Tripping the food fantastic on the streets of London

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Foodtripper Street FoodBookswarm has designed a second eBook for Foodtripper Books, this time focusing on London’s thriving gourmet street food scene.

Street food has come of age in the eating-out capital of the world.

Today, kerb-side cooking offers a serious alternative to more formal and expensive methods of eating-out. And if you can name the nationality you’ll probably find a food to match it on the streets of London. From Hanoi-inspired baguettes filled with crackling pork belly to Venezuelan arepas, paella, kimchi burgers and a hearty English breakfast, [Foodtripper] have tried to offer a balance in terms of meat versus vegetarian offerings, British versus international and a good geographical spread of street food sellers across the capital.

So next time you’re at large in London, forget the traditional restaurant approach – go al fresco. Just looking at some of the pictures from this great little book is enough to get our stomachs rumbling! Available now for Kindle

Yale UP launches Interaction of Color App for iPad – with website by Bookswarm

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Fifty years after first publishing Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color—a classic that is now widely revered as one of the most influential art books ever written—Yale University Press is launching the Interaction of Color app available exclusively for iPad. This app faithfully honors and enhances the original masterpiece and carries Albers’s famed teaching methodology into the twenty-first century.

Yale University Press asked Bookswarm to create a website to promote and support the app. It had to be responsive, befitting the nature of the product it’s promoting, showcase the app’s key features, and reflect the clarity and simplicity of the books and app it promoted. The home page features a responsive slider that displays key screens and features of the app in an iPad frame, and the site is managed with WordPress.

View the website and discover the app now.

Bookswarm launches new website for author Peter Watson

Peter WatsonIt’s rare that Bookswarm is asked to work for an author whose output is as diverse as that of Peter Watson. He’s written art thrillers and, under the name Mackenzie Ford, romantic novels as well; but he’s probably best known for his in-depth non-fiction, covering topics like the history of ideas and the rise of the German nation, as well as more journalistic exposées on the world of art and antiquities. He also regularly contributes to the New York Times, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Spectator. No wonder that The Guardian describe him as ‘a journalist of heroic industry’.

To that workload Peter will now be adding writing regular blogs on his own site, and we have also created a special area of the home page for Peter to share some of the fascinating and unusual things he comes across during his reading life (such as the fact that when Robert Boyle suffered from depression in the 17th century, he ‘was given a series of French romances, or love stories, to cheer him up’).

The new website brings together details of Peter’s entire output of work, both fiction and non-fiction, for the first time in one place, as well as selected journalism.

Of his experience of working with Bookswarm, Peter says:

My collaboration with Simon Appleby was so friction-free and productive that, had he been a woman, I would have asked him to marry me.

As Peter has been responsible for jailing nine criminals and securing the release of one man wrongly convicted of murder, and subsequently pardoned, Simon says he’ll take that as the best offer he’s had all year!

Visit the new website

The Patrician Press officially launched

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  • Patrician Borlenghi, Patrician Press founder and author
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  • Mark Brayley
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Patrician Press was officially launched on Monday July the 8th, at a friendly gathering in Manningtree, near Ipswich. Patricia Borlenghi set up the Patrician Press in December 2012 after completing her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. Patrician is small, independent and courageous. Its aim is to encourage and promote fiction and poetry written by new, local authors and its philosophy is philanthropic, rather than profit-driven. The titles will initially be published as eBooks and then, hopefully, as printed books. Patrician Press feels very strongly that it is imperative to uphold and maintain the quality of literature in today’s ever changing, challenging and competitive world.

The Patrician Press has now published six titles as eBooks. The titles are:

  • Clarisse, a contemporary novel by Marianne Francis
  • Zaira, a historical novel by Patricia Borlenghi
  • The Unfettered Cube, a poem by Mark Brayley
  • Dolores, a book of poems by Marianne Francis
  • Disarming the Porcupine, a retrospective poetry collection by Mark Brayley
  • Fat Maggie and other stories, a quirky short story collection by Emma Kittle

The books are available from Amazon Kindle and Apple iBookstore.

Guests at the launch were entertained with readings by Mark Brayley, Emma Kittle and Patricia Borlenghi, and our own Simon Appleby was also in attendance. Bookswarm developed Patrician’s visual identity, implemented its recognisable cover design style using artworks chosen by the publisher and the authors, and built the Patrician Press website. We also advised on many aspects of eBook design, formatting and distribution.

We wish Patrician Press every success!