It’s been far too long since my last entry. Unfortunately, this won’t actually count as one, there are a lot of books I’ve been reading since May, so there’ll be plenty for me to review once I actually get around to it…hopefully tomorrow? Anyway, at the moment, I am debating e-readers… For a long time I have been a firm advocate of Sony…no more! Although...
My favourite book store has gone and signed an agreement with amazon and will now be selling kindles…not cool! What about customers who bought Sony readers and have used the Waterstones store to buy their epub books? By selling the kindle and supporting amazon, will Waterstones still sell eBooks in epub format? Amazon already controls so much of the market, this is only going to strengthen...
In the last three weeks, I’ve finally managed to finish reading Isabel Allende’s Zorro (it only took me about two months…) and four other books…I’m usually a relatively slow reader, so that number shocks even me! Just goes to show how addictive a really good book can be! Zorro was by no means a bad book, but it took a while for me to really become absorbed in the...
And now Amazon is boycotting Indie publishers...?
You can tell the topic of Amazon is something I feel quite strongly about…I think I blog a little too much about them, but when this came up on my publishing newsfeed, it wasn’t something I could ignore. As I’ve said before, one of my big problems with Amazon is that they’re trying to monopolise the publishing industry and bully smaller publishers into working with...
JK Rowling's First Adult Novel!!!!
Exciting news! I’m sure all Potterheads and JK Rowling fans are already well aware of this (I’ve known for days and just haven’t gotten around to posting - I’m lazy like that), but our favourite children’s book author is writing her first adult novel and has chosen Little, Brown as her publisher! They will be responsible for selling her book in the US and the UK and...
Boycotting Elsevier? When did this happen?
Obviously I haven’t been paying attention at all! I was going to write about Bloomsbury (the wonderful people who published Harry Potter) and their decision to open a branch in Delhi, but this seems slightly more relevant! Elsevier is a very well known scientific/academic publisher (I sent them at least one application while I was looking for work) and, in the academic aspect, is quiet...
Boycotting Amazon Publishing!
Joining the Amazon boycott is the American Booksellers Association (ABA), following Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Million and Indigo Books. According to BookTrade, IndieCommerce, ABA’s for-profit subsidiary, has begun removing Amazon titles from their database! Don’t get me wrong, I do a good deal of my shopping online and probably 50% of that is through Amazon. Their marketing is...
Universal eReader Platforms
I know I haven’t updated in donkey’s years and I have no good excuse! I’ve been lazy and have just collapsed in front of the TV after work…although I was busy last week and this coming weekend is fully booked, my last entry was far more than two weeks ago…I promise I’ll put more effort into my posts from now on! I read and interesting article in my publishing...
The Bicentenary of Charles Dickens' Birth
Right, another loooooooooong overdue post! There’s a lot of big anniversaries coming up this year. It’s been 100 years since the Titanic sunk, 50 years since Marilyn Monroe died and 200 years since Charles Dicken’s birth! I did some work on those the other week, putting together articles from the Times Digital Archive so the marketing team can create a digital booklet as...
Just driving back home now with my best friend’s parents they’re driving to France for the new year so they’re giving me a lift as mine is on their way. I’m very grateful, but this 10 hour drive will be the death of me, not to mention my 2 1/2 train journey, to actually get home tomorrow, with a suitcase, handbag, laptop case and a hold all. I can’t complain...
Long time coming!
Sorry it’s been so long since my last entry! I started a new job last month and haven’t had time to sit and relax since then. Things have settled down a bit more now though, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to regular posts. I have been reading quite a bit in the last few weeks and have finished two books since my liveship entry (I wanted to buy the rest of the series but...
The amazingness that is a Liveship!!
About two weeks ago I bought my very first Robin Hobb book! WH Smith at Gatwick Airport had quite a selection, but they only had the first book of The Liveship Traders trilogy. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the book and I breezed through the 880 pages in just under two weeks. Although I have a Kathy Reich’sFatal Voyage coming with me on my plane trip tomorrow, I’ll...
Kobo, Kindle, Sony?
Digital publishing, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned several times in this blog, is still at an experimental stage within the publishing industry. Neither publishers nor booksellers know what will happen to books in the future and with so many new products emerging in the digital reading market, the future is more than a little uncertain. The strongest product in the e-book market is,...
