Goodbye Joel, hello Charlotte

As you would have read in the preceding blog post, our Smell of Books blogger Joel Blacklock has moved on to greener pastures and will be heading up Pan Macmillan’s new digital-only publishing house, Momentum.  Unfortunately his new job precludes him from continuing his blog on Booku.  Doh.

Joel, a big thank you from all of us at Booku/Boomerang Books – you have done a magnificent job and the number of followers and commenters that have responded to your posts is testimony to your fantastic writing ability.  You will be sorely missed.  We all wish you the very best of luck with the Momentum venture.  With you involved, it’s sure to be an absolute winner.  Be sure to enjoy your Unwin Trust Fellowship trip to the UK…and do stay in touch.

So we say a sad goodbye to Joel, but we’re really pleased to welcome Joel’s replacement, Charlotte Harper, who will be taking over the Booku blog mantle under the new handle, uBookish. Some of you will know Charlotte from her existing blog, eBookish, and she’s chosen to adopt a natty hybrid name from her existing blog and the Booku name – hence uBookish!

Charlotte is a Canberra journalist, editor and publisher who has worked in newspapers, magazines and online. She has written on developments in digital publishing and social media at since early 2010, and likes to spend her holidays at book industry conferences and festivals. A former literary editor of The South China Morning Post, Charlotte has also reviewed books for and contributed author profiles to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times. She has written on technology on and off for 15 years, once edited a mobile phone and gadget magazine, and is a published author, of a book about digital publishing – Weird Wild Web (Penguin Australia 1999).

We would like to welcome Charlotte aboard and look forward to her insights about the world of digital publishing and the future of books. We hope that the bevy of Joel’s followers will continue to follow and interact with us via Charlotte’s posts.

Clayton Wehner