… oh and Laura the Drawer turns 30!
Picking up the story a few days after the dramatic climax to book one, we join Banzai on his unusual nautical quest.
It’s New Year and a time for resolutions. Under the watchful eye of Horatio Fox, Banzai is persuaded to face the secrets of his closely-guarded carpet bag. Then he promptly vanishes from St Benfro.
Grubson Pug sets off in pursuit of his missing ship’s cat in a chase across Europe to Venice. Meanwhile, Banzai finally resolves his biggest burden – only to find himself in the middle of a new catastrophe!
Caught up in the confusion of Carnival, Banzai learns to accept help from friends when the situation is too much for one proud and trouble-prone cat.
As well as the familiar faces on board The Beagle, there are lots of new characters to meet in this second book: ‘Les Grubsons’ the French part of the family – Captain Dogmael and his cat aboard The Resolve – the water-dwellers in Venice (including gondoliers and the mayor) – and someone no one was expecting to see …
According to NetNames, an online data monitoring company, students are the biggest culprits when it comes to e-book piracy. Investigators looked at the availability of 50 popular textbooks across five different disciplines in the UK. In total 76% of the titles were available to download free in pirated form on one e-book sharing site. Science and engineering were the most pirated academic textbooks.
NetNames’ director of piracy analysis, David Price, thinks the expense of educational books could be the problem.
“We talk to all content owners about this sort of thing. The best way to beat piracy is to get your content out there, to give it to people in some way or make them buy it in some simple, cheap, easy way.”
Two textbooks for pharmacology and physiology cost in excess of £180, about a fifth of a student finance loan.
The research has been released as the Publishers Association admitted that e-book piracy was a growing problem. The organisation’s chief executive, Robert Mollet, says it’s not all the students’ fault.
“We’re seeing more infringement of e-books as the digital market grows,”
“About a quarter of all novels bought in the UK are bought as e-books, so as that digital market grows, we’re bound to see a little bit of piracy alongside it.”
“But I have to say, it’s a very small issue compared with the sort of levels we see in film and music. E-books are nowhere near that.”
Much to my own personal disappointment there was no Eurovision style link up, so no chance to wave (slightly off cue) and to hold up banners for our friends and Bookmachine colleagues across the pond.
There was however, at the Oxford event, a chance to eat delicious corporate branded cupcakes supplied by this months sponsor and winner of the Bookmachine.me banner image competition, yours truly, HL Studios.
The following images are what happens when an event that would clearly benefit from a buffet has cakes (you were warned!):
Come and meet us at the House Bar, Blue Boar Street, Oxford, OX1 4EE
Wednesday 25th September from 6pm.
Tickets are available from bookmachine tickets.
The idea of Bookmachine is that people working in and around the book publishing industry meet up in an informal environment to develop ideas and make new contacts. You’ll find designers, editors, publishers, marketeers, sales professionals. Then there’s book lovers and writers. And not to forget, a few app developers, games designers and publishing students.
There are free drinks for early-birds, so people tend to show up on time and mingle with each other before the talk starts. Event host Charly Ford is there to introduce people to each other, so let Charly know beforehand or on the evening if there’s anyone specific you’d like to meet.
The talk itself will be by Emma Barnes, and it last for about 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A with the speaker and plenty of time to meet others afterwards.
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