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SK Panching di Pahang hanya mempunyai murid seramai 200 orang sahaja tidak termasuk pra-sekolah. GPM (Guru Perpustakaan dan Media) sekolah ini, Puan Sabariah Liman menghubungi kami meminta supaya MBC datang ke sekolahnya.
+: Dari segi bisnes, kami tidak boleh datang dari KL ke Pahang ke sekolah yang hanya ada 200 pelajar. Hasil jualannya tidak boleh bayar tol pun.
-: Tuan boleh datang ke sekolah yang ada berapa ramai pelajar? Saya ingin sangat tuan datang ke sekolah kami sebab ingin memberi pendedahan kepada murid-murid saya. Ini sekolah luar bandar tuan.
+: Jika ada 1,000 pelajar, kami boleh datang ke Pahang
-: Jika begitu, saya carikan sekolah-sekolah lain yang ada 1,000 pelajar dan tuan boleh datang ke sekolah meraka dan singgah di sekolah kami. Boleh?
+: Jika begitu, kami boleh pertimbangkan.
Puan Sabariah menghubungi GPM sekolah lain dan empat buah sekolah lagi bersetuju. Ini menjadikan lima buah sekolah semuanya. Ia mencukupi untuk kami datang bagi tempoh seminggu. Ia itu satu sekolah sehari. Berikut adalah sekolah asal yang dipersetujui:
KINI MBC mempunyai semua 7 set (10 buku setiap set) buku kanak-kanak terbitan Adiwarna.
Ini adalah Percubaan MBC melihat pasaran. Sekiranya gagal, kita akan kembali Ke pangkal Jalan dan membuat uji kaji lain pula.
Masih banyak parameter yang perlu diuji.
MBC hanya menjual buku-buku PTS, ITBM dan Karangkraf yang terpilih sahaja. Ke mana-mana kami pergi, buku-buku PTS memang laku. Memandangkan diskaun yang bagus dan buku yang laris, sebenarnya MBC boleh menjual buku-buku PTS sahaja. Ini suatu pertimbangan bisnes yang perlu ditimbangkan dengan serius.
Buku-buku Karangkraf pula kurang laris di sekolah. Murid sekolah tidak kenal buku-buku Karangkraf. Mereka tidak tahu siapa penulis dari Karangkraf. Karangkraf juga tidak mepunyai duta atau ikon untuk diperkenal dan dipopularkan di sekolah.
Akhirnya pihak pengurusan Karangkraf bersetuju dengan cadangan supaya flyers disediakan dan dibekalkan kepada guru dan murid di sekolah-sekolah yang bakal kami lawati. Perubahan drastik berlaku. Buku-buku Karangkraf menjadi sangat laris. Namun pertimbangan serius perlu dibuat supaya stok buku yang tercatat dalam flyers adalah mencukupi.
Buku ITBM memang tersangat perlahan jualannya di sekolah. Pada pengamatan kami, ia disebabkan oleh harganya agak mahal bagi pasaran sekolah. Setelah ujikaji pertama berjaya, kami menguji dengan ITBM pula. Kami buatkan 10,000 flyers dan bawa buku yang mencukupi. Ternyata ia sangat laris.
Kini kami telah mengenalpasti bagaimana ingin melariskan jualan di sekolah.
– Menjual hanya di sekolah yang ramai pelajarnya (sekitar 1,000 pelajar)
– Jangan menjual hanya sehari.
– Flyers perlu diedarkan sebelum hari kejadian
– Jangan kedekut untuk menderma atau memberi hadiah
– (ada beberapa lagi yang sedang diuji).
Sehingga kini kami belum mengeluarkan flyers PTS, namun bukunya tetap laku. Ini tengtu ada faktor lain yang masih tersembunyi …
Patterson awards grants to 73 indie bookshops
More than £130,000 has been allocated to 73 independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland in the first round of grants funded on this side of the Atlantic by author James Patterson.
Patterson has pledged to donate £250,000 to bookshops in the UK, with the money to be used to encourage children to read. It follows a similar venture in the US.
Any bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible to apply, with grants of between £250 and £5,000 awarded to each shop. In total there were 183 applicants for the first round of funding.
Among the successful bookshops [full list below] is Book-ish in Crickhowell, Wales, which will use its grant towards purchasing a camper van, which will go into rural communities. Far From the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow, Scotland, will create a “Hagrid’s Hut” children’s room in its existing hidden stockroom. The room will be a children’s space for activity and storytelling.
