Good Reading : July 2011
www.goodreadingmagazine.com MY SAY my goodness, 10 years of gr. How they have flown by! So many magazine issues created (now well over 100), with so many books and authors talked about and enjoyed. And so much, I'm sure, has changed in all our own lives in that time too. Mostly that's a good thing, I think, as change means progression, learning and hopefully becoming a better person. And that's one of the reasons we have given gr a makeover. After so long I think it's time to take on a new look.You'll notice a few new features in this issue. First and foremost is a new masthead. Secondly is a change of shape.We have moved to a slightly wider for mat to give you a broader page. In Word of Mouth you'll see two new icons. From now on we'll let you know if a particular book is also available as an e-book for those of you with e-readers or as an audio if you have a preference for listening.There will be more changes coming over the year as we tweak things here and there. But this is your magazine and maybe you'd like to see us include something different. I'd welcome your feedback so please drop me a line. So what's next? In the near future we'll also start reviewing books available on the iPad, which can sometimes be very different from books for e-readers such as Kindle. The iPad is a visually richer experience for kids' books and non-fiction in particular. Then 2012 will see us celebrating the National Year of Reading. This is an exciting project which will see us publishing some special magazines to commemorate this yearlong event. A myriad of events is planned and you too can be involved in lots of them. The pace of change in the book world seems to get faster and faster but I'd like to think we can all be excited about it and welcome it, while still keeping our bookshops and a place for the traditional book. Allofus atgrlove what wedo.Iknow I've said it before but at this poignant moment I have to say it again. Creating gr makes us happy and we feel like you are all family. When you call up to renew your subscription and have a chat, or write or email us, or send your war mest of welcomes to the newest four-legged member of our team, it makes our day and everything we strive for worthwhile. The postcards you send us are such a thrill to receive (please keep sending them!) and we love your reviews and letters. And those of you on Facebook and Twitter who chat to each other (and us) like you've been friends for an eter nity yet have never even met really make us feel connected. This is what makes up our community. So from the bottom of my heart to all of you -- and to those who work so hard to create our magazine (meet them on page 24), and to those who were there at the beginning helping us squeeze into those two tiny rooms, and to those who are still passionate true believers about spreading the word about gr -- a very heartfelt thank you. You've made this book lover and her dog very happy. And Baxter, superdog and ball chaser Outstanding bookshop franchise available If you're seeking to own a successful bookshop with Collins Booksellers, one of Australia's leading book retailing brands we would like to hear from you. Collins Booksellers is 100% owned and operated by franchisees. For further information please contact John Preston: T: (03) 9654 7400 E: firstname.lastname@example.org opportunities illustration of rowena cseh by danny becker laura brown, age 19, sent us this wonderful picture of baxter that she drew.