By the Book7

Publishing in the 21st century

International conference of the European Publishing Studies Association

Taking place:

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord 

20 to 21 June 2022

After a three-year gap owing to the global pandemic, the conference for publishing studies returns in 2022! 

The final conference programme is now available and we are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers Naomi Bacon and John Thompson. Naomi is Founder and Director of Tandem Collective; John is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and author of the recently published Book Wars.

The European Publishing Studies Association (EuroPub) aims to foster the exchange of knowledge around the contemporary book trade. After an absence of three years, By the Book7 brings together industry professionals, educators, and scholars to examine key issues around the book publishing industry, as well as to discuss the developing field of publishing studies. Presentations will take different forms to accommodate the range of academic and industry voices that make By the Book, now in its seventh year, such a unique conference. In previous years we have discussed topics ranging from curation to the development of publishing skills.

At short notice we had to relocate the conference to Paris due to repairs being carried out to the roof of the Villa Finaly in Florence. We have found a new venue at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord, which we are confident will provide a suitable replacement. We hope to return to Florence in the summer of 2023.


By the Book7 will focus on changes in the book trade, past and future. Whether these are based on technological, economic or sociological phenomena, they invite us to reflect on developing behaviours and practices amongst the book industry, actors in the field of books, and readers. From such a perspective, we will concentrate on notable trends in publishing across the different sectors, from consumer to academic publishing. Two other conference strands invite proposals in the area of book policy and publishing education.

The conference fee is 250 euros including for those who would like to attend without presenting a paper. There is a reduced rate of 100 euros for PhD students. 

Travel Information

Delegates should make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.