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  • A Download a Day

    Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:05

    blog imageYou may not know it but we have thousands of free eBooks to download on the site. So, we thought we'd use this great resource and highlight a book-a-day, monday to friday, that had some kind of resonance with current events. Being in Windsor as we are, and after offering another free download recently, the monarchy and the Royal Wedding is somewhat on our minds. As an antidote, today we have this Thomas Carlyle classic to download for free. An account of the French Revolution published in 1837, not quite living memory in those days but close. Anyway, let's hope Will & Kate don't go the way of poor Louis and Marie Antoinette but given the times and the last Tory budget, you never know... Enjoy!

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    (Right click on the link above and 'Save Link As...' to save the pdf to your computer)

    And a splendid paperback copy to purchase here.

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    On Saturday, 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day, with the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland. The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 'givers', who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals. The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.

    The 25 are here...

    And, ok, so we're not giving them away...

    But they are cheap!

    And we are truly global...

  • Something for the weekend

    Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:49

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    So, you've got the weekend to look forward to. A little time to yourself. Something to read maybe? How about these offers from the Diagram prize?

    The Generosity of the Dead maybe? The Italian's One Night Love Child perhaps? Or, Managing a Dental Practice the Ghengis Khan Way? What Color is Your Dog?

    All fine selections in line to win the Oddest Book Title of the Year!

    Maybe you can find something even more odd from the Book Depository vaults?

    Let us know in the comments below and we'll grab a few books lying around the office as a prize for the BD Most Oddest Ever Title in the World!

  • Coffee prizes for books

    Thu, 06 Jan 2011 10:31

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    The Costa Book Awards shortlist winners have been announced:

    First Novel Award - Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai In a small town in the heart of India, a young girl is found tied to a bed inside a townhouse where thirteen people lie dead. The girl is alive, but she has been beaten and abused. She is held in the local prison, awaiting interrogation for the murders she is believed by the local people to have committed.

    Novel Award - The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood, this is a tour de force from one of our best loved novelists.

    Poetry Award - Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott Offers a collection of poems that explores the nature of change - in the body and the natural world, and in the shifting relationships between people.

    Children's Book Award - Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace Zimbabwe, 1980s The war is over, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the end of the Old Way and the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new: new continent, new country, new school.

    Biography Award - The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal A memoir that traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. It tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand - and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.

    The double espresso, skinny, mocha-latte, vanilla winner of winners is announced on Tuesday 25th January 2011...

  • Must feed Brains

    Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:04

    free-mini-bookOoh, look, a free eBook pdf download! Train your brain to operate a bit harder and faster for longer. Sharpen your grey matter here...

    Also we've done a little search on the site for you as well so you can check out all the other 'for Dummies' guides to do just about anything. Have a look here.

    Now, where did I put my keys...

    ps The download is a very reasonable 797.56 KB (PDF)

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