How to succeed on Kickstarter – now there's (kind of) a book

Ever thought about putting something on Kickstarter? Getting your page done is easy enough, but getting people to view it another matter. Help might soon be at hand for a Kickstarter veteran – who has funded two separate campaigns -…

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Ashley NorrisHow to succeed on Kickstarter – now there's (kind of) a book

Book publishers Random House get together with game-makers THQ: 5 Game-Books we'd like to see..

Paper book publishers Random House have teamed up with game-makers THQ – to start collaborating on products that bridge the gap between books and games.. Ebooks, graphic novels and online/console/phone games are expected to come out of the partnership,…

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Anna LeachBook publishers Random House get together with game-makers THQ: 5 Game-Books we'd like to see..

Phillip Pullman's Jesus story is a boundary-breaking novel, but a pretty conventional app

The new book from Phillip Pullman out from Wednesday is getting a lot of attention for two reasons: 1) The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is a retelling of the story of the world-famous Bible story, 2) it's…

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Anna LeachPhillip Pullman's Jesus story is a boundary-breaking novel, but a pretty conventional app

The Twitter Book: Contains more than 140 characters

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Twitter is the buzzword of the moment with everyone getting involved, from numerous guides, campaigns and even accessories getting in on the act. It’s the word at the top of every D list celebs agenda, and numerous professionals are discovering that this is the new way of communicating and building a brand. But some people (and I won’t name names here) don’t really seem to understand proper Tweetiquette, using it to spam people and annoy them with the kind of garbage that makes me write long angry posts about etiquette..

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Zara RabinowiczThe Twitter Book: Contains more than 140 characters

Cool-er people read: A colourful eBook is UK bound

Under the colourful chassis you have a 500MHz processor, with 1GB of storage and it can take SD cards of up to 4GB, which is a lot of books. The screen is 6 inches, which is standard for eBooks, but it does offer eight shades of eInk which places it above the eBook and on the same level as the Sony Reader,

It’s available in a wide variety of colours as well which is pretty impressive and there are eight shades to choose from, with pink, red, blue and violet all putting in an appearance,

And that’s all folks. Yes, there’s no Wi-Fi, touchscreen or keyboard, but then there doesn’t really need to be- as you can connect via USB to charge it, and then you have a lovely looking piece of kit that should last for around 8000 page turns.

Currently $249 from Cool Readers and UK bound soon for an expected pricepoint of £189 in late May.[via Pocket Lint]

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Zara RabinowiczCool-er people read: A colourful eBook is UK bound

Shiny Interview: Dave Gibbons from Watchmen shares tips on how to write comics and what TV shows to watch


How did he get into comics?

‘I always wanted to do them , but from 7 years old I went to a quasi public school, ‘the real Tom Brown’ and comics were frowned upon, with desks raided and bonfires of the illicit material. I used to read Nic Fury: Agent of Shield- and that has definitely influenced me’, Dave tells me.

Comics he reads:

‘Growing up I was never a big fan of Marvel’ he revealed. ‘I always preferred European comics, though I will agree that Marvel did help revolutionize the comic field.’ He says that nowadays he doesn’t have that much time to read a lot of new material but says he enjoys Brian Lee O Malley, creator of the much loved Scott Pilgrim character. When asked how he’d encourage more people to read comics he laughs. ‘It’s always about creating stories of interest’, he says, ‘You’ve seen how successful Manga has been in recent years, and they have amazing storyboards.’

How to create comics

‘If you can’t Twitter it, don’t write it,’ is Dave’s advice on dialogue, as he feel so many people opt for stories that are to wordy and don’t pay enough attention to the picture detail. ‘What you’ll notice in Watchmen is that we used no sound effects at all’, he says, ‘We simply let the images do the talking- it was a conscious stylistic choice’.

‘When writing a comic try and write no more than a paragraph for each page of the book, and then use that as a guide when you’re scripting and sketching it. A good rule of thumb is to work from the general to the particular to make it more cohesive.’


How technology has changed comics

‘A long time ago it took forever to make a comic- you’d draw it out and then every single dot of ink was painfully transcribed by hand- computers have revolutionized the industry. The internet is a great resource when researching a scene- there are no excuses to get anything wrong anymore.

‘I like to use the POSER program to create comics with, on my Wacom tablet, and I think that Manga Studio V4 is also great.’

On Alan Moore…

Does Dave think Alan will view Watchmen? ‘My belief is that Allan will not watch it-he hasn’t seen V for Vendetta!’ he says laughing, and I decide not to press the matter. He says they have an ‘amicable’ relationship though.

Which character doe she most identify with?

