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2020 Digital Transition

Some exciting news from the Books Ireland team

We are delighted to announce that Books Ireland magazine is geared up to provide all the latest news, events, festivals and coverage of Irish-published, Irish-authored and Irish-interest books—but now faster than before and in ways that better suit how people stay in touch and receive their news.

After 43 years of achievement, Books Ireland will be a fully digital platform in 2020—a move made possible through Arts Council support. The new digital platform enables us to future-proof our ability to continue to be a leading Irish source for authoritative news for writers, readers and the book publishing sector—amplifying and supporting the work across the industry and helping this work reach new audiences.

We are going to miss our print editions but we recognise that the world is changing, and how people read, keep up with events and share with others is changing, and we too need to change to meet these needs and demands. We are also very mindful that we are facing a climate emergency; by moving away from a published version of Books Ireland, we will be reducing our carbon footprint and using fewer resources in terms of paper, printing and transport.
The digital version of Books Ireland will keep the spirit of the print version and remain true to the traditions established over 43 years. We will continue to list all new Irish-published titles and bring news of events, conferences, signings, rights, prizes and awards. We will still have our regular reviews but we are adding new content, such as our new monthly interview series, ‘This Literary Life with Mary McCarthy’, and providing a shared space for Irish literary-focused podcasts, as well as other new features. We are committed to remaining at the heart of the Irish book world and continuing to support Irish publishers and writers.

For more information on any of the above please do get in touch.
Caoimhe Fox – Caoimhe@wordwell.ie 
+ 353 1 2933 568

Una MacConville – Una@wordwellbooks.com 
+ 353 1 2933 568

Subscribers: – If you have an existing print or digital subscription to Books Ireland magazine, please contact the office for more information:
01 2933 568 / helen@wordwell.ie 

This is an exciting time for us at Books Ireland. I am looking forward to embracing the digital age and reaching out to Irish book-lovers in new and interesting ways. I remember how our founder, Jeremy Addis, keenly embraced the computer age when he moved Books Ireland away from hot metal and dragon’s blood to electronic printing. He always envisaged Books Ireland being fully digital one day and I am sure that he would welcome this transition.”

Tony Canavan, Editor of Books Ireland.