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PI News Roundup: PI Seminars Begin; DBF Gets into Gear and the Tablet Wars Continue

What a week it has been at the PI towers as we gather for the first in our Autumn Seminar Series! Today is the day that we dust off our semi-colons, relative clauses and delve into the murky world that is grammar. There is certainly no better man, however, than Fergal Tobin to take us through the waters! We will let you know how we got on in due course. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next block of sessions coming soon!


Launches and Other Happenings 


With the Autumn comes more launches etc. and there have certainly been many this week. Irish Academic Press put on an evening to celebrate the launch of: Eibhear Walshe’s A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín atthe Irish Writers’ Centre on Wednesday, while the Aspects Irish Literature Festival kicked off on the same day in the Walled Garden in the North Down Museum. The Dublin Book Festival is sharpening it’s pen too as its interview series builds momentum. Kimberly Campanello and Mark O’Sullivan are among the latest to grace the festival couch. To read the interviews, go to

The James Plunkett Short Story Award shortlist was also announced and includes on its list Noel O’Regan, Fiona O’Connor and Chris Dooley- a big congratulations to them all. For the full list of the shortlisted, go to

The fun is not over yet as the events continue with a Translation Slam. The Centre for Literary Translation in Trinity College Dublin is gearing up for a TRANSLATION SLAM chaired by Daniel Hahn, to be held as part of Discover Research Dublin tonight from 6-7:30 in the Printing House Hall, Trinity College Dublin. Don’t worry – no knowledge of any language other than English is needed to enjoy the evening. Check out the details here


Beyond the Shore 


HC rolls out the Profits

Good news for Harper Collins this week as the new News Corp filed the first of its results. According to a piece in the Bookseller, the publisher’s revenue stood at $1.369bn (£853m), growing 15% from $1.189bn (£741m) in 2012. Pre-tax profits were $142m (£88m), rising 65% from $86m (£53m) the previous year. Profits have been attributed to several factors including the buying of Thomas Nelson and their anti-trust settlement


Tablet Wars: Hello Hudl

Tesco has finally launched its much-anticipated Hudl tablet and has upped its game by blending it with the clubcard scheme. This essentially means that Tesco clubcard customers can avail of a knockdown price by purchasing the tablet through the scheme.

Anyone who may have thought Amazon were not responding to such a measure would be wrong, however, as three new Kindle Fire tablets have been released in the US this week. The new Kindle Fire HD comes in at $139, while The Kindle Fire HDX costs $229. The Kindle Fire is the most expensive, costing $379. Barnes & Noble, meanwhile are reducing the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight again, down to £49 from £69, making it the only backlit e-reader in the UK under £50. Via The Bookseller. To continue reading, go to


Publishing Lives

Next week sees the launch of a new BBC Radio four series on the lives of Britain’s most eminent publishers. The John Murray show will begin the series next Monday at 13:45 with the live of Allen Lane followed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the same time with Harold Macmillan, George Weidenfield and John Murray. For more details on these episodes, go to

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