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  • In collaboration with our friends from Wiley (publishers of the fabulous For Dummies books) we're giving away a superb Windows 7 Toshiba Netbook!

    The Windows 7 Toshiba Netbook is perfect for customers on the move, who want a very small Netbook footprint and want quality and functionality. Featuring Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity as well as the new N280 Intel Atom processor.

    Features include:

    • Up to 9 hours battery life (maximum)
    • 1 GB memory (RAM)
    • 250 GB storage (hard drive)
    • Windows 7 Starter Edition

    So, how on earth can you win this fabulous prize!? Well, I want you to send me a photograph of you or a friend holding a For Dummies book and engaged in the activity that the Dummies book is helping you to learn!

    You could, for example, send me a photo of you strumming away on your guitar with your copy of Guitar for Dummies propped up on your music stand... Or a photograph of you on the phone with a copy of Running a Business for Dummies on the desk in front of you looking suitably business-like (or just perplexed!)

    Oh, and if you don't have a For Dummies book, you can always mock-up your own book cover and send in a photo of that...

    Email entries to me at Editor AT bookdepository.co.uk -- and make sure you entitle your email Windows 7 Toshiba Netbook competition. Competition ends March 5th with the winner being announced on the blog in the following week...

    Full terms and conditions are here.

    UPDATE: And take a look at some of the entries on our Flickr account.

  • Last month, I asked you to review your favourite book of 2009, post the review on our site, and then let me know it was there! You sent in some really fabulous book reviews -- thanks so much for them all.

    My favourite ten reviews were:


    What a brilliant set of reviews! I enjoyed them so much that I'm going to run a further, new book reviews competition...

    Again, I just want you to review the last book that you've read -- and please, please make sure you post the review on the book's own detail page NOT just into the comments thread -- and then email me (with your full name and your address, and the link to the review on the site, at Editor AT bookdepository.co.uk) to let me know it is there. Then, next month, I'll pick my five favourite reviews and send the reviewers a box of advanced copies!

  • Bookmarks competition winners

    Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:41

    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.

    We are going to print and enclose two million bookmarks with the books we send out, so the artists get a little bit of fame across the 90 plus countries that we ship to for free. The winning bookmarks will feature the customer's design, name, country and favourite book.

    Find out more here.

  • Today's Tuesday Top Ten is a list of the top ten forthcoming books that I'm looking forward to seeing land on my desk in the next few weeks or so...

    Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John Lanchester

    Novelist John Lanchester has a go at explaining the credit crunch, the differences between CDOs, CDSs and MBSs, and all the rest of the crazy economic stuff that seems both vital to our lives and, yet, strangely distant from them.

    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Novelist Foer presents the "gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before."

    Point Omega by Don Delillo

    Don Delillo, one of the modern masters of the American novel, is back: "In the middle of a desert 'somewhere south of nowhere', to a forlorn house made of metal and clapboard, a secret war adviser has gone in search of space and time. Richard Elster, seventy-three, was a scholar -- an outsider -- when he was called to a meeting with government war planners. For two years he tried to make intellectual sense of the troop deployments, counterinsurgency, orders for rendition. He was to map the reality these men were trying to create..."

    Gandhi by Jad Adams

    I'm excited about this one, and told: "This new biography not only traces the outline of an extraordinary life with exemplary clarity, but also examines why Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings are still profoundly relevant today."

    This Party's Got to Stop by Rupert Thomson

    Excellent novelist Rupert Thomson turns his hand to what looks like it might be the stand-out memoir of the coming year: "On a warm, sunny day in July 1964, Thomson returned home from school to discover that his mother had died suddenly while playing tennis. Twenty years later, Thomson and his brothers get word that their father has died alone in hospital. This title works Thomson's memories into a mosaic that reveals the fragility of family life in graphic detail."

    Van Gogh: His Life and Work by Tim Hilton

    The first definitive and full biography of Vincent van Gogh -- the man as well as the artist: "Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's greatest artists. He produced almost 2,000 paintings, drawings and watercolours within a ten-year period. Yet until now no definitive biography of him has ever been written, the truth of his life overshadowed by the myth that has surrounded him since his suicide."

    What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor

    I have not time whatsoever for Creationist or Intelligent Design arguments, but I'm led to believe that Fodor is doing something more interesting here with a book that promises to reveals "major flaws at the heart of Darwinian evolutionary theory." There should be a lot of debate when this lands...

    Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

    Carey is back: "Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution -- Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil."

    The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson

    Robin Robertson's fourth collection is, if anything, an "even more intense, moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book than Swithering, winner of the Forward Prize. These poems are written with the authority of classical myth, yet sound utterly contemporary: the poet's gaze -- whether on the natural world or the details of his own life - is unflinching and clear, its utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry and disarming humour..."

    Chopin by Adam Zamoyski

    A completely new edition of the definitive biography of Chopin, unavailable for many years, by one of the finest of contemporary European historians. "Two centuries have passed since Chopin's birth, yet his legacy is all around us today. The quiet revolution he wrought influenced the development of Western music profoundly, and he is still probably the most widely studied and revered composer..."

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