic publisher and an academic researcher herself to bear on the ways in which academic publishing needs to transform itself to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the digital age.