Five Minutes Interview at London Design Festival: “Books are alive and well. The debate has moved on from the death of the book.” Angus Phillips is Director of Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is also editor-in-chief of publishing journal, Logo, and author of the Future of the Book in the Digital Age.
Q. What do you think will become of books?
Books are alive and well. People are still reading, discussing books, and recommending them to their friends and family.
Q. What will audience learn from the event?
The debate has moved on from the death of the book, and this is an exciting time for all players in the publishing industry.
Q. What is your favourite book? By author/photographer, design or publisher?
Tricky one. For the launch of Oxford’s bid to become World Book Capital in 2014, I took along my battered copy of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat. I had myself just done a trip from the source of the Thames to Oxford – in a canoe with two friends!
Q. What was the last book you read? Or published!
Beware of Pity by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig – just republished by Pushkin Press in a new translation. You must read it!
Q. Finally: Kindle, PDF, HTML – or print?
Still print but I am enjoying enhanced ebooks on my iPhone.
On 17 September 2011, Sojournposse will be presenting a new event for The London Design Festival 2011, “Whatever is to become of books?” at University College London. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. £1 of each ticket sale from this non-profit event will go towards a photobook app project which supports the Japan Red Cross tsunami drive. Please follow our updates on Twitter at @sojournposseF8, following the hashtags #LDF11 and #storyofbooks. We are also on Facebook and Google+.