Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin nominated for the GlenDimplex New Writers

Eoin Purcell

I may have mentioned some time ago

That I was at the launch of Bibeanna: Memories from a Corner of Ireland pretty soon after I joined Mercier.


Well, now we have just heard some absolutely great news. Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin has been nominated for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award in the Irish-language category. Yippee!

Congratulations to Brenda and all involved. It is a wonderful book and one we are enormously proud of. It is also selling very well (selling through a reprint very rapidly) which just goes to show that dual language titles with quality design and good content can make a big impact.

Pleased as pie,

Oh and here are some pictures from that launch (It was an amazing day in the Kingdom!)

The BlasketsOut to seaSunny Kerry


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It’s already christmas out there!

Eoin Purcell

Bookshops and booksales
I spent a lot of time over the weekend and the early part of the week in bookshops. They are crazy. It feels like christmas has started early. There is no evidence to support this really. Maybe it will show in the bookscan figures next week but overall Bookscan doesn’t seem too hectic:

But all the same the piles are high, the big books seem to be released already. Walking around the bookstores I was struck by the incredible array of titles, the strength of everyones books and the feeling that the January sales would be truly excellent next year. Because there just cannot be as many winners as there are books. There are some great titles that will fail. This year is going to see a very competitive struggle I suspect.

I can only hope that Mercier do well, though with its great Christmas list I suspect it will. Here’s my favourite:

Hidden Dublin

Enjoying a rush (the thrill of the game perhaps)

A real business model: Dailylit’s Pay-Per-Read

Eoin Purcell

The Bookseller reports:

DailyLit, the service that delivers daily installments of books via email or RSS feeds, has launched its Pay-Per-Read program. Thanks to agreements with publishers including Perseus Books Group, the University of Michigan Press, The Globe Pequot Press, E-Reads and Baen Books, readers can get installments of new and bestselling titles in addition to public domain books.

DailyLit has more detail here like the full list of books available and confirms the price scale too:

The Pay-Per-Read titles will add 30+ books to DailyLit�s current listing of 500+ titles. Each complete book is priced from $4.95 to $9.95, with the majority of books available for under $5.00.

A better model
To me this seems a much better long term bet than the dramatic but (to my mind) ultimately ineffective effort by Radiohead which has drawn so much comment in recent weeks (more here). For one thing Radiohead’s model will work for Radiohead and maybe a couple of dozen other acts leaving everyone else to soak up the dregs.

There is promise in this one.

Impressed by this book
PS You can read the DailyLit blog here
PSS: Interesting piece on the workplace of the future here (features Malcom Gladwell riffing on stuff NineShift said years ago [hat tip to 37Signals])

Authorhouse and iUniverse

Eoin Purcell

Three month old deals re-emerge
PODdy Mouth – Daily Dirt on POD and Self-Publishing has an interesting piece advising AuthorServices who to buy next following their acquisition of iUniverse.

Of course, not missing a trick, Poddy also points out that this is genius re-selling of old PR! Reading the Bookseller you might not know that!

For my money, given the demand for services such as this it almost seems a mistake to broadcast the fact that you are rolling up the capacity of this sector. With Amazon launching CreatSpace and no guarantee that the larger publishers won’t make similar moves, you would think AuthorServices would move and keep quiet!