‘I identify most with Night Owl, I created the whole look of him, I suggested the costume and everything- he’s who I associate with most- he’s a very gentle man, with a lot to give’. So he has fantasies of being a superhero then? ‘No, not really,’ he says. ‘If I could have a superpower it would be to fly- that’s a very benign power and it would be really amazing’.

What other comic of his would he like to see turned into a movie?

‘One of my favourite heroines is Martha Washington, a young black female character from my earlier works. The collected Martha Stewart collection is out later this year- she’s a very strong character- I’m sure she’d translate well to the big screen’.

What he likes to watch and read

‘When I was younger I read a lot of science fiction, but now I really love non-fiction, and historical novels, I find the history of 100 years ago so fascinating, where people lived without TV and electricity, when sleight of hand and perception really made a difference’.

TV wise, he tends to enjoy a lot of box-sets, as well as having a weak spot for Simon Cowell… ‘ I’m really hooked on Britain’s Got Talent’, he reveals. ‘I also enjoy the Sopranos, the Wire- I do like a good drama!’

But he’s not quite become a pipe and slipper man…

‘ I really enjoy a glass of white wine in the evenings,’ Dave says, ‘ I like a nice Pouilly-Fuissé‘. Well, if you’re offering…

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Zara RabinowiczShiny Interview: Dave Gibbons from Watchmen shares tips on how to write comics and what TV shows to watch

The Kindle DX takes eBooks to a 9.7inch level


I’m a huge fan of eBooks as they’re an easy way to transport a huge library around with you, but should you be trying to view a newspaper of textbook, they e screen size tends to be distinctly lacking. Sure you could get the iRex Digital Reader, but you want he whole functionality of the kindle, and the backing of Amazon now, don’t you?

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Zara RabinowiczThe Kindle DX takes eBooks to a 9.7inch level

GALLERY: The Top Ten Science Fiction books I'd like to see as games

It wasn’t so long ago I told you about the Raymond Chandler novel being turned into a computer game. It’s a common trend to create a game off the back of successful book/movie mashups, but for every creation that’s an astounding success there are those that flop heavier than Oprah in a fat suit. There’s no perfect key to creating a winning game, but I think it would be great if companies started using some lesser known books for plot inspiration. Here’s my guide to the top ten fantasy books that deserve to get the multi-player treatment- and I’m only including those that HAVEN’T ever had this, before you start moaning that I didn’t mention Neil Gaiman’s Coraline or Pratchett’s Discworld.


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Zara RabinowiczGALLERY: The Top Ten Science Fiction books I'd like to see as games

Shiny Review: Amusement RFID magazine

Not so long ago we told you all about Amusement, the French magazine that contains an RFID chip. The idea behind it is that when you purchase said magazine, you not only get physical content, but also virtual access to a variety of video and music feeds created specially for the mag. We test it out with the help of the trusty mir:ror RFID reader, but as I don’t speak French I can only report on the ease of use, rather than the entrainment angle.

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Zara RabinowiczShiny Review: Amusement RFID magazine

Mi-Vox audio books provide erotic and Obama in one

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What do lads mags and Barack Obama have in common? They’re both available on the Mi-Vox portable audiobooks!

I’ve never been a big fan of audio books, as they tend to be overpriced, uninspiring and commentated by the kind of person who tends to be stuck reading the weather as their part time job. Mi-Vox Audio books may make me reconsider this idea though, as not only are they rather stylish, but they’re actually read by people you might want to listen to.

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Zara RabinowiczMi-Vox audio books provide erotic and Obama in one

Samsung to launch touchscreen eReader in the UK?


So, the Amazon Kindle may or may not make it over here – quite frankly I’m getting bored of the whole will it/won’t it situation. But it turns out I’m not the only one who’s fed up of playing the waiting game – so is Samsung. Joining the eBook party and bringing with it some touchscreen goodness is Samsung with its Papyrus eBook. Similarly to Fujitsu’s FLEPia, the Papyrus is initially Korea-bound (in June), but there are plans

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Lucy HedgesSamsung to launch touchscreen eReader in the UK?

Fujitsu's FLEPia eBook brings a touch of colour the eReader market


Just when you thought eBooks couldn’t get any more attractive, Fujitsu goes and gives its eReader a colour injection, putting all other eReaders to black and white shame. As long as you don’t mind travelling to Japan to get one, you can take pleasure in its 8-inch colour screen – ideal for reading both magazines and extensive text. There’s also Bluetooth, WiFi and a USB and SD card slot to get the best out of your eReading experience.

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Lucy HedgesFujitsu's FLEPia eBook brings a touch of colour the eReader market