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  • March 22, 2011
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The short answer to the title question? Not much. Amazon, Book Depository, Apple, Kobo and (eventually) Google will just keep pocketing tens of millions of dollars a year from the local book-buying public. The question in the title was posed to me yesterday by Nick Broughall, editor of local gadget authority site Gizmodo. You can…

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  • March 21, 2011
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With all the hullabaloo surrounding the release of the iPad2 in the US, and the iOS4.3 update, a significant feature upgrade to older devices has been overlooked. In all the reviews and posts on Apple’s iOS4.3 update, I don’t remember reading anywhere that it allowed first-gen WiFi iPads tethering to ye olde iPhone 3GS. If,…

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  • March 19, 2011
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The Federal Court in Australia and the High Court in New Zealand this week gave REDgroup a few extra months to try to sell off enough assets to remain trading. Administrators Ferrier Hodgson now have until September 17 and 18 to come up with solutions (Read: sell assets) for the creditors of REDgroup and it’s…

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  • March 16, 2011
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If you’re from the ebooks-promote-piracy school of nonsense, remember that piracy existed way before ebooks, and is alive and well in the world of paper publishing too. In response to my post about being thankful for piracy, Australian author and Bookbee reader Sue Woolfe yesterday told of discovered a pirated copy of her debut novel…

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  • March 12, 2011
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Most struggling authors trying to get published think that anyone with a publishing deal has got it made. I know I used to. While that can be true in rare cases, most often the life of an author – especially the type often tagged as “first-time” or “emerging” – is still a frustrating grind, just…

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  • March 9, 2011
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Sigh. I suppose it was naïve of me to think that customers (little guy) could force a large company (big bully) to act fairly – in this case regarding their policy of anti-competitive ebook pricing. Yesterday I wrote that they were breaking the ACCC law that governs “Resale Price Maintenance”. I said I’d tell the ACCC…

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  • March 9, 2011
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Remember how I reminded you about “Read an ebook week” the other day? Well, I’m doing it again to remind you that we are giving away three $50 ebook vouchers to be spent on ebooks by authors at our publishing platform AuthorDirect.net. At $2.99 a pop and under, that’ll keep you going for a while. Once you’ve…

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  • March 7, 2011
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With multinational companies chipping away at the edges of honesty, it’s easy to forget the simple things sometimes. Make no mistake – anti-competitive (aka “Agency”) pricing is illegal in Australia. Darryl Adams recently pointed this out on his blog Oz-e-Books – and it’s a timely reminder. In the face of large companies sending press releases…

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  • March 6, 2011
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The annual ebook awareness drive “Read an ebook week” starts today, and the concept is pretty simple – encourage people to get into ebooks. Hmm – how to do that? Well why don’t we just give a crap-load of them away? That might work. So we are giving away three $50 ebook vouchers to be…

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  • March 4, 2011
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OverDrive have just contacted me (and posted on their site) with their “most-downloaded” list for libraries. There are separate global and Australian figures below:   Global Download eBooks – Adult Fiction Months On List 1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 18 2. The Confession, by John Grisham…