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Sad news about Ian Banks

Sometimes sadness and laughter can mix. I was very sad to hear that Ian Banks has terminal cancer. He announced it on his website though many major UK papers also carried the news. The BBC carried the news as did the Daily Mail. This of course made me sad, as Ian Banks is an extremely talented author, and seems to be a wonderful person as well. What did make me laugh, however, was his wonderful way of proposing to his wife. He apparently wrote: As a result, I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry - but we find ghoulish humour helps). So sad,...

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Goodreads have become part of Amazon

I took the liberty of copying Philip Jones' blog in the Bookseller directly onto the website. I think it is not only well written but also important. First of all it brings up the information that Amazon has bought Goodreads, which essentially means that it will not longer be an objective and independent social network for bookworms. Or will it? I don't think so, but again, I may be wrong. I believe it depends on the members and how they want to play it. I hope it means more openness to all. Good reads for all (by Philip Jones, deputy editor of the Bookseller) The acquisition of Goodreads by Amazon serves as a reminder of how bifurcated the book business now...

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A series that changed so much is coming to an end

I remember when they released Horrible Histories about 20 years ago. My oldest kids were still in primary school, and dreaded the old history books. They essentially found them stuffy and heavy going. Along came the Horrible Histories and changed their perspective. I assume they changed the perspective of so many children and made history a more exciting and accessible subject for many. The author Terry Dreary has finished his 60th book, and will not write any more books, according to an article in the Daily Mail. I know there have been so many spin-offs and we at Bombadil wish Terry Deary all the best and thank him for the revolution he has started.

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Where do publishes get their statistics?

It is very difficult to get information about publishing straight off, because so much of it is kept secret or the various big publishers use in-house statisticians who inevitably compare different sources. Comparing apples and pears often gives a mix of incomparable information, but don't give up. It is possible, but first you need to know the different main sources. For the UK and for the English speaking world of publishing, The Bookseller is one of the best sources. It sends daily digests about what is happening and have a hot line with Nielsen Book Scan, which is a pay-for information-book-sales-tracking-company. Nielsen often does not monitor what goes on in small companies, and only scan the retail market. Subscribing to information...

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Publishing – need your questions

I have spent a long time preparing for this day. Not really because it is a difficult day, or the task at hand is difficult. No, I have spent a long time deciding how to ensure that our publishing company is ahead of the game with regards to the more traditional giants in publishing. Interestingly enough, it came to me while walking around the street of Derby, pondering on how the industrial revolution became a revolution and not just a small fizz in the giant explosion of change in society. Freedom of speech. The UK allowed the exchange of ideas and thoughts already from the beginning of the 18th century. People could talk, and discuss, and critique. It was not...

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New web features

Our website has finally been upgraded by wonderful Eric Wichman, who is our new webmaster but also in charge of improving the website. Read all about him on http://www.prositefast.com/ We are only at the beginning of our journey but I have been very pleased with everything that has happened so far. There are many skills that are needed in a good IT person, one is of course skills; the second is good communication, and the third is of course knowledge so you do not need to pay for the IT consultant gaining the knowledge needed to help your company grown. So far Eric has all of them, and I am going to spend this first blog praising him, because if...

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Bombadil Publishing

Bombadil Publishing Welcome to Bombadil Publishing – Inspiring dreams Bombadil Publishing is a new world of publishing where young people write for young people! Our world is all about commitment, passion and drive; dreams, stories and passions. It is about expressing and sharing ideas and stories with others, creating, publishing, marketing and selling the perfect books for young people by young people between the ages of 12 and 26. Books are a reflection of the soul and the authors’ dreams, and Bombadil aims to change the world by letting young people’s voices be heard and allowing them to express their views freely and without shackles and borders, though always with empathy and respect in focus. By giving a voice to...

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