Whose Book is it Anyway? A View From Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity

Whose Book is it Anyway? A View From Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity Janis Jefferies and Sarah Kember

Whose Book is it Anyway? is a provocative collection of essays that opens out the copyright debate to questions of open access, ethics, and creativity. It includes views – such as artist’s perspectives, writer’s perspectives, feminist, and international perspectives – that are too often marginalized or elided altogether.

The diverse range of contributors take various approaches, from the scholarly and the essayistic to the graphic, to explore the future of publishing based on their experiences as publishers, artists, writers and academics. Considering issues such as intellectual property, copyright and comics, digital publishing and remixing, and what it means (not) to say one is an author, these vibrant essays urge us to view central aspects of writing and publishing in a new light.

Whose Book is it Anyway? is a timely and varied collection of essays. It asks us to reconceive our understanding of publishing, copyright and open access, and it is essential reading for anyone invested in the future of publishing.

Whose Book is it Anyway? A View From Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity
Janis Jefferies and Sarah Kember | Forthcoming 2019
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-648-4
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-649-1
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-650-7
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-651-4
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-652-1
ISBN Digital (XML): 978-1-78374-653-8
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0159
Subject codes: BIC: LNR (Intellectual property law), LNRC (Copyright law), KNTP (Publishing industry and book trade); BISAC: LAW050010 (LAW / Intellectual Property / Copyright), LAN027000 (LANGUAGE ARTS)

Janis Jefferies is emeritus professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.  . She has edited numerous books and chapter contributions on textiles, technology, performance and practice research, most recently TECHSTYLE Series 2.0: Ariadne’s Thread (2017) and A Reader TEXTYLE 2.0 FabPublic, Talking about Textiles, Community and Public Space both for CHAT/MILL6 Foundation. Hong Kong (2018).  The Enchantment of Textiles research project with Professor Barbara Layne, Concordia University documents 20 years of their collaborative, textile and technology based research. The exhibition will be shown at the ASM Expression Gallery. Art Science Museum, Singapore in 2019. She is contributing Art, Craft & Design technologies’ to Dr Charlie Gere and  Dr Francesca Franco three-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of New Media Art, to be published in 2022.

Sarah Kember is a writer and academic. She is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of Goldsmiths Press. Her work incorporates new media, photography and feminist cultural approaches to science and technology. Publications include a novel and a short story The Optical Effects of Lightning (2011) and ‘The Mysterious Case of Mr Charles D. Levy’ (2010). Experimental work includes an edited open access electronic book entitled Astrobiology and the Search for Life on Mars (2011) and ‘Media, Mars and Metamorphosis’ (Culture Machine, Vol. 11). Recent monographs include a feminist critique of smart media: iMedia: The Gendering of Objects, Environments and Smart Materials (2016) and, with Joanna Zylinska, Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (2012). Sarah co-edits the journal Feminist Theory. Previous publications include: Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity (1998); Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life (2003) and the co-edited volume Inventive Life. Towards the New Vitalism (2006). Current work includes a novel, provisionally entitled A Day in The Life of Janet Smart. With Janis Jefferies, Sarah Kember was co-PI of an RCUK funded project on digital publishing (‘Whose Book Is It Anyway?’ 2012-16), part of CREATe (Centre for Creativity, Copyright, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology).