- Master of Publishing
- Admissions to the MPub Program
- Masters Courses
- PUB 600: Topics in Publishing Management
- PUB 601: Editorial Theory and Practice
- PUB 602: Design & Production Control in Publishing
- PUB 605 Fall Project: Books Publishing Project
- PUB 606 Spring Project: Magazine/Media Project
- PUB 607: Publishing Technology Project
- PUB 800: Text & Context: Publishing in Contemporary Culture
- PUB 801: History of Publishing
- PUB 802: Technology & Evolving Forms of Publishing
- PUB 900: Internship Project Report
- PUB 899: Publishing Internship
- Faculty and Staff
- Awards and Financial Support
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Undergraduate Minor
- Undergraduate Courses
- PUB 101: The Publication of Self in Everyday Life
- PUB 131: Publication Design Technologies
- PUB 201: The Publication of the Professional Self
- PUB 210W: Professional Writing Workshop
- PUB 212: Public Relations and Public Engagement
- PUB 231: Graphic Design Fundamentals
- PUB 331: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Books
- PUB 332: Graphic Design in Transition: Print and Digital Periodicals
- PUB 350: Marketing for Book Publishers
- PUB 355W: Online Marketing for Publishers
- PUB 371: Structure of the Book Publishing Industry in Canada
- PUB 372: The Publishing Process
- PUB 375: Magazine Publishing
- PUB 401: Technology and the Evolving Book
- PUB 431: Publication Design Project
- PUB 438: Design Awareness in Publishing Process and Products
- PUB 448: Publishing and Social Change: Tech, Texts, and Revolution
- PUB 450: The Business of Book Publishing
- PUB 456: Institutional and International Event Planning and Management
- PUB 458: Journalism as a Publishing Problem
- PUB 477: Publishing Practicum
- PUB 478: Publishing Workshop
- Undergraduate Courses
- General Information and Cancellation Policy
- Travel and Accommodation
- Financial Assistance
- Publishing Workshops
- Publishing Talks, Lectures, and Seminars
- Management and Production Workshops
- Author and Independent Publishing Workshops
- Design, Software, and Production Workshops
- Editing Workshops
- Contact SFU Publishing Workshops
- News & Events
- News & Announcements
- 2023 Emerging Leaders in Publishing Summit
- The Canadian Publishers' Council Webinar: Open Doors Publishing
- MPub Fall 2022 Book Project Presentations
- 2022 The Greg Younging Conversation
- Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin Delivers Opening Keynote at the UN Library
- Editorials & Commentary
- Jobs & Opportunities
BA, MPub, PhD (UBC)
John Maxwell is interested in how technological change impacts book and periodical publishing, in the history of publishing, and in the emergence of digital forms, genres, and mythologies.
John has been working on the Web since 1993. Since then, he’s been working on content management strategies, electronic publishing, SGML & XML, learning technologies, virtual communities, and reflecting on the history of all that. John was a member of the first Master of Publishing cohort at SFU in 1995/96. He’s worked with Canadian book and magazine publishers on digital strategies looking forward, and also on the history of tech innovations in publishing.
After working on educational technology at the BC’s Open Learning Agency through the late 1990s, he did a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of British Columbia where his research focused on the cultural history of personal and educational computing at Xerox PARC in the 1970s.
John has taught in the Publishing Program at SFU since 2001, and became the Director of the program in 2014. He currently teaches the MPub seminar PUB802 – Technology & Evolving Forms of Publishing.
John’s current research involves the evolution of scholarly communications, open scholarship, the digitization of SFU Library’s 16th century Aldine Collection, and historical research on digital tech. John publishes the open-access journal Pop! Public. Open. Participatory. He usually teaches a course on “Text Processing Techniques & Traditions” at DHSI each June.
John is almost a BC native (he was born east of the Rockies but has lived on the coast most of his life). He’s married with a couple of big kids, 3/4 of a cat, and a fast-growing puppy.
Technology, Digital Media, History of Publishing, History of Technology, Content Management, Policy, Copyright.
Maxwell, John W. 2020. “Text Processing Techniques & Traditions: Why the History of Computing Matters to DH” in Doing Digital Humanities 2: A Companion Volume. ed by by Richard J. Lane, Raymond Siemens, and Constance Crompton. Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429353048-6/text-processing-techniques-traditions-history-computing-matters-dh-john-maxwell
Maxwell, John W, et al. 2019. “Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms.” MIT Press/Knowledge Futures Group. DOI: 10.21428/6bc8b38c.2e2f6c3f https://mindthegap.pubpub.org/
Maxwell, John W, Alessandra Bordini, & Katie Shamash. 2017. “Reassembling Scholarly Communications: An Evaluation of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Monograph Initiative.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 20 (1), April, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0020.101
Maxwell, John W. 2015. “Beyond Open Access to Open Publication and Open Scholarship.” Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication. 6 (2).
Future courses may be subject to change.