Charlotte Harper, founder of digital first book publisher Editia, explains how an independent bookstore-loving bibliophile now shops mostly at Amazon…
The End Is Nigh
Stephen Cole, founder of eBooks.com, describes why the current slowdown on eBook sales growth will be only temporary:
The innovation I look forward to is not so much about added functionality as about elegant simplicity. Today’s ebooks are still a slightly awkward simulacrum of a print book. You cannot just flip through an ebook, back and forth, the way you can with paper. Even turning pages, after all the practice I have had, is still a bit clumsy.
Writing margin notes requires a keyboard of some kind. The list is long. But with time, and through the incremental efforts of thousands of designers and developers, all these things will resolve.
There will come a time, quietly, when the experience of reading and managing your ebooks will actually surpass that of paper.
Miranda McKearney To Step Down As Director Of The Reading Angency
Miranda McKearney is to step down from her role as director of The Reading Agency in December.
McKearney, one of the founders of the 11-year-old charity, said she had made the decision ahead of her 60th birthday in February next year.
She said: “Over the past 10 years The Reading Agency has grown from being an entrepreneurial experiment into a force for change—helping change lives through reading. Through our programmes like the Summer Reading Challenge we have given seven million people opportunities to become more confident and enthusiastic readers. I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved but as I approach 60 it’s time for me to step aside and for someone else to lead the organisation into the future.”
McKearney told The Bookseller: “As you approach 60 you find yourself interested in all sorts of thing—local history, birdwatching and growing courgettes—but I have never found a way of doing this job without putting my heart and soul into it 24/7 so I never have time for anything else. When you are a founder you feel so passionately about it all. I live in this wonderful place, Winchester, and I want to be on the South Downs instead of on the 6.48 a.m. to Waterloo.”
She added that she would never do a full-time job again but would have “a different sort of portfolio life”. But she said: “My passion and expertise is literacy, literature and libraries, so I’d be surprised if it were not involved with that. I’ll be furiously supporting and championing The Reading Agency as much as I can.”
Morris Gleitzman Interview
from the Kill Your Darlings blog
When I talk to adults about children…the adults often make the mistake of assuming that because children are physically smaller, that everything that goes on in their inner worlds is conventionally smaller. And of course, those who remember being 7 or 9 or 12, remember that our feelings and our hopes and dreams and thoughts are as huge at that age as they are at any stage later in life.’
New Director For CBI – Children’s Books ireland
CBI, Ireland’s national organisation for children’s books is delighted to announce the appointment of Elaina O’Neill as its next Director. Elaina joins CBI from Little Island Publishers where she is currently Managing Editor. She began her career at New Island books and is a graduate of the University of Stirling and the University of Limerick.
Elaina has a keen interest in children’s books and is currently Vice-President of the committee of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ireland as well as a member of the Dublin Book Festival organising committee and Publishing Ireland International Marketing Committee. Elaina is a Volunteer at Fighting Words centre for creative writing and an occasional reviewer for Inis Magazine.
Commenting on her appointment Oisín McGann, CBI Chairperson said
“On behalf of the board of CBI, I’d like to welcome Elaina as the company’s new director. As someone who has demonstrated energy, versatility, professionalism and a whole-hearted passion for children’s books, we believe she will prove a worthy successor to Mags and we look forward to seeing how she will lead the company into the future.’”
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
This year’s winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Australia’s richest literary awards, have just been announced. They are:
- Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser for fiction
- The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis for non-fiction
- Jam Tree Gully by John Kinsella for poetry
- Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe for young adult fiction
- Red by Libby Gleeson for children’s fiction
- Farewell, dear people by Ross McMullin for Australian history
The deadline for this competition is 11.59pm on 18th August 2013
On Wednesday 4th September Random House are throwing a launch party to celebrate publication of the first book in Jonathan’s Stroud’s new series, Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase.
The event will be held in a haunted pub in central London. It will start at 18.30, drinks and nibbles will be provided and winners will have a chance to meet Jonathan and buy a copy of the book.
There are 5 pairs of tickets to give away.
All you need to do to enter is tell us your favourite book by Jonathan Stroud and why you love it so much. Winners will be sent their e-invitation to the event.
The Screaming Staircase is the first in a new series – Lockwood & Co – by Jonathan Stroud, publishing at the end of this month…
Lindsey Dawson speaks to book blogger, reviewer and award judge Graeme Beattie on Lets Talk at Face Television.
via ▶ Lets Talk – Lindsey & Graeme Beattie 14Aug – YouTube.
English author and poet Edith Nesbit would have been 155 today and she has been honoured with a Google doodle.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children but her most famous work was the The Railway Children.