Doctor Who: Amy Pond’s novel ‘Summer Falls’ actually exists!

5 04 2013

Well, as an e-book anyway! The official Doctor Who website announced that the book, which can be seen on-screen at the beginning of the most recent episode, The Bells of St. John, has been released to the Kindle. If it’s successful, I can only hope that Melody Malone’s novel from The Angels Take Manhattan isn’t far behind!

– dEV

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Amy Pond’s novel Summer Falls out now

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11031-560-summer-falls-full-515d4e10Clara: What chapter you on?
Artie: Ten
Clara: Eleven’s the best. You’ll cry your eyes out… The good kind of crying….

Summer Falls: a favourite book of the Doctor’s new companion, Clara. A book by one Amelia Williams.

Written in 1954, Summer Falls is set in the seaside village of Watchcombe, where young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled ‘The Lord of Winter’ in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned.

Kate soon realises the old seacape, painted long ago by an eccentric local artist, is actually a puzzle. And with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances – including a museum curator’s magical cat, a miserable neighbour, and a lonely boy – she plans on solving it.

And then, one morning Kate wakes up to a world changed forever. For the Lord of Winter is coming – and Kate has a very important decision to make. “When summer falls, the Lord of Winter will arise…”

Summer Falls is available now globally as an ebook: UK | US, and you can read the first chapter on the Radio Times website (these links take you to sites beyond our control).

Summer Falls, a book written by Amelia Williams, is featured at the beginning of The Bells of Saint John, where it’s being read by Artie, one of the children Clara looks after.

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Gandalf Problem Solving

26 01 2013


Download a Neil Gaiman Halloween story and support a great cause!

29 10 2012

From Neil Gaiman’s website


Posted by Neil at 3:29 AM

“What kind of story would you like me to tell you?”

I was on the phone on Friday afternoon, in the car on the way to the airport, with the folk from They had the idea of doing something really, really fun for Hallowe’en, as an All Hallows Read celebration, something from Audible and from me to the world.

Perhaps, they suggested, I could read a story, and they would put it up for free. Would I like to do a classic horror story?

No, I said. I’d like to read a story I’d written recently, that I’d read at the George Mason Award evening, a story that had scared people.

Even better, they said.

I asked if they could make a “Pay what you want” button that would go to charity. They looked into it, said no, they weren’t set up to do that…

…but for every time a new person downloaded the story they would make a donation to charity. So if we reached a hundred thousand downloads by Hallowe’en, Audible would donate a hundred thousand dollars to the charity of my choice…

And got in on the act as well. They’ll make their own donations to a UK charity.

I got on the plane. I flew to London. As soon as the recording studios were open on Monday, I went into a studio in Wardour Street and recorded my story (and another extra bonus story that we’ll put out as a mad gift if enough people download the first one). The Audible people have worked through the nights to get everything together for the roll-out.

Usually there’s a little bit longer time between having the idea and getting it out for sale than a week…

We chose our charities with pride and with care: we picked Donors Choose — *  –for the US; we picked Booktrust  – ** — as our charity for the UK.

So. That’s preamble.

Go and download the story NOW. Please.

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Not All Young Adult Literature Settings Are Equal…

18 08 2012

In honor of The Hunger Games coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray today…

FAILBlog: Someone Just Read ‘Hunger Games.’

13 07 2012 Most U.S. College Students Now Prefer Digital Reading

26 03 2012

Every day, my class has about 20 minutes of class time for independent reading. The other day, one of my students asked me if she could read a book on her Kindle Fire. She’d downloaded The Hunger Games, and wanted to finish it before the movie came out this weekend. Like most schools I’ve encountered, ours has a policy toward personal electronic devices that’s primarily directed at iPods and the like. Basically, they’re off limits. Kids can have cell phones, as long as they only use them before or after school.

My take on this, which I shared with my class, was that I wouldn’t bring anything to school that might get broken or stolen. If I had a Kindle Fire (and I’d really like to have one), I wouldn’t be bringing it to school where some random goon in the hallway could knock it out of my hands, or somebody could snag it out of my backpack while I wasn’t looking.

No sooner had I finished my little speech about why bringing stuff like that wasn’t a good idea, that another student asked if she could bring her Kindle to school the next day to use during silent reading time. These kids just don’t think the same way about their technology. It’s meant to be taken everywhere, and they expect to be able to take it anywhere. They don’t see it as taking a risk with a pricey luxury item; they see it as using their stuff the way it was meant to be used.

There’s no way I’m going to go down as the teacher that told a kid it was okay to take their Kindle to school. Because, for one, the school policy says otherwise, and for another, I’m not about to put myself in that kind of position. I’m not getting chewed out by an angry parent over a lost, stolen, or damaged eBook reader because I told their kid they could bring it.

It does raise an interesting question, though. Where do we draw the line? Some schools are already distributing laptops or iPads to students, and phasing out traditional textbooks. Is it better to go ahead and start looking forward, and tell the kids, “You like this technology, you’re comfortable with it, and you’re using it for an educational purpose. If something happens to your tablet, it’s on you. But if you want to read off of it, go ahead.” I’m not sold yet, but I think it’s time to start having this conversation.

– dEV

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The majority of U.S. college students now prefer digital formats whether they’re reading textbooks or “fun” books, according to a new survey from the Pearson (NYSE: PSO) Foundation.

“Survey on Students and Tablets 2012” (PDF) polled 1,206 U.S. college students and 204 college-bound high school seniors. Some findings:

—College students prefer digital over print for “fun” reading (57 percent) and textbook reading (58 percent), “a reversal from last year, when more students preferred print over digital.” Pearson says the trend is also apparent among high-school seniors (though it doesn’t break out which format the majority prefer), “and is mostly driven by an increase in the preference to use tablets for reading.” The study doesn’t ask whether students are using tablets or e-ink e-readers for reading.

—A quarter of college students now own a tablet, compared to just 7 percent last year. Seventeen percent of college-bound high school seniors own a tablet, compared to four percent last year.

—Thirty-five percent of college students who own a tablet also own “an e-book reader or small tablet device.” (Not sure what a “small tablet device” is! Asking Pearson.)

—Among college students who own tablets, the iPad is the most popular (63 percent), followed by the Kindle Fire (26 percent) and Samsung Galaxy Tab (15 percent).

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