Maisie Loves World Book Day!


Maisie had an exciting World Book Day last Thursday! She headed over to Blackwell’s in Edinburgh to check out what books she could get with her £1 voucher! If you didn’t know about World Book Day, it is a charity event that happens annually and is sponsored by the National Book Tokens Ltd. The charity allows every child in full-time education in the UK and Ireland to get a book £1 token that they can redeem in local bookstores for a brand new book.


Over 1.2 million children redeemed book tokens last year and this year Maisie was one of them! There were so many books to choose from, Maisie was spoilt for choice! Thanks to the helpful staff at Blackwell’s, Maisie picked her friend Douglas’s book ‘Hello, Hugless Douglas!’ by David Melling. Maisie tweeted all about her fun day over on her twitter page and so did her friends Blackwell’s.

You can still trade your £1 token in at participating bookstores until the 30th of March! For more information about World Book Day check out their website here.

Winners Announced for Merchiston’s ‘Cover Design Competition’

We are delighted to announce that the winner of Merchiston Publishing’s ‘Cover Design Competition’ is Ben Lewis, P5, from Stockbridge Primary School.

Acclaimed illustrator Iain McIntosh judged the competition and described Ben’s design as “A lovely cover with not a dull area in the whole picture. Beautifully designed and crafted hand-lettering (and crosses!). Full of detail and interest which has been very sensitively drawn.”

Merchiston Publishing are launching the first play script of Treasure Island written for primary schools. The book will be distributed freely among local primary schools and a launch party to celebrate will set sail on June 8th at Craighouse Campus.

Catch a pirate joke a day on Twitter @jamesjimhawkins or visit our dedicated website to see the rest of our shortlist at

A couple of Spring 2011 highlights

The Spring trimester is a busy one for Edinburgh Napier Publishing students, but also offers some fun opportunities.

On 21 February 2011, several students from Edinburgh Napier attended Publishing Scotland’s annual conference.

This year’s theme was “Publish Locally, Sell Globally”.

It was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet professionals in the Scottish publishing industry.

We heard speeches from Anne MacColl, CEO of Scottish Development International, on how to market the Scottish publishing industry to the world market. Anne suggested that Scottish publishers need to embrace new digital content and publish in foreign languages to increase their international market. Continue reading “A couple of Spring 2011 highlights”

One Million Books, One Million People, One Night

by Paula Igoe, Anna Murray, Monika Ciska, Stacey Wadsworth and Benedicte Soteras

The first ever World Book Night will take place on the 5th March, two days after the World Book Day.

The Night aims to be a ‘celebration of reading, writing and sharing’ (Antony Gormley, Patron) through a collaboration between publishers, writers, booksellers and libraries. However, the readers are the real drive behind this.

In 2009, Jamie Byng of Canongate came up with the idea that others from the industry, such as Random House, Faber and Faber and The Bookseller, quickly adopted.  Since then it has been set up as a charitable company.

On the night, 20,000 volunteers will give away a million books, from twenty-five fiction and non-fiction titles selected from major publishers like Penguin and Bloomsbury as well as Independent Publishers such as Profile Books and Sceptre

There has already been coverage from the BBC and national and local newspapers, helped by support from The Publishers Association, The Reading Agency and various famous figures.

There is still time to get involved and become a giver by applying online at