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Jolabokaflod in the USA

The world of Jolabokaflod is expanding.

We are in New York between 31 May and 4 June 2017 to introduce the Christmas book flood tradition to the US book trade and the North American literary world in general.

We are attending BookExpo America (the US book trade fair) and BookCon (the US authors’ convention) to talk about bringing Jolabokaflod to the USA, Canada and the rest of the continent and to collect book recommendations for our next online catalogue, which will be launched in June.

So many books, now is the time to read them.


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Lumio: new sponsorship partner

lumio-logoThe Jolabokaflod Book Campaign is proud and delighted to announce a new partnership with Lumio, to have the US luxury lamp company as an official sponsor.

Lumio has provided lamps that are ideal for reading books as prizes that will be presented to worthy award-winners during a short ceremony at the Jolabokaflod Gala Party held at the Hotel Café Royal on 2 February 2017.

Designed by Max Gunawan, Lumio is a modern lighting solution that lets you experience beautiful lighting wherever you are. Closed, the lamp takes the shape of a hardcover book. Open, it becomes a sculptural lamp with the versatility to fit any space.

manLumio is the first product from Max’s design studio, which is dedicated to helping people live large with less. His work employs minimal and clean-line design, and centres around optimising the use of small spaces.

In October 2013, Lumio was named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 10 best crowdfunded products in the article, ‘10 of the Most Innovative and Bizarre of the Top 100 Crowdfunded Companies‘. Lumio raised USD $578,387 from a successful crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter backed by 5276 pledges of financial support in exchange for a range of perks and rewards. Lumio received further investment after a memorably successful pitch in January 2015 on the ABC television show, Shark Tank (known as Dragons’ Den in the UK).

desertNicole Lee, Business Development & Brand Visual Ambassador at Lumio, says: ‘At Lumio we have one goal: make life better by making simple, beautiful, and functional products. We bring a modern design aesthetic, combining craftsmanship and technology to simplify modern living. We make products that make life easier, more enjoyable and delightful.’

Christopher Norris, Founder and Curator at the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign says: ‘Everyone at Jolabokaflod is delighted to be associated with Lumio. This fabulous lamp is ideal for reading, it makes for a wonderful prize, and it fits our enthusiasm for crowdfunding projects, such as our Book Bulletin initiative with CrowdPatch. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with Lumio for our forthcoming Gala Party at Hotel Café Royal on [2 February 2017] and to Jolabokaflod Book Campaign events.’

girlFor more information about Lumio, please visit their website or download this beautiful and informative brochure. You want also ‘Like’ Lumio on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 


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Book Bulletin: Hall of Fame

bokati%e2%88%82indi-4-bathtimeWe are marking the start of the crowdfunding phase of the Book Bulletin campaign – to raise money for next year’s Jolabokaflod UK events and marketing – by adding two new features to the website. Here is the second of these new features.

Hall of Fame

We have add a new section – our Hall of Fame pages – to recognise the financial contributions of supporters of Jolabokaflod Book Campaign crowdfunding projects, including the Book Bulletin.

Anyone who purchases a reward valued as £10 or more gets their name, company and/or project details uploaded for display on these pages as our way of saying ‘Thank you’ by way of public recognition.

We value everyone’s contributions and, in return, we are delighted to support you and your companies/projects with links and digital media promotion.


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Book Bulletin: books in other languages

bokati%e2%88%82indi-5-sofaWe are marking the start of the crowdfunding phase of the Book Bulletin campaign – to raise money for next year’s Jolabokaflod UK events and marketing – by adding two new features to the section. Here is the first of these new features.

Books in other languages

Inspired by the book recommendations sent to us by digital marketer and blogger, Dovilė Malachauskaitė (born in Vilnius, Lithuania, but living in London), we realised it would be great to include books not written in English in the Book Bulletin.

Our new Books in other languages section features books not yet translated into English that are the favourite reads of some of our contributors. Dovilé’s choices are published in French and Polish respectively, so we have added pages for these languages, with the potential to add books in any language that are available in the UK and/or the USA via Amazon.

Please send us your recommendations, irrespective of the language in which they are published, and we shall add them to the new section on all occasions when an English translation is not available.

 

 

 

 


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Last few hours of free…

bokati%e2%88%82indi-2-openThe end of free…

The Futurebook Conference organised by The Bookseller magazine marks the close of the free phase for book recommendations for the Book Bulletin catalogue. Entries for the books you love or wish to promote are free until midnight on 2 December 2016.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. You have helped to get the catalogue off to a rapid start out of the blocks.

bokati%e2%88%82indi-1-cover… and the start of the crowdfunding campaign

From just after the stroke of midnight, the Book Bulletin project becomes a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign at CrowdPatch, to help fund events and promotion for Jolabokaflod UK in 2017. The 2016 campaign has been fully funded as an act of philanthropy by Christopher Norris, Founder and Curator of the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign.

Please contribute as generously as you can to promote books and your own personal and professional interests.

 


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When Jo met Beatrix

Waterstoneswaterstones-logo have announced their shortlist for Book of the Year 2016, an eclectic mix of styles, genres and voices. Here are the six books they have chosen:

  • Christopher De Hamel, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
  • Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
  • Emma-Jane Kirby, The Optician of Lampedusa
  • Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent
  • Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Kitty in Boots
  • J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II

Have you read these books? Do you love them enough to recommend them to other people?

If so, check out our Book Bulletin crowdfunding campaign and get your name into the Christmas catalogue on this website, to promote you, your organisation and/or your projects.


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Timely success for The Icelanders Cometh

sunlightMoney raised

The finally tally of contributions for The Icelanders Cometh was £2365.00, 103% of the target set of £2304.16, raised by the final end date, 25 October 2016. This means that all the money raised – all £2365.00 – will be given to libraries in the UK who sign up to receive the free books on offer. Details of the participating libraries will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

Everyone who made a contribution will be contacted in the next few days regarding the claiming of the rewards they purchased to help fund the crowdfunding campaign.

Public concern for libraries

The Icelanders Cometh project ran in the context of widening concern about the state of the library sector. A major debate on the issue in the House of Lords on 7 October 2016 was notable for a powerful speech by Big Issue founder, Lord Bird, who spoke with passion and apprehension about the effects of making cuts to the public library service.

Further publicity will be garnered by a march – the National Libraries Demonstration – which is scheduled for 5 November 2016: starting at the British Library, pit-stopping at the British Museum, and finishing at the National Gallery. The Demonstration aims to ‘kick start the debate about the value of public libraries and alert the public to the ever worsening situation’, according to its organisers.

The future

The Jolabokaflod Book Campaign will continue to use crowdfunding to help libraries, by running projects in-house and by encouraging people with passion to use the patch at CrowdPatch to organise their own campaigns. The Icelanders Cometh is only the start: they – and we – are here is stay.