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YALC – If you weren’t there

We arrived at 8:15 on Saturday morning and walked past HUNDREDS of people in fantastic costumes. We felt a tiny bit guilty as we flashed our badges, and skipped the queue, then we rushed to set up our stand before the onslaught. From 9am sharp, Earls Court exploded in a frenzy of fandoms. And there […]

Independent Booksellers Week BOOKSHOP CRAWL

We all know about pub crawls, but you know what would make them a lot better? Books! This week it is Independent Booksellers week and to support the Indies there is a Bookshop Crawl tomorrow on the 5th. The instructions are simple: visit as many independent bookshops as possible in one day and collect book […]

Ava Dellaira on her favourite Teen Movies

Today’s blog post is from the wonderful Ava Dellaira, author of LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD which has just been optioned by Fox2000 with producers of The Fault on Our Stars. (YAY!) And how nice to have a blogpost with American spellings (says the only American in the office)! Five Favorite Movies from my Teens […]

Online Booklovers in Sweden

This week’s guest blogger is Karin from the Swedish online bookstore Adlibris. She spent a week at the Hot Key Books’ SPAM and Digital department to find out more about digital marketing. Being a huge fan of Hot Key and having followed them online since the beginning, I obviously jumped at the chance of getting […]

Paper vs. Pixels – The End!

I can’t quite believe it’s been a whole month since we joined Laure Eve on her #papervspixels challenge – yet here we are! For the entirety of April we have been sticking to only one format – be that print, ebook or audiobook – to expand our reading horizons and chase us out of reading […]

Paper vs. Pixels: Confession Time

Ok! So we are 17 days into joining Laure Eve’s #papervspixels challenge – and it’s CONFESSION TIME here in the Hot Key office. It’s been really interesting hearing everyone’s experiences as they get to grips with a new format – and we’ve loved hearing all of your confessions on twitter too, so keep them coming! […]

All Our Money Goes to Books

We’re already 10 days into the #papervspixels project and it’s been quite a challenge. It’s even messing with our usual book buying habits! Here are some of the books we’ve bought this month. I bought this lovely picture book by Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura called THE YES, which has shades of Dr Seuss’s heart […]

School Library Project: Classic vs. Contemporary

Before I started working at Hot Key, I read Julia Eccleshare’s (The Guardian’s Book Doctor) article, Should schools buy new Children’s books or stick to the Classics? which came as a response to a parent who said that her children had been reading the same books at school over a span of 10 years. Eccleshare […]

Don’t Let Dutch Bookshops Disappear

About a year and a half ago I moved from the Netherlands (where I’d lived my entire life) to London. There are so many exciting things that London has to offer and one of them is a huge variety of bookshops. I traded my local Dutch bookshops (with a limited selection of English novels) and […]

Authors for the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday (8 November), causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October. The 300-mile wide typhoon – locally known as Yolanda – has left a trail of destruction with thousands […]

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