Tue 2 October 2007 at 4.00 pm

‘Publishing: Art or Money?’, Andrew Franklin, Publisher and Managing Director, Profile Books

Publishing Research Seminar Series

Taking Place: Buckley BG10/11 in Semester 1 2007

Is publishing about culture or commerce? Should publishers prioritise the dissemination of art, information, and education, or the making of money?  Who, ultimately, should publishers be responsible to - the general public, shareholders or the aesthetic good?

In this seminar, Andrew Franklin will discuss these issues, drawing on his own experience working for a small independent and a large corporate publisher.

Andrew Franklin worked for over a decade at Penguin before founding his own company Profile Books in 1996 (http://www.profilebooks.co.uk/) to publish stimulating non-fiction.  Profile's successes include Lynne Truss's runaway bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, and Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?. The company has been named Small Publisher of the Year several times.  Profile acquired fellow independent Serpent's Tail in 2007.

All are welcome to the Publishing Research Seminar Series.  Please contact Claire Squires for further details.