Canongate works with Bookswarm – Imagine the possibilities

Bookswarm has worked with Canongate Books to create a new site in support of Imagine, by Jonah Lehrer. The site is a bank of ideas, a place where users can share their creative thoughts and tips for harnessing the imagination.

Created in association with Wired Magazine, the site is a celebration of Imagine, a new book by leading neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer, which shows us how we all have the capacity to be creative. Users can share their own ideas, or browse the categories to see examples and tips from Jonah himself.

The website is based on our favourite platform, WordPress, and uses the excellent Gravity Forms plugin to take the contents of the ‘Share your idea’ form and convert it directly in to a blog post, which, once approved by Canongate, appears on the home page in an attractive PostItNote style.

If you have a need for title-driven or campaign-driven microsites, please contact us.

Bookswarm develops Sales Extranet for Faber

Bookswarm has developed a Sales Extranet for Faber that combines the ease of use of WordPress with the power of Faber’s bibliographic data systems. The password-protected website is designed to allow both export and UK trade customers to keep up to date with Faber’s forthcoming titles and search all of the publisher’s in-print and print-on-demand titles. It also allows easy access to all a title’s sales assets and Faber’s catalogues and stocklists.

As well as using WordPress’s tried and trusted interface to manage news articles and manage customer login details, Bookswarm developed an importer that takes an ONIX data feed from Faber’s Biblio system, and its associated Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. That means users can search across Faber’s list of titles and view digital Advanced Information pages for every title.

If your company uses ONIX-based bibliographic systems and would like to discuss ONIX-powered Extranets or websites, please contact us.

Bookswarm and Aimer Media deliver Guru apps for Octopus

As part of our consultancy enagement with Octopus Publishing Group, and working with app developers Aimer Media, we are proud to be able to showcase the Guru apps: My Pilates Guru and My Yoga Guru. These free apps, developed for iPad and iPhone, are designed to accompany the books of the same name and have been created as an integral part of the experience of learning Pilates or Yoga.

Using the apps, the user can search and browse exercises, view step-by-step photography for each exercise and add exercises to their own custom exercise plans. They can also track their acitivity levels so they know what level of difficulty they are achieving and what parts of their body will benefit the most.

As well as being released for the UK market, an initial batch of five co-edition publishers have also contracted for the books and apps in their own languages and some of these have already launched, with the remainder following on soon.

Search My Yoga Guru or My Pilates Guru on the app store to download the apps today.

If you have books that would make good apps, or need apps as an integral part of your publishing strategy, get in touch.

All the fun of the (London Book) Fair

Bookswarm will be attending all three days of the London Book Fair – so if you would like to take the opportunity to talk about a project or just meet up for a coffee and a chance to get to know us better (Simon’s favourite drink is green tea and he’s very partial to cake) please contact us – we’d love to see you!

April is Double Points Month on Love Your Indie

Love Your Indie, developed and operated by Bookswarm on behalf of the Independent Alliance, and sponsored by The Guardian, has double loyalty points in April. Until midnight on 30th April, cardholders get TWO points on your card for every £10 they spend in participating shops.

Bookswarm is very proud of the work that has gone in to Love Your Indie – if you haven’t visited already, take a look.

Hamlyn launch QuickCooks – with innovative digital element

Hamlyn, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group, has launched an innovative new mass-market cookery series, with a significant digital element realised by Bookswarm.

The books themselves are clever and convenient: simply choose a recipe from the book, work out how much time you have then cook the 30-, 20- or 10-minute version. To make life even easier, this website allows you to use the special code on each recipe page to email yourself a recipe card for printing (see image) or a text-only shopping list.

The digital functionality was conceived and specified by Bookswarm as part of our consultancy engagement with Octopus, and we also designed the QuickCooks website and, working with Django developer Steve Jalim of Some Fantastic, developed the database that holds all of the recipes and the content delivery mechanisms.

Visit the QuickCook website

Chris Cleave goes for Gold

Bestselling author, and client and friend of Bookswarm, Chris Cleave is riding from London to Paris in June for Geoff Thomas Foundation. As he explains:

While researching my novel, Gold, I spent time at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children shadowing a paediatric haematologist. I was in the room when he delivered ominous diagnoses to very distressed parents, and it’s not something you forget. The science that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research funds will create better outcomes for some of the children I met, so I’m riding for them.

We’ve sponsored him in this worthwhile act of inspired lunacy – and if you would like to do the same, here’s his Justgiving page.

New British Sports Book Awards website out of the blocks

Bookswarm has created a new look for the website of the British Sports Book Awards, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in style with a dinner at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London on 21st May. The star studded event will celebrate the very best in sports book publishing from the last year with new awards being added to the line up. This year there will also be a special award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing’ that will be presented this year to Nick Hornby, author of the ground-breaking novel ‘Fever Pitch’.

As well as redesigning the site we also migrated it to our favourite Content Management System, WordPress – so now the BSBA team are in total control of their content.

Visit the new website


New look for Christina Hopkinson

In preparation for the paperback release of her novel The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs, and the follow-up in July, Just Like Proper Grown-Ups, Bookswarm has revamped the website of author Christina Hopkinson. Christina wanted something classy, elegant and understated – we hope you’ll agree that’s what she got!

Visit the new-look site

Simon on the panel for Publishing Now

Bookswarm’s Simon Appleby will be on the panel for the inaugural Publishing Now event on 2-3 December 2011.

Exciting times in the world of publishing. The concept of the book is being re-imagined and re-wrought, the act of reading is undergoing enhancement and renovation. We’re no longer looking at possibilities in the future; innovation is alive, present, here, now, raring to go and accelerating fast.

That’s why we have based our conference around the theme of ‘innovation’ – throughout the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to learn, discuss, debate and explore innovation in publishing.

Simon will be participating in the Friday night session, which will have a live Twitter wall behind the panel (#talkingrubbish? We hope not!).

Book tickets here

New site launch: Raymond Khoury

The latest author site to be launched is for New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury, whose novels include The Last Templar and the recent follow-up The Templar Salvation. It’s all based on WordPress so Raymond’s already fully in control of his own content – and Bookswarm also built him a mini-website, also WordPress-based, that is embedded in his official Facebook page to provide fans with more information about the books.

Take a look at the new site

Love Your Indie launches in the Guardian

The Guardian on Saturday 1st October featured an Independent Bookshops Directory and a free Love Your Indie loyalty card. These special cards offer holders a 20% discount on their first purchase at any one of the retailers participating in the scheme.

Bookswarm devised the mechanics of the scheme and designed and built the website as well as all of the promotional materials – posters, bookmarks, window stickers and web banners.

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