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22,000 ideas

It’s an emotional day today, as it always is when we finish a Story Adventure. Every Monday for the past ten weeks, Cas Lester has written a chapter of Harvey Drew story. At the end of each chapter, she asked the hundreds of schools children represented on the site to contribute their ideas into the next […]

Talking BOOKTUBE at YouTube HQ

Google are known for their quirky office design (and excellent fizzy drink selection), so Jen and I were pretty excited to head over to YouTube on Monday to attend an event hosted in partnership with The Bookseller. Not JUST because of the possibility of pepsi, though – it was because we’d be talking about all […]

Face Palm Web Design

I am really proud of the Hot Key Books website. My old buddy Sarah Benton and I led the build of it when Hot Key first launched in 2012 and isn’t it pretty? One of my favourite features is the book sorter, where you can sort all our books by most fantasy, most thoughtful, most romantic, […]

Buying Books Online

A good bookshop is a magical place, a happy place full of smiles and beautiful things to touch and bookish smells. It is my favourite place to buy a book. There are lovely places online to buy books, too, and to celebrate the arrival of a brand new one, I thought I would do a […]

Hot Key at Summer in the City

This year, for the first time ever, a book publisher is going to be at the event of the summer, yep Hot Key Books are going to SUMMER IN THE CITY! I (and most of the team) am slightly older and a bit less familiar with loom bands than the usual SitC crowd but that doesn’t mean we’re […]

Discover a New Author

I have a prejudice against World War II books. My family has a difficult history with it, and so my head tells me that authors writing books now that are set in that time are manipulative, taking advantage of the agonising emotion bundled up in that war. But so many people (including our own Cait […]

Why weren’t you at the Futurebook Hack?

The Bookseller’s Futurebook Hackathon kicked off on Saturday morning with publisher presentations and inspiring talks about the open web, then over 70 people brainstorming and building through the night (fuelled by many pizzas and snacks – and beer) towards a Sunday at 1pm deadline to submit their ideas and present them to the judges. So, why […]

All About BookTube (London Book Fair 2014)

Want to know more about BookTube? That wonderful corner of YouTube where people talk about books ALL THE TIME? Hot Key loves BookTube, its origins, its community spirit and the energy these amazing people are putting behind spreading the good word about books. (You guys rock.) Our multi-talented Digital Coordinator, Sanne Vliegenthart aka booksandquills has […]

Paper versus Pixels in April – PLEDGES

Last week, Laure Eve launched a challenge for herself and for you: Papers vs Pixels and you took it up in droves! Here is a run down of who had pledged what, TEAM PAPER versus TEAM PIXELS – it looks pretty evenly balanced at the moment. Follow the hashtag: #PaperVsPixels to see how people are […]

Librarians + online communities = happiness?

Last Friday, I spoke at the CILIP Youth Librarians Group (@youthlibraries) one day workshop at the invitation of the wonderful @mattlibrarian. The day was called “Raising Teen Issues: Engaging with your teenage audience” and Matt encouraged me to talk to “How to Get Your Books Off the Shelves”, covering things like the Hot Key ring […]


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