All posts by Sarah-Jane Wilson

Lena Dunham: guest editor

Photo of LenI just finished reading Stylist magazine’s fifth anniversary issue which was guest edited by Lena Dunham. If you haven’t heard of Stylist, it’s a free weekly magazine which you can either read online or find a hard copy outside of certain tube station entrances on Tuesdays, or from various clothing shops all week. Stylist is targeted at the 20-40 year old female commuter, and content covers fashion, homeware, travel, and food. If you want to read the issue, you can download the app here. Continue reading

Computerphile and the Kindle text problem

Recently, I have been watching a few videos on the Computerphile YouTube channel. I’ve found a few publishing related videos about typesetting, printing, and ebook text. Computerphile take the most interesting aspects of digital technology and explain them in non-abstract ways that a computing novice can understand. The Computerphile videos I’ve been interested in lately have been ‘The Kindle Text Problem’ and ‘EXTRA BITS – More on E-Reader Text Layouts’. Continue reading

Penguin’s Little Black Classics

I’m rather (prematurely) excited about Penguin’s upcoming range of Little Black Classics. A bookish take on the Little Black Dress, Penguin are creating a set of 80 books with no more than 64 pages each to celebrate its 80th birthday. Each book is short enough to read in one sitting, just like an LBD might be worn for a few hours in the evening. The books are priced at just 80p each, and, as each book has a sequence number on the front, I can imagine that they also expect loyal customers to buy the whole range as a set. Continue reading

Harry Potter Book Night

Bloomsbury is reaching out to libraries, bookshops, and schools, asking them to join in on the new Harry Potter Book Night on the 5th February next year. You can even get involved and host a Harry Potter night in your own home! You can register here before Friday 28th November to get a free kit to help host a party. The kit ‘includes invitation templates, an event poster, games, activities and quizzes’ and is a great way to inject more fun into reading books. Continue reading

America and the Man Booker Prize

Richard-FlanaganLast night, the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 was revealed to be Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan’s novel has been described as a ‘remarkable love story as well as a story about human suffering and comradeship’ by A.C. Grayling, the chair of the judges. It is ‘a novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.’ It is many things, but it is not American. Continue reading

Sunday Wishlist – Super Thursday

For this week’s Wishlist, I’ve compiled a Christmas Gift Guide which will hopefully come in handy when buying presents for fussy family members! Topically, these books were released on Super Thursday, so if you pop down to a bookshop soon they should all be in stock. Sadly, ‘15% fewer books were bought as Christmas presents in 2013 than a year earlier’, but I think books make a truly perfect present. You might be thinking that it’s much too early to be thinking about Christmas, but I wanted to demonstrate the main purpose of Super Thursday, and show how the vast majority of the new releases are published at this time with the target audience of the Christmas shopper in mind. Continue reading