Meanwhile Gutter Bookshop in Ireland will use its money for new shelving and display materials, and the provision of a “Christmas ‘wow’ window” for children’s books. Newham Bookshop in London will create a reading and writing room for families in its existing stockroom, and purchase seating and replace the shop’s 35-year-old fascia. Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford will spend its grant on reconfiguring the shop to open up a children’s room.
Patterson said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants and impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been a very difficult decision process and I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference. I’m excited to follow their progress and see the proposed ideas in action.”
Tim Walker, president of The Booksellers Association, which helped to administer the grants, said: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the grant funding being implemented by the successful bookshops. We are thrilled that so many UK and Irish indies have shown such creativity and passion in their applications. For the lucky 73 shops, the James Patterson money will make a real difference to how they reach children and encourage them to read.
“There are some really exciting projects that this money will help get off the ground, from converting a van into a mobile school bookshop to running a model train around the shop to get kids engaged.”
Walker encouraged unsuccessful bookshops to reapply for the second round of funding, which will be awarded next year.
“I am very proud to be BA president at a point when a bestselling author is making such an unequivocal statement of confidence in the independent sector, and proud of the booksellers who are proving him right,” he added.
Eligible bookshops can apply for a grant via the BA.
The 73 independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the first round are:
Barnett’s of Wadhurst Stonegate
Barton’s Bookshop Leatherhead
Bell Bookshop Henley-on-Thames
Big Green Bookshop London
Blandford Books Broadway
Bloom and Currl Bristol
Book and Kitchen London
Book House Thame
Books & Ink Bookshop Banbury
Burrows Bookshop Ely
Celtic House Bowmore
Chepstow Bookshop Chepstow
Chorlton Bookshop Manchester
Clitheroe Books Clitheroe
Cole’s Books Bicester
Crediton Community Bookshop Crediton
Dartmouth Commubnity Bookshop Dartmouth
David’s Bookshop Letchworth
Ebb & Flo Bookshop Chorley
Ennis Bookshop Ennis
Epping Bookshop Epping
Far From the Madding Crowd Linlithgow
Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop Macroom
Fordingbridge Bookshop Fordingbridge
Forest Bookshop Coleford
Forum Books Kids Corbridge
Gerrards Cross Bookshop Gerrards Cross
GLO Bookshop Motherwell
Grove Bookshop Ilkley
Guisborough Bookshop Guisborough
Gutter Bookshop Ltd Dublin 8
Harbour Bookshop Kingsbridge
Horizons Bookshop Burnham
Hunting Raven Books Frome
Jacqson Diego Story Emporium Westcliff on Sea
Jaffe and Neale Chipping Norton
Kemptown Books Brighton
Kett’s Books Wymondham
Kirkdale Bookshop London
Ledbury Books and Maps Ledbury
Lindum Books Lincoln
Little Ripon Bookshop Ripon
Mostly Books Abingdon
Nenagh Bookshop Nenagh
New Hedgehog Bookshop Penrith
Newham Bookshop London
Niche Comics and Bookshop Huntingdon
Octavia’s Bookshop Circencester
Pages of Hackney London
Rathfarnham Bookshop Rathfarnham
Red Lion Books Colchester
Rhyme & Reason Bookshop Sheffield
Scarthin Books of Cromford Cromford
Seaways Bookshop Fishguard
Siop Cwlwm Oswestry
Storytellers Inc St Annes on Sea
Swan Books Upminster
Tales on Moon Lane London
The Bookshop Kibworth
Torbay Bookshop Paington
Totnes Bookshop Totnes
Wallingford Bookshop Wallingford
Walter Henry’s Bookshop Bideford
Wenlock Books Much Wenlock
Whitby Books Whitby
Word Power Books Edinburgh
T was a sad day for lovers of the written word when Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Bookshop closed its doors last year after more than 42 years of trading in the city.
The store had built up an international reputation for its stock, which included rare books, ones of Welsh interest, as well as those by and about the poet himself.
The business attracted discerning book lovers from across the globe, but in the digital age it faced increasing competition from the likes of Amazon, eBay, Kindles and smart phones.
But now the man behind the shop, antiquarian bookseller Jeff Towns, is once again getting his show on the road — this time literally.
Having bought a giant former mobile library, Jeff is launching Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, stacked with a selection of antiquarian and second-hand books, to become possibly the first business of its kind in the country.
