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  • It's sharing time

    Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:56

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    Have a look at the top right of the image above. There's a little 'T' and a little 'F'. They're logos. As I'm sure you are all aware. Twitter and Facebook...

    If you click on them you can tell everybody who follows you or all your friends that you're interested in that book!

    Keep an eye out for those little logos on your wishlist and on the checkout page too because you can share wishlists and what you've just bought!

  • Why Criticism Matters

    Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:50

    blog imageWhat we can say, for sure, is that sustained exposure to the Internet is changing the way many readers process the written word.
    That's a quote from a recent New York Times article by Sam Anderson. We are reading more and more but the way we read, process and respond to information is changing. Some people think this is turning us into hairy trolls with the attention span of an impatient gnat but I agree with Anderson and think this is a wonderful opportunity for more knowledge, experience and contemplation.

    How we share these experiences is growing exponentially. You may have noticed a Twitter Widget just to the right of this blog, a constant distraction/helpful tool to constantly monitor people's occasionally random, sometimes apposite thoughts. We have the comments on these blogs and you can leave your thoughts on any of the books we have on the site.

    There is, however, a caveat. Among all this chatter, all this free thought there comes responsibility, the 'duty' to try to write well, to make yourself heard. As Anderson says,

    To function as an evangelist, the critic needs, above all else, to write well. A badly written book review is worse than a badly written political speech or greeting card or poem; a badly written review is self-canceling, like a barber with a terrible haircut. The best way to establish critical authority is to demonstrate, in your own prose, a vitality at least equivalent to that of the book you're writing about. There are other ways to do it, but that's the most immediately convincing.

    Of course, most of us are not gifted writers but we can at least stop for a second and think carefully about what we want to say. It is easy to say whether you 'like' something or not but much harder to engage and enrich the conversation between the book, you the reader and any potential readers to follow.

    The critic's job is to help amplify that conversation. We make the whispered parts of it audible; we translate the coded parts into everyday language. But critics also participate actively in that conversation. We put authors who might never have spoken in touch with each other, thereby redefining both. We add our own idiosyncratic life experiences and opinions and modes of expression - and in doing so, fundamentally change the texts themselves.

    So, tweet, comment and post away and remember, you may think those tweets, comments and posts are instantly disposable but they are constantly changing the conversation and in some dark recess of the internet they live on, possibly forever...

    ps Get started with the Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory!

  • Get making

    Mon, 29 Nov 2010 04:53



    We have a whole bunch of craft kit goodies to give away, all sorts of things for the home to make on the long winter nights. Simply tell us the thing in the world you'd most like to be able to make and we'll pick a winner.

    The prize is worth over 150 gbp and contains Hamble and Gemima Shoulder bag, Handbag and Shopper bag kits. Emma Doll sewing kit, Tilda Garden Rose Teal and Garden Angel kits, a fold up Floral Knitting and Sewing Bag with coordinated fold up craft mat and Sew Sunny Homestyle, a 'beautiful collection of over 50 delightful projects that blend timeless seaside charm with effortless country elegance.' Thanks to David and Charles for the great giveaway package.

    You can enter on twitter using @bookdepository or email editor@bookdepository.co.uk. Competition closes January 7th, 2011. Terms and conditions can be found here.

    Find more crafty books in our great bestselling craft offer here.
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    Have you found a secret restaurant in a hidden passageway on a city break, or discovered a spectacular view from a secluded beach off the beaten track?

    Share your holiday secrets, if you dare, with us at the BookDepository and Teach Yourself Hidden Holidays competition. The most inspiring tip will win five hundred pounds of Marriott vouchers.

    Enter on Facebook Or tweet your tips using #HHtbd

    Teach Yourself offer a range of great language courses for your holiday or just for fun!

    Competition closes on the 31st July 2010 and is open to entrants worldwide over 18 full terms can be found on the Hidden Holidays Competition Facebook page.

    Why not enter via Facebook or Twitter - now!

  • One to watch: Vampire Forensics

    Fri, 28 May 2010 09:10

    Vampires pervade popular culture, but for thousands of years before Bram Stoker penned Dracula, people lived in terror of vampirical creatures -- and recent discoveries shed new light on this primal fear and the legend and lore that has grown up around it. Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend focuses on some of the touchpoints of vampire legend:


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