Book Drum becomes a publisher


This is a big week for Book Drum.  It's been our dream for a long time to combine our best profiles with the books they describe to create enhanced ebooks for ipads and other such devices.  We've just launched our first: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, integrating Gordon Knox's brilliant profile.  All the bookmarks are linked to the relevant passages of the book, and we've slotted in the Setting places at appropriate points in the text.  The other elements of the profile are accessible from the Extras page.

You can claim a free copy of Heart of Darkness (enhanced edition) at  It is best read on Kobo's apps for smartphones or tablets, but you can also download the ePub on a desktop and read it with Adobe Digital Editions (also free).

Please do Rate this book! on Kobo and click the Facebook Like button. 

This will be the first of many enhanced classics from Book Drum.  Dracula, Pride and Prejudice and The Turn of the Screw will be released this summer.  If you would like to help us create an enhanced classic, pick an out-of-copyright book and build a profile.  If it's good, we'll publish the ebook.


Log in with Facebook

You can now log in to Book Drum using your Facebook account.  If you have an existing Book Drum username, you should first log in the normal way, go to My Account and click "Connect to Facebook".  Thereafter you can log in using either method.

New contributors can register using their Facebook account.


World Book Night

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Drum Book Club profiles of Bel Canto and A Tale of Two Cities.  Both were completed in time to be featured on 23 April, along with the other nine World Book Night titles that we already have profiled on Book Drum.


Our first Welsh profile

Siân Cleaver has translated her superb profile of The Mabinogion to accompany a Welsh language edition of the medieval classic.  Dr Rhiannon Ifans, who translated the modern Welsh edition, congratulated Siân on both her research and her linguistic skills!


New Profiles

I, Claudius by Robert Graves. Profile by Mark Patton

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Profile by Sam Currin's Honors World Literature class at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. Profile by Amy Blakeney

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams. Profile by Eleanor Updegraff

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Profile by Shannon and Kerri Hampton

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Profile by Gordon Knox

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Profile by the Drum Book Club

Y Mabinogion. Welsh language profile by Siân Cleaver

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. Profile by Emily Gray

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Profile by the Drum Book Club