Kids Today…

I have recently become fascinated with children’s reading habits, and comparing them to my own when I was a child. I would read constantly. It all started with my parents’ love of the written word, I think.

It suddenly hit me last Christmas when I bought my niece  (age 6), the book Where the Wild Things Are. She had absolutely no interest in reading it or even looking at it. I asked my brother why his daughter hated books so much… his reaction was a shrug of the shoulders.

Is it up to parents to get their children interested in reading or is it the job of  school teachers?

I found this article on the BBC News website: it’s a survey about children’s interests in television compared to books… Enjoy!

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Internships!!

[Editor’s Note: Edinburgh Napier University has a Work Placement module for Postgraduate Publishing students. Go to our Home page to find out more about our student’s experiences on their publishing work placement.]

Summer placements and internships have been on my mind for a good few months! I’ve come up with a list of the best websites to get information and help on applying for internships and placements within the UK. (Hope this can shed some light on difficult decisions!)

Carlton College (michigan) Internship Winners.

www.myinternship.co.uk –  just type in Publishing and links will appear with info on the company, etc.

http://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk

http://www.e4s.co.uk/docs/internships.htm

http://www.work-placement.co.uk/

http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/internships/unitedkingdomandengland.shtml

Frankfurt Book Fair – Andrew Savikas Interview

I found an interesting interview with Andrew Savikas at Frankfurt Book Fair.

(from O'Reilly website)
(from O’Reilly website)

Tom Tivnan: First on TOC, why was it important to be here at FBF, will you come next year and are there any plans for any rolling TOC out further afield,to the London Book Fair, for example?

Andrew Savikas: More than half of the people buying our digital books are from outside the States. Digital — and in particular, mobile — publishing is a global market, and that means acknowledging that many of the geographical barriers around physical markets simply don’t apply anymore. Because our customers (and our competitors) are as likely to come from outside our borders as within, it made sense to try and bring the message of TOC to a broader audience. The Frankfurt Book Fair shares our view, and has been a great partner in bringing this event to a European audience. I’d love to be able to bring this message and this event to other parts of the world, and we’ll use what we learn from the Frankfurt version to plan next steps.

TT: O’Reilly has a DRM-free policy; what would you say to other publishers that are leery of doing the same? Continue reading “Frankfurt Book Fair – Andrew Savikas Interview”