See anything out of place?
The Tournament is over and the judges are deliberating. While Naomi Alderman, B.R. Collins and S.J. Parris review some truly superb 2011 submissions, we'd like to take a moment to introduce newcomers to one of Book Drum's less well known features:
Flagging support needed
Beside every bookmark, review and Setting place in our published profiles is a small blue flag. If you spot anything inaccurate, offensive, irrelevant or inappropriate, you can click that blue flag and tell us about it. We do try to review most material before it is published, but with bookmarks ranging from prehistoric fossils to astrophysics, via Mahler, Monet and Mao, there is a limit to the amount of fact-checking we can do ourselves. We therefore rely on the collective wisdom of the many thousands of people reading Book Drum profiles to let us know if anything is amiss.
You can also use the blue flags to suggest new information or further material we might bring to the profile. We may not be able to incorporate every suggestion, but where we create a new bookmark we will attribute it to you.
Please have a go! Look through a profile and see if you can spot any typos, factual errors or anything else out of place. Are there any videos that have stopped working or formatting issues that have arisen? We'd love nothing better than to fix whatever you spot.
Unfinished Tournament profiles
We would like to encourage Contributors who didn't quite finish before the deadline to continue working on their profile. Let us know if you need help with anything.
Half-finished profiles that are left abandoned may be deleted or may be published on the Incomplete page so that other Contributors can take them over.
Book Drum in the Press
We were really pleased to be chosen by the Independent newspaper as a "good news" book technology story. The Independent described Book Drum as innovative, thoughtful and beautifully illustrated.
Verbal Magazine ran a great feature on Book Drum: "Books brim with detailed depictions of people and places, scenes and settings. They rely on the reader’s individual ability to imagine and their pre-existing knowledge to understand. For those who long to delve deeper into the world inhabited by a book’s characters, or seek more competent comprehension of narrative however, consider Book Drum..." (it's on pages 16-17).
The influential publication Educational Leadership brought us a great deal of attention in US schools when it described Book Drum as "a resource to get media-oriented screenagers interested in classic literature".
New profile soars to top spot
Many congratulations to Amy Blakeney, whose stunning new profile of The Reader has already become the most popular on Book Drum:
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. Profile by Amy Blakeney
We'll publish the results of the 2011 Tournament by the end of May. Thank you and well done to all those who took part!