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So I have an idea....
Okay, so I wanted to do something involving Tumblr. Since I go to libraries and bookstores often, I thought of something. Reblog this, and I will make a note like this and put in a book. (None of my own)
It will of course say your blog url instead of mine :) And the backside will be like this:
I will do all. (because I will probarly just get 10 notes at the most.)
When I have done yours I will tell you and post a picture of the note in the book.
Free Book Giveaway! - Reblog for a chance to win
HELLO! For those who missed it, this year here in the UK 1,000,000 free books were given away as part of World Book Night. 25 titles were chosen by a committee of Authors, Journalists, Booksellers and Critics and reprinted in special editions of 40,000 copies each. For anyone who missed out, I have a copy to give away to someone out there!
Our Waterstone’s store had a few left over copies so I’ve decided to send this copy of Marian Keyes’ Rachel’s Holiday to someone across the globe. I’ll send it to you completely free of charge, paying for the Postage and Packing myself, simply to give the gift of a free book and hopefully help spread the love of reading.
It’s not one of my favourites from the list but I’m sure someone out there would like it and it’s one of the few we had left.
So, if you want this book, let me know! ‘Reblog’ just to acknowledge the gesture and I’ll randomly choose one of you to receive it. It’s a free limited edition book for your bookshelf! :D
(anyone in the world is welcome to enter)
I do also have a copy of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, also both World Book Night Limited Editions, which I intended on keeping but depending on how well this all goes I may send these two out too. If this works better than imagined I’ll see what stock we have left and try to send out more in the near future.
Personally I’d love for this to become a regular thing, not just for me but everyone, sending books to strangers around the world. Not only is it fun but it’s a great way to make a new friend somewhere you probably never would have. It’s a way of physically connecting with someone rather than just a few words on a screen.
The Winner will find out on 21st May! Good Luck! :D
Research into Book Shops
Today I researched into Book Shops. I visited WHSmiths and Waterstones in my local town to see how books are presented in shops and how they sit on the self, how they compete with other books, how they work as a set etc.
I learnt a lot from this visit. From my research I concluded that:
- All books sit together, often with only their spine on show, therefore the book must stand out if people are to notice it against the others.
- Girly book tend to use pastel colours, twirley fonts and lots of floral imagery.
- I saw that books that are within a set are very consistent with typeface, layout, illustrations and sometimes colour scheme.
- The spines of all an authors books tend to be kept very similar.
- Authors name sometimes developed into brand or logo especially if they have a lot of books. Make them easily recognisable.
I will refer back to this information when I start designing my covers.