Thursday, 30 June 2011

Publishing Today: Flipbacks, The Future of Publishing?

Today see’s the launch and publication of Hodder’s new “revolutionary” books design. In actually fact it’s nothing new, but revolutionary? More than likely!

Hodder’s BIG Idea
For a very long time books have been available in two main formats, paperback and hardback. More recently eBooks, kindle, audio books and a plethora of multimedia formats have been created but none have yet to supplant the original. This new design is far closer to the paperback we all know and love but supposedly allows us to read in a more fluent way!

This new ‘Flipback’ design flips to the classic book 90® so that it opens more like a landscape flip chart or sketch book. This allows for much more text on each double page and apparently creates a “much improved reading experience” despite being the size of a cassette tape! (For those who can’t remember or never used cassette tapes, that’s rather small!)

If you've ever whined about how the Kindle, compact though it may be, doesn't have the look or feel of a nice printed novel – put this in your pipe and read it: the newly invented "flipback" book. Released in Britain this summer, it is being touted as the, er, new Kindle: the tome that's smaller and lighter than an e-reader, but made out of pages, not bytes.
 It is all the rage in Holland, where it was introduced in 2009, and has since sold 1m copies. A version has just been launched in Spain, France is next, and the flipback reaches UK shores in June, when Hodder & Stoughton will treat us to a selection of 12 books. They cost £9.99, and will include David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Stephen King's Misery.”
The Guardian

So, great titles, tiny format, portable, affordable, what’s the downside? Well, there is one, paper. The paper these books are printed on is like the super thin paper you see in bibles! While this isn’t a massive problem, it might become irksome in damp or highly windy conditions. That said, Amazon consider it a serious threat to the kindle dominance of the portability market for several reasons:
1)      A book doesn’t need charging or Internet connection.
2)      Combines the feeling of having a real book with the portability of an e-reader/kindle device.
3)      Very affordable compared to the average price of £120 for an e-reader/kindle device!

The above considered, I don’t think the flipback will replace the kindle or the standard formats, but certainly has a place in the market. Commuters will love this light weight, small surface area format as will libraries and holiday makers wanting to cut down their bag weights.

The following Flipback books are now available at

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tom Wright, The "For Everyone" Series Concludes!

The Rt Revd Prof Tom Wright 

Leading New Testament Scholar, Bishop of Durham, academic and clergyman, Professor Nicholas Thomas Wright PhD LHD MA(Oxon) is a leading voice in new testament theology and academia. His scholarly work spans the length and width of the New Testament, casting new and interesting questions over previous interpretations of the texts.
Considered an important figure in Christian literature but specifically by those of the open evangelical perspective, Wright is associated with the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus and the New Perspective of Paul. He argues that the current view of Jesus must connect strongly to the historical references of the man from 1st century Jewish and Christian texts.
Wright’s study of the New Testament has led to the writing and publication of many scholarly papers and codices but, more recently, he has turned his theological brilliance to literature for the masses. In 2004 SPCK and Westminster John Knox Press published the first book of a new series dubbed the “For Everyone series”. Since then, no less than 52 books have been published with the final 3 now only months from publication. (These book have been published under the author Tom Wright).
Wright has spent his entire adult life studying, compiling, re-translating and interpreting the New Testament into his completed work, The New Testament for Everyone. Unlike the other books within the For Everyone series, The New Testament for Everyone is a complete re-translation of the New Testament without any of the author’s usual commentary.
In addition to this excellent new translation, Wright has also written books for each chapter of the bible (his translation) with commentary based upon his views, ideals and experiences.
Since 2004 Wright has been working to complete his ‘For Everyone’ series and this September he is set to do so with the release of ‘Revelation for Everyone’, the final book of the series. Before this in August, ‘Early Christian Letters for Everyone’ will be published as well.

Revelation for Everyone
by Tom Wright
These final two books complete a truly epic work, exploring faith in a way never seen in literature before. These books are a must read for anyone, Christian, agnostic or simply someone interested in the theology behind Christian morals.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Coming Soon: Dancing with Dragons and Leopards

July 2011 sees the release of some amazing books from authors such as George R.R. Martin and Jo Nesbo. So, before they hit the shelves, we thought we would give you a brief run down on some of the next months biggest releases.

7th July
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

The Leopard
by Jo Nesbo
 The Leopard, the sixth Harry Hole novel to be published in Britain, is a big and meaty, but easily digestible, slab of a read, ably translated by Don Bartlett. At first glance, 610 pages might seem a little (or a lot) on the long side for what is, in essence, a serial killer/maverick cop story, but the labyrinthine plot and the large canvas (Hong Kong and Africa as well as Norway, and several points in between) justify the word-count.

