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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.



J. David Simons: US in denial about Hiroshima bombing

As the world commemorates the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, J. David Simons, author of bestselling novel An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful, has claimed that America has never had a proper debate or introspection about this extremely difficult and sensitive subject.

He argues: 'The justification for the bombs was that they saved America from a full-scale invasion that would have resulted in the deaths of over a million lives, both American and Japanese. I believe that this is a hugely inflated figure. However, even if you were to accept that argument, why not bomb a military target rather than a city of civilians? And why the second bomb?

'However, whether or not these bombings were justified remains a moot point these days - everyone will have their own side to take. My main concern is that I don't feel America has really had a proper debate or introspection on the subject. To this day, I feel that when the US criticises other countries for their nuclear programmes, it tends to forget it still is the only country ever to have used these weapons.'

Simons, who spent seven years working and living in Japan, wrote An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful to express his feeling that America is still in denial over the use of the atomic bomb on Japan. 'The main reason [I wrote the book] is the sense of injustice I have always felt about America destroying two cities and killing 200,000 civilians in just two days, not to mention the further loss of 100,000 lives caused by the firebombing of Tokyo five moths earlier. I don't think there is anything that justifies such mass destruction of innocent lives. I don't think it is an act of war that would be acceptable today.'

The full interview with J. David Simons is available here.

An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful has been longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker prize. For more details and to vote, please click here

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