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Why I Don’t Always Want My Favourite Book to Win the Prize

Last night I went to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Award ceremony. It was a lovely evening, especially because everyone was gathered there to support fiction in translation. Everyone wants their favourite to win, except me But one thing that stood out was that everyone wanted their favourite book to win the prize. Everyone that […]

Blogging Break

I’m afraid I’m going to have to take a break from blogging. I’ve recently discovered that I have a heart problem and it is leaving me too tired/confused to read. Hopefully I’ll return at some point in the near future, but until then… HAPPY READING!!

How to Hook a New Reader?

My sister and I are very different. She is only two years younger than me, but our personalities couldn’t be further apart. She didn’t understand my passion for reading and hadn’t read a book in years. Then, last summer, Fifty Shades of Grey became a publishing phenomenon and she was tempted to give it a try. […]

Why I’m no longer a second-hand bookseller

The way it began Seven years ago, whilst stuck at home on maternity leave, I began selling my old chemistry text books online. They sold surprisingly well, so, in an effort to create some space before the baby arrived, I moved onto my fiction collection. I soon realised that having bought the majority of my […]

Why I no longer trust kindle ebook samples

In the last few years ebooks have taken off, rising 366% in the UK last year. One of the benefits of ebooks is the ability to try a sample before parting with your money. Unfortunately some authors seem to be making the most of this opportunity and I have noticed some changes in the content of […]

The Blurb of the Future?

Last week I read an interesting article about the data collected by e-readers. Unknown to most readers these electronic devices collect a vast amount of information about the way we read books. This data could be  analysed and displayed alongside a book to help the reader make purchasing decisions, or used by publishers to create books that are […]