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Listen to Kari Herbert's Guardian Edinburgh books podcast

If you head over to The Guardian's website, you'll be able to listen a special podcast featuring Kari Herbert speaking at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival. Kari appeared at the Festival on Sunday to talk about her new book Heart of the Hero, which is a fascinating history of the women who inspired the great polar explorers such as Shackleton and Scott.

Kari's assertion at the Festival that Sir Ernest Shackleton only made his first expedition in order to impress his lover aroused the interest of the media, with reports in The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Canada's Star Phoenix.

Kari was in conversation with The Guardian's Claire Armitstead, along with Judith Mackrell, who has written a book about the flappers girls of the 1920s. 

Saraband on shortlist for Scottish Publisher of the Year

We're delighted to announce that Saraband has made it to the shortlist of the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Award, which was launched this year to celebrate excellence and innovation in Scottish publishing.

Saraband joins five other companies on the shortlist, which exemplifies the dynamic and groundbreaking work being done by Scottish publishers to engage new readers and take on new challenges.

The panel of judges described Saraband as ‘a company that has shown shrewd and strategic business thinking in a shifting context. They are collaborative, innovative and are distinguished by fresh thinking in their use of digital technology. Their move to new approaches still has the interest of authors at its heart. Typically of many SMEs in the industry, they punch impressively above their weight.’

The winner of the Award will be announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, at the Publishing Scotland Reception held during the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 23rd August 2013 from 7pm.

The other shortlisted publishers include BackPage Press, Barrington Stoke, Edinburgh University Press, Floris Books and Freight Books. All will have their works on sale in The Book Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Award is supported by Creative Scotland and Publishing Scotland. The Award is dedicated to Dr Gavin Wallace in recognition of his enormous contribution and commitment to Scottish literature.

Ebookstore launching today with Panda book offer

As from Monday 12th August, ebooks will be available for purchase directly from our website, compatible with all major devices.

Before we launch the full store, we've made the Panda: Back from the Brink ebook available today at an unBEARably great price of 99p (that's £8 OFF!) to celebrate the speculation that Tian Tian - Edinburgh Zoo's female panda - is pregnant. See some of the gorgeous panda photos in the book here.

To claim the 99p bargain, enter the voucher code PANDABABY at checkout. But hurry, because the bargain price expires on Sunday at midnight.

Happy reading! Instructions for downloading are below:

How do I buy the eBook?

On the page for the eBook click on ‘Add to Basket’. When you are finished choosing your eBooks click on ‘View Basket’ and then ‘Checkout’ which will take you to our external checkout process, powered by Firsty Group.

You will need to set up an account with Firsty Fish to complete the payment process and download the eBook which appears after clicking ‘Checkout’.

If you have a discount voucher enter it in the box at the bottom of the form to apply the discount.

After the payment process you will receive an email confirmation, also with a link to the download. If you haven’t received it soon after purchasing please check your spam.

How do I download the eBook?

Once you have purchased the eBook you can download it from the ‘My Account’ page on Firsty Fish.

You should see the eBook in ‘My elibrary’ and be able to choose your download from there.

Clicking on the first ‘Download’ button after purchasing will download an .acsi file of the eBook which is readable on your computer using Adobe Digital Editions.
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Kindle: Click on  ‘.Mobi’ to download the eBook

Kobo/Nook/other eReaders and devices: Click on ‘.Epub’ to download the eBook

You will be able to log into your Firsty Fish account and download the file from this page again at any time.


How do I get the eBook onto my device?

If you have downloaded your chosen file to your PC/Mac you will need to plug your device into your computer and move the applicable eBook file onto your device.

If you have downloaded your chosen file using your device you should be able to find it in the downloads folder or open it immediately on your device after downloading.



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