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Academic Book Week

Launched in November 2015, Academic Book Week is a week-long showcase giving the opportunity for university bookshops to put themselves at the heart of their institutions. An important consumer-facing activity for Academic Book Week 2015 was the 20 Academic Books that Changed the World with public voting for a range of titles across many disciplines and the winner being Charles Darwin's On The Origin Of Species - announced during the week.

Participating bookshops received PoS materials and free Academic Book Week tote bags to promote the week. and you can find more at
Participation in events was open to everyone, from academic institutions to bookshops to publishers and those engaged or interested in the world of academic books. Events included debates, seminars, workshops, competitions and social media promotions and brought people together from all sides of the conversation.

Events during the week included:
- 'Where Will Academic Books Live In The Future?'
The historic past meets the future as a debate on the place of academic books in modern society.

- Sprinting to the Open FuTure (SOFT)
A University of Nottingham collaboration between publishers, researchers and librarians with activities covering the whole week.

- Celebrating the Academic Book
Sage Publishing teamed up with the University of Sussex library to host a series of events celebrating academic books. 

- A History of the Academic Book
Blackwells bookshop in Edinburgh was the venue for a seminar series held in conjunction with the Centre for the History of the Book, Edinburgh University, Napier University and Queen Margaret University. 

- An Academic Book in a Month
In partnership with Palgrave Macmillan, ‘An Academic Book in a Month’ saw a peer-reviewed monograph produced in the month leading up to ABW. The book, titled The Academic Book of the Future included expert views from librarians, publishers, booksellers, and academics on the current state and the future of academic books.
- 20 Academic Books that Changed the World
The 20 Academic Books that Changed the World, as chosen by a panel of booksellers, publishers and academics, was announced in the autumn and voted on by students and the reading public to determine the Academic Book that Changed the World, which was announced during Academic Book Week.

- Academic Book Showcase
On Friday 13th November, The British Library hosted a showcase for The Academic Book of the Future Project, giving highlights of activities and research to date.

- There was also a major event at Blackwell’s Broad Street, Oxford as well as retail and PR promotions around the country.

As a major retail promotion tying in with Academic Book Week (November 9th – 16th 2015) 20 Academic Books that Changed the World celebrated the greatest academic books in history. The top 20 were promoted in bookshops from the beginning of the university term and culminating in Academic Book Week. The list of the twenty books can be found on the website and you can catch up with the latest news and discussions around the top 20 on Twitter under #20ABCWorld. 

Please contact Alan Staton for more information. 

#AcBookWeek was coordinated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council/ British Library Academic Book of the Future project team, The Publishers’ Association, the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers and the Booksellers Association on behalf of The Academic Book of the Future Project.