NEWS

Thursday
May202010

Sachs appeal

Textbook Stuff is delighted to announce that the great Andrew Sachs has joined us to read M.R. James - Casting the Runes and Other Uncanny Tales.

Andrew's legendary performance as Manuel, the bumbling Barcelona bellhop in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, secured him a place in television's hall of fame. Yet Manuel represents no more than a brief spell in an acting career which began in the 1950s and is still going strong today. From The Saint to Coronation Street, from The History of Mr Polly to the BBC Shakespeare, Andrew has seldom been off our screens - and on those rare occasions when he has, he's usually to be found on the radio instead. A regular voice on BBC radio, Andrew has performed in hundreds of Radio Four productions ranging from Poetry Please to the long-running Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes series (in which he played Father Brown and Dr Watson respectively). One of Britain's busiest audio performers, Andrew has narrated countless documentaries for both radio and television, and among the scores of audiobooks he has recorded are works by George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Alexander McCall Smith, Evelyn Waugh, Dick King-Smith and, to great acclaim, C.S. Lewis's Narnia series.

For Textbook Stuff, the three stories graced by Andrew's prodigious vocal talents are: Casting the Runes (in which an occultist appears to be able to silence his critics through the power of ancient runes), A Warning to the Curious (a young antiquarian gets more than he bargained for when he unearths a Saxon crown) and The Malice of Inanimate Objects (do the objects that populate our daily existence have a secret agenda?).

For more information, click here or visit our forums.

Friday
Apr232010

And now for a Big Finish...

In an exciting venture, Textbook Stuff is teaming up with established audio company Big Finish to distribute our audiobooks.

Big Finish will be offering each of our titles either as a 'spoken word' album of DRM-free MP3 files (at the great sound quality of 256kbps) or as a special single-file 'audiobook' which will allow listeners to pick up playback at exactly the point they left off (just like the audiobooks on iTunes, although in far higher sound quality). If you're undecided as to which option would suit you best, don't despair: once you've purchased one of our titles from Big Finish, you can download it again in either or both of the two formats for no extra charge from your Big Finish account. See which you'd prefer.

Big Finish is also offering two other exclusive features for customers:

1. You can pre-order all our titles and they will drop straight into your Big Finish account the moment they're released.

2. There is a substantial discount if your commit to purchasing all four titles within a range. The Poetry subscription can be found here and the Horror subscription here.

That's three ways to get your hands on Textbook Stuff releases: iTunes, Lulu and now Big Finish. Come on, treat yourself!

Friday
Apr162010

We've got Soul

Textbook Stuff is delighted to announce that the legendary David Soul has joined us to read Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Macabre Tales.

David is a true Renaissance man: actor, writer, producer, director and performer of a string of hit songs including the classic number one singles 'Silver Lady' and 'Don't Give Up On Us'. His long and prestigious acting career has encompassed everything from Star Trek to Jerry Springer: The Opera by way of Magnum ForceSalem's Lot and Starsky and Hutch. In the audio world, his many credits include the BBC's acclaimed radio production of Maeve Binchy's Firefly Summer and the audiobooks of Michael Connelly's Detective Bosch novels Lost Light, The Narrows and The Closers.

The five short stories brought vividly to life by David's rich and characterful voice are: The Pit and the Pendulum (in which a victim of the Inquisition finds himself in a nightmarish torture chamber), The Masque of the Red Death (a castle is besieged by plague), The Tell-Tale Heart (a man becomes obsessed by the evil eye of his fellow lodger), The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar (a mesmerist suspends a man's life at the point of death) and Hop-Frog (a jester takes his revenge on his cruel employers).

For more information, click here or visit our forums.

Friday
Apr092010

Textbook Stuff on iTunes and Lulu.com

Textbook Stuff has signed distribution agreements with both iTunes and Lulu.com. Other distributors will follow in due course.

iTunes plan on distributing each release as a Spoken Word album, which means that in addition to the convenience of purchasing the album in high-quality MP3 format (between 128kbps and 256kbps), customers will have the added benefit of being able to buy single downloads of individual poems, just as with tracks on a music album.

Lulu.com will be offering the best deal for audiophiles, in that their DRM-free MP3 files will be of super-high sound quality (320kbps). Most audiobook downloads are around the 64kbps to 128kbps mark, so you should really notice the difference.

To celebrate this dual distribution deal, the first title in our Poetry range - Edward Thomas - Selected Poems - will be launching two weeks earlier than planned. More information soon!

Tuesday
Mar302010

Welcome to Textbook Stuff

HELLO AND WELCOME TO TEXTBOOK STUFF!

We're a brand new company producing unabridged audiobooks of short stories, poems, letters, diaries, biographies and much much more. We're launching with two ranges - Horror (supernatural short stories by masters of the genre) and Poetry (selected poems by individual poets), but we hope to add more ranges as the months progress. Do please join our forums and let us have your suggestions for future titles. 

Our first two releases are:

Charles Dickens - The Signalman & Other Ghostly Tales read by John Sessions

Edward Thomas - Selected Poems read by Barnaby Edwards

Many more are in the pipeline. So feel free to have a look round the site, download our podcasts, listen to the audio trailers, watch our video trailers on YouTube or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for visiting the site.

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