June 2, 2009
Publishing, But Not As We Know It
For the first time, we have a generation of children who are reading more off screens than they are off paper. With developments such as eBook readers, writers producing novels and comics for mobile phones, online fan-fiction, digital book piracy and the panic-inducing Google Book Settlement, the book industry is in turmoil. Text is evolving and the traditional methods of production, marketing and even education are being left behind. This is nothing short of a revolution, and everyone involved in the book industry is faced with embracing it or losing touch with young readers.
CBI brings a panel of speakers together to discuss how to carry children’s books forward into this new age of publishing.
The Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Thursday June 11th 6.30-8.30pm
Chair Oisín McGann
Panel - Georgina Byrne, County Librarian, South Dublin Libraries; Sam Holman, Director, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency ; John McNamee, President European Booksellers Federation ; Peadar Ó’Guilín, Author
More information on http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie | 01 872 7475 email@example.com
PS – Eoin Purcell has some terrific links and thoughts related to e books
January 21, 2009
Sarah mentioned the film crew in her study this week and it’s all part of a new CBI partnership. Fís Book Club is a safe secure site where young readers can upload a video book review. All the book reviews can then be reviewed and enjoyed by other book club members. Its a very clever use of the technology and the site is really easy to navigate – even for a clutz like me.
For security unless you are a registered school, you can’t get access to the reviews but you can view a taster video on the hompage. Registration is free for schools and library groups and we’ll be encouraging all the Bisto Book of the Year Shadowing groups to get involved. Fís Book Club is a fantastic resource so please do spread the word……
December 3, 2008
First official guest post from Tom Donegan – CBI’s intrepid Programme Officer
I’ve Just been to see a preview of the new ‘Secret of Kells’ animated movie, written and directed by the Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore. A small but select crowd was in attendance, including members of the band Kila (who provide much of the music in the film), representatives of Trinity College (who can expect a tourist boom when it hits the screens next March) and Disney who are handling the promotion/ distribution side of things.
Not going into full critical mode here but the in summary the film is absolutely breathtaking – really stretches the boundaries of what might be considered ‘conventional’ 2D animation techniques. The narrative is simple yet powerful and features some great moments of humour, whilst the exhilarating score completes the experience perfectly. This beautiful and affecting film is the combination of over 12 years hard graft across three countries (Belgian and Brazilian animation teams were also heavily involved) and deserves to be shouted about from the top of every round tower in the country – another Irish Oscar anybody?
NB. The O’Brien Press are due to publish two complimentary titles in the coming months – a picture book and illustrated novelisation. Tomm is currently looking for a publisher for a Graphic Novel version as well – any takers?