Competitions and Offers

During #AcBookWeek several competitions and offers took place, with prizes ranging from books, to bags, to study fellowships, and discounted or free books from publishers.

See all the competitions and offers that took place here.



Win an #AcBookWeek tote bag

The winner of this competition was @delia_bennett with a delightful Tweet showing William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.


Competition details:

Who: AcBookFuture Project

Prize: #AcBookWeek tote bag

Deadline: 9 November.

Rules: Tweet a photo of your favourite academic book or book space to @AcBookFuture, say why it has been chosen, and the best will win an #AcBookWeek tote bag.


Tweet Your Academic Book

Congratulations to Mary O’Connell, who won this competition with the tweet summary of her book Byron and John Murray: A Poet and His Publisher:

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Competition details:

Who: Liverpool University Press

Prize: £100 worth of Liverpool University Press books.

Deadline: Begins 9am on 9 November. Ends 5pm on 12th November. Winner announced the end of the week.

Rules: During Academic Book Week 2015, Liverpool University Press will be inviting academics at universities throughout the UK to join in their ‘Tweet Your Academic Book’ event.

Running from 9am on the 9th November until 5pm on the 12th November, the event invites academics to be creative and to tweet, in a maximum of 140-characters, the essence of their recent or forthcoming book.

Tweets should include mention of @LivUniPress.

At the end of the week the best entry will win £100 worth of LUP books.


Bloomsbury: Win eBooks and a special leatherbound edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Congratulations to Caroline O’Mahoney, who won this competition!


Competition details:

Who: Bloomsbury

Prize: 60 days of access to over 4,000 scholarly eBooks, and a special leatherbound edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Deadline: Follow @Bloomsburyacad and @ardenpublisher on Twitter for details

Rules: We’ll be running a competition to win 60 days of access to over 4000 scholarly eBooks through our platform, Bloomsbury Collections. Follow @Bloomsburyacad for details throughout the week!

We also have a giveaway of a special leatherbound edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, listed as one of the 20 academic books that changed the world. Follow @Bloomsburyacad and @ardenpublisher for details!

Links: @Bloomsburyacad and @ardenpublisher

Arthurian Researchers: Call for Blog Posts

Winner to be announced in January!

Competition details:

Who: AcBookFuture, Management Centre Bangor, Bangor University Library

Prize: A week as Visiting Fellow at the new collection of Arthurian books housed in Bangor University Library. The prize consists of a week’s accommodation at the Management Centre in Bangor, and a £100 contribution towards travel costs to get there.

Deadline: 4 Dec for submissions. Results announced 18 Dec.


Submit a blog post to on any of the following questions/topics:

– What books most influenced your decision to specialise in Arthurian research, and why?

– What books do you consider the most ‘iconic’ as scholarly Arthurian texts, and why?

– What books do you think will become ‘iconic’ or are just key to current research and thinking?

– What are your favourite reading, researching, and writing places? (Libraries? Offices? Bookshops? Cafes? Other places?)

– What place does the IAS play in your research? (Why is it important? What are your best memories of IAS Branch meetings or International Congresses? How do you see it developing in the future?)

Write as much or as little as you like, add pictures if you can, and send to Rebecca Lyons by 4th Dec 2015.

Full terms and conditions.

Note: Entries must be by members of the International Arthurian Society.




The Academic Book of the Future – Palgrave Pivot

The Academic Book of the Future Project has teamed up with Palgrave Macmillan and 13 expert contributors across academia, publishing, libraries, and bookselling to produce an Open Access Palgrave Pivot tackling some of the big issues and questions around academic books in current and emerging contexts.

Download the book for free after Friday 13th November from the link above.

Also available in hard copy.

Blackwell’s Manchester: A free academic book every day during #AcBookWeek

Blackwell’s Manchester at @BlackwellsMcr on Twitter gave away a great academic book every day in celebration of Academic Book Week. All you had to do was follow and retweet their special competition tweets to enter, and there was a winner every day at 5pm. Full details here.

Cambridge University Press Bookshop: 25% discount during #AcBookWeek

The CUP Bookshop offered all of their academic books, i.e. everything on the two floors of their main shop, at 25% discount for the duration of #AcBookWeek.

 Southcart Books, Walsall: 50% off all academic books and classics

Family-owned independent bookshop Southcart Books in Walsall offered half price in store only on all classics, modern classics and academic books. Check out their website for directions and more information on the shop:

IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology): 25% discount

To celebrate Academic Book Week (9-16 November 2015), the IET offered a 25% discount on a selection of engineering and technology books.

Policy Press: Twitter competition and 50% discount on all books

To celebrate Academic Book Week, Policy Press sent 3 copies of their book to selected authors, who were to leave copies of their books somewhere they would be found by colleagues, students or the public. Whoever found the books must take a photo and tweet it using the official #Acbookweek hashtag and Policy Press’ own #PPAcbookweek.

The Press offered a 50% discount on any of their books (using a special code) to anyone who tweeted a photo.

Policy Press uploaded the photos to their new Instagram account, which they launched with this campaign. Follow @policy press for more details.

Pluto Press: 40% off all books on the Pluto Press website for #AcBookWeek

For the inaugural Academic Book Week, Pluto Press offered 40% off all titles.

Rowman and Littlefield International: 25% off ALL titles during #AcBookWeek

Rowman and Littlefield International offered 25% off ALL titles during #AcBookWeek with code ACBW25 at

Routledge: 21 Free-to-View books

Throughout November, to celebrate Academic Book Week, Routledge offered twenty-one free-to-view titles across an array of disciplines, which have stood the test of time, and stand the chance of becoming classics. Each week the publisher shone the spotlight on a different set of books.