May 23, 2013

Winners of the 2013 British Sports Book Awards announced

Sports stars, authors, commentators, journalists and publishers all gathered for the 11th annual British Sports Book Awards last night where the winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London.
The British Sports Book Awards is a celebration of the very best in sports writing and, following a seminal year for British sport, the 2013 shortlist featured one of the strongest nominee lists in the Awards’ history.
In arguably the most competitive and eagerly anticipated category, David Walsh scooped the best Autobiography / Biography Award for Seven Deadly Sins, pipping the likes of Lord Sebastian Coe (Running My Life), Ian Thorpe (This is Me) and Sir Bradley Wiggins (My Time).
All winning books will now be entered into a public online vote to find The Times Sports Book of the Year. The vote opens on 22 May 2013 and closes at midnight 7 June 2013. The winner will be announced on 10 June, 2013. To vote go to:
2013 British Sports Book Awards Winners
  • Best New Writer– Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth by Adharanand Finn (Faber and Faber)
Best Autobiography / Biography in association with The Times – Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)

  • Best Cricket Book in association with Littlehampton Book Services– On Warne by Gideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster)

  • Best Football Book in association with Lycamobile – Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World by Graham Hunter (BackPage Press)
Best Golf Book in association with St Andrews – Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and Hamilton Grand – Bobby’s Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend by Steven Reid (Icon Books)

  • Best Horseracing Book in association with Ladbrokes – Her Majesty’s Pleasure by Julian Muscat (Racing Post Books)

  • Best Rugby Book in association with BT Sport – The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players by Stephen Cooper (The History Press)

  • Best Motorsports Book in association with Arbuthnot Latham – That Near-Death Thing by Rick Broadbent (Orion)

  • Best Illustrated Book in association with Getty Images – 21 Days to Glory by Team Sky and Dave Brailsford (HarperCollins)

  • Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

  • Best Publicity Award in association with PPC – Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan – Bethan Jones (Yellow Jersey Press)
Sports Book Retailer of the Year Award in association with Simon & Schuster – Foyles

May 22, 2013

Stephen King returns to paperback

More than a decade after becoming one of the first well-known authors to publish an e-book, horror writer Stephen King has turned his back on digital publishing for his latest release. The bestselling writer will not release an ebook version of Joyland, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, and tipped to be a huge bestseller.

He hopes his fans will continue to buy his books in print form and give a boost to the many booksellers worldwide who are struggling to compete against e-books.

Personally, I think he’d do far more to help ailing bookshops by emulating Barefoot Books and refusing to let Amazon retail the book! As far as I’m concerned, it’s not ebooks that are driving traditional booksellers out of business, it’s e-commerce and the huge buying power of retailers like Amazon and the supermarkets. If anyone else has an opinion on this, please do comment!

King was among the first authors to pioneer e-books when they hit the market in 2000. He exclusively made his 16,000 word ghost story, Riding the Bullet, only available as an e-book. He has also released three other stories as Kindle Singles, on top of his non-fiction essay, Guns, in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

May 14, 2013

Dan Brown's Inferno

Dan Brown's new book, Inferno, was expected to fly off the shelves - both wooden and digital - today, its author having already shifted more than 200 million books worldwide.

The fourth in Brown's Robert Langdon series - which kicked off with The Da Vinci Code in 2003 and has since sold 80 million copies - has already received the largest level of customer pre-orders since JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy at high street bookseller, Waterstones.
The novel already tops Amazon’s best-seller list, beating all currently available books even before today’s release. Its hardback and Kindle editions are also in both first and second place on Amazon's pre-order chart.
Chris White, Waterstones' fiction buyer, said: "This should be the fastest and biggest selling novel of the year – it's hard to see how anything could beat it. It'll be a huge hit now and throughout the summer, then it could see another peak at Christmas. It could well be No 1 on 25th December."

Dan Brown has inferred that Inferno would be his "darkest novel yet.”
He is quoted in The Sunday Times as saying that a large section of the book is secret, timely and controversial. “I’ve known for quite some time that I would write a book based on the Inferno. Having written Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I’ve spent a lot of time on Christian ideology and history. The Bible states that there’s an underworld, and it hints that it might not be a very nice place, but it wasn’t until the 1300s and this vision of Inferno that it became terrifying. Dante has had enormous influence on the Christian view of hell.”

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