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Reading Habit's 5 Best: Historical Naval Fiction Authors

On a recent book purchasing spree I was lucky enough to purchase a whole stack of different nautical fiction titles to boost our online second hand bookstore catalogue. It got me thinking about how a niche genre had maintained such a fanatically dedicated reader base for over a century. The naval fiction genre is littered with writing superstars who show unusual longevity and are incredibly prolific in terms of the number of titles they have penned. With my interest peaked I set out to find an online list of the top 10 best selling naval fiction authors of all time, but came up empty. I contemplated putting together a list of my own, but thought my selections might get crucified by the die-hard fans. Letís face it! With such a rich catalogue of authors and works to choose from, Iíve no doubt naval fiction fans could argue forever about who the top ten authors of all time are. What I can write about with authority are the authors that sell the most consistently through our online bookstore. Accordingly, this piece will shine a brief light on five of Reading Habitís best selling naval adventure fiction authors.

Reading Habit's Top 10: Fictional Male Literary Characters

Just as certain books leave an indelible mark on our lives, so do particular literary characters, and in some cases these characters leave more of an impression than the book itself. Heroes, villains, mischievous scallawags, action men, and romantic protagonists, are just some of the traditional male fictional character profiles that endear us and enrich our reading experience. Putting a list together of my own top ten male fictional characters was difficult. At first, my list looked like that of a lovelorn romantic, but after some further thought and rationalisation, Iím really happy with the final result. Though the dashing heart throb is well represented, so are the evil villains, the father figures, the lost boys, and the heroes. In no particular order, Iíll get started.

How to Read an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

If youíve ever wondered how to read an ISBN and what all the numbers stand for then youíve come to the right place. To most, an ISBN is just a random assortment of numbers much like a bar code, but to those in the book industry itís a unique commercial book identifier. So how does one go about reading an ISBN?

What's On the Book Vine #2: Steve Jobs and Apple

On August 24th 2011, die-hard Apple fans across the world woke to the news that the CEO of the company, Steve Jobs had resigned due to prolonged illness. Speculation about the future of the company has been in the headlines ever since as has Jobs. Jobs is certainly a trail-blazer in his field and many wonder whether Apple can continue to be a leader in computer technology without him at the helm. But who is Steve Jobs and what has made him such a business icon?

What's On the Book Vine #3: Christos Tsiolkas and The Slap

I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about the premiere of The Slap on ABC 1 tonight. Just like the book, this 8-part drama series is sure to divide viewers and spark lots of debate about the right and wrong ways to discipline children.

Large Print Books and Frederick A. Thorpe

This short piece on the history of the large print book shines the spotlight on Frederick A. Thorpe who took a format that most publishers thought could never be profitable and created a global company, Ulverscroft, who are now market leaders in their field. The post also briefly looks at how e-book technology might affect the publication of large print books in the future.


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