Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tim Kevan withdraws his blog from The Times to avoid being associated with their new paywall

Barrister and writer Tim Kevan today withdrew the BabyBarista Blog from The Times in reaction to their plans to hide it away behind a paywall along with their other content. He commented on his new blog:

"Now don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely no problem with the decision to start charging. They can do what they like. But I didn’t start this blog for it to be the exclusive preserve of a limited few subscribers. I wrote it to entertain whosoever wishes to read it. Hence my decision to resign which I made with regret. I remain extremely grateful to The Times for hosting the blog for the last three years and wish them luck with their experiment."

The re-launched site is at www.babybarista.com and includes numerous cartoons of the characters which appear in the blog by Hollywood animator Alex Williams who also draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times.

By way of background, BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister at the English Bar. The stories he tells appeared on The Times for over three years and they also led to him getting two book deals with Harry Potter's publisher Bloomsbury. BabyBarista and the Art of War was published as a trade paperback last year and was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as "a wonderful racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud" and by The Times as "a cross between the talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary". A mass market edition with the new title Law and Disorder is due out in August. Book Two of the BabyBarista Files will also be published by Bloomsbury. The provisional title is Law and Peace and although a date hasn't been finalised it is likely to be published in 2011.

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