And speaking of things orange . . . Hail and farewell, George Whitman

Give what you can, take what you need. 

This was the creed of George Whitman, just a guy from East Orange, NJ. If you never had the chance to meet George, who died last week at the age of 98, . . . check on some of the links. George was pretty much put the independent in indepedent booksellers. He will be missed.

You can read a good bit of his life story on the Shakespeare and Company website.

This commentary piece on George is from our local paper, and by local lad, John Yewell.

Jeanette Winterson of the Guardian also has a nice rememberance.

Published in: on December 20, 2011 at 2:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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The Digital Innovation Awards are right around the corner — make your voice heard

The Bookseller announces the first, biannual, Digitial Innovation Awards

The first ever awards for ‘digital innovation’ across publishing will celebrate how the trade is embracing the future. The awards will run biannually and all category winners will go through to compete for the Digital Innovation award at The Bookseller’s Industry Awards in May.

The aim of the awards

We want to highlight and celebrate professionals across the trade who are doing the real work to facilitate digital innovation. Those working late nights to launch websites, devise Twitter campaigns, edit video trailers, establishing partnerships and more. We also want to showcase new products and ideas, and help demonstrate how they will help shape the future of publishing, reading and learning.

These awards will be held every six months and category winners will receive a certificate and a bottle of champagne at a FutureBook drinks evening. All winners will go through to the Industry Awards held in May.

The details

There are seven individual categories and nominees may be from any part of the world. To make an entry you must log on. The sponsors are heavy hitters, such as Ingram and OverDrive, and the panel of judges (13 — but only 3 women) come from varied backgrounds, such as Waterstones, Google, Wiley, and HarperCollins.  Alas, no one has stated the vintage or maker of the champagne to offered to a DIA winner.  May we suggest a Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002?  If you’re going to enter, it has to be worth winning!

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM  Leave a Comment  
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