Count on Richard Charkin to put together the team to do something new in publishing–and to surprise us not only with the ingredients but with the menu itself. Academic publishing at Bloomsbury? Not so strange, after thinking about it. Richard knows academic publishing and just how successful a business it can be (and that he can make it). And Bloomsbury itself isn’t the cultural disconnect I first reckoned. The University of London and the British Library are in Bloomsbury, after all. (Bloomsbury the press, however, is not, having moved, I guess, to less tweedy surrounds on Soho Square.) Take a look at plans for Bloomsbury Academic.