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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Apr-12 11:23:45

Hello, a few words about this new Talk area <clears throat>.

In case you weren't aware, each month we giveaway around 250 books from our book club newsletter. 

We aim to include a variety of books and in the past we've given away Booker longlisted novels, historical fiction, crime, 'chick lit' as well as cookery books, children's books and parenting books. 

We've created this new discussion topic so we can announce each month which books will be included in the giveaway and also to give you a place to share your thoughts and discuss the giveaway books you acquire with other Mumsnetters once you've read them. 

As you know, nowt comes for free and the more feedback we can give the publishers, the more likely we are to continue getting such a wide range and abundance of great books to offer for free each month. 

To make sure you're up to date on all things literary on MN, sign up to the book club newsletter, follow @mumsnetbookclub twitter feed and check this area of the site each month.

QuickLookBusy Fri 20-Apr-12 12:07:23

Thank you, have signed up for the newsletter.

gazzalw Fri 20-Apr-12 12:08:16

Sounds brilliant - very disappointed not to have got hold of a copy of Faye Ripley's cook book t'other day but was working! This might motivate DW and me to read The Marriage Plot which we were very lucky to get a copy of recently. It has vague echoes of Possession to me but will happily read and be proved wrong!

LaVitaBellissima Fri 20-Apr-12 12:11:13

Marking place smile

mamij Fri 20-Apr-12 12:14:28

Will sign up when I get to a PC. Link not working on the app/phone.

Firawla Fri 20-Apr-12 13:06:23

sounds great, thanks mn

WannaBeMegMarch Fri 20-Apr-12 13:51:37

Thanks for the reminder about the newsletter.....just signed up.

I had no idea about this. All signed up now.

zipzap Fri 20-Apr-12 14:26:08

I tried to sign up for several books on the day they came out but I kept getting a 'failed' message come up with a try again button. I did try again (for most books!) but all had the same problem.

Sorry, meant to report it at the time. Not sure if it is because I was trying to do it at the same time as lots of other people and the server couldn't cope or if it was something else.

ripsishere Fri 20-Apr-12 15:36:35

Signed up.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Apr-12 16:14:22

zipzap

I tried to sign up for several books on the day they came out but I kept getting a 'failed' message come up with a try again button. I did try again (for most books!) but all had the same problem.

Sorry, meant to report it at the time. Not sure if it is because I was trying to do it at the same time as lots of other people and the server couldn't cope or if it was something else.

Hi Zipzap, sorry about that. There was a slight delay in making the giveaway forms live on Wednesday, so I'm guessing this caused the 'failed' message. We usually open the giveaways at midday the day after sending out the newsletter to ensure everyone has a fair chance. They do go quickly, so it's worth setting a reminder to go in and apply. We email everyone who has been successful within a couple of days.

vogonmothership Fri 20-Apr-12 16:39:17

The give aways usually start at midday. Any chance of varying the time (eg evening) to give those of us who can't get on t'interweb in the day a chance?

iseenodust Fri 20-Apr-12 17:23:58

Great idea. I got one of the Susan Lewis books and didn't know where to join/start a thread. Think it ended up just me and no reply because picked somewhere a bit obscure.

ps I thought the book was worth a read and had some interesting topics interwoven.

Cheddars Fri 20-Apr-12 19:15:36

Thank you. Signed up.

TiredTits Fri 20-Apr-12 21:44:37

I agree with vogon I can't get online during the day either.

Blatherskite Fri 20-Apr-12 21:54:41

I've read quite a few books that I would never normally have thought to try thanks to the MN book giveaways. Have followed on Twitter and I already get the newsletter.

Still waiting to hear about the Fay Ripley book. I loved her first one so I've got lots of things crossed

usingapseudonym Fri 20-Apr-12 22:33:38

How did I not know about this?! I can't make a rl bookclub at the moment so even if I have to get the book from the library/buy one I'll do this...

