Closure of The Media Bookshop

28 April, 2011 by

I’ve taken the reluctant decision to close The Media Bookshop due to lack of support from the company that ran the site on our behalf.
The Media Bookshop was launched primarly as a extra service for our community of journalists, PR professionals and marketing specialists. Soon after launching the site we found that some customers using the popular Firefox browser, which is used by around 30 per cent of our audience, were unable to complete their transactions on The Media Bookshop.
We alerted this issue to the book wholesaler that ran the site and fulfilled orders on our behalf but after 18 months no progress had be made to resolve the issue and the company was unable to say when it would be sorted. Also, little had been done to develop the site in general during this time.
We felt this reflected badly not only on The Media Bookshop but on our services as a whole, thefore closing the site down seemed the best thing to do.
I’m very sorry to withdraw a service which many found useful but being a staunch believer in customer service I could not continue to offer a customer experience that was fundametally flawed.
Perhaps we will re-launch The Media Bookshop in the future if we are able to find a partner that can sustain a standard of service I would be proud of.

In the meantime we’ll leave The Media Book Club site live so that people may access the content.

Daryl Willcox

BOTW: Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern & Kristin Aune

29 July, 2010 by

Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist ovement by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune

If you thought Feminism was finished, this week’s book will happily tell you otherwise. Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune aims to do just that; dragging ‘Feminism’ back from the depths of its ineffectual stereotype to something less unappealing and more relevant to the modern-day woman.  Redfern set up the new wave feminist’s website, The F-Word in 2001 at a time when the general consensus seemed to be an all round lack of enthusiasm for a women’s movement. Since then she and Aune have witnessed an uprising of grass-roots projects, particularly young women who seem to be tapping in to the issues that contemporary life raises on both a local and global scale. This book is a result of those observations and is both a celebration of these activities and a rallying call to action.

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BOTW: Applying for a Job: The Essential Guide by Sasa Jankovic

22 July, 2010 by

Applying for a job by Sasa Jankovic

This week we bring you a new book from Sasa Jankovic, a freelance writer from our Journalist Directory. We interviewed Sasa for the FeaturesExec Media Bulletin when she told us about her new guide-book Applying for a Job. Looking for work in this economic climate is difficult enough but with the ever-increasing numbers of talented graduates joining the market and each vacancy being well over subscribed you might well appreciate some practical advice on how to stand out from the crowd. Sasa’s book will take you through everything from preparing the best CV to dealing with rejection and the all important job offers. It’s not aimed purely at students either, it includes sections on returning to work, changing you career and knowing your employment rights.

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BOTW: The C-Word by Lisa Lynch

15 July, 2010 by

The C Word by Lisa Lynch

In yesterday’s Journalert we spoke to Lisa Lynch about her work, her aspirations of being a florist and Marc Jacobs handbags. Today we thought we’d talk about Lisa’s new book, The C-Word, based on her sensational blog www.alrighttit.com about the “sheer bloody pain-in-the-arse inconvenience of getting breast cancer at 28″. The blog started as a way of keeping her friends and family up to speed and evolved in to a strategy of blogging her way through the cancer – it was a matter of coincidence that Lisa was also a hugely funny and talented writer and her following grew from there. Having attracted the attention of everyone from Stephen Fry to Heat magazine it wasn’t long before the book deal came a-knocking and frankly we’re very glad it did.

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BOTW: Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai

8 July, 2010 by
The Challenge for Africa

The Challenge for Africa

This week The Media Book Club brings you Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai’s book Challenge for Africa. Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the prestigious peace prize back in 2004 for her work with The Green Belt Movement. Since winning the prize Maathai has become a spokesperson for a number of important initiatives from sustainable development to human rights. Challenge for Africa discusses the endemic corruption, legacies of colonialism, poverty and climate change that threaten the development of greater justice and equality in Africa.

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BOTW: Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

1 July, 2010 by

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky

American writer, consultant and commentator on the World Wide Web, Clay Shirky’s new book is out today. It’s called Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age and it makes an interesting analysis of what the majority of the world does with its free-time. Our younger generation is now watching less television for the first time in history; instead they are turning to the internet and it’s changing the social landscape of the modern world. Networks and collaborations now exist where they were previously impossible. Cognitive Surplus continues on where Shirky’s previous bestseller, Here Comes Everybody left off as he discusses the potential scale and impact that this revolution of connectivity may well have on our future lives.

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BOTW: Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

24 June, 2010 by

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

If you’re currently in need of a bit of inspiration or would like to discover how to un-tap your inner creative juices for future reference take a peek at American Cartoonist, Hugh MacLeod’s book Ignore Everybody. MacLeod first made his name with “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards” but his first ever book has seen great success in the US, quickly becoming a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity shares the tips and tricks that have worked in MacLeod’s own career, starting with ‘ignoring everybody else’ as the title suggests. His ideas are simple but easily forgotten in every day business. Plus the thoroughly readable nature of the book coupled with the charming little cartoons by the author himself makes this, the perfect inspirational reference book you can dip in and out of at your leisure.

Check out Hugh’s blog http://gapingvoid.com

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BOTW: The Orwell Diaries

17 June, 2010 by

The Orwell Diaries

This week the Media Book Club brings you the brand new edition of George Orwell’s Diaries. Covering an 18-year period the author begins with his time spent living as a hop-picking tramp and ends with his ultimately terminal illness from tuberculosis. As one of the twentieth century’s most notable commentators, Orwell’s personal account is peppered with social and political observations. Those who are already familiar with Orwell’s work will also recognise much of the narrative as a prelude to many of his novels and essays, including Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier.

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BOTW: Globish by Robert McCrum

10 June, 2010 by

Globish: How the English Language became the World's Language by Robert McCrum

Are you often found bemoaning the state of the English language? Well perhaps Robert McCrum can get you to see the brighter side of our constantly evolving, multinational, lingua franca. Globish first charts the history of English with its propensity for growth; constantly absorbing foreign words while simultaneously coining new ones. As the title suggests, McCrum then goes on to discuss the globalisation of English, initially through colonialism and then more recently through the revolution of the internet. But as we all know the English Language that might eventually become the World’s language will certainly not be the Queen’s own. It will be ‘Englasian’ or ‘Panglish’ maybe even ‘Manglish’…

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BOTW: At Home By Bill Bryson

3 June, 2010 by

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Many of you reading this may well be sitting at home. You may even be one of the lucky people who work from home and right now you’ll probably be surrounded by the various accoutrements that adorn the average modern household. We didn’t always have it so easy as Bill Bryson will tell you in his new book, At Home. Bryson summed up his Short History of Private Life nicely when he said it was basically “a history of getting comfortable slowly”. Nowadays we may endeavor to switch off the odd light switch when we vacate a room but back in the 18th Century the Duchess of Marlborough was so frugal she refused to dot her i’s so as not to waste her ink. This along with countless other anecdotes is what makes Bryson’s new book just as quirky and interesting as his previous bestsellers.

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