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A Game of Thrones - now digitally enhanced
Incredibly, this year marks the 20th anniversary of 'A Game of Thrones', and to mark the occasion, George RR Martin has teamed up with Apple to release a new interactive digital edition of the book.

The new release 'A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition' features interactive maps, character journeys and timelines, family trees. audio clips and annotations. It was released on Thursday through the iBooks platform.

“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing […] The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before,” said Martin of the new edition.

Publishers Harper Collins are already working on enhanced releases of the remaining books with A Clash of Kings scheduled for 27 October and A Storm of Swords scheduled for release on 15 December. Books four and five will be enhanced in February and March.

The release of book six, The Winds of Winter, may, however, take a little longer.

Amazon - why pay anyone else?

Amazon have introduced Prime Reading to its US Prime members. The programme offers unlimited free reading from a selected range of books, magazines, comics etc.#

This marks an expansion of Amazon's general strategy to make TV, film, and music available for free through Prime. It doesn't seem as though Amazon recognises a difference between these forms or whether the making available of free, big-name books will have a negative impact on the thousands of self-published authors that make money for the company.

Prime Reding currently features over 1,000 books with a list including Stephen Covey, Barry Eisler and Rachel Abbot.


October - Spine-Chilling scariness!


Bath Flash Fiction Award

Prize: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100

Deadline: 16th October

Entry fee: £9

Word count: 300


UCG International Literary Award

Prize: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50

Deadline: 31st October

Entry fee: £10

Word count: 4000


Spine-Chilling Fiction Writing Competition

Prize: £500

Deadline: 31st October

Entry fee: £3.50

Word count: 1,000