Man Booker judges given e-readers
28th January 2011
The judges of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be issued with e-readers to help them get through more than 100 submitted books.
In 2010, the judging panel had to wade through 138 entries in hard copy but this year publishers will be able to submit nominations in both physical and electronic formats.
I'm the King of the Castle author Susan Hill, one of the 2011 Man Booker judges, wrote on Twitter that the panel members have been given e-readers 'so they won't have to post us tons of real books'.
A spokeswoman for the award told the BBC that the change was made to create more flexibility in the judging process, explaining: 'The technology is there, so we should use it to give the judges the option.'
However, she added that panel members will still be able to request copies of nominated books in hard copy if they prefer.
This year's Man Booker will be judged by Hill, journalist Matthew d'Ancona, politician Chris Mullin and Daily Telegraph head of books Gaby Wood, while author and former MI5 director general Dame Stella Rimington is to chair the panel.
A 12 or 13-strong longlist will be confirmed by the judges in late July, with the six shortlisted titles to be named in early September. The winner will then be announced on October 18th.