BumgrapesofWrath Sat 21-Apr-12 08:42:25

Have the e-mails been sent about the recent giveaway yet?

kandinskysgirl Sat 21-Apr-12 10:03:28

I have been lucky enough to get a few of these giveaways (possibly my favourite thing about Mumsnet to be honest) however I do agree that maybe varying the give-away times would be fairer.

zipzap Sat 21-Apr-12 11:35:59

Thanks for that RachelMN

It was probably sometime between 1.00 - 1.30pm on the Wednesday that I tried and got the problem. Pure fluke that I spotted the email then and thought it was worth a try. I just assumed that I was too late and that they had all gone but I was just a bit worried that I wasn't getting a page back but the requests were getting logged and you'd think that I was being greedy for requesting two or three copies of each book! blush

Sunnywithachanceofshowers Sat 21-Apr-12 16:48:53

Ooh, have signed up smile

jimswifein1964 Sat 21-Apr-12 18:57:21

Hmm, I have to agree its very unfair to people working - but on the other hand, I suppose you need to limit the number of people who are able to get on and try, so the website doesn't crash! I wish the giveaway was on my day off once though.

NoraHelmer Sun 22-Apr-12 12:47:36

Have the emails been sent out to the people who were successful? I applied straight after the forms went live but haven't heard anything.

Have thread saved to 'Watched'

I signed up the minute the forms went live and haven't heard anything yet.
I guess loads of people were sitting waiting, refreshing the page (just me?) as well!

Sharpkat Sun 22-Apr-12 17:59:29

I have just this second had an email and I will be getting a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Thanks MNHQ smile

TheMonster Sun 22-Apr-12 19:12:29

Would it be fairer to have a 24 hour period in which to express an interest in a book and then for MNHQ to pick some at random?

Sharpkat, me too smile

EmLH Sun 22-Apr-12 20:26:51

I got a copy of Smut by Alan Bennett last month. Am only halfway through (I have a toddler!) but would be happy to forward to another MNer when finished. Keep spreading the love and all that!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 23-Apr-12 08:53:38

Have signed up. I didn't even know this existed <stupidly excited>

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Apr-12 10:08:39

vogonmothership

The give aways usually start at midday. Any chance of varying the time (eg evening) to give those of us who can't get on t'interweb in the day a chance?

Yes, this is something we'd been considering and will open the next giveaway the evening after the bookclub newsletter has been distributed. We'll also be announcing on this area of the site and on @mumsnetbookclub twitter account.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Apr-12 10:10:39

BumgrapesofWrath

Have the e-mails been sent about the recent giveaway yet?

Yes, the emails were sent out yesterday afternoon.

Kveta Mon 23-Apr-12 10:15:40

I'm getting a couple of books this month, having missed out the last couple of times - so excited! Was very lucky to be online at the right time this month grin

will be passing the novel on to other people once I've read it, probably other MNetters!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Apr-12 10:20:29

zipzap

Thanks for that RachelMN

It was probably sometime between 1.00 - 1.30pm on the Wednesday that I tried and got the problem. Pure fluke that I spotted the email then and thought it was worth a try. I just assumed that I was too late and that they had all gone but I was just a bit worried that I wasn't getting a page back but the requests were getting logged and you'd think that I was being greedy for requesting two or three copies of each book! blush

Sadly you were too late zipzap - the giveaway forms are open for around an hour but tbh the books have usually gone before that. Don't worry we don't have you on the blacklist for being greedy wink

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Apr-12 10:21:46

iseenodust

Great idea. I got one of the Susan Lewis books and didn't know where to join/start a thread. Think it ended up just me and no reply because picked somewhere a bit obscure.

ps I thought the book was worth a read and had some interesting topics interwoven.

Thanks for starting the thread iseenodust, I did spot it. We'll move the threads about giveaway books over to this talk topic and hopefully that will prompt someone to join your discussion.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Apr-12 10:24:10

jimswifein1964

Hmm, I have to agree its very unfair to people working - but on the other hand, I suppose you need to limit the number of people who are able to get on and try, so the website doesn't crash! I wish the giveaway was on my day off once though.

See message above - we're going to set the giveaway to start in the evening next month, so hopefully that should give everyone a fair chance.

Galaxymum Mon 23-Apr-12 12:13:45

Thanks to MumsnetHQ - it made my morning when I found I've won a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. Thank you! x

NoraHelmer Mon 23-Apr-12 12:38:45

How does the book allocation work? I applied straight after the page went live, but don't appear to have been successful this time.

hanahsaunt Mon 23-Apr-12 12:47:17

I didn't know there was such a thing! Very excited now grin

Cwm Mon 23-Apr-12 13:49:41

I'm signed up to the newsletter but didn't get an e-mail yesterday. Where are these forms that people are talking about?!