50% Digital Royalty Rates
Somehow that sounds more than bit steep to me. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a lot of information on Andrew Wylie’s statement at the Frankfurt Bookfair, but I don’t think it’s a plausible plan at this point in time. With the entire publishing industry on insecure footing in respect to digital publishing, coaxing more royalty rates from publishers and asking digital...
Is the British Library working with Amazon?
The British Library has lately been harshly criticised by independent and high street booksellers. Apparently undermining the bookshops, the library has provided links to Amazon on its online catalogue, listing 13 million items in its collection. While I love Amazon as much as the next person (which is to say that I go there when I can’t find the book I’m looking for elsewhere for a...
There's too much I want to read!
I know it’s been ages since my last entry, sorry! I’ve had a lot going on lately, what with going to Austria to visit family again and flying to England for job interviews…I’ve been spending a lot of my free time reading. As Part 2 of the 7th Harry Potter movie came out over the summer, all the books are written and Pottermore is completing its Beta stage (and I’m...
Shocking news for publishers
I was going to make an entry about George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows as I recently finished that behemoth of a book, but the news about David Tebbutt yesterday took me for a spin. David Tebbutt (58), Publishing Executive at Faber and Faber was shot in the back on holiday in Kenya by, what are believed to have been, Somali pirates. I have never met Mr. Tebbutt, nor have I had any...
Entry of Amazon's tablet?
It’s been a while since my last post, sorry! I’m visiting a friend in Scotland for three weeks so I’ve been distracted from reading, meaning I’m still only about halfway through ‘A Feast for Crows’. So, although I can’t go ranting about evil cliff hangers and squealing about amazingly unexpected plot twists, I did come across an interesting article about...
There is too much of a good thing...and dwarves...
Just finished the second book in the German dwarf series that my cousin lent me. Incredibly well written with deceit and unexpected turns on every page, but I have to admit I am not much of a dwarf-girl. It’s a fantasy race that I can’t quite relate too, which makes reading a bit slower and I’m always relieved when I finish the volumes disguised as books. Until Saturday I also...
‘I Hate Reading’ Facebook Page Earns 437,800+...
I have to be completely honest, I do NOT understand pages like that. Of course everyone has the right to say what they like and what they don’t like (I happily like ‘I hate Twilight’ pages ^^;; or my personal favourite ‘Let’s see if this Pretzel can get more likes than Tokyo Hotel’), but that’s a HUGE number of people who claim that they hate reading....
Carol Berg...a social pattern in her novels?
I was thinking about the entry I made about Carol Berg’s Rai-Kirah series the other day. I mentioned that there was a growing and developing society that played a large, albeit background, role in that series. Thinking back to the Bridge of D’Arnath series and the book I read from her Lighthouse Duet (I read the second as opposed to the first book though…lead to some confusion...
creative writing: onward ho!
I’ve just been reassured that my dissertation arrived at my university last Friday, meaning I have essentially finished my master’s degree. All that’s left now is for it to become official by the end of November, and to hopefully have a job by then! Since I’m just looking for something to pass the time (of which I have too much…I know I’ll miss all this free...
Then there were two
Well, not quite two…this is actually a trilogy, which I do own and have read, I just don’t have the first one with me unfortunately. I was introduced to the author by my ex’s step-mom who knows her. Unfortunately it wasn’t an actual introduction, she just lent me the first book of Carol Berg’s Bridge of D’Arnath Series, Son of Avonar. It’s a bit of a slow...
Rose's Ramblings: Hey people! How’s it going?... →
thetumblingrose: Hey people! How’s it going? Never having been able to stick at a diary/journal/blog before this is going to be a challenge for me but fear not! I shall strive to do my best! Plus if I fall of the wagon I’m pretty sure my best mate will yell at me -whispers- Never mess with the Eurasians, they can be scary! aw come on, I’m not THAT terrifying, am I? …ok,...
(nano)Specter: "The Modern Experience" →
despite blogs and such, it’s my belief that my generation–people in their 20s and 30s, more or less–are desperately wanting to be heard. we don’t need more social networks; we need readers; we need art lovers and critics; we need people to take us seriously. i want to give representatives of my generation a platform to unpack, define, fucking obliterate the world around them, picking up the...
In the Beginning...
Heya! So, a little about me and this blog. I’ve just finished my master’s dissertation in publishing and am busy applying for jobs…at least some of the time. To fill the time when I have nothing to do except stare at the screen, I’ve decided to entertain all of you with a little blog about the books I read, any writing I do and the literary world in general. Chances are...