Amazon responded to Barnes & Noble’s move to slash prices of its Nook tablet range by offering a similar discount for the Kindle Fire tablet offerings. As things stand now, the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD with 16 GB on board will now cost £139 in the UK, while the same will cost $169 on the other side of the Atlantic. The above price adjustment amounts to a saving of £20 and $30 respectively on either side of the pond. For comparison’s sake, the corresponding B&N offering, the NOOK HD, costs £129 and $149 for the 16 GB model of storage. B&N has an even cheaper 8 GB version of its 7 inch Nook HD device that costs just £99. Amazon does not have a Kindle Fire offering that amount of storage. However, the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD has been kept out of the discount scheme and continues to be sold at £229 in the UK.
Highly recommended John Burningham feature in the Telegraph
If you tell people you do children’s books, they say, ‘What fun!’ There’s no fun attached to it at all, it’s a bloody nightmare. I find it very difficult. When I get an adult project, I rejoice. They’re easier than children’s books because you don’t have this immense simplification that you need when communicating with children. It’s not just balloons and clowns and parties and ‘bad’ drawing: it’s terribly important what children have to read, particularly now when everybody’s staring at screens. I fear for this generation. I know there are tremendous benefits we get from technology, but just staring into a screen worries me somewhat. It has to be cool to read a book.
Daunt Books is to begin publishing original fiction, with six to eight titles a year lined up for 2014 and they are looking for an editor…
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A recommended Publishers Weekly feature about the mood in bookstores what’s hot in children’s sales this summer (in America)
While sales for Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy (Scholastic) and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton) may have dropped off at many stores from last summer’s highs, Rachel Renée Russell’s Dork Diaries series is still going strong, with number six, Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (S&S/Aladdin), topping many bookstores’ kids list.
Other children’s books and series with staying power include R.J. Palacio’s Wonder (Knopf), published a year and a half ago, and Pete the Cat (HarperCollins). “Anything with beach scenes on the front is doing well for us,” says Robin Allen, owner of Forever Books in St. Joseph, Mich., whose customers are grabbing Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach and Pete the Cat: Play Ball!, both created by James Dean. Sarah Dessen’s name also popped up on bestseller lists at a number of stores, like Hooray for Books!, which has been doing particularly well with her new novel, The Moon and More (Viking).
Malorie Blackman has written the seventh short story in a range celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.
Puffin Books have been publishing the 11-part series as ebooks every month since January 23, with the final installment due to arrive on November 23, the date of the Eleventh Doctor’s anniversary adventure.
For July, newly appointed Children’s Laureate Blackman has contributed The Ripple Effect, which sees the Seventh Doctor and his companion, Ace, battle Daleks with a difference – they’re peace-loving.
A teaser for the book says that upon encountering these friendly Daleks, the Doctor, “ever suspicious of his arch-enemies’ motives, learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart”.
Blackman, who has “loved Doctor Who” since childhood, said that she agreed immediately when she was asked to be part of the anniversary series.
Canadian-Hungarian-Japanese writer Csilla Istok has won the 2013 Rainbow Caterpillar Multilingual Kid Lit Award last week for her Hungarian-language short story “When the Sun Dies.”
The prize is open to unpublished short stories by a Canadian writer in a language other than English. It was founded in 2011 by Happie Testa and Hanoosh Abbasi, co-owners of the Toronto-based multilingual children’s bookshop Rainbow Caterpillar, with an aim to “support the preservation in Canada of mother languages.”
“We hope this award also encourages parents to pass their mother language on to their children raised in Canada,” Abbasi said in a statement.
The winning story was selected by Annick Press co-founder Anne Millyard, journalist and children’s book author Catherine Rondina, and Calgary Public Library librarian Jean Ludlam. The award received submissions in eight languages, with three finalists selected by a panel of 10 language experts.
In May 2004, Mark Smith and Wayne Davies, former colleagues at the Orion Publishing Group, founded Quercus Publishing, which they initially operated out of Smith’s London flat. By 2006, the house had moved to considerably larger digs and had accumulated a staff of 20, plus several bestsellers and numerous awards. Quercus marked two key milestones in 2008, when it launched a children’s list and started an imprint, MacLehose Press, to publish the English translation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Quercus recently made another significant leap, opening a three-person (soon to be four) New York City office to publish children’s and adult books for the North American market.
The winners of the inaugural b small Little Linguist Award were announced today, chosen from hundreds of entries from UK schools and individuals ranging in age from six to eleven, and including stories in Spanish, French and German.
Children were provided with a story template and invited to compose a foreign language book in their own words and pictures, in a celebration of storytelling and foreign language learning.
The competition was launched by b small publishing, and supported by specialist language learning retailer Little Linguist, to promote the cause of primary modern foreign language teaching ahead of its introduction into the National Curriculum. The winners are ‘Est-ce que je peux’ by Willesborough Junior School in the 6-9 years category, and ‘Planeta Americano’ by Ashwin de Silva in the 9-11 years category. Each winner will see their story published as a PDF e-book on the b small website, and receive a library of b small language learning books worth £100.
Favourite feature from the weekend press:
In translation: nine authors pick their favourite children’s fiction
It’s easy for children in the UK to miss out on the wonderful books published overseas. Here, nine children’s authors introduce the books they love
Moon Bear by Gill Lewis, reviewed by Mary Hoffman
Gill Lewis is a vet. I can’t imagine she treats many bears in Somerset, but she writes an utterly convincing story of ursine – and human – behaviour. She has said she wants to upset her readers; well, mission accomplished. But this reader was very satisfied by The Doctor’s comeuppance. Sometimes fiction can achieve what you’d like to see actually happen; and the book gives information about how to help the real bears.