published on 2010-02-08
We are giving you the opportunity to win one of 10 copies of Robin Bayley’s The Mango Orchard and discuss the book live online with the author on 15th April, 7pm, on www.readersplace.co.uk! The Mango Orchard is an extraordinary travel book which ranks up there with Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo, Tim Butcher’s Blood River and even the great Bruce Chatwin. It is the story of parallel journeys, a hundred years apart, into the heart of Latin America. Find out more about the book and the author by reading on. For a chance to win a copy please visit our competition page and submit your entry!
published on 2010-01-18
Some good news came in over the weekend that I can’t quite keep to myself…one of CompletelyNovel’s own has been shortlisted for the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Awards. Well, to be specific, it’s me …although obviously when you are in a small start-up everything is a team effort, it’s just somethimes you have to put an individual forward for something rather than the company. Unfortunately for the others however, there is only one place on the trip to South Africa for those on the shortlist…sorry guys! The UKYPE award is run by the British Council, who run a series of other awards for entrepreneurs across the creative industries as part of their Creative Economy programme. They have a market focus each year, and this year it is South Africa; last year it was India. Also shortlisted are Daniel Crewe, Profile Books, Julia Kingsford, Foyles, Rachael Ogden , Inpress Ltd, Mark Searle, Elliot & Thompson Ltd and Gavin Weale of Live Futures Ltd
published on 2009-12-03
It seems as though even post Colin Firth (we all remember that lake scene!), the obsession with Mr Darcy continues. The most popular book so far to be customised on CompletelyNovel’s Personalised Books service has been ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Despite personalised books being typically aimed at children, it seems there is a real demand amongst the ladies out there to put themselves, or their best friends in the role of Elizabeth Bennet… so they can have a fictional romance with Mr Darcy!
published on 2009-12-01
Free Christmas read! Read with us Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. In the run up to Christmas Random House is serialising A Christmas Carol. Every five days they will make another chapter available which you can enjoy for free. Simply click on the book cover in this article to open the book and start reading. Happy Christmas! “It has it all: a spooky ghost story, a heartwarming redemption and a great plot with a satisfyingly ending” The Times And…when you’ve read a bit and remembered how enjoyable A Christmas Carol is, you could personalize your own version of A Christmas Carol to make a nice little Christmas present.
published on 2009-12-02
In the run-up to Christmas, Reportage Press will donate
published on 2009-12-01
I headed over to the British Library last night to do a spot of filiming for Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Future of Work’ Event. It was an evening chaired by Adrian Furnham where we heard from Richard Donkin and other experts in the field of work, looking at what the workplace may have in store for us in the future. What changes are we seeing, and are we currently facing a watershed moment? We’ll be publishing the video in a few weeks time for you to hear more of what they had to say…but if you can’t wait, head over to the Palgrave website to check out the speakers and their books!
published on 2009-11-19
Yes – ye festive season is upon us and here at CompletelyNovel, we may have come up with a gift idea that will be a big winner for book fans. Using our links to Print-on-Demand printing, we are offering you the chance to buy personalized classic novels for your friends and family. And when we say ‘personalized’ we mean the whole works… your own photo on the front cover (incorporated into one of our special designs), a dedication on the back cover and customised character names inside the novel. It can give a fresh (and very funny) twist to a classic book that will make a fantastic present. Visit our Personalized-books page to find out more!
published on 2009-11-16
Want to know what happens when you order a print-on-demand book? This video gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at the machines that operate to create your book. From printing the manuscript in one huge digital printer, to binding it with the cover in one giant binding machine we show you what goes on when you click ‘buy’ on CompletelyNovel. Thanks very much to Antony Rowe for letting us film! Music from CCmixter – http://ccmixter.org/files/illi/18770
published on 2009-11-10
Over October 2009 the Free Word Centre really opened in style – there were loads of great events to mark the birth of this new hub for literature, literacy and freedom of expression. We managed to capture a few of them on camera…here’s a taster of the events from literary walks, to Manga Shakespeare workshops and Canon Tales. And it looks like there is plenty more to come from the Free Word centre! Watch this space…there are more videos to come including the full presentations from the evening of Canon Tales and more from the series on Offence.
published on 2009-11-10
The Free Word centre recently opened its doors to the world. We attended the launch event and spoke to a number of the high profile speakers and guests asking “What does Free Word mean to you?” Located in the former Guardian Newspaper building on Farringdon Road and currently home to nine organisations, Free Word is a builiding dedicated to promoting literature, literacy and freedom of expression. Watch our video to find out more about what Free Word is all about.
Apparently there might be some new equipment too…so perhaps it’s time to go down there and get …