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PI News Roundup: PI Seminar Series; Books Ireland Rises From the Ashes and Drones in Our Midst!

What a week it has been at the towers with organising not one but two Publishing Ireland seminars. Following the success of our ‘Legal Issues for Publishers’ session last Wednesday, we felt we couldn’t really go into Christmas without fitting one more in so Anne-Marie Scully has very kindly offered to come in on Wednesday, 18 December to talk about Book Marketing Strategies for The Digital Age. Following her extremely well-received taster session at our trade event at Smock Alley, for which Anne-Marie talked about using data to make better decisions about what to publish, Book Marketing for the Digital Age will focus more specifically on how to market and sell those books using digital platforms that are more cost effective and measurable. Bookings for the morning are now open. To read more on Anne-Marie and her course, go to or email


Phoenix Ireland?


A huge congratulations is in order for the beleaguered Books Ireland who sadly closed its publication doors this week only to be rescued by Wordwell who will take over the Irish books publication.  Wordwell Ltd who have been book publishers in Ireland for 25 years as well as being publishers of History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland have taken up the reins at Books Ireland and have agreed to continue the publication of the title.

“We are proud to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Addis”, says Wordwell, who described him as “one of those people (largely invisible) who, through his long-standing commitment to Books Ireland, have contributed significantly to Irish culture for more than 30 years. We have been attempting to do this for over 25 years at History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland and now we look forward to doing it with Books Ireland.”


If anybody wants to be a subscriber, take out an advert, write reviews or grant-aid this important magazine Books Ireland will be only too pleased. All enquiries to Una MacConville ( Editorial matters will be dealt with  by Tony Canavan, the new editor ( Books for review can be sent immediately to: Tony Canavan, Editor, Books Ireland, Unit 9, 78 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.


Launches and Other Happenings

Well done to all the winners of this year’s Irish Magazine Awards, which was held at the very swanky Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square last night. Winners included Image for the  Publishing Company of the Year Award as well as the prize for Photographer of the Year for Cliona O’Flaherty in their new title BASH. Irish language magazine Nós scooped the award (much to their genuine surprise) for Design Team of the Year . Hot Press won not one but three titles, picking up awards for Digital Product of the Year (; Journalist of the Year (Olaf Tyaransen); and Magazine Cover of the Year with the Arctic Monkeys. A full list of this year’s winners can be found on

Beyond the Shore

Well for those of us who thought that Amazon could reach no further in terms of Orwellian sales devices they were proved wrong this week with the announcement by CEO Jeff Bezos that Amazon were planning on developing delivery ‘drones’ or ‘octocopters’ which will whizz from warehouses far and wide to your doorstep. Bezos did underline that these devices would not be ready to be implemented for five years at least. It will most certainly be interesting to see how some very obvious obstacles be overcome with this innovation- not least of which is how one might stop the drone from hurtling through one’s kitchen window as opposed to other coordinates! To add to Amazon’s gains, it also announced this week that was going to launch its own short story imprint in the US called StoryFront. The imprint will also be home to Amazon’s digital literary journal Day One, a weekly publication dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers. (Via The Bookseller



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