Posts

Showing posts with the label Publishing

Amazon launches Christian publishing imprint, Waterfall Press

Image
Amazon Publishing today (January 24, 2014) announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction


An Amazon media release says, 'Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today's Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

'Waterfall Press titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, part of the Amazon.com group of companies, which currently offers readers self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint.

'"Brilliance has over 12 years of experience serving the Christian market as audiobook publisher of some of the most successful Christian authors writing today," said Mark Pereira, President and Publisher of Brilliance Publishing. "We are excited to expand our offering to readers of faith-based material by publishing original Christian content with endurin…

75,000 eBooks now available through social reading platform, ReadCloud

Image
New media, in the hand of entrepreneurial tech-savvy individuals, is finding its way into every avenue of life and reading is no exception.

ReadCloud was founded in 2009 by Jeremy LeBard and is “the world's first social eReading software.” It recently signed with publisher, Macmillan, lifting its tally of eBooks to 75,000. It offers three products globally:

Social eReading software for schools and book clubs which allows for sharing of annotations directly inside eBooks as well as easy distribution of eBooks to school laptops and tabletsA white-label eBooks platform with tablet applications allowing physical bookstores to hacve their own digital bookstore selling eBooks from major international and Australian publishers.Course material encryption and distribution for corporate training and university course notes. The social platform syncs all connected ReadCloud apps (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android) such as within an educational institution, to the cloud – internet data storage - al…

Book tells the story of Peter Norman, the famous salute and the sadness that followed

Image
When Peter Norman died of a heart attack on October 3, 2006, the US Track and Field Federation named the day of his funeral, October 9, as Peter Norman Day. This week Australian politicians  finally recognised Norman's brave stand and officially apologised for the delay.

They were honouring his solidarity with black athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos who gave the Black Power salute during the medal ceremony for the men's 200 metres at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Howard won the silver medal, making him one of Australia's most successful male sprinters to date (consider how far we were from sprint medals in the London Olympics). When he was told by gold medalist Smith and bronze medalist Carlos that they intended to do during the ceremony, he famously told them, "I'll stand with you."

Martin Flanagan of The Agetells the story in an article printed at the time of Norman's death: "They asked Norman if he believed in human rights. He said he did.…

Allen & Unwin enjoys a winter of awards

Image
Fresh from winning three out of 12 of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards announced on July 26, Allen & Unwin have also picked up two awards in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year.

In the PM's Awards, Gillian Mears' novel Foal's Bread won the fiction category, Luke Davies' Interferon Psalms won the poetry category and Bill Gammage received the Prize for Australian History with The Biggest Estate on Earth.

In the CBCA awards, Kate Constable’s Crow Country and Scot Gardner’s The Dead I Knowwere award recipients.

Meanwhile, A & U's Top 10 Sellers right now are:
1Between the LinesJodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
 2The Happiest RefugeeAnh Do
 3Fit, Fifty and Fired UpNigel Marsh
 4Hannah & EmilBelinda Castles
 5Life Without LimitsNick Vujicic
 6My Droving DaysPeter Moore and Shirley Moore
 7Death Comes to PemberleyP.D. James
 8The DropMichael Connelly
 9Fighter PilotMac 'Serge' Tucker
 10Lone WolfJodi Picoult

Top 10 from Five Mile Press

Image
Five Mile Press, an Australian publisher now owned by Swedish media company, Bonnier AB, is making the most of Father's Day with some well targeted titles in Australia Post stores.

A range of newly released books such as Wild Colonial Boys and Off The Track and other anthologies are carefully positioned (in some POs at least) next to the counter queue.

As men are notoriously hard to buy for and it is their book-loving wives or mother's most likely scratching their heads as to what to get for the bloke in their lives, more than a few of these 'blokey' but beaut books are likely to walk out the door.

Meanwhile, Five Mile Press's Top 10 selling titles right now are:
Running Pink  - Deborah DeWilliams and Megan Norris  Australian Crime File 3  - Paul B. KiddWoolsheds  - Andrew ChapmanWild Colonial Boys - Geoff Hocking Blackened Tanner: The Dennis Tanner Story - Ron IrwinThe Things I Love About Pets  - Trace Moroney   Missing You  - Justine Ford   Barbie Fairy Secret Del…

The Voice - not the reality TV show - the reality check Bible

Image
"Before time itself was measured, The Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God."

So reads John 1:1 from Thomas Nelson's The Voice Bible translation which is written as a screenplay to be accessible to people who have never read the Bible.

Bible translators have sought for hundreds of years to present the ancient Bible texts in the language of the day. King James 1 version from 1611 came alive in Shakespearean English so it is perhaps fitting that one of the world's newest translations reads like a play (of course some people believe Shakespeare himself was a translator for the KJV).

The familiarity of today's reader with graphic novels, comics and more to the point, movies and television, means they could be right at home with a dialogue-led text:

Disciple: "It's a ghost!"
Another Disciple: "A ghost? What will we do?"
Jesus: "Be still. It is I; you have nothing to fear."
(From Matthew 15's account of Jesus walking on the …