NEWS

Monday
May302011

Buy direct from us

To celebrate the release of our unabridged audiobook of The Communist Manifesto, Textbook Stuff is pleased to announce an equally bold advance into the capitalist arena. As of now, you can purchase all our releases direct from us.

On each listing page you will now see a yellow Buy Now button. If you click that, you will be taken straight through to PayPal where you can purchase that title using your PayPal account (or any of a host of credit and debit cards). Once we receive confirmation that the sale has gone through, we'll send you an e-mail with a personal link and password to download the sound files and a high-resolution copy of the artwork. Please note that this process may take up to 48 hours.

The MP3 files are at maximum sound quality - 320kbps, for you audiophiles - and once downloaded can be transferred to iTunes (or a media player of your choice) and thence to an MP3 player, smart phone, laptop or CD. The instructions are in the e-mail we send to confirm payment.

Buying direct from us means there's no middle man demanding his cut, which is great for us as it enables us to produce more high quality audiobooks for your money. But please don't feel in any way pressured to do so. We'll still be selling via iTunes, Amazon, Play and Lulu, and if you feel more comfortable purchasing from them, that's absolutely fine. Buying direct from us is simply another option.

Monday
May022011

Help bring Carmilla to life!

We need your help! We've set up a pledge drive over at WeFund.co.uk for an unabridged audiobook of Sheridan Le Fanu's definitive vampire story, Carmilla.

We're looking for investors to help make this audiobook a reality. You can pledge anything from £1 to £1,000 or more and, should we be successful, you'll receive a whole bunch of goodies by way of thanks.

This seductive tale of literature's first ever female vampire would be given the complete Textbook Stuff treatment of full sound design and music, creating an unabridged audiobook of around three and a half hours' duration - our most ambitious project to date. 

The way the pledge drive works is that people donate money toward the target amount. If the target is reached, the project goes ahead. If the target isn't reached, it costs you nothing. No money is taken from your account unless and until the target is reached. It's a brilliant way of funding the creative arts and, if it works, could well be the way forward for Textbook Stuff.

If you want to know more about the project, watch the video here:

http://www.wefund.co.uk/project/sheridan-le-fanus-carmilla

And do tell your friends!

Saturday
Apr162011

Book Club titles for April

Welcome to Book Club. The first rule of Book Club is: you do talk about Book Club.

Following a successful trial, we've now launched our very own Book Club where you can chat about literary matters with fellow book lovers, review titles, join us in reading a wide variety of literature and even shop for titles in our dedicated Book Club bookshop.

Each month we select four titles - modern fiction, classic, children's and non-fiction - and you can read along and discuss each book with fellow Book Club members. You can also start your own threads on books you think other members might like to investigate. We're delighted to see that several published authors have decided to become involved in Book Club - Peter Labrow, Christopher Herz and others. How often do we get the opportunity to chat directly with writers about their work?

The four titles we'll be reading in March are:

Penelope Lively - 'Family Album' (modern fiction)

Thomas Love Peacock - 'Nightmare Abbey' (classic)

Frederick Marryat - 'Children of the New Forest' (children's)

Melvyn Bragg - 'The Adventure of English' (non-fiction)

Happy reading!

Thursday
Mar032011

50% off on World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, all Textbook Stuff's audiobooks are half price on Lulu.com. Unabridged supernatural stories by Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and M.R. James are all at £5, while poetry collections by Edward Thomas, Christina Rossetti, Andrew Marvell and Robert Browning are just £4!

Every release is available in crystal-clear 320kbps quality, read by some of the biggest names in the business, including Martin Jarvis, John Sessions, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Sachs and David Soul.

This offer ends at midnight, so what are you waiting for?

Sunday
Feb202011

Book Club titles for March

Welcome to Book Club. The first rule of Book Club is: you do talk about Book Club.

Following a successful trial, we've now launched our very own Book Club where you can chat about literary matters with fellow book lovers, review titles, join us in reading a wide variety of literature and even shop for titles in our dedicated Book Club bookshop.

Each month we select four titles - modern fiction, classic, children's and non-fiction - and you can read along and discuss each book with fellow Book Club members. You can also start your own threads on books you think other members might like to investigate. We're delighted to see that several published authors have decided to become involved in Book Club - Peter Labrow, Christopher Herz and others. How often do we get the opportunity to chat directly with writers about their work?

The four titles we'll be reading in March are:

Douglas Adams - 'The Salmon of Doubt' (modern fiction)

Marx & Engels - 'The Communist Manifesto' (classic)

Philip Reeve - 'Here Lies Arthur' (children's)

Jon Ronson - 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' (non-fiction)

Happy reading!