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jacket_hbBookswarm has created a website for new book Überpreneurs, by Australian authors Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood, published by Palgrave Macmillan. This book charts the lives and achievements of 36 extraordinary individuals, telling their unique stories and demonstrating how their entrepreneurial spirit and heroic visions are changing the world for the better.

The stories include those of business-savvy IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, the personal brand power of Oprah Winfrey, the pioneering social entrepreneur and creator of Child and Youth Finance International, Jeroo Billimoria, and the highly disruptive co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom, who wants the whole world to talk for free.

By exploring and analysing these inspirational stories, the authors reveal not only the critical characteristics that distinguish überpreneurs from everyday entrepreneurs, but also the insights that they offer to businesses trying to become more innovative, governments striving to build smarter economies, and young people aspiring to more meaningful careers.

The site includes a directory of all 36 Übers, as well as a combined feed of all of their recent Tweets. Peter Andrews described what it was like to work with Bookswarm on the project:

“Such good grace! Even though we Aussies were slaughtering the Poms on the cricket pitch, Simon responded to our queries at all hours of the day and night, building an absolutely brilliant website and delivering it ahead of our very tight deadline.”

We’ll pass by the cricket reference (England haven’t lost the Ashes yet) and enjoin you to visit Ü

They come from a land Down Under

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No, it’s not the Australian Cricket team (curse their baggy green caps), it’s the host of Antipodean writers and artists confirmed to take part in next year’s Australia and New Zealand Festival of Arts and Literature, including:

Anthony McCarten, Anita Heiss, CK Stead, Clive James, Ed Hillyer, Emily Ballou, Emily Barker, Evie Wyld, Fay Weldon, Fiona McFarlane, Fleur Adcock, Geoffrey Robertson, Joe Ducie, John Pilger, Judy Corbalis, Julianne Schultz, Kate Forsyth, Kathy Lette, Kim Scott, Lucy Christopher, Margot L Stedman, Mark Dapin, Meredith Hooper, Nicholas Shakespeare, Paula Morris, Robert Dinsdale, Romy Ash, Stella Duffy, Tim Winton, Tony Wheeler and William Shawcross

The festival launched last week in a glittering event at Australia House in London, with Bookswarm’s team beavering away behind the scenes in the preceding weeks to get the festival’s initial web presence up and running. The new website is just the first part of the eventual online presence for the festival, which also confirmed News UK, publisher of The Times and The Sunday Times, as its core media partner.

The Festival was launched at the Australian High Commission on Monday, 25th November. The host of the evening, Australian High Commissioner, Mike Rann said:

‘The Australia and New Zealand Festival will offer audiences in the United Kingdom a unique opportunity to reconnect with some of their favourite writers as well as discover new voices coming out of Australia and New Zealand.’

He was joined on stage by New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith who said:

“It is fantastic to see the launch of this great collaboration of literary and artistic talent from New Zealand and Australia. I am very much looking forward to the inaugural festival next year and the showcasing of our exceptional writers and artists.”

The festival, which is produced by Amphora Arts, is in the process of establishing itself as a separate charitable company. As part of the launch announcement, the festival’s first two Trustees were announced, along with the intended formation of a new Advisory Group that brings together a dynamic combination of individuals to support the growth and success of the festival in its first year. The Festival has appointed Bill Samuel, Director of Foyles Bookshop, and Liz Calder, a co-founder of Bloomsbury Publishing and founding director of the long-running Brazil-based FLIP festival as Festival Trustees.

Things to do before you die

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1001 Books 3D‘Tis the season to… spend all your time on social media completing quizzes about how many iconic teen movies of the 80s you’ve seen, or how Northern you are.

Now users can match their cultural experiences against selections from four of Octopus Publishing’s well-known 1001 series. The 1001 series takes all your favourite subjects and picks the 1001 you MUST indulge in before you die.

Users can get on to Facebook and find out whether their taste in albums, books, movies and video games matches up to carefully chosen selections from the four books – and of course share the results with their friends. Huge amounts of love and care go in to the selection of the 1001s, so expect left-field and challenging choices as well as famous blockbusters.

All four quizzes are powered by a WordPress back-end, making it easy for the selections to be updated at any time, but also creating an economical platform for the delivery of further quizzes in future.

For the record, Simon’s scores were 10 on Albums, 8 on Books and 6 each on Movies and Video Games. Ouch… What are you waiting for? Go play!