It has up to 5,000 books on board to browse or buy, and Jeff will be touring the country — starting on Saturday at the inaugural Uplands Market, before heading to this year’s National Eisteddfod.
And next year it has been booked to appear at the Laugharne Weekend, the Welsh Literature Festival at Dinefwr Castle, the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli, the Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea, and Welsh language book fairs in Bala and Aberystwyth.
Jeff, sometimes known as Jeff the Books, said: “Times have changed, and people have changed. So too have their habits, and the book business is no exception. It’s a very different beast these days, but hopefully this will provide a lovely new opportunity for lovely people to buy lovely old books.
“We’re going to take it to the people, charabanc style, to literary festivals, music festivals, art festivals, in fact anywhere that will have us.
“Places where like-minded folk can hop on the bus, hang out, listen to music and poetry and hopefully buy a few books.”
It is not the first time Dylan’s Bookstore brand has had to re-invent itself. He had a shop in Salubrious Passage, off Wind Street, but when the pubs and club moved in, the area changed and he moved on. He then had a shop with a cafe in the Dylan Thomas Centre but had to leave.
He added: “I tried to open in King Edward Road but finally realised people just aren’t reading like they used to. Books can be bought online with such ease now, and you can’t compete with the likes of Amazon.”
The mobile store came about after Jeff brought the shutters down on his final bookstore and sold 30,000 of his remaining books to a fellow dealer in Hay-on-Wye. But he still had about 25,000 of his best books stored in a lock-up and needed to get rid of them.
Find out where you can get on the bus by following @thedylanthomasguy on Twitter.
FIVE examples of books on offer from Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore below. Tell us your favourite read by posting a comment.1. The Natural History of Gower2. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov3. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas – 1934-19524. Mumbles and Gower Pubs5. On the Black Hill, by Bruce Chatwin
Read more: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Owner-closed-Swansea-book-shop-sets-mobile-store/story-19560856-detail/story.html#ixzz3UBcQEeoU
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A: “EEiiiiiiiii, pakai apron, macam tukang masak!”
B: “Maaf tanya yer, mengapa pakai apron?. Saya tak pernah tengok orang jual buku pakai apron”.
C: ” Pakai apron ini sebab memang sini cafe ya?”
ITU adalah antara dialog dan soalan yang ditujukan kepada kami. Sebab apa kami pakai apron?
Kami mempunyai sebab yang tersendiri dan apron tidak semestinya dipakai hanya semasa di dapur.
Berikut adalah Top-10 mengapa pakai apron:-
10) Kitchen décor: Nothing gives a kitchen that “serious cook lives here” look as economically as a color-coordinated apron casually draped over a hook or hanging from the corner of a baker’s rack. It can really pull the room together as well.
9) That favorite gift: What inspired me to startin the first place were the reactions I received over a period of several months when I started giving aprons as gifts. At showers and birthdays, they always inspired the most excitement and outpouring of thanks from the recipient over even much more expensive gifts.
8) A bib for kids (and sometimes adults!) Long after the age when my eldest decided she was too old to wear a bib, I’ve been protecting her clothing by having her don an apron before especially messy meals. Not only is she more than happy to do so, aprons actually provide much more coverage than a typical bib. It worked so well I actually threw away my toddler’s bibs and started putting them on her as well!
7) Recruitment tool: Speaking of children, mine have never been happier to help me in the kitchen than when they’re wearing their “uniforms”. Pull out the apron, and my 7 year old who was just refusing to set the table suddenly wants to help toss the salad.
6) Motivational tool: Aprons don’t just motivate children. If I’m just not in the mood to clean or do laundry (again), all I have to do is dip into my apron stash to get my homemaker mojo flowing again.
5) Fashion Accessory: The vintage housewife look is all the rage these days.
4) Stain concealer: At least once I have thrown on an apron when the doorbell rang just as my toddler decided to try out her new marker set on my t-shirt while sitting on my lap. Instant clothes change!
3) Impromptu cleaning rag. Sometimes messes just happen and you have to use what’s on hand.
2) Image booster: Want to impress that new date with your kitchen prowess? He’ll be more likely to judge even less-than-stellar cooking as spectacular when he sees what a serious cook you are.
1) A marriage enhancer: Men love our lacy aprons especially, and a common search phrase for aprons I see is “apron and panties”. Enough said. 🙂