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  • Top 3 Apps that you might not know about but really should by Anna Lewis

    Top 3 Apps that you might not know about but really should by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-02-15

    There are a few apps that the CompletelyNovel Team really couldn’t be without. They are free, easy to use and guaranteed to make your life easier. And they are not just publishing related… if you are a writer, reader or just general human,you should definitely take a look. Dropbox – recently featured on BBC Click,, this has been a CN favourite for a long time. It’s an online folder that syncs with your computers and means no more emailing yourself docs, or constantly carrying a USB drive. LastPass – how many websites are you a member of now? How do you remember all your passwords (or not as the case may be)? Now you only need to remember one! Word Reference – described by Vince at CompletelyNovel as “The most amazing website if you want to translate anything.” A very handy tool for those switching between English and European languages and wanting to get the translation just right.

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  • Win one of 10 copies of Robin Bayley's 'The Mango Orchard'  by Anna Lewis

    Win one of 10 copies of Robin Bayley's 'The Mango Orchard' by Anna Lewis

    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!

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  •  The Mr Darcy obsession lives on! by Anna Lewis

    The Mr Darcy obsession lives on! by Anna Lewis

    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!

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  • Read Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' with Random House for Free by Anna Lewis

    Read Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' with Random House for Free by Anna Lewis

    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.

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  • Reportage Press support the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide in their Chrismas Appeal by Anna Lewis

    Reportage Press support the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide in their Chrismas Appeal by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-12-02

    In the run-up to Christmas, Reportage Press will donate

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  • CompletelyNovel Investigates the Future of Work by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Investigates the Future of Work by Anna Lewis

    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!

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  • Personalized books for Christmans by Anna Lewis

    Personalized books for Christmans by Anna Lewis

    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!

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    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.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-09

    Just thought I would pen a few lines about the Society of Young Publishers Conference that is happening this coming weekend in Oxford. It

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  • '89: The Unfinished Revolution - A book to mark 20 years since the Berlin Wall Came Down by Anna Lewis

    '89: The Unfinished Revolution - A book to mark 20 years since the Berlin Wall Came Down by Anna Lewis

    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.

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