Linden Harris Managing Director, Insight & Perspective Ltd
Linden started her own consultancy company in 2015, working with publishing and edtech organisations, providing strategic and market insight, customer research, concept development, usability studies, and training. Before this, Linden held senior leadership positions in educational and academic publishing companies including Cambridge University Press, Cengage Learning, Infinitas Learning, HarperCollins, and Harcourt Education.
What was the last book you read?
Bloody Foreigners: the story of immigration to Britain, by Robert Winder, published by Abacus. Fascinating and thought-provoking read.
How did you buy it?
Actually, I borrowed it from our community library housed in the local red telephone box.
Tell us what you do in 20 words.
I work with organisations providing strategic & market insights, conceptualising new digital services and helping to hone existing ones, always keeping potential users front of mind.
How does social media aid the publishing industry?
It enables a more direct relationship and dialogue between readers and authors and publishers and across segments and borders.
Which great novel have you tried to read but failed?
Ulysses, by James Joyce, however, I am determined to succeed in reading it one day.
What was your first job?
Working as a Sales assistant in a local bakery on Saturdays and in the school holidays. It was a family run business and I learned a lot about both customers and business. It was great fun too.
And your first in the book industry?
Management Trainee with BPCC based in the editorial department of E.J. Arnold in Leeds.
Tell us about a passion you have outside the business.
Art, especially modern and abstract art – I love the way that individual pictures draw you in and stimulate, inspire, challenge, and feed one’s soul.
What do you love about The London Book Fair?
Catching up with friends and colleagues and being inspired by new publishing.
What is the one essential item you bring to the Fair?
Phone – these days it acts as a virtual office as well as enabling essential communication on the day.
Check out Linden Harris in our LBF Talks podcast here.