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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 2009-11-10
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.
published on 2009-11-09
It was one of the most iconic moments of 20th Century history: the day of the fall of the Iron Curtain. It’s one of those events with such vivid imagery that many of us will remember exactly where we were when we heard about it. But the fall of the wall is not the end of the story, as BBC’s journalist Nick Thorpe writes in his recent book published by Reportage Press. Having witnessed many of the most turbulent events in Eastern Europe, for Thorpe, the revolutions of 1989 are not yet at an end. He sees the previous cold war as having been replaced by a new cold war between the people and the state. We have five copies of Nick Thorpe’s incredibly insightful book ’89:The Unfinished Revolution: Power and Powerlessness in Estern Europe up for grabs. Head over to the 1989 competition page and let us know what you remember of the day the wall came down for a chance to win one.
published on 2009-10-16
I think I’ve just about caught up on sleep after the weekend spent creating the 24 hr Book. It took place on the weekend of 3 – 4 October, with a launch on Monday 5 October. It was a fantastic experience and lots of fun…here’s a quick rundown of the weekend’s activities.
published on 2009-10-04
Now you can view all the latest videos from the community of readers, writers and publishers all in one place. Check out the videos section by going to: www.completelynovel.com/vidoes You can add your own videos for everyone to see by creating a review with a link to a Youtube video or getting in touch and publishing your own article with a video. If you are a publisher you can add your Youtube channel to your profile to automatically update your profile.
published on 2009-09-30
Win one of 10 copies of Claire Letemendia’s The Best of Men and discuss the book live online with the author on 10th December, 7pm. It’s a gripping, brilliantly researched novel of conspiracy, passion and treason, set during the English Civil War. Read on to find a sample and see what we mean!
published on 2009-09-30
Check out our slot on the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast. I was asked by Jemima Kiss from the Guardian’s Tech team to answer some questions about CompletelyNovel a couple of months ago. It’s done in an Elevator Pitch style, complete with lift noises and everything! Was a really fun experience (especially seeing inside the new Guardian sound booths at King’s Place in King’s Cross) and although I can’t help cringing at the sound of my own voice, I recommend that you have a listen…you can also find out lots of interesting stuff about Guitar Hero and Fifa 10! Click here to check it out.
published on 2009-09-28
The UK has voted for Dear Fatty – the audiobook of best-selling autobiography of Dawn French, read by Liza Tarbuck – as the Best Audiobook of the Year 2009. Comprised of three categories – fiction, non-fiction, and children’s – the objective was to create a list showcasing the very best audiobooks. Five lucky winners who voted for their favourite will each be receiving £50 in book tokens…congratulations to Jacqueline Marriott, Lucy Formela-Osbrne, Linda Rygielski, Martin Grund and James Viner! (Get in touch if you are one of those people and haven’t heard anything yet…we’re trying to contact you.) Everyone else can still out samples of these audiobooks on our competition page.
published on 2009-09-28
Congratulations to CompletelyNovel author Fiona Skovronsky who has had another very successful book signing, this time in her local Waterstone. Selling over 20 copies of The Smuggler’s Caves on 26 September, and garnering lots of interest from local press, readers and fans of the Smugglers Caves in Hastings, Fiona is doing a great job of promoting and selling her novel! You can find out more about Fiona’s experience of publishing her book in our article Bringing History to Life. Well done Fiona!