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Our Top Five Most Read Books of 2016

Happy New Year from Open Book Publishers! As we leave 2016 behind, join us in taking a look at our top 5 most read books of the year.top5.
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Libraries and Open Access – The December Series

dec-seriesFor Open Access Week 2016, OBP published a series of blog posts by librarians, in which they shared their thoughts on Open Access books – all the blog posts can be read here.

But we didn’t want the conversation to end there!

We are releasing a follow up December Series of Libraries and Open Access, and we’d love it if you participated!

The blog post would preferably consist of around 500-700 words, discussing your thoughts on Open Access books – it doesn’t matter what your role within the library is, or the angle that you come at the post from; we just want to hear your experiences!

If you’d like to participate let us know asap, and please send your blog post and a picture of yourself to by 01/12/2016. Of course don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What does it mean for a work of literature to be “against criticism”?


What does it mean for a work of literature to be “against criticism”? After all, it is a sure fact that the market
conditions for the reception of much literary fiction are fostered within the walls of university English departments. Many others have also charted the ways in which contemporary fiction seems to “write back” to the academy or how the American creative writing programmes influenced a whole generation of novelists. Doesn’t this show that literary works and university English just get along?

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Open Access Week – Librarian Bloggers Needed!

oa-blogOpen Access week is fast approaching! There are some fantastic events and other projects in the OA Week lineup, all available to look through on the OA Week website.

Here at OBP, we are planning some of our own projects for OA Week – we will be publishing a series of blog posts by librarians, regarding Open Access books, discussing topics such as: Continue reading

Environmentalism and Social Performance

Graf-front-coverWe are pleased to announce the release of Heike Graf’s latest work The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication and the Digital Landscape.

This collection of essays focuses on the communicative approaches taken by different groups to ecological issues, drawing on case studies from around the world and focusing on activists of radically different kinds. Continue reading

Do Composers Live in a Bubble?

Verdi_2695139bDo composers live in a bubble? I do not think so. Years ago I had a musical conversation with a friend of mine. As a non-specialist, at some point he decided to pick my mind and ask me, the specialist, about composers’ lives: “I studied a little bit of music history at school” – he said – “but to us composers were presented in such a way, that they seem to have had no contact with the real world. Their music seems to have stemmed from a spark of lonely creativeness while their lives may have easily belonged to a parallel dimension, with little or no relation with the contemporary social and political environment. Is it really the case?” Continue reading

Art in Times of Conflict

As OBP and I get ready to publish Theatre & War: Notes from the Field, my excitement is tempered with a little bit of – what I can only term – hopelessness. Because, you see, I have just returned to the safety of my New Mexican home from my annual theatre-project-related visit to Kashmir. And Kashmir, as anyone who reads the news will know, is burning.

Over the last three weeks more than 50 people have died; thousands have been injured; curfews are in place; mobile internet and phone services have been shut down; there seems to be no end in sight…When I went to Kashmir in June, I had grand visions for what my six-week project there would entail. Plans that had to be changed when my fellow actors could not attend the workshop. Plans that eventually had to be cancelled when there seemed to be the possibility that my originally planned return might be thrown amuck by violence.

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Enhanced Multi-Media Bilingual Edition of ‘Rameau’s Nephew’: Bringing Education to Life


Our award winning book, Denis Diderot ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ – ‘Le Neveu de Rameau’, winner of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies’ 2015 Prize for Digital Publication, has been re-issued as an enhanced bilingual edition.

The new interactive edition now includes the fully interactive French test available alongside its translation, as well as embedded audio files of the music mentioned in Diderot’s work, over 100 colour illustrations and additional online resources. Continue reading

Latin Love

Turpin-front-coverI chose to focus on Amores (Book I) because Ovid’s text seems particularly suitable for students at that crucial stage when they have learned the basics of Latin and are just starting on real Latin authors.  In some ways it is easiest to make the transition by means of a prose author, and Bret Mulligan’s new edition of Nepos’ Life of Hannibal (also published by Open Book Publishers) is an obvious choice.  But students and teachers are often impatient to get to the poetry.   They typically begin with Catullus, but soon find themselves looking for more, and the Amores are an obvious choice, since the poems are fairly short and since Ovid’s Latin is relatively easy, or at least as easy as Latin poetry ever gets. Continue reading

Human Rights: Fit For the 21st Century?

Brown-front-coverWe’re thrilled to announce that our latest title The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: A Living Document in a Changing World was launched on April 18th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The report was presented by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and breaks new ground for human rights in our changing world. This report by the Global Citizenship Commission (GCC) unites global leaders in a call for urgent reform to the human rights architecture of the UN, and explores what it means to be a global citizen in modern society. Continue reading