Good Reading : March 2006
10 goodreading ı MARCH 2006 book trivia This month 10 lucky winners could win a copy of The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra, valued at $32.95. To enter, simply write your details on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Secret Supper Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com.au TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1.Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. 2.Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand who are readers ofGood Reading magazine. Entries must be made between 1/3/06 and 31/3/06 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001. Employees and their immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3.The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be taken as cash. Any change in the value of the prize occurring between 01/12/05 and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter and any difference in prize value will be the responsibility of the winner.The total prize mentioned is the recommended retail value as provided by the supplier and is correct at the time of printing. Prizes will be provided by Simon & Schuster Publishers. 4.The first 10 valid entries drawn will each win a copy ofThe Secret Supper by Javier Sierra valued at $32.95. The total prize value is $329.50. 5.The draw will take place at no. 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 at 11 am on 1/4/06. The winners will be notified by mail and their name will be published in the May issue ofGood Reading magazine on 28/4/06. 6.The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the prizes. 7.The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8.The promoter may conduct such further draws at the same place as the original draw as are necessary on 24/7/06 in order to distribute the prize if it remains unclaimed by that date, subject to any written directions given under Reg 37 of the Lottery and Gaming Regulations 1993 (S.A.). 9.All entries become the property of the promoter. 10.The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd of 9 Stephen St Balmain NSW 2041 ABN 38 003 750 150 NSW Permit no.TPL 06/00317 ACT Permit no.TP 06/00179 NT Permit no. NT06/57 Win! e-books on the move It seems more work is being done behind the scenes to encourage us to try electronic books. In the past e-books have been difficult to read and the glare very tiring on the eyes, but Sony is about to release a new Reader that solves these problems. It can hold hundreds of books yet is only the size of a paperback novel and dis- plays its text and pictures on a ‘page’ of high-resolution electronic ‘paper’ that is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. The page is made from millions of tiny capsules, suspended in a transparent liquid coating and plastic film. The capsules contain positively charged white particles and negatively charged black ones. Depending on what type of charge is applied to the page, the white or black particles move to the surface, for ming images. Sony believes its Reader could do for reading what the iPod has done for listening to music. The Reader will go on sale in the US in April, for between US$300 and $400. The unstop- pable Dr Karl Kruszelnicki set a record for the big- gest book signing ever in Australia just Christmas last year. He signed a phenomenal 1162 copies of his latest book, DisInformation and Other Wikkid Myths, at Angus & Robertson’s book- shop in Pitt Street, Sydney in 12 hours straight. Dr Karl didn’t manage to break the Guinness World Record of 1848 copies signed and sold (held by Irish author Bill Cullen), but he did sign for longer than Cullen (who signed for ten hours) and his bladder of steel held up thanks to mula bandha pelvic-floor- lock exercises and the latest research in bladder control. He did hand exercises throughout the day and personally dedicated all books. The event raised over $6,000 for youth cancer charity Canteen because Dr Karl donated 100% of his royalties from sales on the day. Dr Karl has issued a challenge to other Aussie authors to try and beat his record. Biggest book signing in Australia What’s HOT in 2006 December last year saw Orion Publishing appar- ently spend £800,000 at an auction to purchase The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. The novel follows a famous, reclusive author as she tells her life story to a biographer. Its mysterious gothic style has been compared to Jane Eyre and Rebecca as well as contemporary bestsellers Fingersmith and The Shadow of the Wind. Orion is also reported to have paid £250,000 for world rights to Paul Torday’s book Salmon Fishing in Yemen. The author has worked in the fishing industry and in the Middle East. His book’s hero is a scientist who becomes embroiled in a political scheme to bring salmon fishing to Yemen. According to the British Bookseller magazine it’s ‘like a cross between Yes, Prime Minister and The Constant Gardener with a touch of A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine’.