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First Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards honor best of 2013
August 25, 2013 | 11:23 am

Announced close to the end of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the first ever Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards have recognized "the company who has the most exciting, progressive and developmental story to tell over the previous year of their activity," with an Award to Saraband, a former book packager that has transformed itself into an independent publisher, and a Commendation to Floris Books, a house with a strong focus on children's literature, and a very individual and innovative approach to commissioning and encouraging authors and illustrators. The Saltire Society exists "to improve the quality of life in...

Poetry gets serious support in Scotland as Edwin Morgan Poetry Award launched
August 21, 2013 | 9:48 am

Scotland is a nation that takes poetry seriously—its national day, after all, honors Robert Burns. How seriously? Take the new Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, launched this weekend at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and worth £20,000 ($31,300). The new award, as the official release makes clear, "is the result of a bequest by the late Scottish Makar, Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), and a Trust has been established in his name to administer the award and further promote poetry in Scotland." The first modern Scots Makar (Scotland's Poet Laureate), Morgan inherited substantial investments from his parents, which grew still further in the hands of his retained advisors. One...

Man Booker Longlist Announced
July 23, 2013 | 3:02 pm

Man BookerThe Man Booker longlist has been announced; it is the usual mix ox established literary authors (Jumpha Lahiri being the one notable name I recognized) and newcomers of all different backgrounds. The books will be condensed into a shortlist on September 10th, with the winner to be announced in October. The longlisted books are:  Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  Harvest by Jim Crace  The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris  The Kill by Richard House  The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri  Unexploded by Alison MacLeod  TransAtlantic by Colum McCann  Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson  A Tale for the Time...

Kobo teams with New Zealand Society of Authors for Kiwi E-Publishing prize
July 8, 2013 | 1:15 pm

KoboAs part of its strong push Down Under, digital reader and e-book major Kobo has launched the Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing prize, through its Kobo Writing Life identity, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors. The competition "offers two budding New Zealand authors the opportunity to be professionally published in e-book form through the Kobo Writing Life platform and offered for sale throughout New Zealand. " Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's answer to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, claims to "reach out to millions of readers in over 190 countries." Kobo has in fact already built strong market share in non-U.S. markets, and...

Ros Barber’s “The Marlowe Papers” wins Desmond Elliott Prize for debut — in verse
July 1, 2013 | 3:05 pm

Ros BarberI spoke to Ros Barber, poet, former computer programmer, and now historical novelist, about her blank verse novel "The Marlowe Papers," awarded the UK's £10,000 [$15,223] Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction, and about the difficulties and rewards of writing in verse. TeleRead: What's your view on the position of verse in current literature, both as standalone lyric and as a medium for longer or different work? Barber: The majority of the reading public have an aversion to reading verse. Enjoyment of poetry (which children naturally love) is routinely destroyed in the course of a school education. There is a general perception of poetry...

Tim O’Brien gets top-dollar Pritzker Award for writing on war
June 27, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Pritzker PrizeU.S. author Tim O'Brien has become the first fiction writer to win the six-year-old Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, netting a $100,000 honorarium for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. According to Wikipedia, the Pritzker currently ranks 28th in the list of the world's richest literary awards, level-pegging with, for instance, the Wallace Stevens Award, but well ahead of the Man Booker International Prize or the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. And I don't see one literary award in that Wikipedia ranking that specifically mentions peace, brotherhood, or any such wishy-washy concepts in its title. Me, I object to any outsize literary prize offered...

Toronto Star Recognized for Success in E-Book Experiment
May 15, 2013 | 9:30 am

Toronto StarI wrote previously about Star Dispatches, an e-book subscription service being produced by the Toronto Star. According to this article on The Star's website, they're being recognized for this series with two Online Media Awards. The service has an intriguing set-up where, for a nominal fee, subscribers get a new e-book sent to them every week. There is no à la carte purchase, but the weekly fee is so affordable that subscriber retention has been high. From the admittedly self-congratulatory write-up: "We’re extremely proud of the stories being told in our weekly eRead format, our subscribers are highly satisfied and the business model has...

Locus Awards 2013 Ballot Announced
May 9, 2013 | 4:54 pm

From Boing Boing comes news of this year's Locus nominees, shared there because one of its editors, Cory Doctorow, is nominated. I am not a huge SF reader, so most of these have stayed off my radar. But if you go for that stuff, enjoy this list of good books! SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) • Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) FANTASY NOVEL • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan...

The Inventor of E Ink Technology Nominated for European Inventor Award
April 25, 2013 | 12:15 pm

E InkI won't pretend to be familiar with the European Inventor Award myself, but according to the European Patent Office, "it pays tribute to the men and women whose quest for new ideas drives technological progress and economic growth, shapes society and improves our daily lives." Fifteen inventors are in the running for the award this year, and interestingly enough, one of the non-European inventors in the running is the U.S.-based team of Joseph M. Jacobson (pictured above) and Barrett Comiskey. Never heard of them? Me neither. But apparently they were the actual inventors of E Ink technology. E Ink displays, of course, have...

TeleRead selected as an Essential Site for Voracious Readers
February 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

TeleRead 100 Essential Sites for Voracious ReadersTeleRead was the recipient of a rather flattering honor earlier this week. On Wednesday, we were informed that we'd been featured on the just-published list of 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers, which is curated by Masters in English, "a site dedicated to helping students find the right graduate-level English program." "We built this list for our audience of aspiring graduate students in English literature and relevant fields," says MIE's Elizabeth Kelly. "But we think anyone who likes to get lost in a book will find something they love here. The list of 100 Essential Sites is split into five different categories; TeleRead...

IndieReader launches new “Discovery Awards” for self-publishers
July 19, 2011 | 7:13 am

One of the best ways for a young organization to quickly add some legitimacy to its brand is to create an industry award, and the indie publishing website IndieReader, launched in 2009, has done just that. Its first annual IndieReader Discovery Awards is now accepting submissions through February 29th, 2012, with winners announced next June. I imagine a lot of indie authors are eager to see a legitimate annual award established, both to help publicize stellar works and to add a sheen of respectability to the self-publishing side of the marketplace. However, as with so many writing awards this one...

Tor.com gives away award-nominated stories as free e-books
June 9, 2010 | 10:15 am

torcomlogo Unlike Stephenie Meyer, Tor.com knows how to give away free e-books for real. The site gave a bunch away as part of its launch promotion, and now it’s doing it again (albeit on a much smaller scale). Four stories that premiered on Tor.com and are now eligible for Hugo, Nebula, or Locus awards are now available for free download via the US iBooks (no direct link available, but it’s showing up as “Award-Nominated Sci-Fi Short Stories” in the rotating ads at the top of the iBooks store right now), Kindle, and Sony Reader stores. They will remain...