ProfCoxWouldGetIt Tue 24-Apr-12 09:24:18

I'm signed up but didn't get the email either, is ther a problem with the emails?

I got my email re Fifty Shades of Grey being on its way. Clearly I didn't get Fay Ripley (which form I filled in first!!!!) as have not heard on that one.

Since applying, however, I have read the sample on my Kindle and it is truly and unbelievably extraordinarily bad - actually unreadable. I was cringing and laughing out loud at how contrived it was. It was a relief to delete, I would have been ashamed for anyone to see that I had it on my Kindl!

Shame. MNHQ If you can redirect to another person on the list at this late stage, then please please do so.

Sorry MN but thanks for the opportunity though. I'll be honest, not the best set of giveaways this month... <dons hard hat as I actually lurve MN book club, it's really got me reading again>

Cwm Tue 24-Apr-12 21:06:12

Still no email and no idea where these forms are. Can anyone at mnhq help??

usingapseudonym Tue 24-Apr-12 22:02:19

Hmm. I didn't get the email either.

NoraHelmer Wed 25-Apr-12 08:42:13

I applied for two books, straight after the forms went live, but didn't get either of them. I'm assuming they pull names out of a hat so doesn't matter whether you apply straightaway or half an hour later - it's luck of the draw.

Like you, Anonymous, I got a sample of Fifty Shades of Grey on my kindle, read a little bit, thought it was rubbish, and deleted it blush.

Not sure in MNHQ is still checking on this thread, so don't know the best way for everyone to get their questions answered - report your own post perhaps?grin

Cwm Wed 25-Apr-12 08:53:27

Thanks Nora, I've just done that!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 25-Apr-12 10:02:30

Sorry for the confusion here. If you've just signed up for the bookclub newsletter you'll have to wait until next month I'm afraid. The bookclub newsletter is generally sent out the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We'll keep you posted on the exact date when we announce the next month's giveaways. Currently we're taking the first 50 names that apply for the books - they do go quickly, so if you haven't been lucky, I'm afraid you must have been too late. We are considering whether this is the best /fairest/ easiest way of doing this so do keep your thoughts coming in on this and we'll let you know exactly how this is going to work in the next week or so. As we said in a post earlier, we agree that it's fairer to open the giveaway forms in the evening and this will definitely happen next month.

Cwm Wed 25-Apr-12 14:13:00

Thanks Rachel - actually I thought I was signed up, as I have been getting book club e-mails, had I read them properly I would have realised you were giving away free books blush I've just checked my account and I did get the March and Feb newsletters, hopefully next months will get through ok. Thanks for clarifying.

mamij Fri 27-Apr-12 11:06:20

Have just received a copy of Fay Ripley's cookbook. Have just flipped through it and very excited by the simple (and yummy!) recipes. There are loads that I want to try (mouth waters) and will feedback to let you know how it goes

SoozleQ Fri 27-Apr-12 11:09:46

Thank you Mumsnet for my copy of Fay Ripley's cookbook. Positive feedback here. The recipes are pretty simple and don't require hundreds of unusual ingredients. The book itself is put together beatifully and of high quality. Just hope my cooking skills match it smile

I was receiving book club emails, so assumed I was a member of it. I applied for the Fay Ripey book....and I mean I applied as sodas they went live. I set my alarm at 11:55am and tried but the forms didn't go live until about 12:06... I kept refreshing until e form was there and applied and I didn't get it! Go figure!!! Utterly gutted and to be honest can't see how much quicker I could have been.

NoraHelmer Thu 03-May-12 12:17:44

Same here Cracked. I think there must have been hundreds of people pressing refresh at the same time sad

Fifty Shades of Grey just landed on my door mat. Wasn't even aware that I'd won one! Having seen the above reviews now though, I'm not sure if it'll be any good. Willing to give it a shot though, gotta love a free read. Thanks MN.

Kveta Wed 09-May-12 10:17:02

Got my copy of Fifty Shades of Grey yesterday - looking forward to reading it, and then passing it on to another deserving person!!

thanks MN smile

beachhutbetty Wed 09-May-12 10:17:42

I got a copy of 50 shades yesterday too, I wasn't expecting it either. I did get an email telling me I'd been lucky with The Language of Flowers but no sign of the book yet.
Still as RaisingEmbers says "gotta love a free read"

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