January 30, 2013
January 28, 2013
Viewing History, published this week as an eBook, is an evocative eyewitness insight into some of the tempestuous global changes in recent times, by a former BBC Newsnight producer, Keith Bowers.
Keith also reveals the daunting and fascinating challenges faced by television producers on location, as they wrestle to broadcast their stories against the clock. The fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, the death throes of apartheid in South Africa, these are just some of the dramatic international transformations witnessed by the author on his many travels. Based on vivid diaries, Keith's wry and engrossing observations provide unique and entertaining snapshots of how the modern world is evolving.
January 26, 2013
Smart phones and tablets are not just changing the way we read! New figures released this month show the growing popularity of watching television on mobile devices, helping the BBC iPlayer hit record-breaking numbers of downloads.
This reflects both the growing penetration of internet-connected devices in the market, and the near-universal availability of BBC iPlayer on those devices. Researchers say a third of us now prefer to watch TV on our mobile devices than on the box. At this rate, the figures will soon match those for people who now prefer to read eBooks rather than paper books.
January 25, 2013
January 24, 2013
Lance Armstrong, who has now finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a record seven Tour de France titles, is being sued by two California book buyers, over claims that he sold fiction as autobiography.
The plaintiffs, Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler, say that they wouldn’t have bought It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life if they had known the truth about Armstrong’s misconduct and involvement with doping.
In the 2000 book and the 2003 follow-up, Every Second Counts, Armstrong strongly denied ever using banned substances, and attributed his successes to superior physical training, good diet, an extraordinary spirit and the drive to succeed.
Armstrong finally admitted to cheating, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast last week. He now admits that, without his use of banned performance enhancing drugs, he would not have won and continued to win cycling races, including seven consecutive Tour de France races.
January 23, 2013
Bish Bash Books, an American children’s ebook publisher, announced that one of their titles, Neandersmall and the Egg, was shortlisted as a finalist for best children’s eBook at this year’s Publishing Innovation Awards.
“We are very proud to have been selected,” said Danielle Taylor, Co-founder of Bish Bash Books. “Our aim is to provide quality children’s eBooks that make it fun to read and learn. Being shortlisted for this award confirms we are leading the way when it comes to children’s eBook development.”
Neandersmall and the Egg was written and illustrated by UK artist, Sam Walshaw. It was converted to eBook by Inkebooks, an innovative Sheffield based eBook company who also makes all our YPS eBooks. They are definitely at the forefront of eBook technology, particularly interactive books. Not only that, but their strategic partnership with Bish Bash Books means that some of our YPS children’s authors may well get offered American eBook publishing deals – we hope!
January 22, 2013
Good book reviews can give an author a distinct selling advantage, and not just because you can use them in your publicity material. Honest reader recommendations are like gold dust and generate both interest in a book, and, more importantly, sales. So, it was interesting to read the following article in The New York Times.
Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as they are published. Read more...
January 21, 2013
The one thing that we are always going on about to authors is the importance of publicity and marketing. Social networking is a huge part of that. So why, after telling authors all the very good reasons why they really should have a blog to communicate with their readers, do we not take our own advice?
This will be the first post of 2013 and, rather than one post every six months, I will be following our own advice and posting here every week! The way to hell is paved with good intentions, so please feel free to remind me of that during the coming year!
If you have any news that you want to include, please feel free to post it straight into the comments section. It could be details of your book launch, hitting the first 100 sales, or just telling everyone else that you’ve found another great blog to follow. Anyone who would like to do a guest post, please contact me via the YPS enquiries email.