The story begins with Hole being recalled (somewhat implausibly) from Hong Kong, where he has fled after his last, traumatic case. He is in hock to the triads over gambling debts, and self-medicating with opium to stop drinking. Lured back by the lovely Kaja with the prospect of seeing his father, he reluctantly agrees to investigate the case of two women who have been found murdered in a way so spectacularly ingenious and revolting that it is the stuff (literally, in my case) of nightmares. With no forensic evidence or even a single clue, and the media circling like hungry sharks, Hole finds himself caught in the middle of a police turf-war over power and jurisdiction.

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12th July
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons
by George R.R. Martin
 The fifth volume in the greatest epic work of the modern age. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King’s Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin.

To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.
On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all…

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Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

by Maggie Stiefvater
 The conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy. In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

The Final Curtsey by Margaret Rhodes

The Final Curtsey
by Margaret Rhodes
 This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret was born into the Scottish aristocracy, into a now almost vanished world of privilege. Royalty often came to stay and her house was run in the style of Downton Abbey. In the Second World War years she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she worked for MI5. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding; Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid. In 1990 she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, which she describes in touching detail. In the early months of 2002, she spent as much time as possible with her ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. This is a fascinating account of a special life, with the author's family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long and special marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full.

So, all in all very very exciting few weeks ahead, all of the above are available from the A Great Read website to pre-order now! So get yourself over there Now!

Monday, 27 June 2011

General Title Review: Theodore Boone, The Abduction by John Grisham

John Grisham
Best Selling Author

John Grisham has for years now been considered by most the undisputed king of the legal thriller and rightly so, with 23 bestselling novels, one work of non-fiction and work translated in to 39 languages! So when Hodder & Stoughton recently published his latest Theodore Boone novel, “The Abduction”, we thought we had better give it a look.
“Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone – who knows April better than anyone – has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.”

John Grisham's
"The Abduction"

A nice blurb with an obviously gripping plot hook, it is immediately obvious that Grisham has hit upon another winner, in the words of the New York Times, “Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.”
His First Theodore Boone book hit the shelves last year and was snapped up within weeks, massive stock problems followed due to the unbelievable demand for this supposed teenager’s book. Much like hits such as Harry Potter and The Amber Spy Glass, Theodore Boone quickly became popular with a much wider range of readers that was originally intended, Grisham had done it again!
Now Theo returns in an exciting new novel following on from the first. Judging by the response of the usually harsh critics of the scholastic press,” Gripping…I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone with be enthralled by Theodore Boone.” The abduction is sure to be another massive hit with readers.
It should be noted that the novel is aimed at younger readers and so takes a slightly less dark route through the mist and fog of the mystery genre but to be honest, the book is so well written and the story so gripping, you don’t even notice the lack of adult realism.

'Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.' (The New York Times )

'Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.' (Scholastic News )

'There's a new kid on the young fiction block, and this one really does have serious powers: Theodore Boone, half-boy, half-lawyer... fans will be pleased to know there will be more of Theo's adventures to come.' (Sunday Express )
'If you aspire to turn your children into lawyers who will keep you in your old age, John Grisham's Theodore Boone, his first novel for young people, might be for you'.
(Sunday Times )

'Contemporary lit for young readers has its icons: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl. Make way for the new kid on the block.' (USA Today )

Praise for John Grisham:
'Nobody does legal fiction better' (Daily Express )

'a master of his craft' (Guardian )

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel… Read John Grisham’s Bio.

So, The Abduction by John Grisham is set to top the charts any time with people all over the world snapping up copies. The book has such massively universal appeal, suitable from anyone 13+, and yet doesn’t seem to have compromised on content or writing style what so ever. All in all, an amazing book that I am sure will be loved by all.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Welcome: What is to Come

Hello and welcome to the A Great Read blog.
For those of you who haven’t heard of us, we are an online book retailer stocking a massive variety of literature spanning every genre imaginable at amazing discount prices!
Here on the blog we will be posting reviews, releases, best sellers lists and lots of other interesting posts regarding our books. If you are new to us, why not check out our website at . There you can find thousands of massively discounted books for sale including our huge range of Christian literature by such authors as Tom Wright!
Posts will be made daily from now on following this schedule:
MondayThe General title book review. A review of one of our many titles from Jamie Oliver to Stephen King!
TuesdayComing Soon... All the most looked forward to titles for the year, READ ABOUTH THEM HERE FIRST!
WednesdayThe Christian book/author review of the week. We’ll take a look at one of our Christian titles or Christian authors and give you everything you every wanted to know about them!
ThursdayPublishing Day! Thursday is the day of the week most publishers choose to release their new publications. So, we’ll give you the low-down on all the newest titles winging their way onto the shelves hear at A Great Read.
FridayWeekly Bestsellers! Friday see’s the release of the weekly bestsellers lists. We’ll give you the round up of the weeks most popular books and give our opinions on just why they are doing so well!
SaturdayProject X. A wonderful surprise for those who wait!
SundayEditor’s Choice Book Review. On Sundays we will post a book review on a stock book we here at the office especially love. We see thousands of book a week so when we really decide we like something, it’s a safe bet to say it’s worth a read!

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