NEWS

Thursday
Aug252011

Our fan art gallery is growing!

Last month we launched our fan art gallery and already it's packed with some absolutely fabulous works of art. But we want more!

Remember: we're looking for original drawings, paintings and photomontages illustrating any of the poems or stories covered by our releases. Anything from a pencil sketch of Christina Rossetti's poem 'Goblin Market' to a full-blown oil painting of Edgar Allan Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death' - just scan it and upload it. We'll be posting the best works in our online gallery for everyone to admire - and each month we'll award a free download of one of our titles to the best entry.

Last month's winner was 'The Great Wolf' by Sue Mydliak (see above), who wins a copy of Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest & Other Dark Tales read by Peter Guinness.

You may upload the files via our Artwork drop box here. We'll post our favourite pieces in our gallery.

N.B. By uploading to our site, you grant us permission to use your artwork on our website or for publicity purposes via other social media. We will not use it commercially without your permission and you retain copyright.

Sunday
Jul172011

Poems for all occasions

Have you ever tried to find the perfect poem for Valentine's Day or to read at a funeral or simply to celebrate the beauty of springtime? It's not easy, is it? You can spend hours trawling the internet, often to little avail.

Well, we've gone through our poems, sorted them into helpful categories - Love, Children and Childhood, War, Autumn and so forth - and organized them into a single list. Now, you only need visit one web page to find that special poem for each and every occasion: this one.

For those of you wishing to send a poem to that special someone, we've hot linked each of the poems in our list to iTunes, which will allow you to 'gift' an individual poem. Why not send a friend Christina Rossetti's 'A Birthday' on their special day? Or declare your undying love for someone with Andrew Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress'?

As we release more poetry titles, we'll add more poems to this list and expand the categories to incorporate new occasions and new themes. As ever, we'd love to hear your suggestions on what you'd find most useful. Please post them in our Poetry Forum.

Friday
Jul082011

Calling all artists

Textbook Stuff is all about bringing literature to life and we'd like to expand that brief to include your artwork on our website.

We'd love to showcase your drawings, paintings and photomontages, so please send us your illustrations for any of the poems or stories covered by our releases. Anything from a pencil sketch of Christina Rossetti's poem 'Goblin Market' to a full-blown oil painting of Edgar Allan Poe's 'Masque of the Red Death' - just scan it and upload it. We'll be posting the best works in our online gallery for everyone to admire - and each month we'll award a free download of one of our titles to the best entry.

You may upload the files via our Artwork drop box here. We'll post our favourite pieces in our gallery.

N.B. By uploading to our site, you grant us permission to use your artwork on our website or for publicity purposes via other social media. We will not use it commercially without your permission and you retain copyright.

Wednesday
Jun082011

iTunes, Amazon, Play, Tesco, HMV and others

We're delighted to announce that we're making it even easier for you to get your hands - and ears - on our audiobooks.

You can now buy our titles from a range of online outlets, including iTunes, Amazon, Play, Tesco Digital, HMV Digital, We7, TuneTribe, 7digital, fnac and, of course, direct from us!

Do please tell your friends and family.

Monday
Jun062011

Suggestions for our Non-Fiction range

Following the success of our audiobook of The Communist Manifesto, we're looking for suggestions for further non-fiction titles. For reasons of studio time and copyright law, we need the titles to conform to the following two precepts:

1. The text must be out of copyright. The author and, where applicable, the translator need to have been dead for at least 70 years, i.e. 1941 or before.

2. The text must be less than 60 pages in length. While we might all welcome an unabridged audiobook of The Origin of Species, there's simply no way we could keep the costs manageable for a book of that scale.

So long as the text meets those two criteria, any non-fiction title will be considered: political tracts, travelogues, letters, biographies, music or art reference works, literary criticism, philosophy, history, mathematics, science, economics, geography and so on. Where works have been translated, please specify the translation you'd recommend. That's it: be inventive.

We'll look at all your recommendations and, who knows, you may very well see your idea released as a Textbook Stuff title in the near future.