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Mon, 13 Jun 2011 07:49
Hello, and welcome to the first blog entry in our Summer Festival of reading.
This week we're celebrating great crime books and every day we've got competitions and guest posts for you to enter, watch and read.
We thought we'd kick off though with our resident office crime buff Steve to give us his current top ten (an everchanging list...). What would you put in your top ten?
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 10:30
Over the years, The Book Depository has brought out three different sets of bookmarks to give away with orders. Some of you may even have been lucky enough to have collected the whole set at the time.
As a way of raising money for our charity - Downsed we thought it would be nice to gather a few sets and auction them off on eBay. We had a hunt and scrabbled around down the back of the office sofa and found one complete set each of our three lots of bookmarks:
Limited edition bookmarks. To celebrate the website launch we asked our favourite authors and illustrators to design an exclusive bookmark to be sent out to our customers to thank you for your support. Bid on the set here.
Bookmarks Competition. We asked our customers all over the world to show us their artistic talents - and tell us a little about themselves too. They did so in their hundreds, we had fantastic entries from all over the world. In fact we received so many great entries that we failed to choose just ten, and have selected 20 winners instead. The winners were from ten countries and aged between 8 and 55. Bid on this set here.
Happy bidding and let's hope we raise a bit for charity.
Wed, 25 May 2011 09:00
Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour. Why a towel? Because they're so useful! As the guide says...
"A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough."
As my own contribution, I'd like to offer this piece of Vogon poetry specially commissioned for the day...
- "See, see the short sky
- Marvel at its big purple depths.
- Tell me, Derek do you
- Wonder why the kitten ignores you?
- Why it's foobly stare
- makes you feel constipated.
- I can tell you, it is
- Worried by your skooby facial
- That looks like
- A cheese.
- What's more, it knows
- Your flannel potting shed
- Smells of snot.
- Everything under the big short sky
- Asks why, why do you even bother?
- You only charm poos."
Mon, 23 May 2011 11:10
Apologies for the long post. Well, not exactly long word-wise but long scroll-wise. You see, to do justice to these 3D covers Vintage have just produced for some classic scifi we had to show them big style. Unfortunately, we don't have 3D glasses to view them but if you stare at the screen and blink your left and right eyes in very quick succession you'll get the full 3D effect (works for me, anyway...)
Thu, 19 May 2011 14:05
"Fiction uncovered is a promotion to support our best fiction writers - those writers who deserve wider recognition but have yet to receive a major literary prize or media attention, or be picked for retailer promotions.
Fiction Uncovered will create the opportunity for eight UK-based fiction writers (novels, short stories, graphic novels) to be part of a major promotion supported by retailers, and a major publicity and marketing campaign.
The eight titles for the Fiction Uncovered promotion will be selected by a judging panel. The Chair of Judges for Fiction Uncovered 2011 is the author Giles Foden. He will be joined by Damian Barr (author, playwright, journalist and host of the Shoreditch House Literary Salon), Simon Burke (Fiction Buying Manager, Waterstone's) and Sarah Crown (Literary Editor, Guardian Online)"
Today the books have been chosen and as we're one of the retailers supporting the promotion, you can find all the books gathered in one friendly place, here.
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