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From George Romero to The Walking Dead: The Meaning of the Zombie

A few weeks ago, filmmaker George Romero passed away in Toronto. Across the city and elsewhere, remembrance vigils were held for him. It was the kind of treatment usually reserved for great musicians, artists who bared some cardinal human aspect in their work that was hitherto unexplored. In the case of Romero, the artistic reflection was a grotesque one, but estimably more profound than most people realized.

People have called him the father of the modern zombie movie, and deservedly. His innovations in the genre formed the most iconic prototype of the undead walker. A similar version is still featured in shows like The Walking Dead (set to return for its eight season in October), which presides somewhere near the crown of modern broadcasting success stories. The popularity of the genre has reached its crest in the 2000s, and has become more pervasive than its progenitors could have ever predicted. Much of the credit for this must surely go to Mr. Romero. Continue reading

Create your own OBP book with OBP Customise!

Did you know you can create your own books using OBP content? This can be as simple as requesting a customised cover for one of our existing books (OBP Personal), but we can also work with you to create a volume that samples different chapters from various publications, complete with a new introduction and cover.

Recently, the International Philosophy Olympiad ordered 400 customised copies of our anthology Tolerance for their conference on the same theme. The books had a cover customised with the conference branding, and each delegate received a copy as a keepsake of the event. We have also produced bespoke copies of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century, with an individual dedication page for each member of the Global Citizenship Commission.

Our author Caroline Warman at the International Philosophy Olympiad 2017 with a customised copy of Tolerance.

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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 libraries@openbookpublishers.com 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”?

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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?

Do 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

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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

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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